In need of low-cost veterinary care or food assistance for your cat or dog? See below for a listing of resources.
MRFRS operates several low-cost spay/neuter programs for cats:
ASSISTANCE WITH PET FOOD
Check with local shelters for food banks.
LOW-COST MEDICAL CARE
The MRFRS runs our Feline Assistance, Resources & Support (FARS) Program, which helps with the cost veterinary care for low-income or financially challenged cat owners facing a pet’s illness or injury. Visit the MRFRS Veterinary Assistance page for more information or to apply.
A similar program exists for New Hampshire pet owners: Helping People Helping Pets.
The MRFRS also runs low-cost rabies vaccination clinics for cats and dogs each year in March and October, as well as another clinic in the summer months. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or join our mailing list to receive web blast updates. For low-cost vaccines other than rabies, or clinics at other times of year, check out VetCo vaccine clinics, run at PetCo locations.
In addition, there are a few lower-cost clinics in Massachusetts:
- Boston Animal Clinic (operates clinics in Revere, Lynn, Medford, Charlestown, and South Boston, MA)
- Alliance for Animals Metro Action Clinic (South Boston, MA)
- Merwin Memorial Free Clinic (Allston, MA)
- Angell at Nashoba (Westford, MA)
- Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic (Worcester, MA)
- Second Chance Animal Shelter (East Brookfield, MA — offering full-service low-cost vet care to qualified individuals)
- North Attleborough Animal Clinic (North Attleboro, MA — a full-service vet with reasonable prices)
- Animal Advocates (North Dartmouth, MA)
- Pet Partners (Fall River, MA)
- Care for Animals (Warwick, RI)
GRANT-TYPE PROGRAMS FOR SERIOUS INJURIES & EMERGENCY CARE
Please refer to each program’s page for information and how to apply. Some require you to provide a veterinary estimate BEFORE they will pay for care; some will pay after the fact. Some require your veterinarian to apply; some you can apply for yourself. MRFRS does not administer any of these programs.
- The Shadow Fund (*primarily for residents of MA Merrimack Valley)
- Phinney’s Friends
- Paws 4 A Cure
- Pet Care Assistance (*note that this is only for animals treated at MSPCA-Angell)
- In Memory of Magic
- Red Rover Relief Grants
- Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance
- Cats in Crisis
- Brown Dog Foundation
- Fairy Dog Parents
- Diabetic Cats in Need (*this program is in the process of ending its support)
- Care Credit (*note that this is a credit card program to help owners pay for vet care in installments)
- Veterinary Partner.com (this is a website listing low-cost resources)
OTHER OPTIONS — SELF-FUNDRAISING
Many people have had successful conducting their own online fundraising campaigns for funds for surgery for a beloved pet. Check out Go Fund Me for an example of such a site. This can be a great source of additional funds to bridge the gap between grant funding and total cost of surgery.
If you know of other low-cost clinics or programs, please email us at email@example.com to let us know so we can share the info. with other pet owners in need!