Help & Valuable Information

Links to fellow charities and friends

Please keep in mind all of these organizations have rules and regulations that are beyond the control of the Bummer Fund. The information provided here does not constitute a promise or guarantee of any kind and is provided only to help you contact other organizations.


Athena Animal Advocacy Group


Assistance in treatment of medical emergencies. Grants paid directly to vets. Amounts vary case by case, ranging from $50 to $200. They also provide help for rescues, heart worm, and spay and neuter needs.


Red Rover
National organization that provides financial assistance grants and resources to pet owners who are unable to pay for emergency veterinary care for their companion animals. See website above for eligibility requirements and application. Will not consider applications by e-mail, phone, fax or mail. For additional resources, pet owners can visit No help with spay or neuter. Not an animal shelter or vet. Cannot pay for treatment already rendered.

The Onyx and Breezy Foundation
PO Box 656
Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
FAX: (201) 782-9090
They make individual grants for animal medical care where hardship is present. They are located in New York and have excellent references, including Ken Howard, their national spokesperson. The application is on their web site, and they require a packet of specific information along with their application, but they are an extremely reliable and strong organization. They do not consider grants unless they have a complete packet of information, so you must check out their web site.

Jake Brady Memorial Fund
(440) 937-4000 for information
Funds corrective, suitable, and life-saving medical treatment for companion animals of families in need. Provides funds for emergency treatment, surgical procedure, testing, medication, vaccinations, X-rays, preventive therapy, and room and board.

Decisions made through a formalized funding application process reviewed by Board of Trustees and is based on financial situation, potential quality of life with medical care, and funds available at time of application.

Eligibility: Senior citizens and retirees on fixed income, low-income families with documented annual income of less than $18,000 per year, physically and/or mentally impaired, unemployed and/or receiving assistance.

Application available on-line.

IMOM (In Memory of Magic)
No public phone number – application through web site only
National organization located in Pennsville, NJ

Helps with life threatening emergencies only (pet will die if vet care is not provided within ten days). There’s a step-by-step application process at the web site. Application for Care Credit and documentation of emergency must be provided before request for application can be made.

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program
No phone listed. Contact at fveap @
Helps seniors, people with disabilities, people who have lost their job, and Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten.
Eligibility: Must be urgent and condition must be life threatening or seriously compromise life of cat. Cat must be spayed or neutered. Guardians must contribute to cost and vets are expected to offset some of the cost.
Application by e-mail for immediate life or death situations only. Application to be sent by mail available at web site.

The Pet Fund
916-443-6007 (Must contact by phone first)
Applications for vet care can only be made online from a computer with a printer. The ONLY exception is for persons with severe disabilities who are homebound or cannot leave their home without assistance. Approved funding sent directly to vets. Before applying you must have proof of income, written cost estimate, and name, address, and medical license number of treating veterinarian.
Eligibility: Funds ONLY non-basic non-emergency care. Medical care above and beyond basic care but which does not require urgent treatment. There is a chronic waiting list.
Site also has a list of alternative ways to raise money for pet emergencies and additional financial and pet care information.

Brown Dog Foundation, Inc.
Assists pet owners in a temporary financial crisis as alternative to euthanasia when pet is facing a treatable but life-threatening condition or illness. Currently unable to offer pre-approval assistance in emergency cases. Does not issue approvals by phone or mail. Will fast track cases and can generate one-day response when all parties cooperate fully and immediately, but the typical process takes from two to five business days, depending upon the requirements of treatment.
Complex application process involving a survey, a seven-page application form, documentation, and a form completed by the vet.

This site allows an individual to post a fund raising goal to which a group of people can pledge. If the goal is met, the site collects the money and puts it into the Pay Pal account of the person posting the goal (the team leader). One can solicit funds from friends or relatives on a social networking site and give them a site to which they can pledge funds.
This site allows an individual to post a cause, a goal amount (optional) and a deadline (required). One can then promote the cause either by embedding a widget on a favorite web site or creating a page at the chipin site. Funds can be solicited through social networking sites and chipin’s secure service collects the funds via PayPal.


Legacy Dog Rescue
Helps low-income families with funds to spay/neuter dogs and cats. Call the number above for details and an application.

Steel Valley Spay/Neuter Clinic
Located in Girard. Low cost shots also available.

FLYING WITH PETS has an article here with information helpful to those flying with support animals. It also offers a few bits of information for non-service animals and flying.