If you are looking for help with the cost of pet care, help may be available to you from some charitable funds, if you meet the qualifying rules (eligibility criteria) for their help.

Animal charities

There are a few charities on our Grants Search that specifically help with grants for veterinary bills and/or neutering/spaying for people who are on a low income or benefits.  If there are any listed that help people in your part of the country, they will be shown in your results when you have done a postcode, gender and age search.

Some animal charities not listed on our Grants Search may help with the cost of pet care, depending on your circumstances and where you live.  You would have to contact them to find out what schemes are available in your area. Your vet should be able to advise on what is available or contact the following charities for more information.


Blue Cross


Republic of Ireland

Irish Blue Cross

Other charities on our Grants Search

Other charities, such as occupational or local charities, listed on our Grants Search may also help if you are on a low income and you meet their eligibility criteria for support.

These will not be tagged with keywords such as 'dog', 'cat', 'pets' etc.

To find charitable funds that may be able to help you, you need to use the filters to search on all aspects of your circumstances that may be relevant.

Check the profiles of any you find for information on who they support and what they give grants for.

Some charities give grants according to individual need. Unless the profile states that they don't help with animal costs, it may be worth contacting any charities that match your circumstances and background to ask if they can help.

Pet food

Turn2us users sometimes ask us about sources of help for emergency pet food. Some food banks may be able to help with emergency pet food. If you have a foodbank voucher and need pet food as well, talk to the food bank staff and see if they can help.

Some people have set up pet food banks in their local areas. You could do an internet search to see if there is anything where you live or ask your local Citizens Advice bureau, similar advisory service or animal charity if they know of any local sources of help. You can use our Find an Adviser tool to find local advisers

Some charitable funds listed on our Grants Search may also be able to help, if you meet their eligibility criteria for help, depending on your background, circumstances and needs, as well as what purposes they give grants for.


There is a Pet Foodbank in Scotland.

Last updated on 17 February 2020