The mission of the SOS-SRF is to help Siberian Huskies in rescue. We are unable to help owners with expenses incurred for personal pets. However, the following organizations may be of assistance. We are not affiliated with nor do we receive any fee for the referral nor do we offer any of them as a recommended service. They are merely alternatives that we have been made aware of and we list them for informational purposes only.
After we started this page, we found another list of organizations on Penny Blankenship's Gimpydogs site. Naturally, there are some duplications. You can find her complete list by clicking here.
Saving Money on Pet Care
This guide, which includes a section on veterinarian care, was provided to us by Sharon Davis at Coupon Chief. Click here. Again, we are not affiliated with them nor do we receive any reimbursement for sharing this link with you.
Another alternative is provided by crowd funding sites. Some of these are
- gofundme - Bills itself as the "The World's #1 Personal Fundraising Website" and has a separate section for raising money for animals.
- www.fundable.org - You can set up a page to collect money from generous people who might be willing to help. You let acquaintances and associates know that you're doing this and if the entire amount you need is not collected, the site will not bill anyone.
- Although not strictly intended for pets, the Give Forward fundraising program was used by one of our rescuers to raise funds. "GiveForward provides free online fundraising pages allowing friends and family to raise money directly for a loved one when they need it the most."
Foundations, Trusts and other Organizations
American Animal Hospital Association
The heartbreak happens all too often - a pet owner is unable to afford treatment and their sick or injured companion animal pays the price. If the owner is elderly, disabled or on a fixed income, the cost of care may be too much of a stretch for their pocketbook. Perhaps they have been victimized by crime, property loss or a job layoff and are experiencing a temporary financial hardship making it too difficult to afford pet care. And some animals, brought to clinics by Good Samaritans, don't have an owner to pay for treatment. Whatever the situation, the fact remains the same: when sick or injured animals are unable to receive veterinary care, they suffer. Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship.
Banfield Charitable Trust
Banfield Charitable Trust (BCT) helps financially challenged pet owners keep their pets healthy by assisting with veterinary emergencies and preventive care, as well as giving grants to community-based nonprofits who provide veterinary assistance to vulnerable populations. This page lists additional resources for personal pets.
The Farley Foundation - Only for Ontario, Canada
The Farley Foundation is a charitable organization, founded in 2001, that subsidizes non-elective medical care for pets of seniors receiving the Federal Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) and persons with disabilities receiving the Ontario Disability Support Payment (ODSP) or the Federal CPP Disability Benefit. In May, 2007, funding was extended to assist women at risk of abuse who have fled to a women's shelter and whose pets are being cared for through OVMA's SafePet Program. Farley funding is both applied for, and disbursed through eligible veterinary practices across Ontario.
Four Paws Lifeline
Four Paws Lifeline is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Their goal is to provide financial assistance to those pet owners who are not able to afford critical care or emergency veterinary care for their furry loved ones. They also provide a list of other funding sources.
Mission Statement: Helping people help pets. To better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.
The Pet Fund
The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or emergency vet visits. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect urgent medical needs because of the costs involved. The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost.
United Animal Nations is now RedRover and their Lifeline program is now the RedRover Relief program. This program provides funding to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations.
The Shakespeare Animal Fund
The Shakespeare Animal Fund is a non-profit charity that was founded in memory of a cocker spaniel named Shakespeare who died after a costly illness. The Shakespeare Animal Fund helps pets and people in need. Often people will actually do without their own medicine or food to care for their animal's veterinary medical needs. The Shakespeare Animal Fund has a crisis hot line and they partner with local veterinarians to help the animals. Although the group is new (since January 2004), since the beginning of 2008 they have paid out more than $100,000 to vets. Their goal is to make sure no animal is suffering.
The Siberian Husky Club of America's Trust
If you have a purebred Siberian Husky, you may be eligible for funding from one of the SHCA Trust's funds. Applications and further details are found at this link.
UK Assistance with Veterinary Bills
Most of us can cope with the financial commitment involved in the day to day care of our pets. However, how many of us come out in a cold sweat when our pet is ill or injured and we know we have to take it to the vet? Most of us are fortunate enough to be able to afford it but, some of us who love our animals dearly cannot. Unfortunately, we do not have a PDSA or a RSPCA Centre within our area, but there are a few charities who may be able to help.