Additional Resources

The Tank Fund will not be able to provide financial assistance to every applicant in need, unfortunately. Please consider researching the following organizations to see if you meet their criteria for assistance. 

This information is primarily for individuals with companion animals in a permanent home, but some of them also help rescue organizations for individual animals, or help handicapped people purchase, train, and care for service animals. Perhaps this list of organizations that will help with emergency vet bills may be able to help you in times when the determining factor in saving your pet's life is the ability to pay an unexpected or costly vet bill.

Note: These organizations help only in EMERGENCY situations such as accidental injuries requiring immediate care, or long term health problems requiring surgery or ongoing treatment, such as orthopedic repairs or chemotherapy for animals with cancer. They are not for people who can't or won't provide basic care for their pets.

Most of these organizations also accept donations, and many are tax deductible, so if you are able, these would be worthy causes to donate to, where your donation will go directly to help an animal in need.

AAHA Helping Pets Fund: As the benevolent arm of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Foundation, the AAHA Helping Pets Fund helps those in need access quality veterinary care for their sick or injured pets. They raise funds and award grants supporting veterinary care for pets that have been abandoned or whose owners are experiencing financial hardship.

Angels 4 Animals: Angels4Animals, a non-profit organization and a program of Inner Voice Community Services, has a mission to serve as the guardian angel of animals whose caretakers find themselves in difficult financial situations. At Angels4Animals they believe that animal owners should not have to say goodbye to the animals that they love. Their work is accomplished in conjunction with veterinary clinics across the country, eager to assist as many animals, and their owners, as possible. The services offered range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets and pet owners in need.

The Assistance Dog United Campaign: Operated in association with The Assistance Dog Institute, this nonprofit helps people with disabilities find funding to purchase service dogs. Phone: 800 284-DOGS (3647) 

The Binky Foundation: The Binky Foundation is a private charitable organization dedicated to the protection of domestic and wild animals and the protection and expansion of their habitats. At The Binky Foundation we recognize that the resources for starting an initiative are often the hardest to obtain. Thus, we are committed to assisting individuals and organizations in taking those critical initial steps toward protecting animals and their habitats. 

Brown Dog Foundation: Emergency and life-threatening vet expenses. 

Canine Cancer Awareness Org: Canine Cancer Awareness (CCA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting canine cancer. They help sponsor the veterinary costs of dogs diagnosed with cancer for those families in financial need who would not otherwise be able to afford treatment. You can help sponsor these dogs too! 

Care 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 health care. Care Credit offers no interest or low interest plans with fixed monthly payments that allow you to budget your money. It’s accepted by most veterinarians.

Cats in Crisis Inc : Cats in Crisis Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping cats and kittens with special medical needs receive the veterinary treatment they need to live happy, healthy lives.

Help-A-Pet: helps with vet bills for pets of the physically and mentally challenged, the elderly on fixed incomes, and children of the poor. Proof of income is required, and the pet owner must pay as much of the bill as they can to show the pet owner's commitment to the well being of their pet. 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to the veterinarian or medical care giver who is treating the animal.

IMOM (an acronym for "In Memory of Magic"): The mission of this group is to help people help pets. They are dedicated to insuring that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged. This is an all volunteer 501(c)3 charity.

The Magic Bullet Fund: The Magic Bullet Fund helps people who have a dog with cancer but cannot afford treatment costs. 

The Mosby Foundation: The Mosby Foundation provides financial assistance for life-threatening companion animal care.

Pet Fund: The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or medical treatment. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect medical needs because of the costs involved. The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost.

Red Rover: RedRover Relief provides financial assistance grants and additional resources so pet owners and rescuers can care for animals who need urgent veterinary care. For more information, visit for eligibility requirements and application. RedRover also offers financial assistance for victims of domestic violence and their pets. To learn more about this program, visit


Breed-Specific Resources


Special Needs Doberman


Labrador Harbor 

Labrador Lifeline 


Pyramedic Trust


Misc. Resources


Please remember that, depending on the severity of your pet's illness or injury, you may still lose your pet even after great expense.

Discuss the prognosis and treatment options with your veterinarian, including whether surgery or treatment would just cause your companion discomfort without preserving a life of good quality.


The mission of The Tank Fund is to provide financial assistance for emergency and/or life-saving veterinary care to Knox County, Ohio pet owners and non-profit animal-welfare organizations and to assist in the training of canines for the purposes of compassion therapy and assistance dog certification.

No animal should have to suffer or be euthanized simply because their owner is unable to pay for necessary treatment.

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