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


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.

You need to search on all aspects of your circumstances (your partner and child/children where appropriate) that may be relevant – e.g. occupation 
(remember to think about the industries you have worked in and jobs you have had), health conditions, nationality and religion.

Some charities give grants according to individual need. Unless the profile states that the charity does not give grants for what you need, it may be worth contacting it to check whether they can help.

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


There is a Pet Foodbank in Scotland.

Last updated on 5 January 2021

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