Veterinary Assistance Program
This program aims to serve pet owners in Alameda & Contra Costa Counties experiencing financial hardship in accessing veterinary care. If your pet needs medical care, our Veterinary Assistance Program may be able to help.
Depending on your pet’s needs, our HA staff will collaborate with you to access veterinary appointments at either our Full-Service Clinic or an external partner.
You can expect to have an advocate by your side supporting you in navigating accessing veterinary care, making financial decisions, and ensuring you have the proper resources needed for your pet.
Pet Owner Eligibility Criteria
Pet Owner must….
- …fill out and submit our Veterinary Assistance Program Questionnaire
- …be pre-approved by HA staff for veterinary care and treatment
- … reside in either Alameda or Contra Costa County
- …meet certain income guidelines (HA staff looks at Covered California/Medi-Cal Program Eligibility by Federal Poverty Level for this requirement)
- …agree to spay/neuter their pet within 90 days of receiving services
- …abide by all East Bay SPCA HA policies and procedures
- Our HA staff must facilitate scheduling veterinary care appointments.
- A veterinarian must determine your pet’s long-term health and quality of life as good.
- This program is not designed to assist with ongoing, chronic, or specialty conditions.
As part of the overall care plan, we plan to facilitate spay/neuter, vaccinating, and microchips for all pets in the household. Further, we can link pet owners with a broad scope of additional resources such as pet behavior & training, pet food pantry, and pet loss support resources.
To learn more about the program and apply for support, contact our Humane Advocacy Team at (510) 563-4627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is not intended for medical emergencies. If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, please go to an emergency veterinary hospital.
Not experiencing any medical emergencies or needs but in need of food for your pet? We are currently offering a drive-through free Pet Food Pantry for dog and cat owners needing extra support in feeding their pets. Please visit our Pet Food Pantry page or contact our Humane Advocacy Team at (510) 563-4627 for information.
These clinics are offered in Oakland and Berkeley to provide free core vaccinations for cats and dogs as well as free deworming, flea medication, free and discounted microchipping, and spay neuter resources.