Assistance with veterinary care

Don’t let the cost of regular or emergency veterinary care services be the reason your pet doesn’t stay a part of your family. There are numerous resources for free or low-cost veterinary services.

Affordable medications
Disease and condition specific assistance
Emergency veterinary care
Compassionate end of life care
Spay/Neuter services
Veterinarians offering low-cost general services

Affordable medications

Discounted prescription medication services are available; however, utilization of these services has to be approved by the veterinarian treating your pet. Ask him/her which ones they recommend.

Disease and condition specific assistance

The Big Hearts Fund provides for owners of pets diagnosed with heart disease and experiencing sudden and unexpected hardship.

Cats in Crisis provides grants for owners of cats suffering from kidney or thyroid disease or neurological disorders.

Diabetic Cats in Need helps owners care for their diabetic cat.

Handicapped Pets Foundation donates mobility equipment to pets in need.

Help Your Dog Fight Cancer provides financial assistance for those who cannot afford cancer treatment for their dogs.

Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Foundation offers assistance for pet’s with cancer after Care Credit has been applied.

Magic Bullet Fund provides assistance for first-round canine cancer treatment.

Red Flyer loans mobility equipment to owners of handicapped pets.

Emergency veterinary care

Local resources

ACME Foundation offers assistance to seniors and disabled caregivers, Clear Lake County residents

Labrador Harbor, provides support to benefit the immediate physical well-being of a Labrador retriever

Placer County SPCA SOS Program, Placer County residents

RedRover Relief Grant, offers financial assistance grants so pet caregivers can care for animals who need urgent veterinary care

Starfleet Canine Aid Foundation provides support for unforeseen illness or injury with a positive prognosis

National resources

Care Credit — Provides pre-approved loans to participating veterinarians to be paid back in monthly payments.

Cats in Crisis — Dedicated to helping provide financial assistance for cats with chronic or emergency medical conditions.

The Mosby Foundation — Provides financial assistance for sick animals.

Onyx & Breezy — Assists animals with financial help for medical treatment when hardship is present. Must apply to Care Credit prior to applying to this program.

Paws for a Cure — Providing non-routine veterinary assistance for dogs and cats.

Pet Assistance, Inc. — Veterinary medical subsidies and interest free loans for pets suffering from conditions with a positive prognosis.

Scratchpay – Provides pre-approved loans to participating veterinarians up to $10,000 to be paid back in monthly payments.

The Pet Fund — Provides assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care.

Compassionate end of life care

The following veterinary services offer compassionate and caring euthanasia service for pet owners with limited income who are caring for an elderly or terminal pet.

Mercy Pet Hospital

Sacramento SPCA 

Spay/Neuter services

City of Sacramento Front Street Shelter program

Sacramento County Animal Care & Regulation program

Sacramento SPCA programs

Other local programs

Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode

Auburn Animal Spay and Neuter

Cats About Town Society

Cirby Sunrise Pet Hospital

FieldHaven Feline Rescue, cats only

Placer County SPCA

Sacramento Area Animal Coalition

Vintage Park Veterinary Clinic

Watt Avenue Pet Hospital


City of Sacramento Front Street Shelter

  • Low-cost clinic the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Free clinic for low-income residents the third Sunday of every month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Placer County SPCA held the last Thursday of every month from 6 to 7 p.m.

Reagor Pet Hospital held every Wednesday (does not include exam fee)

Sacramento County Animal Care & Regulation held the third Thursday of every month from 5 to 7 p.m.

Sacramento SPCA

Yolano Veterinary held in various areas across the region one weekend each month

Veterinarians offering low-cost services

Animal Spay and Neuter Clinic

Cirby Sunrise Pet Hospital, Roseville

Discovery Animal Hospital

Family Friends Vet Hospital, Citrus Heights

Mercy Pet Hospital

Petcare, Roseville (916) 791-9599

Sacramento SPCA Wellness Clinic, Sacramento

Reagor Pet Hospital

In the event these alternative resources don’t address the circumstances you are experiencing with your pet, please review how to personally re-home your pet or how to surrender your pet to a Sacramento-area animal shelter.