Do You Need Help with Vet Bills? Some Sources of Help

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| 3 min read Financial Assistance

If your beloved pet ever has an accident, falls ill or gets a scary diagnosis, you always do your best to make sure they get the best care possible. Then, once your furry friend is in recovery, you breathe a sigh of relief – until the bill arrives. Does that sound familiar?

Britons spend over £11bn yearly on their pets. Routine visits to the vet cost an average of £150 per year. When pets required operations, those annual vet bills increased to £621 for dogs and £382 for cats.

That’s quite a lot of money in anyone’s book. Even if you’ve already got pet insurance, it isn’t uncommon to find yourself needing help with unexpected veterinary bills.

Where to go for help with paying vet bills

First, talk to your vet about options for reducing your bill. Some veterinary surgeries can help with payment plans to spread out your expenses. Your vet may also offer discounts if you pay in cash.

Many pet owners have used crowdfunding to raise money for their pet’s medical expenses. So keep up the fight for your fluffier counterparts and let pet fundraising help you get them back to normal in no time!

If you still need help, here’s a list of 15 organisations dedicated to helping you financially through your pet’s recovery.

Organisations that help with vet bills

1. Blue Cross 

This organisation mainly works in London and Grimsby. Check their website to see if they are operational in your area.

2. Dogs Trust  

If your dog needs to be neutered, The Dogs Trust is there to support you.  

3. GoFundMe

Consider using crowdfunding when you need help paying vet bills. GoFundMe is the world’s largest online fundraising platform because they believe in turning compassion into action. You can raise money to pay for your pet’s medical expenses without having to worry about a platform fee.

4. The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals

In need of help? Try UK based charity The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals who have been operating for over a century. They offer pet care to those most in need.

5. Blue Cross

Blue Cross help sick or homeless pets when their owners cannot afford vet fees.

6. The RSPCA

They offer low-cost vet care. Check with your local branch to see if you are eligible. 

At GoFundMe, we’re here to help

As well as turning to these generous organisations, we encourage you to consider using our free crowdfunding platform. GoFundMe is the No.1 and most trusted free fundraising platform in the world. We believe in turning compassion into action. Launch a free fundraiser and let those who love your pet lend a hand.

Start a vet bill fundraiser

Written by Paige Kutilek

I'm keen on creating meaningful and thoughtful content that will have an impact. I'm a dedicated individual with a creative touch who is always eager to learn more.