How to Fund Your Pet’s Costly Vet Bills

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Unfortunately, most people today are struggling to make ends meet. It seems no matter how hard we work, we are constantly living paycheck to paycheck. This wouldn’t be too big of an issue, except when you own a pet; there are a lot of added expenses that come with this responsibility. Vet bills alone could cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. That’s why it is so important that you connect immediately with a pet organization that can help you fund these bills. Why should your innocent animals suffer because of how much or how little is in your bank account?

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As any pet owner can tell you, medical emergencies can happen at any time. After all, you never know what the future holds, so you must be protected and ready to cover whatever expenses are thrown your way. In fact, there are numerous organizations out there that specialize in covering medical bills for just a small fee every month. While you may be hesitant to fork over that payment each month, it is definitely worth it? In the long run, you will be saving yourself hundreds upon hundreds of dollars.

So, what are some of the programs out there? For starters, there is the Pet Fund, which is a nonprofit association created to give financial assistance to people who own pets in their home that need veterinary care.  Their goal is to stop these domestic animals from being put down or suffering in any way because their owner cannot afford to get them the proper surgery or medical treatment they so desperately need. When you hear that thousands of animals are put to sleep every year over treatable medical conditions, it’s clear that a change needs to happen. The Pet Fund aims at assisting owners with covering bills that go beyond the duty of a pet owner. For instance, food is something a pet owner expects to finance, but a surgery because an animal develops cancer is a serious burden that not everyone can automatically afford. That’s not all, though. The Pet Fund also works to educate pet owners on preventative care and other financial services that are offered out in the world.  Other than Pet Fund, there are a bunch of other organizations with the same mission like Shakespeare Animal Fund, Give Forward and Red Rover Relief.

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Besides linking up with an organization, you can also find funding by working one-on-one with your veterinarian. By being proactive, you can try negotiating a payment plan. Many veterinarians are more than happy to work out a weekly or monthly payment plan with their customers so that the cost doesn’t have to be handed over all at once. They understand that money is tight for many people and that a lot of pet owners can’t afford these costs. You can also talk with your veterinarian about working for them to pay off the costs of medical treatment.  For example, offer to perform a service like cleaning his or her kennels or answering phones instead of actually receiving a paycheck.  Lastly, as much as you may love your veterinarian, try visiting a vet in a less expensive area. Many vets in small towns tend to charge lower fees than those in big cities.

There’s no reason to stress anymore about financing your pet’s vet bills. There are countless steps and organizations you can visit that are dedicated to providing you with assistance during this tough time.

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WagBrag’s co-founder, Russ Boles, has a deep history in animal rescue and welfare. For the past 12 years, Russ has served in various roles with Atlanta-based animal advocacy organizations focused on rescue, training and education. In addition, Russ led a local rescue volunteer team into New Orleans immediately after Hurricane Katrina, assisting in efforts to rescue and care for stranded animals. This experience changed his life, and animal rescue and advocacy will always be a part of everything he does.

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