Low-Cost-Free Veterinary Care

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Valley Humane Society
3670 Nevada Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Phone: (925) 426-8656
Fax: (925) 426-1492


Routine veterinary care is expensive enough, but what happens when your pet suffers a debilitating illness or accident? Jackie Barnett's Just Like New Fund exists to help cover one-time emergency costs so your pet doesn't have to be euthanized simply because you can't afford the bill. Rescued animals that are sick or injured also qualify for assistance through the fund.

California-Huntington Beach-



Catnip & Carrots Animal Bunch, Inc
5901 Warner Ave. #148
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 290-9104

Note--this is the California branch of the organization above.

If you lost your job or home and are considering relinquishing your pet
to the shelter, please reconsider! Help is available!!

If you need pet food (cat, rabbit, dog, guinea pig), litter, a dog license or assistance with spay and neuter, please contact us!! We are here for you!

Catnip and Carrots Animal Bunch is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cats & rabbits (and the occasional canine)!  We specialize in animal welfare, spay/neuter/microchip education & referrals, lost & found services & on occasion,
as funds allow, we offer veterinary assistance to at-risk pets of low income senior or disabled families.


If you need help, ASK!

Whatever the circumstances, be it death of a spouse or partner, divorce, loss of job, veterinary emergency,  sudden illness, or natural disaster and you need pet food, cat litter, hay or veggies for your bun, please call us or any of the shelters or rescues listed below. Assistance is often a phone call away.

Have you finally realized you can't handle one more litter from Fluffy this coming spring? You know it's time to get her spayed but need help paying the bill or even that small co-pay? Ask for help.

There are many generous, caring people out there to help you.

Are you elderly and that 10lb bag of cat litter or cat food too heavy for you carry up the stairs? Ask for help. We know people who will deliver supplies to you free of charge.

Did Fluffy sneak out the door and get hit by a car? You are probably devastated. Maybe Fluffy simply has a broken leg that needs set but you can't afford the bill and are contemplating relinquishing your pet to the shelter or euthanasia. Now is a good time. Ask for help!

Don't let your pet suffer. Make the call.

If you are a very low income senior (62+) or or have a disabled family member living in your household, you may qualify for veterinary assistance. Proof of residency and low income status is required. We offer this program on a limited basis, so long as funds are available.

It is not meant to pay all of your vet bills, but only those deemed lifesaving to save an otherwise healthy pet from being turned into a shelter or from being euthanized.
Proof of residency includes one of the following:
Copy of lease or mortgage payment, tax bill, utility bill, Section 8 (must be in your name)

Proof of income includes one of the following:
MediCal (California), Medicaid (Ohio), Social Security, SSI, Disability, Workers Comp, WIC

Income Criteria Table at the link.

We also can assist you with Spay/Neuter co-pays in connection with other low cost programs offered in your surrounding community. Please fill out our Assistance Form.

In Ohio, veterinary assistance is normally handled as a refund upon proof of veterinary services performed.

In California, veterinary services can be billed directly from our veterinarians, Beach Blvd Pet Hospital in Huntington Beach, but services MUST be performed at their facility.

All services MUST have prior written authorization from us that your assistance is being covered. Do not schedule any procedure with Beach Blvd without this consent.


Assistance application link.

Fax the form to: 513-360-0275
Email the form to: mail@catnipandcarrots.org
Mail the form to: Catnip & Carrots, c/o Treasurer, 125 Sackett Dr., Monroe, OH 45050

If you have any questions, please call us at 714-290-9104 (CA) or 513-360-0275 (OH)

California-Lake Tahoe-


P.O. Box PET
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
Phone: (530) 542-2857

Now available!  Spay-Neuter Assistance program for Tahoe's pet guardians!  Spay and neuter your pets for health and for their longer, happier lives.  Every pet spayed or neutered saves the lives of shelter animals waiting for available homes.

Call (530) 542-2857 for information!

This is all the information we have about the program; suggest contacting the society for more.




Mercer Veterinary Clinic
P.O. Box 297
Davis, CA 95617
530.752.1143 (messages)

Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless is a 501(C)3 non-profit, student-operated organization providing free care for the animal companions of the homeless. The clinic meets one Saturday morning a month (8: 30 AM - 3 PM) at Loaves and Fishes, 1321 C Street, a Sacramento, California organization which provides an array of services to the homeless.

In addition to improving the lives of the pets of the homeless, Mercer Veterinary Clinic works to reduce pet over-population. Clients are counseled on the benefits of spaying and neutering. Surgery is provided at no cost, usually at a spay/neuter clinic held the day after, should the owners elect to alter their animals.

Mercer Clinic provides the pets of homeless individuals with basic veterinary care, access to emergency care and pet food, all free of charge. It is open on the second Saturday of each month, staffed by faculty and private veterinarians who volunteer their time and supervise the veterinary students.


The Republic August 20, 2010

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has no general programs to serve low-income clients, though the Mercer Clinic will usually help those in desperate need, a spokeswoman said.


Sacramento Press September 13, 2010

"Once a month, hundreds of pets and their owners break the Saturday morning quiet on Ahern Street. Dogs bark and pace, cats meow in travel cases and owners talk to one another to pass the time. Many will wait up to six hours to be seen at the Loaves and Fishes’ location for free veterinary care for the homeless by UC Davis’ Mercer Veterinary Clinic.

"The clinic has been coming to Loaves and Fishes for more than 15 years to help the animals of the homeless clients. They visit the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

"If a procedure is unavailable on-site, Mercer will often have the animal transported to the UC Davis veterinary teaching hospital or referred to a private practice veterinarian Mercer is associated with and pays."

California-Santa Cruz-


Mailing Address

Santa Cruz SPCA
PO Box 3800
Santa Cruz, CA 95063

Physical Address
Santa Cruz SPCA
2685 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Adoption Center:(831) 465-5000
Fax: (831) 479-8530


Low-cost/no cost spay and neuter information for Santa Cruz county residents.  Also feral cat spay/neuter program.


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