To find free & low-cost vet care can be difficult. Many people in England cannot afford the high fees of vets, who often charge by the second. Obviously these are skilled professionals, but the UK’s first non-profit vet has proven that there are alternative options. This vet surgery still pays its staff, but uses profits to reinvest to offer free check-ups. This is because some people can’t afford the treatment, after they have paid for the consultation.
There are other vet surgeries who offer low-cost vet fees, to the same standard (they don’t have 100% positive reviews, but then it’s a rare vet surgery that does). Things can be different. The best option is to find a good pet insurance company.
But what if you can’t afford insurance? Then you have to find a place that offers free or low-cost vet care. Some local animal shelters and vets run their own schemes, so ask here first. If not, here are some alternative ideas:
Charities That Offer Free Vet Care
- PDSA offers free vet care to people who qualify. But with high demand, the eligibility criteria is tough. Other charities are Blue Cross and RSPCA.
- Dog’s Trust and Cats Protection both offer some free help.
- In London, Mayhew and Celia Hammond both offer free vet care (as does Bath Cats & Dogs Home to those on low incomes.
Crowdfunding for Vet Fees
The rise of the Internet and crowdfunding has led to some innovative ways to help to pay for unexpected vet fees, combining technology with kindness:
Waggle is a new idea from the US. Rather than submitting vet-fee requests to a general site, this is dedicated for pets. You upload your story with details of the vet and money needed, then people crowdfund to pay the fees. Other sites are CoFund My Pet (also US only at present) and Plum Fund (this is international, and can be used for any kind of crowdfunding request).
The company only operates in the US and Canada. But it’s a great idea for a UK company to start. Chuffed is another crowdfunding platform that is for good causes, rather than setting up a commercial business.
Free Vet Care for Street Dogs
If you know of a homeless person with a dog, let them know about: