Veterinary Assistance


The Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society operates the Feline Assistance, Resources & Support (FARS) program. FARS is committed to assisting and supporting low-income cat owners and guardians whose cats are ill or injured, as well as cat owners and guardians who find themselves in other difficult financial situations. FARS can help through the funding of medical care, food, or medications in order to help keep cats with their families. Please note that this program is not designed for, nor are we able to help with highly time-sensitive emergency situations. 


If you are looking for assistance with vaccines/shots or a physical exam ONLY, or just with spay/neuter, please visit our low-cost information page for resources for these services. FARS generally cannot help with these types of visits, though you can email  if you feel your circumstance warrants special review.


You can learn more about the program and fill out an online application for assistance here, or you can email  for more information, or to request that an application be emailed, mailed or faxed to you. Note that the email/applications are monitored Monday-Friday during normal business hours. We will be in touch as soon as possible!


Please also be sure to visit our low-cost information page for additional resources. High-cost issues may require that you apply to several programs.




Thanks to the Banfield Foundation for their generous grant assistance of the FARS program and to Carlee Charitable Trust and the Fuller Foundation.





The Captain Courageous Fund offers assistance to caretakers of seriously injured feral and stray cats, and to Good Samaritans who assist injured cats out of their own pockets. The fund is named for “The Captain,” a waterfront feral cat from MRFRS’s early days. You can read his story here.


For more information about the CCF and how to apply, please email .




Visit our Low-Cost Programs page for links to additional spay/neuter and veterinary assistance funds and information.