Cranial cruciate repair surgery is an expensive proposition for all dog owners. Regardless of the procedure chosen – TPLO, TTA, or traditional extracapsular repair – dog owners can expect to spend anywhere from $1000 to above $5000 to have their pet’s knee repair performed by a licensed veterinarian. While there are not an abundance of financial assistance options for owners needing to push ahead with CCL surgery for their dog, there are a few organizations and financing companies that understand the type of burden CCL repair surgery can put on a budget and are willing to offer their help. Below are short descriptions and links to the companies I know about that may be able to offer assistance, if anyone else knows of other sites/groups please post a comment so I may add it to the list.
Below is a list of financial help resources for dogs facing illness, disease, surgery or a life threatening emergency. Click on the underlined titles to be taken to the rescue and/or financial assistance website.
For Cruciate (CCL or ACL) Liament Injury Specific Financial Assistance Information Visit Our Page – What If I Can Not Afford CCL Surgery?
Care Credit – This is the most readily available and easiest to obtain of all the financing options for CCL repair surgery. They offer a full range of payment plans with low/no interest for a set period, which depends on the agreement CareCredit has with your veterinarian’s office.
Good Sam Fund (DISCONTINUED) – Good SAM (Special Assistance and Memorial Fund) was established to create financial aid for sick or injured animals who either are stray or client-owned animals in special circumstances. The fund is supported entirely by outside donations and your pet must meet one part of their criteria to be considered for financial assistance.
IMOM – IMOM is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 charity that receives all its money used to help animals from outside donations. The organization was founded in 1998 and since then they have raised over $1,000,000 and saved the lives of over 1,470 companion animals. This is for animals facing life threatening emergencies.
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 veterinary care. Their mission is to help companion animal owners to avoid the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect medical needs because of the costs involved.
United Animal Nations – Founded in 1987, United Animal Nations (UAN) is North America’s leading provider of emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services and a key advocate for the critical needs of animals. The RedRover Relief Grants (formerly the LifeLine Grant Program) offered by the UAN provides funding to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers, non-profit organizations and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations.
AAHA (DISCONTINUED) – AAHA Helping Pets Fund works with selected veterinary practices to help owners facing financial hardship. If your pet is a patient at an AAHA-affiliated location, your vet can recommend for you to be part of this program, and you may receive assistance from their emergency and non-elective fund programs if you qualify.
Help A Pet (DISCONTINUED) – HELP-A-PET is a nonprofit which provides financial aid to the following types of pet owners: physically and mentally challenged individuals, senior citizens and children of the working poor. They assist in paying for the medical care of pets for owners are unable to afford the expense.
Ashley’s Angel Fund – Pet assistance for North Carolina pet owners whose pets are facing a life-threatening condition, and demonstrate an inability to pay for their pet’s treatment.
NY Save – SAVE: Save Animals in Veterinary Emergency. Program for New York City pet owners whose pets are facing a life threatening medical emergency. The SAVE program allows owners to take their dog to receive emergency treatment, regardless of ability to pay.
The Mosby Foundation – Virginia based pet assistance program to assist in the care of sick, injured, abused, and neglected dogs through financial support and public education.
Brown Dog Foundation, Inc. – Assistance for pet owners facing financial crisis for their dog facing a life-threatening, but treatable, condition.
Paws 4 A Cure – All volunteer nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance throughout the United States to those who cannot afford veterinary care for their beloved furry family members. Paws 4 A Cure helps dogs and cats with all illnesses and injuries, and does not discriminate against breed, age, or diagnosis.
Pit Bulls Against Misinformation – American Pit Bull Terrier Advocacy & Education group that provides veterinary care grants to those in need. Cancer-related costs are capped at $250 per dog and quality of life care (such as knee surgery) is capped at $150 per dog. Despite its name, this group does not discriminate against breed. Dogs of any breed or mix are welcome to apply.
Rose’s Fund for Animals – Public charity that offers assistance to those whose pet has a good prognosis but but are financially exhausted. The veterinarian will call the fund after the owner has used his/her own resources and applied for a “care card” at the veterinarian’s office.
Violet’s Friends in Need Fund – Program created by Oscar Newman LLC to help pets and their owners by providing financial assistance for urgent or critical veterinary care.
Pit Bull Rescue Central – Financial aid resources for Pit Bull and Pitbull mix owners facing expensive veterinary treatments and evidence of hardship to pay.
Westie Med Inc. – Entirely volunteer run, non profit organization focusing on providing financial aid to injured or ill rescue Wesites.
Labrador Life Line – This assistance program is specifically for purebred labs, and their financial assistance includes, but is not limited to, covering various medical costs (surgery, treatment, medication) and help to cover rescue or transportation expenses.
Corgi Aid – Financial resource for Welsh Corgi owners facing financial difficulty paying for the treatment, surgery or care of their Corgi.
Special Needs Dobermans – Organization dedicated to assisting Doberman owners facing hardships and difficulty paying veterinary bills.
Dougal’s Fund (DISCONTINUED) – Westy and Corgi owners needing financial assistance and help to pay for their vet costs. Their mission is to see to it that all Westies and Corgis get the medical care they need.
Labrador Harbor – To provide charitable funds to private citizens or non-profit rescue organizations that directly benefit the immediate physical well-being of Labrador Retrievers including medical intervention, surgery, after-care, hospitalization, rehabilitation, behavioral intervention, or other health related needs.
LABMED – Internet-based non-profit organization created to distribute financial aid and assistance to injured or ill rescues around the country, giving them a second chance at adoption and love from a permanent family.
Jake Brady Memorial Fund – Their goal is to provide funding for corrective, suitable, and life-saving medical treatment to companion animals of families in need, focusing on major incidents including: emergency treatment, surgery, x-rays, preventative therapy and room/board.
Pyramedic Trust – The misson of the Pyramedic Trust (PaT) is to provide financial help for Great Pyrenees’ owners/rescuers whose Pyrs are in need of emergency medical care.
Illness or Treatment Specific
Canine Cancer Awareness – Canine Cancer Awareness, Inc. provides assistance to veterinarians providing care for dogs with cancer whose families cannot afford treatment.
Cody’s Club – Cody’s Club provides financial support owners with dogs needing to undergo radiation treatments on a limited income. Cody’s Club also offers emotional support services in the form of a hotline and in-person group that meets monthly.
The Magic Bullet Fund – The Magic Bullet Fund helps people who do not have financial resources to provide cancer treatment for their best friend. The focus of The Magic Bullet Fund is on sparing or prolonging the life of a beloved companion.
Tipper and Squirt Care for Cushing’s Fund, Inc. – Provides financial aid to families who are struggling to pay their dogs’ medical costs associated with the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.
Diabetic Pets Fund (Still Operating, but not currently accepting any applications.) – The Diabetic Pets Fund is solely to help diabetic pets in need by providing owners with financial hardship with necessary supplies and veterinary consultations to keep their diabetic pets healthy.
For Working and Service Dogs
Land of Pure Gold – The Land of Pure Gold is a nonprofit organization providing treatment grants to working dogs diagnosed with cancer. They also fund research in comparative oncology.
Assistance Dog Special Allowance Program – This fund is available only for California residents. The Assistance Dog Special Allowance Program provides a monthly payment of $50 to service dog owners who use a guide, signal, or service dog to help them with needs related to their physical disabilities. The allowance is to help pay the costs of food, grooming, and health care for the dogs.
Create Your Own Fundraiser
Give Forward – GiveForward allows you to set up your own personalized fundraising page to share with friends/family to enable them to send encouraging words and financial assistance to those in need during times of medical crisis.
For Additional Information Visit the Humane Society Website for a State by State listing of financial aid available for your pet.