Urgent medical care is one of the top reasons families may consider surrendering their pet. Our HELP fund provides financial support for the pets of families in Clark County. This fund cannot support emergency treatments. If your pet is having a medical emergency, contact your local emergency veterinary service.
The pet(s) of any Clark County resident are eligible for this program, and there is no income requirement. Pets must have an urgent medical condition that requires specific treatment and a high chance for a positive outcome.
Some examples include, but are not limited to:
- broken bones or fractures
- surgical procedures
- treatment for skin or ear issues
HELP cannot provide financial support for:
- cancer treatment
- ongoing therapies
- preventative care (wellness visits, vaccines)
- routine dental care
- exisiting bills or past-due balances
If your pet has a qualifying medical condition, please contact our team at [email protected] or 360.984.6068.
HELP funding is limited and applies to specific conditions. To learn more about other programs and services that may be able to provide financial support, please review the links below.
Dove Lewis Velvet Assistance Fund
The Velvet Assistance Fund is intended to help low-income pet owners who state a financial need when their pet is admitted to DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital for outpatient (non-hospitalized) emergencies. The pet must have a good prognosis without fatal injuries or unrecoverable symptoms. Pet owners must first apply to CareCredit or Scratchpay.
Oregon Humane Society Community Veterinary Clinic
Oregon Humane Society’s Community Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to offering accessible full-service veterinary care to clients and their pets. Services will be offered on a sliding scale to minimize the financial barriers faced by those who are low-income or on government assistance. Available services include preventative care, urgent care, dentistry, surgery, and diagnostics.
Portland Animal Welfare (PAW) Team
PAW Team provides free and low-cost veterinary services for cats and dogs of families experiencing houselessness or those living below the federal poverty line. Services that can be provided include acute care for minor wounds, infection, or injury (non-emergency); Treatment of some chronic conditions such as thyroid, kidney, or heart disease, as well as skin allergies; diagnostics. PAW Team does not provide emergency or urgent care services.
This list is not intended to be a full listing of all services available in our community. Availability is not guaranteed; to verify service availability, please contact the listed service organization. For more information, click to view Local Veterinary Assistance (WA/OR).
Bow Wow Buddies Foundation
The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation provides grants to families that are unable to afford necessary veterinary care and need financial assistance to keep their dog healthy and in their home. Funds are meant to cover necessary medical treatments for certain serious conditions and emergency services. Grants are not available for spay or neuter surgeries, dental work, preventative care, ongoing treatments, or end-of-life care.
Frankie’s Friends Fund provides financial assistance grants to family-owned pets in need of lifesaving emergency or specialty veterinary care whose caregivers cannot afford the full cost of treatment. This program is designed to help with the treatment of emergency and specialty medical conditions where the pet would otherwise suffer, be euthanized, or relinquished without proper veterinary care. Before applying, you must have an estimate of the cost of care from a veterinarian that has already seen your pet, a clear diagnosis, and a specific treatment plan with a “good” prognosis.
Oscar’s Cause provides financial assistance for non-emergency veterinary needs. Non-emergency medical assistance is defined as non-life-threatening medical care, such as dental treatments, shots, or spay/neuter. To receive financial assistance for medical emergencies (defined as any or all happenings that will result in imminent loss of life or limb) you must fill out the request for assistance form in its entirety complete with photo, then call the emergency hotline at 863-325-6508 for further instruction. Oscar’s Cause may vote to waive or delay any of the standard requirements in the case of a pressing emergency.
This list is not intended to be a full listing of all services available in our community. Availability is not guaranteed; to verify service availability, please contact the listed service organization. For more information, click to view National Veterinary Assistance Grant Programs.