Where to find free & low-cost vet care is important, if you are on a budget. There are a few charities that can help people who are eligible (usually on benefits):
- Blue Cross
- Mayhew & Celia Hammond (London)
- Dog’s Trust & Cats Protection (certain procedures)
Also check local animal shelters, as often they can help.
- This book to keep your dog safe is an ideal read. It’s packed with fun illustrations, but includes important safety information on everything from toxic foods to avoid and garden safety, along with info on every other topic under the sun, and an illustrated first aid guide.
- Animal Trust is England’s first non-profit vet. This means that staff still get paid, but prices are more realistic for the average person. Hopefully a sign of things to come?
- One good idea from the US is Waggle, a crowdfunding platform where people pool donations from vetted requests for help, then are informed how the animals are helped. Donations are also matched by people who have chosen to do this as their form of giving (often people of wealth who have lost a companion animal, and wish to help). Here, you can set up a crowdfunding campaign at Chuffed.
Where to Find Good Pet Insurance
- Waggel Pet Insurance has simplified everything and eliminated the paperwork. Built for your smartphone, get a quote in 30 seconds and then receive recurring annual coverage, and adjustments to suit your budget. They promise no ‘gotcha clause’ and unclaimed premiums go to animal charities. Plus you get discount goodies. The company was founded by three young animal-loving entrepreneurs.
- If you don’t have an app, Puffin pet insurance is one of the better ones. It offers simple lifetime policies (so covers ongoing conditions if diagnosed) and has pretty good reviews.
- The above is as close as we have yet to the USA’s Healthy Paws Pet Insurance, which has nearly 100% positive reviews (unheard of for most pet insurance). Founded by two animal-loving entrepreneurs who met at the shelter, it has simple policies that cover all ages, and offers some holistic treatments. Profits help animal adoption drives.
Free Vet Care for Street Dogs
If you know of a homeless person with a dog, let them know about: