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Where to find financial aid options for vet care?

Whether you are a client of our Community Veterinary Clinic, or see a veterinarian at a nearby practice, we understand that veterinary care can be expensive, especially in today’s day and age. We’ve compiled a list of financial aid resources, both local and national, that may be of help to you. Each resource offers something different and may able to lessen the cost of you your pet’s care.

Please note that these organizations are not affiliated with AWS, so please reach out to them directly with questions or to apply.

Payment Plans

Care Credit and Scratch Pay payment plan programs are accepted at AWS’ Community Veterinary Clinic.


CareCredit is a line of credit that can be used to cover veterinary costs. (You can use it for your own health expenses, too.) It is typically offered with a promotional period, allowing you to make convenient monthly payments without accruing interest. Visit CareCredit’s website to see which providers accept CareCredit and for more information. CareCredit is accepted at the AWS Community Veterinary Clinic.


Scratchpay offers simple and affordable payment plans for large veterinary bills.  Apply for Scratch Pay and check your interest rate any time without affecting your credit score. Completing the application and accepting the loan terms takes just a couple of minutes and can be done from your cell phone or computer. Learn more on ScratchPay’s website. ScratchPay is accepted at the AWS Community Veterinary Clinic.

Local Financial Aid Resources

These groups are external to and unaffiliated with AWS. Please visit each organization’s website directly to learn about its programs and services.

  • Finally Home Senior Dog Rescue and Retirement Home offers two funds available to the public to help provide care for senior dogs. To apply for funds, please visit the resources section of their website. The Sierra Fund helps qualified Maine residents with older dogs pay for vet care, medications, follow-up visits and other expenses, allowing them to keep their dogs with them. Teddy’s Friends helps financially challenged Maine seniors pay for end-of-life care for their dogs. To apply for funds, please visit the resources section of their website.
  • Through their community assist program, Old Dogs New Digs will contribute financial aid directly to the approved applicant’s veterinarian to help pay for procedures, hospitalization, medication, veterinary follow-ups, and emergency animal services to realize the owner’s pet’s full recovery for senior dogs and cats of Maine or Colorado residents. Find their application online.
  • Mainely Pets Foundation is a charitable 501C non-profit entity founded in August of 2017 by Dr. Doug Andrews, Dr. Brian Graves, Dr. Oonagh Wack and the staff of Falmouth Veterinary Hospital to help pets, pet owners and pet care givers in times of distress or need right here in Maine.

National Financial Aid Resources

These groups are external to and unaffiliated with AWS. Please visit each organization’s website directly to learn about its programs and services.

  • AlignCare helps struggling families by covering up to 80% of veterinarian bills.
  • Bow Wow Buddies Foundation provides grant money for sick and injured dogs in need.
  • Brown Dog Foundation works with clinics and families to find the best, most affordable path to treatment for pets.
  • Compassion Animal Project helps pet parents whose income is less than 400% of the national poverty line with life-saving treatment for their pets.
  • Diabetic Cats in Need offers a one-time assistance package that includes a glucose testing kit and a few months’ supply of insulin.
  • The Handicapped Pets foundation donates new or reconditioned wheelchairs to pets-in-need.
  • For the Love of Alex funds emergency and life-saving veterinary care for pets of low-income households.
  • Frankie’s Friends is a non-profit foundation dedicated to finding cures and saving pets with cancer and other life-threatening conditions.
  • Founded to assist families with financial limitations to pay for extraordinary veterinary expenses necessary to save a pet’s life, Friends and Vets Helping Pets hopes to solve the problem of families being forced, unnecessarily, to euthanize a family pet solely because of cost restraints.
  • The Live Like Roo Foundation provides financial assistance, as well as care packages,  to help cover healthcare costs related to cancer treatment in the form of grants that are awarded on a monthly basis.
  • Magic Bullet Fund offers financial assistance for dogs who have been diagnosed with cancer.
  • helps financially-struggling pet owners connect with non-profit organizations, charities, and veterinary hospitals that offer financial assistance in the form of vouchers, grants, discounts, and donations.
  • The Mosby Foundation assists in the care of critically sick, injured, abused and neglected dogs through financial support and public education.
  • Onyx & Breezy Foundation will consider funding medical equipment, research, and medical treatment for animals where hardship is present.
  • Paws 4 A Cure is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families that are in need of non-routine veterinary financial assistance for their dog or cat.
  • The Pet Fund ONLY funds non-basic, non-urgent care. This includes medical care that is above and beyond basic care, but which does not require urgent treatment.
  • Pet Assistance, Inc (PAI) financially helps longtime pet owners who have always cared for their pet, yet sadly find they cannot afford an exceptional problem.
  • RedRover provides financial assistance, resources and support to pet guardians and survivors of domestic violence.
  • STARelief offers programs designed to save pets’ lives, assist families in need, reduce the number of pets entering shelters, and advocate for responsible pet ownership.

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