Veterinary Assistance

The ARL's Veterinary Assistance program is in place to help alleviate medical costs and promote veterinary and pet care which will improve the lives of people and pets.

By addressing the critical need for accessible, affordable pet care, our veterinary assistance program helps animals by empowering the people who care for them.

The ARL’s efforts to assist pet owners is made possible through generous grantors that aim to help those who may be dealing with temporary financial hardships and are unable to bring their pets to their veterinarian. The ARL's goal is to keep pets in their loving home and not have them be relinquished to a shelter due to medical costs.

Scroll down to fill out out the application for vet assistance.

Due to grant availability we are not always able to assist with major surgical procedures, grooming, and costs associated with emergency care. If you are in need of any one of these please see the resource list below or contact a local Emergency Veterinarian. Another option is to set up a payment plan/financing plan with your established veterinarian if it's available, however, this is completely at the discretion of your veterinarian.

The organizations and services listed below are NOT an endorsement or recommendation. We cannot vouch for these programs and you should always check them all out before seeking financial assistance from them.

Care Credit
Financing for veterinary care.
(800) 677-0718

Magic Bullet Fund (Dogs' Only)
Tumor removal and certain types of chemotherapy for lymphoma.
The Pet Fund
Non-basic, non-urgent care (cancer treatment, heart disease, etc.)
Paws 4 A Cure
Veterinary Care
Brown Dog Foundation
Veterinary emergencies, chronic conditions
Red Rover
Urgent veterinary care.
(916) 429-2457

Veterinary Assistance Application

*Please note that we are only able to assist residents of Des Moines any applicants outside of Des Moines will be denied assistance, please reference the above resources or contact your local agencies. 

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