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Pet Financial Aid And Discounted Veterinary Care-Related Organizations

NOTE: If your animal requires emergency veterinary care and you cannot afford treatment, contact nearby veterinary colleges that may have programs. If you are unsure what qualifies as emergency veterinary care, call your veterinarian and describe the symptoms.

Working With Veterinarians

  • Negotiate a payment plan with your vet. If you're a client in good standing, they may be happy to work out a weekly or monthly payment plan. However, a vet you've never been to may not agree to such a plan.
  • Get a second opinion. You may 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 may charge lower fees.
  • Check out local veterinary schools. Many run low-cost clinics for limited income clients.

Fundraising And Temporary Credit

  • Ask if your veterinarian accepts Care Credit, a credit card specifically for health care expenses, including for pets.
  • Try a fundraising platform such as GoFundMe, which enables you to create a personal fundraising page.
  • Consider Waggle, a pet-dedicated crowdfunding solution that channels funds directly to verified veterinarians for a pet’s care.

More Resources

If you purchased your pet from a responsible breeder, check your contract to see if there is a health guarantee that covers your pet’s ailment. For help with future medical expenses, consider purchasing pet health insurance.


  • Spay and Neuter Clinics

    Clinics That Accept Spay/Neuter Vouchers.

    Don’t see your veterinarian listed? Let us know and we will reach out to them and invite them to join our list. Availability and pricing will vary. Please call ahead for pricing and appointment information. The City of Long Beach is not responsible for services or procedures provided at participating hospitals or clinics. Every hospital or clinic is responsible for its own liability insurance. Feedback may be sent to animalcare@longbeach.gov.

  • Local Veterinarians

    Local Veterinarians

    • Ambassador Dog & Cat Hospital - 2251 E. Carson St., Long Beach, CA 90807, (562) 427-2889
    • Artesia Animal Hospital - 20200 S. Pioneer Blvd., Cerritos, CA 90703, (562) 865-2677
    • Banfield Animal Hospital – SH - 2550 Cherry Ave., Signal Hill, CA 90806, (562) 427-7122
    • Banfield Animal Hospital – LB - 5929 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90808, (562) 377-5595
    • Beach Vet Hospital - 2741 E. 4th St. Suite B, Long Beach, CA 90814, (562) 433-3400
    • Bellwood Animal Hospital - 17455 Lakewood Blvd., Bellflower, CA 90706, (562) 633-7833
    • Belmont Heights Animal Hospital - 255 Redondo Ave., Long Beach, CA 90803, (562) 439-6871
    • Belmont Shore Vet Hospital - 6222 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803, (562) 961-0028
    • Bixby Animal Clinic - 3938 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807, (562) 426-4066
    • Bloomfield Animal Hospital - 20927 Norwalk Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90715,(562) 402-9717
    • Blue Cross Veterinary Hospital - 2665 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Signal Hill, CA 90755, (562) 494-0975
    • Boulevard Animal Hospital - 2139 E. Artesia Blvd Long Beach, CA 90805, (562) 633-6514
    • Cats & Dogs Animal Hospital - 627 Redondo Ave Long Beach CA 90814, (562) 439-4228
    • SNPLA (Low Cost Vet) - (310) 574-5555
    • Cypress Dog & Cat Hospital - 5422 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630, (714) 527-4570
    • Evening Pet Clinic - 6803 Cherry Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805, (562) 422-1223
    • FIX Long Beach - 1749 Magnolia Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813, (562) 337-8268
    • Gentle Care Pet Clinic - 8175 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach, CA 90808, (562) 594-9955
    • Golden State Humane Society - 555 E. Artesia Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90805,(562) 423-8406
    • Lakewood Pet Vet - 6405 Del Amo Blvd, Lakewood, CA 90713, (562) 925-2300
    • Little Cottonwood Animal Hospital - 4102 Katella Ave, Los Alamitos, CA 90720, (562) 372-6642
    • Long Beach Animal Hospital - 3816 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA 90804,(562) 434-9966

    Wild Life Vets

    • Mercy Animal Medical Center - 2141 E. Market St. Long Beach, CA 90805, (562) 423-5458
    • Parkview Pet Hospital - 4103 Viking Way, Suite #A, Long Beach, CA 90808, (562) 425-8140
    • Pine Animal Hospital, 900 Pine Ave. Long Beach, CA 90813, (562) 912-7463
    • Primary Vet Care - 2200 Lakewood Blvd. LB, CA 90815, (562) 274-7776
    • Signal Hill Animal Hospital - 3449 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Signal Hill, CA 90755, (562) 597-5533
    • Spring Animal Hospital - 5858 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90815, (562) 421-8463
    • Sun Surf Veterinary Hospital, 16751 Pacific Coast HWY, Huntington Beach CA 90742, (562) 592-1391
    • Torrance Companion Animal Hospital - 22221 S. Vermont Ave, Torrance, CA 90502
    • Uptown Animal Hospital - 3350 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808, (562) 424-8541
    • VCA Los Altos Animal Hospital - 3040 Woodruff Ave., Long Beach, CA 90808, (562) 421-3749
    • VCA Rossmoor El Dorado - 10832 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos, CA 90720, (562) 598-8621
    • VETCO in PETCO- Cerritos - 12601 Town Center Dr., Cerritos CA 90703,(877) 838-7468

    Emergency Vets

    • Crossroads Animal Emergency - 11057 E. Rosecrans Ave., Norwalk, CA 90650, (562) 304-9981
    • Orange County Emergency Pet Clinic - 12750 Garden Grove Blvd., CA 92843, (714) 462-1829
    • 2920 N Harbor Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92835, (714) 681-1979
    • VCA Lakewood Animal Hosp. – 24 hr - 10701 South St. Cerritos, CA 90703, (562) 926-3600
    • Long Beach Animal Emergency – 24 hr - 4720 E. Pacific Coast Highway,  Long Beach , CA 90804, (562) 354-0107
  • Nationwide Assistance

    Nationwide Assistance

    Each of these national organizations provide financial assistance to pet owners in need. They are independent and have their own set of rules and guidelines, therefore, you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance:

  • Assistance By Breed

    Assistance By Breed

    Breed-specific rescue groups may have information about additional help for particular breeds:

  • Dog Parks

    Dog Parks

     Bixby Dog Park

    Coolidge Dog Park

    El Dorado Park Dog Park  

    Gayle Carter Dog Park

    Jackson Dog Park

    K9 Corner Dog Park 

    Lincoln Park Dog Park

    Pike Park Dog Park

    Recreation Dog Park

    Rosie's Dog Beach

    Seaside Dog Zone

    Wrigley Heights Dog Park 

    Dog Park Rules

    • Dog Park/Zone users must comply with posted rules for the safety of everyone and every dog.
    • Each dog must be under the control of an adult.
    • Only one dog per adult is permitted.
    • The dog must be under visual and voice control at all times.
    • Pick up after your dog and dispose of waste in provided containers.
    • Dogs must be older than 4 months, vaccinated and licensed.
    • Puppies younger than 4 months are not permitted for their and other dogs' protection.
    • Owners must have a leash. Dogs shall be on leashes whenever outside Dog Park/Zones.
    • No aggressive dogs.
    • Dog owners are legally responsible for injuries caused by their dog.
    • Professional dog trainers/handlers are not permitted to use the facility for instruction.
    • No female dogs in heat.
    • All dogs must wear a collar with current tags.
    • No spiked collars; they can hurt other dogs.
    • No food-human or dog-of any kind.
    • Owners shall provide drinking water for their dogs as needed.
    • Children must be supervised by adults.
    • Children are not permitted to run, shout, scream, wave arms or excite or antagonize dogs. 
  • Veterinary Assistance Programs

    Veterinary Assistance Programs

    Contact or check their websites for program eligibility requirements

    Actors & Others For Animals
    actorsandothers.com (818) 752-6725
    Provides financial assistance for emergency medical procedures.

    Sam Simon Foundation
    ssfmobileclinic.org (888) 364-7729
    Provides free spay/neuter and nonemergency surgeries for low income residents. Appointments need to be made online through their website or over the phone

    Voice For the Animals Foundation
    vftafoundation.org (310) 392-5153
    Financial vet assistance for seniors, people with disabilities/terminal illness, and people on fixed income

    Red Rover
    Grant program to assist with veterinary funds. The average grant is around $250 and is meant to cover a small gap in funding for treatment.

    The Pet Fund
    Assists with veterinary care for those who cannot afford it.

    Starfleet Canine Aid Foundation
    StarfleetCanineAid.org Provides financial aid to owners who are unable to afford medical treatment for the treatable disease or injury of a canine companion.

    RUFF: Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends
    RuffRescue.org (949) 580-1092
    Provides financial assistance for veterinary care and spay neuter when owners are unable to afford it

    Assistance Dog Special Allowance Program
    cdss.ca.gov/assistance-dogs (916) 657-2628
    California state program that provides a $50 monthly payment to eligible persons who use guide, signal, service dogs. The allowance is to help pay for costs of food, grooming, and health care for the dogs.

  • Free & Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

    The Sam Simon Foundation (Los Angeles) - 888-364-7729- www.ssfmobileclinic.org
    Mobile veterinary clinic that does free surgeries for cats and dogs 

    The Amanda Foundation (Los Angeles City) - 888-349-7388 - www.amandafoundation.org        Free spay/neuter for cats & dogs belonging to qualifying L.A. City residents only. 

    Animal Rescue Center (“ARC”) (near Leimert Park) - 323-402-0039 
    Low-cost spay/neuter

    Best Friends Spay/Neuter Center (Mission Hills) - 818-643-3989 - www.bestfriends.org/la 
    Free & low-cost spay/neuter (cost of surgery depends on applicant’s income.)

    City of Los Angeles Animal Services - 213-482-9532 - www.laanimalservices.com
    Spay/neuter vouchers for pets of qualifying residents in the City of Los Angeles 

    County of LA Department of Animal Care & Control - 562-345-0321 - animalcare.lacounty.gov
    $50 spay/neuter vouchers to qualifying residents of the County of L.A. 

    Dog & Cat Spay Neuter Clinic (Sherman Oaks) - 818-907-0929
    $10 office visits and low-cost care and procedures. 

    Downtown Dog Rescue (Compton area) - 818-407-4145 - www.downtowndogrescue.org
    Free spay/neuter for Compton & surrounding areas only 

    Fix Long Beach (Long Beach) - 323-413-7729 - www.fixlongbeach.com
    Free spay/neuter for family-owned cats & dogs belonging to Long Beach residents. 

    FixNation - 818-524-2287 - www.fixnation.org
    Free spay/neuter for feral cats and low-cost spay/neuter for tame cats 

    Four Paws Vet Hospital (Bakersfield) - 661-397-3767
    Low-cost spay/neuter

    Golden State Human Society (Garden Grove & Long Beach) - 714-638-8111 / 562-423-8406 - goldengatehumanesociety.com
    Low-cost spay/neuter and other limited veterinary services. 

    Humane Society of Ventura County (Ojai) - 805-646-6505 / 805-656-5031 - www.hsvc.org
    Low-cost spay/neuter 

    Karma Rescue - 310-512-7833 - www.karmarescue.org
    Free spay/neuter in 90018, 90042, 90221, 91352, 92504, 93551, and 93065 

    Little Angels Project (San Fernando Valley) - 818-515-5461 - littleangelsproject.org
    Free or low-cost exams, vaccines, deworming, flea control, bloodwork & pet supplies. 

    Mercy Crusade (Oxnard) - 818-597-2926 - www.dogcatfix.com
    Low-cost spay/neuter clinic in Oxnard 

    North Figueroa Veterinary Clinic (Highland Park) - 323-258-8068 - northfigueroaanimalhospital.com
    Low-cost spay/neuter & additional low-cost veterinary services and surgeries. 

    Pet Orphans of Southern California (Van Nuys) - 818-901-0190 - www.petorphans.org
    Low-cost spay/neuter, dental, and other veterinary services.

    Pets For Life (Boyle Heights) - 323-493-4068 - humanesociety.org/petsforlife
    Free spay/neuter & dog training for pets in zip codes 90023 and 90033 

    Pets R Us (Palmdale) - 661-272-1600 - petsrusveterinaryhospitals.com
    Low-cost spay/neuter, dental, and other veterinary services

    San Bernardino Humane Society - 909-386-1400 - hssbv.org/clinic/spay_neuter
    Low-cost spay/neuter / free spay/neuter for pit bulls in certain zip codes 

    CAMP (formerly SNPLA) - 310-574-5555 - www.campla.org
    Low-cost spay/neuter for cats, dogs & rabbits in San Pedro, South LA & Mission Hills. Low-cost veterinary care, including exams, bloodwork, surgery & medications.

    SPAY-4-LA - 888-772-9452 - www.1888spay4la.org
    Free spay/neuter for pets of qualifying residents living in certain parts of Los Angeles 

    Starlight Clinic (Norco, Pomona, Ontario & Corona) - 951-314-6444 - www.starlightclinic.com
    Low-cost spay/neuter and veterinary care. 

    Valley Vet Non-Profit (Simi Valley) - 805-584-3823 - www.valleyvetnonprofit.com
    Low-cost spay/neuter 

  • Community Cat Aid

    Best Friends Catnippers - 818-377-9700 - www.bestfriends.org/la

    FixNation - 818-524-2287 - www.fixnation.org
    Lends traps & offers training on cat-trapping and release

    Stray Cat Alliance - 310-281-6973 - www.straycatalliance.org
    Lends traps & offers training on cat-trapping and release 

  • Euthanasia & Pet Cremation

    DDR - financial aid for euthanasia

    San Bernardino H. S. - free

    Camp LA

    spcaLA - Hawthorne - $50

    Furrever Friends
    1324 W. 16th St. Long Beach, CA 90813
    (562) 269-0444

  • Veterinary Pet Insurance



    Pet’s Best Insurance

  • Financial Assistance for Vet Care

    Actors & Others For Animals - 818-755-6045 or 818-755-6323 - www.actorsandothers.com
    Services for low-income families only 

    Animal Health Foundation - 800-939-0936 - www.animalhealthfoundation.net 
    Financial aid for urgent medical procedures. Requests can only be made by your vet. 

    Animal Welfare Information & Assistance (Monterey County only) - 831-659-2156 - info@animalwelfare.org
    Financial aid for veterinary care and spay/neuter services. 

    AVRS (Affordable Vet Referral Service) - 714-206-4717 - www.affordablevetservice.com
    Referral system to help pet owners find costly surgeries for less. 

    Care Credit - 800-677-0718 - www.carecredit.com
    Credit card specifically for veterinary care with possible no-interest payments. 

    Little Angels Project (San Fernando Valley) - 818-515-5461 - littleangelsproject.org
    Financial assistance with impending veterinary care. 

    Magic Bullet Fund (online applications only) - www.themagicbulletfund.org
    Provides financial aid to families who cannot afford treatment for a dog with cancer. 

    OCSPCA (Orange County residents only) - 714-964-4445 - orangecountyspca.org
    Vouchers for spay/neuter; limited financial assistance for emergency vet care. 

    P.A.W.S./L.A. - 323-464-7297 - www.pawsla.org
    Free medical care and other aid for pets of low-income people with chronic illnesses. 

    Pet Assistance Foundation - 877-772-9738 - petassistancefoundation.org
    Financial aid for spaying/neutering & referrals to low-cost veterinarians. 

    Red Rover (online applications only) - www.redrover.org
    Financial assistance for impending veterinary care and for emergency boarding. 

    The Onyx & Breezy Foundation - 201-782-7400 - www.onyxandbreezy.org
    Financial assistance with impending veterinary care. 

    The Pet Fund - 916-443-6007 - www.thepetfund.com
    Provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals for veterinary care. 

    Scratch Pay - 855-727-2395 - scratchpay.com
    An emergency loan for veterinary care at partner clinics. 

    Voice for the Animals Foundation - 310-392-5153 - www.vftafoundation.org
    Financial aid for low-income families through their “Helping Friends” program.

    Free web-based services to post pleas for help & financial aid