Veterinary Assistance

The ARL's Veterinary Assistance program is in place to address the critical need for accessible, affordable pet care. Our veterinary assistance program helps pets by empowering the people who care for them.

The ARL’s efforts to assist pet owners are made possible through generous grantors who 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 homes and not have them be relinquished to a shelter due to medical costs.

* We can not assist with veterinary emergencies *

Veterinary Assistance Application

This application is for City of Des Moines residents only. If you live outside of City of Des Moines please refer to the resources listed below. 

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See below for other options for veterinary assistance

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.

Bow Wow Buddies Foundation

Individuals and families may apply for a grant for one dog per calendar year.

The Magic Bullet Fund

Tumor removal and certain types of chemotherapy for lymphoma. *dogs only*

Care Credit

Financing for veterinary care.
(800) 677-0718

Paws 4 a Cure

Veterinary Care

The Pet Fund

Non-basic, non-urgent care (cancer treatment, heart disease, etc.)

Red Rover

Urgent veterinary care.
(916) 429-2457

Brown Dog Foundation

Veterinary emergencies, chronic conditions
Frankie's Friends
Oscar's Cause

Emergency and Non-Emergency Assistance

Diabetic Cats in Need

The world's simplest patient financing solution. Finding your plan won’t affect your credit score.