Vet Help & Resources

Are you currently having difficulty with the cost of living and genuinely cannot afford the vet bills or even get your pet to a vet?

Below is a list of organisations or options that can support people on limited incomes.

Desexing

If you have a unwanted litter a lot of rescues will rehome the kittens or puppies and desex the mum for free.

In South Australia, Paws & Claws offer free desexing.

CATS – is low-cost desexing for cats only.

In New South Wales & Queensland the Animal Welfare League also run free desexing clinics:

Animal Welfare League – NSW 

Animal Welfare league – QLD

National Assistance:

National Desexing Network

National payment plan option – VetPay

State Assistance:

South Australia

Safe Pets Safe Families – Vet Crisis program have partner Vet clinics and put people on a Centrepay payment to pay off their vet bill.

Pay it Paw-Ward program

Victoria

Pet Medical Crisis

Pets of the homeless

Tasmania

Hobart Community Veterinary Hospital – financial assistance

New South Wales

Great Western Animal Hospital – Pendle Hill – offers treatment assistance via VetPay or Zippay.

Australian Capital Territory

ACT Pet Crisis Support

Queensland

Palliative care and end of life for pets – Sunset Vets

Northern Territory

PAWS Darwin Community Vet

Western Australia

Perth Vet Bill Assistance Inc.

Outreach Services & Other

There are also some outreach services for people who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of, some of these services are free and offer other supports.

National – assistance for homeless persons with pets

Pets In The Park

Pets of the homeless

South Australia

Paws & Pals – homeless support

We run free pop-up vet clinics in Adelaide (City), Smithfield, Riverland, DV shelters across SA, and some other locations. We also have other supports we provide. Talk to your support agency for a referral to our clinics.

New South Wales

Regional Community Vet Assistance – not all services are free.

Vets & Pet Services that accept Afterpay

If you know of a veterinary service that provides financial assistance options, or you are a veterinary practitioner who does, please email us at: aca@animalcareaustralia.org.au and we’ll add you to this page.