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For People Who Can't Afford Life-Saving Vet Care, There's San Francisco Aid for Animals


Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets )

Cher
- 271 days ago - catster.com
When pet owners must choose between debt and death, this nonprofit group helps pay the bills.



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Freya H. (286)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:04 am
We need organizations like this all over the country. I would gladly support one in Atlanta!
 

Kay M. (363)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 9:10 am
awesome.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (458)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 10:49 am
This is just incredible. I wish the rest of the country would tap into this.
I bought health care for my oldest, I could not affor it for the three. Just for the one, I am paying over 2,000 a year for coverage.
 

Connie O. (31)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 12:17 pm
Wonderful. Pet insurance is so very expensive. We need more organizations around the countrywilling to help.
 

Barbara Goheen (0)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 2:12 pm
We need organizations like this all over the country.
 

Susan B. (4)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 3:27 pm
Pet insurance is indeed expensive, but at least we have a policy on our lab that we can afford ($35/month). It covers pretty much everything except big time surgery..only 35%, but better than nothing. San Francisco is doing a GREAT job with helping animals get better. Congrats for being wonderful!
 

Birgit W. (135)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 5:27 pm
Wonderful, thank you.
 

Dianne D. (450)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 7:49 pm
Wish more wealthy people would support programs like this to help the less fortunate. There will always be those that will try to get something for nothing, but I think most will be gratefull for the help. I also wish more people would pay their vet bills so that they could afford to do some reduced cost life saving treatments for the poor. I go to the vet's office regularly and one of the techs cat sits for me. Occasionally they will mention how many people don't pay their vet bills. Sometimes the Vet goes unpaid, because there isn't enough money to pay the staff. They always have to hire bill collectors to go after these people. Then again there are people who really don't care and figure they will just get another dog or cat. Americans are a very bad 'throw away' society.
 

PrimaSICK B. (1275)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:07 pm
We do need organizations like this all over the country. I was recently extremely shocked at a new -ish program where 19 vets have all joined together as one organization and the prices are all the same and extremely outragous. Most people cannot afford the walk in fee. I was shocked.

I also have been an the only emergency vet we have here that refused to help a dog hit by a car and the damages i saw were shocking. They would not help without a pretty huge down payment. $400. I think tht is alt for most people and they did not even offer a payment option. My husband and i paid it. i have done this a few times in my life. I don't have that kind of money to just hand out but how can you refuse care to a dying and severely hurt animal??? HOW? Programs are needed.
 

PrimaSICK B. (1275)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:09 pm
I am definitely looking again at pet insurnace. I think it has to help in some way. Your own vet that knows you should allow a payment plan always... and I never had any problem with that. Vets do lose money if someone really does not pay but didn't they become a vet for their love of animals and helping.
 

GGmaSheila D. (89)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:39 pm
Kudos to SFAA - let's hope the idea spreads to more places so these beloved family members can be helped.
 

Dale O. (177)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 8:53 pm
Marvellous and so heartwarming to know there are some places to turn to for those in need and facing the heart rending loss of their pet. Many vets do allow personalized payment plans but for those who don't this certainly helps those needing assistance. People and pets should not have to die due to 'lack of funds.'
 

Christine Stewart (130)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 9:16 pm
PrimaAWAY B- vets get into the profession to help animals- not to get rich- but no one realizes how much it costs to operate a vet hospital- if so many people don't pay their bills, or if so many people want free care- guess what- the vet hospital closes. The water, electricity bills don't get discounted, insurance and license fees must be paid, staff and workmen's comp must get paid- the vet doesn't get any mercy from creditors just because they love animals....
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 9:23 pm
For low income individuals or families, we have the Farley Foundation - www.farleyfoundation.org - established by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association in 2002. It assists people in need by subsidizing the cost of veterinary care for their sick/injured pets. The Foundation relies on donations and helps hundreds of people and pets each year.
 

Susan Duncan (25)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 1:59 am
There are a few groups and organizations to which animal guardians may apply for help when vet bills overwhelm budgets. The need is so great. If a beloved animal gets a serious disease like cancer, the emotional toll is so devastating, I well know, but for those who have the added burden of facing the huge treatment bills and few funds with which to pay, the whole experience must be life altering, sorrowful and extremely stressful. I hope many more of these funding groups spring up all over the country. Beloved animal companions are so important and deserve life-saving treatments.
 

(3)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 3:55 am
Voilà une action positive qui, en définitive, aide grandement les animaux et leur propriétaire. Les frais de vétérinaire sont tellement onéreux, j'apprécie que quelqu'un ait pensé à mettre sur pied ce type d'aide.
 

Fi T. (16)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 5:00 am
Help the helpless
 

Ruth S. (379)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 6:25 am
Vets should not charge people so much for helping a sick animal, lets remember that they take an oath to save live's not to charge outrageous prices!
 

Gloria picchetti (279)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 8:59 am
Veterinarian college is very expensive. The vets in my neighborhood pay huge rents. They can't afford to work free.
There are a few clinics most everywhere that have at least a sliding scale for spay/neuter and vaccinations.
 

Zee Kallah (39)
Sunday July 21, 2013, 9:57 pm
My neighbor had a cat that she allowed to roam but she did feed it.

Once, when I was at her place and the kitty was sitting near by, she told me she had told {name of cat---
that if he ever got sick or hurt she wouldn't take him to a vet. She couldn't afford it.

I'm a trained animal communicator.

Kitty felt a touch of anxiety. Then he sighed.
Kitty got up and walked away,
 

Maria Papastamatiou (4)
Tuesday July 23, 2013, 12:13 pm
Bravo!!!! Hope something similar was organized in Greece, too.
 
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