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I am in distress and I do not know what to do. I have a hard time to find 'free vet for animals' due to my financial hardship. I m on SSDI, deaf and handicapped. My cat have a bad abscess on her back for past months. I tried to used my old vet long time again when I had a dog but my dog passed away. They will not accept me for help without payment. I tried to asked them if they have information where I can go for help. They told me, no one.

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July 9, 20211 found this helpful

Please contact your local SPCA, Humane Society, or other animal shelter/rescue organizations. You might also call your nearest veterinary school (they sometimes keep a list of providers and will likely be sympathetic). This is such a stressful situation. Thank you for reaching out, and best wishes for your cat's speedy recovery.

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July 9, 20212 found this helpful

There are some wonderful nonprofits and foundations you can source online that will provide emergency assistance for pets with critical needs. Some focus nationwide while others focus in a particular state. A few of these are the Face Foundation face4pets.org/, Angels for Animals, Help a Pet, and Pet Fund thepetfund.com/.

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With the popularity of social media and sites like Go Fund Me www.gofundme.com/, many people are electing to raise funds to help with veterinary bills, upcoming surgeries, and other necessary procedures. Many friends and family are quick to come to the aid of a loved one, and some will be willing to help your pet. A newer crowdfunding site launched exclusively for helping pet-parents afford their vet bills and avoid economic euthanasia. CoFund My Pet cofundmypet.com/ funds can ONLY be spent at veterinary clinics anywhere in the U.S., preventing fraud.

Sometimes it is important to reach out to friends, family, members of your church, or other supportive individuals for financial assistance.

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July 9, 20210 found this helpful

Sorry for your struggles, I hope from the different information you get, you will find help. - www.checkintocash.com/.../

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July 9, 20210 found this helpful

Sometimes it is difficult to receive completely 'free' vet care as even the helping sites have limited money/budgets and may not be able to completely pay all costs of a costly surgical procedure.

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Most surgeries must use Anesthesia with a pet and this is usually costly.

There are lots of information on sites offering help with vet bills so you will have to 'weed' through each one to see what might be of benefit to you and your pet.
You may have to apply to several sites to get the ball rolling as these sites sometimes need a few days to process a request and if it is 'sorry - not at this time' then you need to already have another site working on your request.
There are always lots of questions/forms to complete.

www.humanesociety.org/.../are-you-having-trouble-affording...
www.paws4acure.org/helpfulresources.php
www.dogingtonpost.com/.../

I would suggest using a strong solution of Epsom Salt and very warm water on this abscess.
Warm a quart or so of water (hot enough that you can put your fingers in the water and not burn) add 1 full cup Epsom Salt (table salt if you do not have Epsom Salt) or even more salt.

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Dissolve salt and place a thick washcloth in solution, slightly wring cloth and lay on top of the abscess. Pet/hold the kiddie so the cloth will stay on the abscess as this has a drawing effect and could help with any pain and also keep the area clean.
You can do this several times and it's possible the abscess will burst after several very warm applications.
This procedure is safe (do not use HOT water) and can be soothing to the pet.

This should not stop you from consulting a vet as there could be infections that need attention.

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July 9, 20210 found this helpful

Your local ASPCA should be able to help you.

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July 10, 20210 found this helpful

Contact your local social services. Ask them about the free healthcare for pets. They will also have a listing if low cost to free vets that are based on income. I am from Virginia so here we have a pet store called care-a-lot!! Not sure what part of the world you are located but if you want to check and see if they have one close to you, they are very affordable and each month they have specials.

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I sincerely hopes this helps you because I am very familiar with vets being so expensive but trust me when I tell you there is help out there, you just have to a a little bit of research. Good luck and continue being safe!!

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July 11, 20210 found this helpful

This link is very resourceful, check under Nationwide assistance: www.humanesociety.org/.../are-you-having-trouble-affording...

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July 11, 20210 found this helpful

Thank you for much for this information that I will use this in the future. Right now, I am using GoFundMe to pay for the surgery. My cat already had a surgery last Saturday night.

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It was huge tumor and to remove all of tumor off her back. She is back home with me with my eyes on her and two medicines. I still owe the vet with the GoFundMe help

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July 13, 20210 found this helpful

Wonderful!!
Hope it is a fast complete recovery.
Thanks for letting up know.

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July 13, 20210 found this helpful

I'm glad a vet has finally helped your cat. Abscess for months is very serious. Most abscesses often resolve on their own (they burst open and drain), and you can also help the cat yourself, but if the abscess is bad, does not stop draining within 48 hours, then you should definitely find a way to see a vet.
I hope your money problem will be resolved soon. It is important that your cat no longer suffers.
All the best to you and your cat.

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