Finding a Dog a New Home

I am searching for help with my dog that has been diagnosed with heart worms. Evidently he had not been on prevention. I have started him on his treatments, he has 2 left. I cannot afford to continue as I ended up having surgery (no insurance) and am not able to get around. I advertised locally for a family to take possession


of my Sheltie in return for his vet expenses - to date have no response. Any suggestions?

Nelwyn from Bunkie, LA

May 27, 20080 found this helpful

Hi, Join Freecycle at and advertise your dog. Loretta

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May 27, 20080 found this helpful

Have you tried the spca? They would take him, but do you want to keep him? Try your church maybe someone would be willing to babysit until you are able to care for her/him again.

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May 27, 20080 found this helpful

If you want to keep your dog, there are several groups that will assist you with vet costs when you have a financial hardship. Google "vet bill assistance" to locate them. If you are unable to keep him, try contacting a sheltie rescue group (

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May 27, 20080 found this helpful

Also see if a vet will put you on a payment plan. Some vets will do it. Do whatever you can to save his life. Heartworm can be deadly & he is dependent on you to do what's best for him.

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May 27, 20080 found this helpful

Just a note.. Not all free-cycle groups will allow you to advertise an animal. Check with list owner first.

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May 28, 20080 found this helpful

This is a (long) lost of organizations that helps pet owners who has trouble with medical bills.

Contacting these organizations for help might get a grant for the medical services the pet needs.

Please make sure this list gets to whoever needs it.

"The heartbreak happens all too often ? a pet owner is unable to

affordtreatment and their sick or injured companion animal pays the price.

Ifthe owner is elderly, disabled or on a fixed income, the cost of care

may be too much of a stretch for their pocketbook. Perhaps they have

been victimized by crime, property loss or a job layoff and are

experiencing a temporary financial hardship ? making it too

difficult to afford pet care. And some animals, brought to clinics by Good

Samaritans, don't have an owner to pay for treatment. Whatever the

situation, the fact remains the same: When sick or injured animals

are unable to receive veterinary care, they suffer. Through the AAHA

Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even

if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial


Angels 4 Animals

"Angels4Animals, a non-profit organization and a program of Inner

Voice Community Services, has a mission to serve as the guardian angel of

animals whose caretakers find themselves in difficult financial

situations. At Angels4Animals we believe that animal owners should

not have to say goodbye to the animals that they love. Our work is

accomplished in conjunction with veterinary clinics across the

country, eager to assist as many animals, and their owners, as possible. Our

services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets

and pet owners in need."

Care Credit

A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care.

"CareCredit, the leader in patient/client financing, has helped more

than 3 million patients/clients get the treatment or procedures they

needed and wanted. With a comprehensive range of plan options, for

treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan

and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget."

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)

"The NEED & The HELP: Seniors, People with disabilities, People who

have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten - any of

these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion."

The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program is a nonprofit 501

(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and

kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their

companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.


"Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the

working poor. For lonely seniors, physically/mentally challenged individuals

and children of working parents, pets represent much more than a diversion."


"Mission Statement:

Helping people help pets. To better the lives of sick, injured and

abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no

companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is

financially challenged."

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."

Cats in Crisis

Cats in Crisis Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and humane organizations care for cats with chronic or emergency medical conditions through financial and fundraising assistance.

Shakespeare Animal Fund

(775) 342-7040

Anyone can apply for funds, but SAF offers assistance primarily to those on fixed incomes or with annual incomes below $35,000. Exceptions are made depending on circumstances. It is always a one-time grant.

United Animal Nations

"The mission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued

animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require specific and

immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve Good

Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured animals. In certain

cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens and low-income families pay

for immediate emergency veterinary care."

Additional Resources

UK Assistance with Veterinary Bills

"Most of us can cope with the financial commitment involved in the

day to day care of our pets. However, how many of us come out in a cold

sweat when our pet is ill or injured and we know we have to take it

to the vet? Most of us are fortunate enough to be able to afford it but,

some of us who love our animals dearly cannot. Unfortunately we do

not have a PDSA or a RSPCA Centre within our area, but there are a few

charities who may be able to help."

Other Groups Who are Breed or Injury Specific:

Corgi Aid

Dachshunds Needing IVDD surgery "From time to time, recognizes a caretaker of handicapped pets that

need some special attention, and a little extra help. There are those who

are so selflessly dedicated to their animal families that they give up a

little more than they can afford."

Labrador Lifeline

LabMed: Rx For Rescued Labs


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July 23, 20080 found this helpful

Go to I am looking for a sheltie, and wish I could get him, but I live in San Diego. Anyone flying from LA to SD or Los Angeles and want to bring him. I'd pay his airfare!

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