The following organizations can provide financial assistance for medical emergencies or support for ongoing medical care for your pet.
ARF – Animal Rescue Foundation
ARF’s Emergency Medical Fund® (EMF) provides low cost non-emergency veterinary care to qualified low-income residents of Contra Costa County, California at ARF’s clinic. To qualify:
- Household income must be at or below the U.S. Department of Housing and Development’s (HUD) definition of very low income limits.
- Proof of household income and residency.
- Proof you are the regular caretaker of the animal is also required.
- Pet must be spayed or neutered. If pet is not spayed or neutered, ARF offers discounted spay/neuter services if you qualify.
CareCredit can be used for both routine check-ups and for emergency or unplanned care.
Consider purchasing insurance for your cat. For a reasonable monthly fee, most veterinary expenses are covered with reasonable co-pays or deductibles. Options include: HealthyPaws, Pet Plan, Trupanion, Embrace, Pet First, Pet Best, etc.
Paws in Need (Tri-Valley)
Paws in Need provides funding assistance for necessary one-time urgent medical treatment and spaying and neutering of cats and dogs in the Tri-valley and surrounding areas. Telephone: 925-473-5027. Email [email protected] / Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3436, San Ramon, CA 94583
Some vets are willing to set up monthly payment plans for larger vet bills– check around and ask yours if they are willing to do this.
Alley Cat Allies – List of National Organizations
Low-Cost Vaccination Services
- ARF Wellness Clinic for Veterans’ Pets: Hosts free pet wellness clinics for military Veterans in Walnut Creek and at the VA in Livermore
- Cheap Shots Pet Vaccine Clinic: Hosts low-cost health clinics in Fremont and San Leandro
- Contra Costa Animal Services Vaccination Clinic: Offers low-cost vaccinations in Martinez
- East Bay SPCA Vaccine Clinic: Offers low-cost pet health care in Oakland
- Furry Friends Pet Relief: Offers low-cost pet health care in Antioch
- PALS East Bay: Hosts free vaccination clinics in Oakland
- Paw Fund Free Vaccine Clinic: Hosts free vaccination clinics in Berkeley
- Pets In Need: Hosts low-cost vaccination clinics in Palo Alto
- The Pet Advocate: Offers low-cost vaccinations in Tracy
- petVet/petfood • (510) 652-9822 / (510) 215-5101: Hosts low-cost vaccination clinics in Oakland and El Cerrito
- Vetco Vaccination Clinic: Partners with low-cost pet health clinics nationwide
- Vets in Vans: Provides comprehensive clinic services to communities in the Bay Area via a mobile clinic vehicle
- VIP Pet Care Community Clinics: Partners with low-cost pet health clinics nationwide
- Well Pet Vet Clinic: Offers low-cost vaccination services in Pittsburg
- Yolano Vet Low-Cost Dog & Cat Shots: Hosts low-cost vaccination clinics in the Sacramento area and the Central Valley