Where to find free & low-cost vet care is important, if you are on a budget. Also check local animal shelters, as often they can help. And read the post on where to find trustworthy pet insurance. There are a few charities that can help people who are eligible (usually on benefits):
- Blue Cross
- Mayhew & Celia Hammond (London)
- Dog’s Trust & Cats Protection (certain procedures)
Free & Low-Cost Vet Care Outside the UK
- Blue Cross (Ireland)
- The Humane Society (US)
- Go Fund Me (CA)
- PetCard helps spread the cost
- The Farley Foundation (CA)
- Community Veterinary Outreach (CA)
- Pet Medical Crisis (AU)
- Vet Care Finance (NZ – affordable emergency loans)
Project Vets is a global charity that accepts donations of gently used veterinary/medical equipment to use for its important work.
Other Ways to Help with Vet Bills
- This book to keep your dog safe is an ideal read. It’s packed with fun illustrations, but includes important safety information on everything from toxic foods to avoid and garden safety, along with info on every other topic under the sun, and first aid.
- Animal Trust is England’s first non-profit vet. This means that staff still get paid, but prices are more realistic for the average person. Hopefully a sign of things to come?
- One good idea from the US is Waggle, a crowdfunding platform where people pool donations from vetted requests for help, then are informed how the animals are helped. Donations are also matched by people who have chosen to do this as their form of giving (often people of wealth who have lost a companion animal, and wish to help). Here, you can set up a crowdfunding campaign at Chuffed.
Free Vet Care for Street Dogs
If you know of a homeless person with a dog, let them know about:
- Dog’s Trust Hope Project offers free vet care via a card, and a list of dog-friendly hostels.
- DOTS (dogs on the streets), Street Vet and Street Paws offer free vet care to street dogs in several cities and towns.
If you are interested in Reiki to help humans, why not use it to help animal friends too? Animals (mostly) respond better, as they don’t have religious hang-ups and ‘it’s all a load of rubbish’ mentality that some two-legged people do! Animals communicate by feeling (a few don’t like it, but will let you know).
The world leader in animal Reiki is Kathleen Prasad. Her book Animal Reiki is the gold standard book to read. Her 21-Day Animal Reiki Challenge helps you discover untapped potential that animals can awaken within you, to open your heart and mind to loving-kindness, extraordinary bliss and a balanced life. With the inspiration of 21 different animals, the wisdom of Reiki Precepts and the healing power of affirmations, you can:
- Release anger
- Let go of worries & fears
- Develop humility
- Find gratitude in each moment
- Listen to your inner wisdom
- Expand compassion
This book can bring you and your animal friends balance, to heal & transform. Watch Kathleen completely settle a shelter of barking animals using Reiki meditation, in just 40 minutes.
About the Author
Kathleen Prasad is founder of Animal Reiki Rsource and president of Shelter Animal Reiki Association. A practitioner for 20 years, she teaches and shares healing benefits of Reiki meditation for animals and caregivers. Her teachings are based on traditional Japanese techniques, and thousands of hours of experience in the field.
Animal Reiki for Vets
Vets on Animal Reiki is written by someone else, but Kathleen writes the foreword – for forward-thinking vets! This ground-breaking book helps support vets in their quest to heal patients, by offering this harmless add-on, to bridge the gap between Animal Reiki and scientific understanding of vets. Including powerful testimonials from vets who have used the practice, the book shows that there is an ethical and seamless way to incorporate holistic support, without interfering with traditional protocols.
Being a Licensed Veterinary Technician and Reiki 2 practitioner, I have incorporated Reiki into my work with animals, and seen great results. The book provided a lot of good information, and gave me good ideas of how to explain Reiki in ways that clients can understand. Reiki is used in so many human & animal hospitals (and animal shelters) for the greatest good! Andrea