Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Do If I am Having Trouble Affording Veterinary Care?
Many pet owners, at one point or another, are faced with unexpected veterinary bills.

The City of Long Beach, Animal Care Services bureau does not provide financial assistance for vet expenses.

If, despite your planning, your pet incurs major veterinary expenses that you have trouble affording, consider these suggestions:

  • Ask your veterinarian if he or she will let you work out a payment plan. Many veterinarians are willing to work out a weekly or monthly payment plan so that you do not have to pay the entire cost of veterinary care up front.
  • The following is a list of organizations that provide financial assistance to pet owners in need. Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has their own set of rules and guidelines. Therefore you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance:
    1. IMOM Inc.
    2. Help-A-Pet
    3. The Pet Fund
    4. United Animal Nations LifeLine Fund
    5. Angels for Animals
    6. Brown Dog Foundation
    7. Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program
    8. Feline Outreach
    9. Cats In Crisis
    10. The Perseus Foundation (Cancer specific)
    11. Canine Cancer Awareness
    12. Cody's Club (Radiation treatments)
    13. Diabetic Pets Fund
    14. The Mosby Foundation
    15. Magic Bullet Fund (Cancer Specific)

Please remember that, depending on the severity of your pet's illness or injury, you might still lose your pet even after great expense. Discuss the prognosis and treatment options thoroughly with your veterinarian, including whether surgery or treatment would just cause your animal discomfort without preserving a life of good quality.


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