Help with Veterinary Bills

Routine medical needs

PAWS is frequently contacted when people are having trouble affording veterinary care or their pet is facing a medical emergency. In Washington State, shelters are restricted by law from providing general veterinary services to privately owned animals. However, PAWS and other shelters are allowed to offer spay/neuter, microchipping and vaccine services to clients who qualify as low-income. Learn more about PAWS' veterinary services for privately owned animals.

  • Area low-cost spay/neuter clinics and mobile vaccination clinics are another resource for getting your pet's common medical needs taken care of at lower fees.
  • Speak to your veterinarian about pet wellness plans and health insurance policies that may reduce the impact of routine as well as emergency medical costs.
  • If you are looking for a veterinarian, you can see a list of veterinary clinics that helped with the recent Spay Day. You can also search for a veterinarian in your area on the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association's website or the American Animal Hospital Association's website. As a caring guardian, please undertake full research before entrusting your companion animal to any service provider.

Help with pet food and supplies

If you need assistance with pet food and other supplies, here are some helpful resources:

Pet Foods Stamps is a program created to fill the void in the United States’ Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps, which excludes the purchase of pet food and pet supplies. The program aims to provide “food stamps” for pets of low-income families and for SNAP recipients who otherwise could not afford to feed their pets. Once need and income are verified, pet owners receive free monthly home delivery of food supplies, based on the pets’ needs, from online pet food retailer Pet Food Direct for a six-month period. Visit the website for details and how to apply.

Contact local food banks to ask if they have limited amounts of pet food and supplies available for clients.

The Pet Food Bank at Seattle Humane Society collects pet food donations for the pets of seniors and qualified low-income community members.

Visit Washington 2-1-1 Information Network for a list of pet food banks and other pet services in Washington State.

Help with veterinary bills

PAWS does not have a program to help individuals cover the cost of their pets' veterinary bills. These organizations have useful information about paying for veterinary bills and veterinary assistance funds:

You can also check with national organizations for more information:

Your veterinarian can submit an assistance request to the American Animal Hospital Association's "Helping Pets Fund." In order to qualify, your animal hospital must be AAHA accredited. To learn more about the program visit the AAHA website. To find an AAHA accredited hospital in your area, search online at www.Pets911.com.

Post-adoption medical needs

PAWS does not have a full-service veterinary center and cannot be responsible for veterinary bills or treatment of an animal after leaving our shelter. If you have questions about the health of an animal you adopted from PAWS, please review the information in your adoption packet, and be sure to take advantage of the free certificate for a veterinary exam. If you have further questions, you can contact us at 425.787.2500 x804.