Having a furry, four-legged friend in your home makes life extremely fun. Your dog or your cat can help you get through tough times and can make the good times even better. Your pet is there to comfort you when you get sick, but what about when your pet becomes ill? Vet bills can quickly become expensive. Do you have a large emergency fund to ensure your pet can get the necessary care?

If you find yourself struggling to pay for extreme vet bills, you may qualify for financial assistance. Here are some organizations that can help you and your family.

Brown Dog Foundation, Inc.

The Brown Dog Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity to help people afford cancer treatment for their dogs. Typically to qualify, your dog must be likely to respond to treatment while you and your family are caught in an unforeseen circumstance that prohibits you from having money immediately available to pay for the treatment.

The organization began after founder Carol Smock’s chocolate Labrador Retriever, Chocolate Chip, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. At the time, Smock was unemployed and couldn’t necessarily afford the chemotherapy treatment for her dog.

While helping families pay for treatment is one of the organization’s main goals, the Brown Dog Foundation, Inc. also hopes to encourage dog owners to get their dogs tested for cancer more frequently.

Magic Bullet Fund

The Magic Bullet Fund strives to provide financial help for cancer treatment for dogs only when the family is unable to pay for it. Most accepted cases are when it’s reasonable to believe the treatment can add a year or more of quality life for the dog. So far, the Magic Bullet Fund has helped over 600 dogs who needed cancer treatment.

This organization was founded and named after Bullet, a 9-year-old Siberian Husky, was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2000.

Paws 4 A Cure

Paws 4 A Cure is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides financial help in the United States to those who can’t afford vet care for their pet. The organization helps dogs and cats dealing with all sorts of illnesses and injuries. All funds are entirely from charitable contributions; no government assistance is received. Everyone that works for the group is a volunteer as well.

Some people may believe if you can’t afford medical care for your pet, you shouldn’t have one. Paws 4 A Cure realizes that most people that need help affording vet care have suddenly come upon hard financial times that aren’t the owner’s fault. Since 2008, Paws 4 A Cure has provided over $175,000 in financial aid to families in need.

The Pet Fund

Another registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is The Pet Fund. This group began in 2003 and helps pet owners in the U.S .who need vet care by providing financial aid. The vet care that The Pet Fund covers is non-basic, non-urgent care. In other words, the group will help families afford pets’ treatments for cancer, heart disease, chronic conditions, endocrine diseases, eye problems and more.

Pets of the Homeless

Animals can have strong healing powers over people, so it’s not uncommon for some homeless people to have pets. This is where Pets of the Homeless steps in to help. Across the United States, Pets of the Homeless strive to feed and provide basic emergency vet care to the homeless’ pets.

The organization has four helpful programs. Two of the programs provide free pet food and free emergency vet services respectively. It also sponsors wellness clinics and ships sleeping crates to homeless shelters. Pets of the Homeless has treated over 18,500 pets and has given out over 580 tons of pet food across the U.S.

The Riedel & Cody Fund

The Riedel & Cody Fund’s mission is to provide hope, knowledge and funding to owners of companion animals diagnosed with cancer. Providing treatment grants for pets with cancer allows families to make the best medical decisions for their pets without being influenced by financial means. The program also allows families to participate in online forums to find community support to help them get through their pets’ medical problems.

Shakespeare Animal Fund

The Shakespeare Animal Fund is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization but focuses on helping elderly and disabled pet owners. These pet owners whose total income does not exceed the current poverty guidelines are able to receive emergency pet care for their furry friends. The organization pays the vet directly, so the owner doesn’t have to during emergencies like being hit by a car, toxin exposure, seizing, paralysis and more.

If you find yourself on hard financial times and aren’t sure how you’re going to pay for your pets’ emergencies, then you should look into one of these nonprofit organizations to see if you can receive aid today!