Sorry this isn't about Corgis... But everyone here is so helpful and it could help a Corgi owner out later.

 

My friend contacted me recently because his Golden Retriever, a lovely little girl, has contracted pyometra. They are a rather poor family, though, and he wants to know places where he can get help with vet care. I've seen people post numerous resources for this sort of thing, but I can't seem to find the comments or posts, and a Google search did not produce very comprehensive results.

 

Off the top of my head, I know the SPCAs in my area have low cost vet clinics. Are there other national (USA) organizations with low-cost vet clinics, or organizations that will help with a Golden Retriever's surgery cost, similar to CorgiAid?

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Hi Rachael, which state and county?
Virginia, USA.  Specifically, Virginia Beach/Norfolk/Chesapeake.

IMOM Inc.: IMOM.org

Help-A-Pet: help-a-pet.org
The Pet Fund: thepetfund.com
Good Sam Fund: goodsamfund.org
United Animal Nations LifeLine Fund: uan.org 
Brown Dog Foundation: browndogfoundation.org/home  
The Perseus Foundation (cancer-specific): PerseusFoundation.org
Canine Cancer Awareness: caninecancerawareness.org
Cody's Club (radiation treatments): codysclub.bravehost.com/
Diabetic Pets Fund: petdiabetes.net/fund/ 
The Mosby Foundation: themosbyfoundation.org
Magic Bullet Fund (cancer-specific): themagicbulletfund.org
The Binky Foundation: binkyfoundation.org
God's Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity: http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html 
Jake Brady Memorial Fund: http://www.myjakebrady.com/memorial_fund.shtml
GiveForward (set up a personal fundraising page): http://www.giveforward.org/

 

Virginia State

 

Norfolk SPCA
Our shelter is conveniently located at:
916 Ballentine Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23504
Tel: 757.622.3319
Fax: 757.622.7163

5585 Sabre Road
Norfolk, VA 23502
Tel: 757.383.6620

Public Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Surgeries,Vaccinations and Veterinary Appoinments

Norfolk SPCA Veterinary Clinics 
Low-cost, full-service veterinary care available to persons with an annual income of less than $45,000, local rescue organizations, area shelters and animal control facilities.

Hours:
Open to the public Monday-Friday.
For scheduled appointments, call 757.383.6620

Two Locations:
5585 Sabre Road
Norfolk, VA 23502
Phone: 757.383.6620
Fax: 757.383.6644

Walk-in vaccine clinic (no income requirements)
Monday - Friday 9:30am - 1:00pm

Surgeries (by appointment only)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
(drop-off between 8:00am - 8:30am)

Exams (by appontment only)
Wednesday

and

916 Ballentine Blvd.
Norfolk, VA 23504
Phone: 757.622.3319

Walk-in vaccine clinic (no income requirements)
Monday - Friday 10:00am - 3:00pm

Surgeries (by appointment only)
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
(drop-off between 7:30am - 8:00am)

Exams (by appontment only)
Tuesday & Friday

Pet Acupuncture & Food Consult
Available by appointment. Call 757.622.3319 ext. 119


Share the Love Pet Food Bank (pet food for animal shelters and low-income families)
www.sharethelovenc.org/

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria: Alexandria (spay/neuter assistance)
www.alexandriaanimals.org 

Animal Welfare League of Arlington: Arlington (spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip assistance, assistance for emergency veterinary care)
www.awla.org

Bedford Humane Society: Bedford (spay/neuter assistance)
http://members.petfinder.com/~VA26/frames.htm

The Holly Help Memorial Spay Fund: Bristol (Pet food, spay/neuter assistance) 
http://www.hollyhelp.org

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA: Charlottesville (spay/neuter assistance for owned pets and feral cats)
http://www.caspca.org/index.htm

Voices for Animals: Charlottesville (pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
http://www.voicesforanimals.org/

Humane Society of Culpeper: Culpeper (spay/neuter assistance)
www.adoptculpeperpets.org

The Mosby Foundation: Deerfield (spay/neuter assistance)
www.themosbyfoundation.org

South Central Spay/neuter Clinic: Evington (spay/neuter assistance)
www.endpetoverpopulation.org

Humane Society of Fairfax County: Fairfax (pet food)
http://www.hsfc.org/

Fairfax County Animal Shelter: Fairfax (spay/neuter every Monday)
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/animals/spay.htm

Spay and Neuter Us Inc., Falls Church (low-cost spay/neuter)
http://www.spayandneuterus.org

Partners Among Cats and Canines: Franklin (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for emergency veterinary care)
www.pacconline.org

The Virginia Kincheloe Spay/Neuter Clinic, Fredericksburg (low-cost spay/neuter, microchips)
www.kincheloeclinic.org

Shenandoah Valley Spay and Neuter Clinic: Harrisonburg (spay/neuter assistance)
http://spayandneuterclinic.org

Loudon County Animal Care and Control CARE Pet Pantry: Leesburg (pet food)
http://www.loudoun.gov/Default.aspx?tabid=1322

SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County: Martinsville (spay/neuter assistance)
http://www.spcamhc.org/

Capital Animal Care Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic: Northern Virginia (pet food, supplies and spay/neuter assistance)
http://members.petfinder.com/~VA146/index.html

Spay Inc.: Northern Virginia (spay/neuter assistance)
www.spay.org

Humane Society of Loudoun County: Purcellville (spay/neuter assistance)
www.hslcva.org

Fetch a Cure Canines in Crisis program: Richmond (cancer-specific veterinary care assistance)
www.fetchacure.com/caninesincrisis.html

The Loving Spay + Neuter Clinic: Richmond, Central Virginia (spay/neuter assistance)
http://www.ral.org/clinic

Richmond Neuter Project: Richmond (spay/neuter assistance, license and rabies vaccination assistance for pit bulls and pit bull mixes)
www.richmondneuter.org

Richmond SPCA: Richmond and the surrounding counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Goochland (free and low-cost spay/neuter services, affordable pet wellness clinics, free pet pantry, free behavior support, low-cost temporary off-site boarding for pets)
www.richmondspca.org/safetynet

Angels of Assisi: Roanoke (spay/neuter assistance)
www.angelsofassisi.org

Franklin County Humane Society: Rocky Mount (spay/neuter assistance)
http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/plannedpethoodclinic.html

Roanoke Valley SPCA: Roanoke (pet food)
http://www.rvspca.org/

Virginia Beach SPCA: Virginia Beach (pet food, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care) 
http://www.vbspca.com 

Fauquier SPCA: Warrenton (spay/neuter assistance)
www.pwspca.org

 

Work with veterinarians

Be proactive. 

  • Negotiate a payment plan with your vet. If you're a client in good standing, she may be happy to work out a weekly or monthly payment plan so that you don't have to pay the entire cost of veterinary care up front. However, don't expect a vet you've never been to before to agree to such a plan; she doesn't know you and understandably doesn't want to get stuck with an unpaid bill.
  • Offer to perform a service for your vet like cleaning kennels, answering phones or other work in lieu of actual cash.  
  • Get a second opinion. You'll pay a consultation fee, but another vet may have other, less expensive ways to treat your pet.
  • Use a vet in a less expensive area. Vets in smaller towns tend to charge lower fees.
  • Check out local veterinary schools.  Many run low-cost clinics for limited income clients.The American Veterinary Medical Association's website and Veterinaryschools.comhave lists of veterinary schools by state.

Cash in

Explore ways to bring in some extra cash.

  • Have a yard sale. One's man's trash is another man's treasure.
  • If your birthday or a holiday is near, ask for cash in lieu of a present.
  • Sell things on an online auction site such as eBay.
  • Consider getting a second or part-time job or working for a temp agency.
  • Ask your employer for a salary advance.

Raise your own funds or get temporary credit

If you don't qualify for a credit card or bank loan that can help you through your pet's crisis, you may still be able to get an account with Care Credit, a credit card that's specifically for health expenses, including your pet's. Care Credit offers no interest or low interest plans with fixed monthly payments that allow you to budget your money. It's accepted by many veterinarians (and people doctors). Groups like IMOM also allow you to apply for financial aid if you can't afford veterinary care for your pet.

Or, raise your own funds! GiveForward enables you to create a personal fundraising page to raise funds for pet medical care. They charge a small percentage of funds raised.

 

Wow!! Thanks!  I'm sure he'll appreciate this very much.

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