The mission of the SOS-SRF is to help Siberian Huskies in rescue. We are unable to help owners with expenses incurred for personal pets. However, the following organizations may be of assistance. We are not affiliated with nor do we receive any fee for the referral nor do we offer any of them as a recommended service. They are merely alternatives that we have been made aware of and we list them for informational purposes only.
Lists of Lists
After we started this page, we found another list of organizations on Penny Blankenship's Gimpydogs site. Naturally, there are some duplications. You can find her complete list by clicking on the site name.
The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland has a list of financial assistance programs.
Pets for Patriots has a list of resources. Some of them are for American service members only, but many are available to anyone as they are duplicates of organizations that show up on other lists.
The site Low Income Relief is a wealth of information on finding help for low income people and they have a section for pets which lists different groups that can help with vet bills by STATE.
For other lists see "Other Resources" below.
Another alternative is provided by crowd funding sites. Some of these are
- gofundme - Bills itself as the "The World's #1 Personal Fundraising Website" and has a separate section for raising money for animals.
- www.fundable.org - You can set up a page to collect money from generous people who might be willing to help. You let acquaintances and associates know that you're doing this and if the entire amount you need is not collected, the site will not bill anyone.
Foundations, Trusts and other Organizations
American Veterinarian Medical Foundataion
This site lists one resource but your veterinarian has to make the application.
Best Friends - Save Them All
For over 30 years, Best Friends Animal Society has been running the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals and building effective programs that reduce the number of animals entering shelters. This page offers a comprehensive list of resources that offer financial assistance for pet guardians who are struggling, as well as senior citizens, people with disabilities and people who are seriously ill.
Four Paws Lifeline
Four Paws Lifeline is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Their goal is to provide financial assistance to those pet owners who are not able to afford critical care or emergency veterinary care for their furry loved ones. They also provide a list of other funding sources.
The Farley Foundation - Only for Ontario, Canada
The Farley Foundation is a charitable organization, founded in 2001, that subsidizes non-elective medical care for pets of seniors receiving the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and persons with disabilities receiving the Ontario Disability Support Payment (ODSP) or the Federal CPP Disability Benefit. In May, 2007, funding was extended to assist women at risk of abuse who have fled to a women's shelter and whose pets are being cared for through OVMA's SafePet Program. Farley funding is both applied for, and disbursed through eligible veterinary practices across Ontario.
The Pet Fund
The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or emergency vet visits. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect urgent medical needs because of the costs involved. The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost.
RedRover's Urgent Care grants help pet guardians and Good Samaritans struggling with economic hardship get immediate, lifesaving veterinary care. The site also provides links to other financial assistance programs.
The Shakespeare Animal Fund
The Shakespeare Animal Fund is a non-profit charity that was founded in memory of a cocker spaniel named Shakespeare who died after a costly illness. The Shakespeare Animal Fund helps pets and people in need. Often people will actually do without their own medicine or food to care for their animal's veterinary medical needs. The Shakespeare Animal Fund has a crisis hot line and they partner with local veterinarians to help the animals. Although the group is new (since January 2004), since the beginning of 2008 they have paid out more than $100,000 to vets. Their goal is to make sure no animal is suffering.
The Siberian Husky Club of America's Trust
If you have a purebred Siberian Husky, you may be eligible for funding from one of the SHCA Trust's funds. Applications and further details are found at this link.
Starfleet Canine Aid Foundation
Only for residents of California.
Here are some articles from private companies. We are not affiliated with them nor do we receive any reimbursement for sharing these links with you.
Saving Money on Pet Care
This guide, which includes a section on veterinarian care, was provided to us by Sharon Davis at Coupon Chief.
How to Pay for Emergency Pet Care.
This article was provided by LendEDU, a company that seems to specialize in student loans but also provides personal loans. Their article gives several ways to deal with emergency pet care, including personal loans.
Vet Bill Help: 20+ Organizations That Help You Pay Veterinary Care Bills
Sponsored by Money Pantry, this site has a lot of advertising but just keep going until you get to the table of contents for the 20 organizations. Naturally, there is some duplication here.
The Pet Lifeline Financial Assistance Program
This comes to us from Pet News Daily. Pet News Daily® is a free resource for pet lovers, with everything from in-depth product reviews to expert pet care advice from a team of experienced veterinarians. And now, a financial assistance progem.