Low-Cost Programs

In need of low-cost veterinary care or food assistance for your cat or dog? See below for a listing of resources.

 

LOW-COST SPAY/NEUTER

MRFRS operates several low-cost spay/neuter programs for cats:

For low-cost spay/neuter information for dogs and cats, visit SpayMass, email , or call 978-465-1940 for a referral to a group near you.

 

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  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:

 

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.

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 to let us know so we can share the info. with other pet owners in need!