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 there are alternative options. This vet surgery still pays staff, but uses profits to offer free check-ups. This is because some people can’t afford 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 it’s a rare vet surgery that does). The best option is to find a good pet insurance company. You can find a good article at Go Compare on the costs of vet care (including breeds specifically affected) since the impact of Coronavirus hit on families, many of whom are now on lower budgets.
But what if you can’t afford insurance? Then you have to find free or low-cost vet care. Some local animal shelters and vets run schemes, so ask.
Charities That Offer Free Vet Care
- PDSA offers free vet care to people who qualify. But eligibility criteria is tough. Other charities are Blue Cross and RSPCA.
- Dog’s Trust and Cats Protection both offer free help.
- In London, Mayhew and Celia Hammond offer free vet care
- Bath Cats & Dogs Home helps those on low incomes.
Crowdfunding for Vet Fees
- Waggle is an idea from the US that would be good here. People upload requests for unaffordable vet fees, then people crowdfund to pay the fees. Eli’s Fund matches donations, so bills are paid faster (donors are then sent updates).
- Similar sites are CoFund My Pet (only US at present) and Plum Fund (international, can be used for any crowdfunding request).
- Chuffed is crowdfunding platform for good causes.
Free Vet Care for Street Dogs
If you know of a homeless person with a dog, let them know about: