Pet Help Resources

The Santa Rosa County Pet Help Center is here to help pet owners in our community identify a wide range of free and low-cost services. We are here to help you keep your dog or cat in your loving home. Please select from the menu below for more information on resources available in our community:

Additional Rescue Organizations in or around SRC

Pet Food Banks

Spay/Neuter Assistance

Pet Health

Talk with your veterinarian and compare services with other veterinarians. Some veterinary offices can help by offering different options to match your budget, creating payment plans to spread out your expenses, or some vets might also offer cash discounts.

Many veterinarians in the area work with CareCredit and ScratchPay as payment options. (See “Financial Assistance with Veterinary Bills” below)

Safe Harbor Animal Hospital
820 Creighton Rd
Pensacola, FL 32504

Milton Animal Hospital
4282 Avalon Blvd
Milton, FL 32583

Animal Hospital of Pensacola
5001 N 12th Ave
Pensacola, FL 32504

Veterinary Emergency Referral Center
4800 N Davis Hwy
Pensacola, FL 32503

Scenic Hills Veterinary Hospital
1301 E Nine Mile Road
Pensacola, FL 32514

Olive Branch Pet Hospital
4220 N Davis Hwy, Bldg A
Pensacola, FL 32503

Friendship Veterinary Hospital
623 N Beal Parkway
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548

Ark Animal Hospital 
3648 Berryhill Road
Pace, FL 32571

Gulf Breeze Animal Hospital
2727 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563

Pace Veterinary Hospital
4541 Chumuckla Hwy.
Pace, FL 32571

Financial Assistance with Veterinary Bills - Organizations That Provide Credit/Loans

  • Care Credit Veterinary Financing
    This healthcare credit card gives you the flexibility to pay for pet medical bills ranging from routine appointments to emergency surgeries.
  • Scratchpay
    You can apply for a payment plan and Scratchpay will pay your vet bill immediately. You can either pay them back in 30 days without interest, or over a 12 to 24-month period with a personalized interest rate based on your financial profile.
  • Varidi
    Varidi is an online payment platform that makes it easy for veterinarians to offer you flexible and affordable in-house payment plans. With Varidi, there exists a budget-friendly way to pay for pet care. Varidi does not rely on a traditional application process and there is no credit check or credit reporting. You just negotiate a payment plan with the business.

Organizations That Provide Financial Aid

United States Department of Veteran Affairs
If you’re a veteran with a service dog, the United States Department of Veteran Affairs will cover the cost of veterinary care, along with any equipment related to the service that dog provides.
**Veterans Affairs doesn’t cover unrelated costs such as over-the-counter medications, food, treats and non-sedated dental care.

  • Friends and Vets Helping Pets
    Funds treatments for curable (lifesaving, not life-prolong) diseases such as tumors, broken bones, ambulatory care, expensive medication, or post-surgical prosthetics such as a K-9 cart.
    What You Need to Know:
    Friends & Vets Helping Pets does not fund routine vet care, diagnostics like ultrasound and MRI tests or preventative measures.
    We work on a pre-approval basis and do not fund treatments that have already occurred.
    Grants are made to individuals and families whose ability to pay is extremely limited, but also to those of somewhat more substantial means, up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, who may only need minor subsidy to meet the veterinary expenses.
    Financial aid is intended as a supplement to family resources.
    All applicants must be prepared to show financial need. 

Paws 4 A Cure
This organization helps cats and dogs regardless of breed, age, or diagnosis. Pet “parents” with limit ability to pay for care may qualify for assistance with vet bills.

The Pet Fund
Helps pet owner pay for non-basic, non-urgent care for chronic conditions, heart disease, and cancer.

Brown Dog Foundation
Pets that are diagnosed with an illness and likely to respond well to treatment, but you don’t have the funds available to cover the vet bill. It was created to help pets whose families aren’t able to do so themselves.

Diabetic Cats in Need
Offers financial aid for insulin, helps find new homes for unwanted cats with diabetes, and starts local rescue programs to help diabetic cats get adopted.

Magic Bullet Fund
Financial assistance for cats and dogs with cancer. For those financially unprepared to pay for their dog’s or cat’s cancer treatment. This nonprofit aims to close the gap.

The Mosby Foundation
All about the dogs! Since 2003, this organization has been working to help neglected, sick, and abused dogs. Dog owners can apply to have procedures and treatments covered. However, the foundation cannot help with vet bills already accrued.

The Onyx and Breezy Foundation
Helping dogs and cats live happy lives through funding for spay and neuter programs, rescuing animals from kill shelters, support for cancer research and much more.

RedRover Relief Grants
In event of an emergency, this organization offers immediate financial assistance for veterinary care. RedRover responds to applications within two business days.

Hope Mending Hearts Foundation
Financial assistance grants so pet owners, Good Samaritans and rescuers can care for animals who need urgent veterinary care

  • What You Need to Know:
    Resources for pet owners struggling with economic hardship
    Resources for victims of domestic violence and deploying soldiers.
    An easy online application and quick approval process
    Once an application is submitted online, you can expect to receive a response via e-mail or by phone within one to two business days
    The typical grant is $100 to $200.
    Decisions are based upon several factors, including: medical urgency, financial need, available funding, pet eligibility and pet owner financial status.
    Hope Mending Hearts cannot pay for office exams or diagnostic testing.
    Before Hope Mending Hearts grants can be approved, pet owners must first apply for Care Credit.
  • To Qualify:
    Have a life-threatening injury or illness that requires urgent and specific treatment.
    Have a favorable prognosis.
    Be spayed or neutered (if the animal is not already spayed/neutered, please include plans for having this done when submitting the application).
  • Hope Mending Hearts cannot help if any of the following apply:
    The animal’s treatment has been completed.
    The animal’s medical needs are for: ongoing conditions or treatments (such as diabetes or chemotherapy) testing or diagnostic work (such as X-rays, MRI or blood work) routine care (such as spay/neuter, vaccinations or annual exams)
    The injury/illness could have been prevented through standard routine care
    (Except recently rescued animals).
    You as the owner of the animal have previously received previous Hope Mending Hearts assistance.
    You are an independent rescuer who has received a grant within the last 12 months.

Pet Assistance, Inc.
For personal pets with urgent veterinary needs & Re-homing older pets
What You Need to Know:
PAi cannot financially help with newly or recently acquired pets.
Grants are made based on urgency, prognosis and financial need.
We will need a written estimate from the veterinarian.
If we feel the cost is much higher than the norm for the surgery or treatment, we cannot help.
PAi does NOT help with unnecessary blood work, routine care, costly diagnostics (MRIs, CT scans, etc.) or an ongoing illness.
Re-Homing Older Pets / Pet Assistance’ Placement Service.
Pet Assistance, Inc. places older, harder to place dogs and cats whose owners have died, relocated or married an allergic mate! 

RedRover Relief Grants
In event of an emergency, this organization offers immediate financial assistance for veterinary care. RedRover responds to applications within two business days.


AAHA Helping Pets Fund

American Humane Society - Second Chance Fund

Good Sam Fund

The Travis Fund

Specific for Cancer

Stymie Canine Cancer Foundation – APPLICATION BY VET
To apply your vet must write a letter of recommendation to to be considered.
The Stymie Canine Cancer Foundation application is a two-step process that starts with a letter of recommendation from the treating Veterinarian to learn the need, treatment plan and prognosis of the pet. The second phase is to collect financial information the family seeking financial assistance. All applications are reviewed by an independent oncologist and the board of directors before a final decision to be made.

The Riedel & Cody Fund – MUST APPLY ONLINE
*PLEASE NOTE: only fund chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Determine how much you can reasonably afford to spend for your pet’s treatment from your existing resources, via loans or Care Credit.  If you decide to proceed to ask for financial aid, RCF will complete a confidential review of your resources. We will then advise you if we can provide financial aid.  It is important to note that even if you receive aid, you should be able to provide post treatment medical care, as appropriate, without our help.

Submit a Completed Application — all additional documentation MUST be uploaded for your application to be considered complete. You and your vet will need to work together to complete this application.  Please contact your vet and ask them to check their email for a request from us for information on your pet.

RCF Board Review — once the application is complete, we will confirm all veterinary/oncology information with the vet/oncologist and complete a financial review. At this point the application will be reviewed by RCF’s Board of Directors.
Notice of Decision — our funds are limited and unfortunately it is impossible to help all applicants. A completed application does not guarantee that we will be able to donate funds, nor does a denied application indicate a lack of compassion or desire to help — it simply means that we cannot help at this time. Financial assistance will be awarded at the sole discretion of RCF’s Board of Directors.

Funding — if an application is approved, we will contact your vet and request that invoices are sent directly to RCF to be paid by our organization. All payments go directly to the veterinarian based on newly submitted invoices which are dated AFTER approval of the application.  Invoices are paid monthly, on the last Friday of the month.
Weekly Updates to social media — we require all approved applicants to post weekly updates to our social media page on Facebook as well as to other sites sent in the approval email.

Questions? For help please email We do not offer financial aid to animals other than a cat or dog with cancer.

Confirmed Cancer Diagnosis Needed — You MUST have a confirmed cancer diagnosis from a board certified veterinary oncologist to have your application reviewed.
Payments to Vets Only — Financial assistance, if awarded, will be paid directly to the Veterinarian, Clinic or Hospital providing services and will not be paid to the applicant.

Only Future Bills Considered — we can only consider charges that are incurred once an application is APPROVED. Any charges that are incurred before this date cannot be considered. We do not reimburse any payments to Care Credit, personal credit cards or your veterinary hospital.

To apply, simply hit the “Apply for Assistance” button.
Live Like Roo, a 501C3 organization, provides support and financial assistance to families whose pet faces a cancer diagnosis. Our mission is that together, you and your pet will #LiveLikeRoo.
Live Like Roo Foundation helps people and their dogs through a cancer diagnosis, both financially and mentally. Our goal is to help people all over the world deal with cancer in dogs. We found that when we needed help the most, there were 50 people with advice and we got really overwhelmed.
We like to offer assistance options that best fit the dog with their vet as the main directive. We pay donations directly to the vet, as needed, and to confirm what funds exactly are needed for what procedures. After the dog passes, we also like to pay for the ashes or paw print of the dog if the owner would like them.
We also continue to assemble “Roo Cancer Care Packages,” which contain items that Roo loved during his diagnosis, as well as items that will help the owner through the diagnosis. Such items include: a handmade blanket, tumeric, an ice cream toy, canned pumpkin, treats, a Dairy Queen gift card, toys, tennis balls, a collar, a food dish.

Specific for Mobility

Handicapped Pets Foundation
Provides dog wheelchairs
Red Flyer, the Handicapped Pets Community