Dogs, cats and other household animals provide a sense of companionship and protection for seniors. But unfortunately that sense of companionship comes with a cost.
And that cost, unfortunately, is financial. Pets aren’t cheap, and for seniors on limited incomes the costs of food for an animal are bad enough…but the costs for medical care for a furry companion can be exorbitant.
I was inspired to write this post as a result of a question I received on the StuffSeniorsNeed Facebook page that went like this…
“Is there help with any organization for seniors with pets? I have two pets, a cocker and a labrador and can not afford to take them in for their shots or to the Vet for any health care. Can you find me help? I have had my pets for 12 + years and they are like my children but I feel terrible to be unable to get them the care they need and I can not imagine losing one or both of them.”
So, as a result of that request, I did some research and found several organizations that help seniors be better able to afford the medical care for their pets…
First of all, let me say that there was one resource I already knew about…this prescription drug discount card saves those without insurance 50-85% off of the cost of their medications.
And yes, pet medications are covered by the card. So for those times when your dog or cat needs a prescription, the StuffSeniorsNeed prescription drug discount card does work.
Next, these three organizations offer free or low-cost exams for pets throughout the country.
The Humane Society has listings of at least 300 organizations, listed by state, that offer free or discounted services to pet owners throughout the country. You just need to scroll down to your state and take a look at the requirements.
Some only deal with a certain type of animal, some will help with pet food, spaying and neutering, or veterinary care assistance. Regardless, there are enough options for you to seek help through The Humane Society.
Being Stray provides a list of about 50 charities, some breed-specific, that help those in need getting their pets the care they deserve. The list looks pretty extensive…and even covers service animals for the blind and disabled.
Best Friends goes even further in breaking things down. They have resources not only that are breed-specific but also disease-specific, state-specific and a special section for “Resources for animals of senior citizens, people with disabilities, people who are seriously ill”.
Overall, for the senior who is seeking out the help and resources to take care of their pet, there is help out there…if you know where to look for it.
And as always, if you have any questions like this that you would like me to research please contact me and it would be my pleasure to do the research, just as I did here…