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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. For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of financial aid resources, both local and national. Each resource offers something different and may able to lessen the cost of you your pet’s care.

The resources and organizations listed on this page are external to and unaffiliated with AWS. Therefore, please reach out to them directly with questions or to apply. Additionally, these resources are not meant to be an exclusive list of available veterinary financial aid resources available in Maine or the United States.

Payment Plans

Care Credit and Scratch Pay are third-party payment plan programs which AWS’ Community Veterinary Clinic accepts. Please visit their website for details and enrollment information.


CareCredit is a line of credit. You can use it 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. AWS’ Community Veterinary Clinic accepts CareCredit.


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, on a cell phone or computer. Learn more on ScratchPay’s website. AWS’ Community Veterinary Clinic accepts ScratchPay.

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.

National Financial Aid Resources

These groups are external to and unaffiliated with AWS. For that reason, 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.
  • For the Love of Alex funds emergency and life-saving veterinary care for pets of low-income households.
  • Frankie’s Friends dedicates its nonprofit mission to finding cures and saving pets with cancer and other life-threatening conditions.
  • 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. Therefore, they assist families with financial limitations to pay for extraordinary veterinary expenses necessary to save a pet’s life,
  • The Live Like Roo Foundation provides financial assistance to help cover care costs related to pet cancer treatment. They award grants on a monthly basis. Additionally, they offer care packages that include a blanket, toy, treats, bucket list and more.
  • 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 chiefly 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.

In many cases, pet insurance can reduce or even eliminate the financial burden of unexpected veterinary expenses. Selecting pet health insurance is a personal decision. Plans can vary by provider, species, and even pet’s age. Please note that our Community Veterinary Clinic accepts Trupanion Pet Insurance.

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