Affordable Pet Care: Where & How to Find Financial Assistance For Your Dog
Helping Hands – Financial Assistance for Dog Parents
Did you know there are different organizations that offer financial assistance to pet owners who can’t afford veterinary treatment, as well as nonprofits that offer low-cost spay and neuter services, vaccines and wellness checks, and even pet-food pantries if you have a hard time feeding your pets? Today’s pet parents are fortunate to have so many different options — you just have do some research and know where to look for affordable pet care.
1. Affordable Pet Care With the Magic Bullet Fund
The Magic Bullet Fund has helped 611 dogs. Photography by ©onetouchspark | Getty Images.
One organization that offers financial assistance for dogs who have been diagnosed with cancer is the Magic Bullet Fund, which was created by Laurie Kaplan in 2005. One year to the date after her dog, Bullet, a beautiful Husky passed away, Laurie took on her first financial assistance case.
The nonprofit organization helps pet parents who cannot afford to pay for their dog’s cancer treatments. Owners must go through an application process and provide financials showing they need the assistance, veterinary records and so forth.
The Magic Bullet Fund takes on each dog case by case. Once the owner fills out an application, it usually takes a week or two to get approved for financial assistance if they qualify.
If approved, the owner is assigned a case manager from the Magic Bullet Fund, who works directly with the veterinarian for each dog’s case, making the payments for their care or even requesting that the dog gets a second opinion from another veterinarian for the best course of treatment.
To date, the Magic Bullet Fund has helped 611 dogs, which is quite amazing in my book. The organization is comprised of 25 volunteers located throughout the United States, and Laurie says she is always looking for volunteers to help with the cause.
Laurie is based in Briarcliff Manor, New York; however, the organization helps dogs diagnosed with cancer across the country. Now funded by donations and grants, Laurie paid for those first few cases back in 2005 herself. In the beginning, they helped four to five dogs a year but now average anywhere from 40 to 50.