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Old 15-01-2008, 6:36 PM
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Hi,

I'm looking for any charities that you may know of that provide help with vets bills for people on low money?
I have tried the PDSA but I think i may be outside of their postcode area for pet treatment.

Will be grateful for any suggestions of organisations/charities!

Thanks!

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Old 15-01-2008, 6:39 PM
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The RSPCA & Blue Cross might be able to help
http://www.rspca.org.uk/
http://www.bluecross.org.uk/web/site/home/home.asp
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Old 16-01-2008, 2:14 PM
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Try calling PDSA's freephone enquiry line on 0800 731 2502 to check if you're eligible. Or you could log onto the PDSA website at www.pdsa.org.uk for more information.

To be eligible for PDSA-funded veterinary treatment you must be in receipt of either Housing benefit or Council tax benefit and live within the defined catchment area of a PDSA PetAid hospital or PetAid practice.
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Old 16-01-2008, 6:32 PM
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I was surprised to find out recently that if you are not receiving benefits of some kind, neither the RSPCA or PDSA will help with the cost or treatment.

I personally think this is appalling, if you have a pet and look after it well but are on a low income, you get no help at all. They will not even allow you to pay as much as you can afford towards treatment or the needed operation.

I thought that both organisations were there to help the animals, not just to help animals whose owners are in receipt of benefits.

It has certainly altered my attitude to giving to any pet charity now and I wonder just how many people are aware of their rules.

If anyone can throw any further light on the above I would be interested to hear what they have to say.
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Old 16-01-2008, 6:41 PM
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When you consider both the RSPCA & PDSA are charities & have to rely on donations to cover their costs it's not that much of a surprise they won't help unless you're on benefits, I know from past experience the PDSA will help if you at least get Housing Benefit.

Last time I went to a PDSA with one of my animals minimum donation was £5.
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It might help if you could advise what it would be for, i.e. there are places that will help with neutering etc
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Also, what area are you in? I know of a private surgery in Nottinghamshire that is run on a not for profit basis.
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I was surprised to find out recently that if you are not receiving benefits of some kind, neither the RSPCA or PDSA will help with the cost or treatment.
But where do you draw the line? How do you make the distinction, for example, between those who cannot afford to pay and those that are too tight to pay?

Receipt of benefit is an easy understand/administer qualification.
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It would be difficult I agree but I still think that to only help people who are on benefits is wrong.

You might be on a low wage/pension and a very tight budget, just too much income to be able to claim benefits and you would get no help. Why should claiming benefits automatically give you the right to free treatment for your animal(s)?

I still think that it is the animal that should count, especially with an animal charity.

Not an easy decision to make but I still think that a way could be found, a sliding scale maybe?
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The dogs trust gave a discount when I was on benefits and had my dog neutered,Think it cost me 25 in the end
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Hi we get working tax credits to top up OH's wages and want to get our female dog neutered, the vet quoted around 140. I have looked on pdsa site and am waiting for a reply as not sure I fit into postcode catchment area we live in Wiltshire I too would like to know if there is anywhere in my area to get some help with the costs. thanks
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Hi we get working tax credits to top up OH's wages and want to get our female dog neutered, the vet quoted around 140. I have looked on pdsa site and am waiting for a reply as not sure I fit into postcode catchment area we live in Wiltshire I too would like to know if there is anywhere in my area to get some help with the costs. thanks
as I said in my post some vets have a scheme with the dogs trust to reduce neutering costs, for those on benefits
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Hi we get working tax credits to top up OH's wages and want to get our female dog neutered, the vet quoted around 140. I have looked on pdsa site and am waiting for a reply as not sure I fit into postcode catchment area we live in Wiltshire I too would like to know if there is anywhere in my area to get some help with the costs. thanks
dogstrust gave me vouchers to cover full cost, because we were on full income and an area where there are a lot of loose dogs etc.
i cant remember what they called it but it was kind of an "at risk" area
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Old 20-01-2008, 11:47 AM
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I would try all these places, and try your local vets - there are often smaller local charities that work on a case by case basis with local vets that can help too.

And apologies for the rant, but...

Secret Lady, these charities DO help those on pension and low wage as well as those on benefits.

However, having worked for 2 major charities, I am aware that for many people "low wage" means their own salary. I have had arguments with people earning 30k per year, trying to explain that low wage is not that!!!

There is a sliding scale, and the charities do help as many as possible, but as another poster mentioned you need a cut-off point.

Unfortunately alot of these charities are abused by those too tight to pay for vets bills, using friends and relatives benefit details to get their animal treated. To police this means paying more salaries, or finding more volunteers to give up time and do a complicated and stressful job - verbal and physical abuse from clients is not unusual when dealing with these people.

So please be aware, ALL the people working for these charities (on lower salary than the private sector, 24/7) are doign it for THE ANIMALS.
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It is not the fault of the pdsa or any other animal charity that people choose to have pets they can't afford to keep. They can't be expected to take responsibility for every animal and every owner who says they can't afford the bills, there has to be a cut of point. Otherwise what's stopping someone on 90k salary with a 80 mortgage asking for hand outs extreme example but i hope you see my point.

Re the pdsa, if you are not in their catchment area, but you have a pdsa shop quite near you, complain and they will see you. There's quite a few charity shops in areas not covered by their hospitals, and a bit of noise will get you seen and often the area changed.
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We have recently started on a DMP so money is very tight and pretty much all accounted for. At the moment I have e mailed pdsa and they require you to be on housing and/or council tax benefit so am awaiting a response, pretty sure our vets do not have anything to offer via the dogs trust but will ask tomorrow morning. We have a sundrie fund of 15 per month on our plan and the vet recommended getting her done in 3 months so if we could save that we would have enought by the time she needs to go and have it done so either way we will sort it out.
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hi i have the same problem of finding help with my dogs vets bills.
im a full time student so dont recive any benifits, so no charity will help me, its annoying coz i love my dog loads but the only response i get is sorry cant help unless ur on benifits, i cant afford vets bills so unless i can find anyone may have to have her put down.
all this shows to me is that im better off on benifits than i am working and earning money.
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hi i have the same problem of finding help with my dogs vets bills.
im a full time student so dont recive any benifits, so no charity will help me, its annoying coz i love my dog loads but the only response i get is sorry cant help unless ur on benifits, i cant afford vets bills so unless i can find anyone may have to have her put down.
all this shows to me is that im better off on benifits than i am working and earning money.
unfortiontly my little dog died, but not coz of lack of funds as my dad payed it for me, but coz of what was wrong wid her
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We have recently started on a DMP so money is very tight and pretty much all accounted for. At the moment I have e mailed pdsa and they require you to be on housing and/or council tax benefit so am awaiting a response, pretty sure our vets do not have anything to offer via the dogs trust but will ask tomorrow morning. We have a sundrie fund of 15 per month on our plan and the vet recommended getting her done in 3 months so if we could save that we would have enought by the time she needs to go and have it done so either way we will sort it out.
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its true the charities only help people on benefits so any low paid workers with no spare cash have had it. Its all right saying get them insured but if you have an older dog they either charge you the earth or refuse to insure or pay out. I owe loads of money cos I have had to borrow to pay vets costs and we are unable to go to charities even though we don't have much spare cash. No wonder folk don't want to work . I am ill and cannot work but my partner does and we have to pay full everything. If neither of us worked we would have fantastic teeth for free i could get some new glasses and free pet treatment probably the rent and poll tax paid the list is endless. There ought to be an instalment plan for payment to vets. The one where I go you have to pay imediately or they keep your animal and dispose of it accordingly if the bills not paid. Not nice at all. Also some vets don't accept the insurance and you have to pay then reclaim it yourself from the insurance which is a right old pain. What if the bill is hundreds and you just havent got it? Yet an animal with a benefits claimant for owner gets immediate free treatment. I agree the PDSA and suchlike don't seem to have care factor. I have seen people with really sick or injured animals been turned away cos they don't fit the criteria and told they need to see a private vet. Wheres the caring gone?.
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