The Animal Rescue Fund provides help to sick, injured or unwanted animals, assists low-income pet owners with emergency veterinary care, and provides subsidized spay/neuter assistance to the animals and residents of Orange County, California.
Through the Animal Rescue Fund Program (ARF), the Orange County SPCA is able to issue spay/neuter vouchers for domestic cats and dogs and when funding allows, provide financial assistance to low-income Orange County pet owners, such as the elderly and disabled.
Spay/neuter vouchers are issued to low-income, Orange County, California, pet owners for domestic cats and dogs. We are not able to provide vouchers to rescues at this time. We issue 2-3 vouchers per person and once those are used, more can be requested. There are a limited number of vouchers available each month. If you are not low-income, please don’t apply for vouchers – see list on the resource page for low-cost spay/neuter facilities. Filling out an application does not guarantee a voucher.
The spay/neuter vouchers are good for an uncomplicated spay/neuter procedure. The vouchers do not cover vaccinations, flea medications, pain medications, etc. You will be responsible for any additional services if you request them or if the veterinarian requires them. We will select an animal hospital that accepts our vouchers that is in or near your city, or if you know which participating animal hospital you would like to use, please list it on your application. Please check with the animal hospital for their policies, procedures and requirements prior to your appointment.
Incomplete applications will not be processed. If your application is approved, the OCSPCA will mail you a voucher(s) and once you receive it, you can call the animal hospital listed on the voucher to schedule the procedure. Please allow 7-10 days for the processing of your application/voucher.
The voucher must be used by the person it is issued to and it must be used at the animal hospital listed on the voucher. Otherwise, the voucher will be voided and you will be responsible for the bill.
Financial Assistance Pledges for Critical Care
Financial assistance is for emergency, critical care (typically life-threatening) for the pets of low-income, Orange County, California, pet owners. When we can pledge to pay for vet care, it is a contribution towards an estimated cost of treatment. In addition to the application, you must submit an estimate from the animal hospital. It is also required that you contact other animal welfare organizations to ask for help. It is possible for you to secure several contributions from these organizations. In most cases, no organization will cover 100% of the cost for your pet’s urgent care.
If your application is approved, the OCSPCA will pledge to pay a portion (not the total amount) of the estimate for the emergency treatment. A faxed pledge letter confirming the amount of our contribution will be sent to the vet and they will bill us for that amount. The OCSPCA makes payments directly to the animal hospital.
We do not make contributions towards an outstanding balance for treatment already provided, so please do not apply for a balance due. We can’t pledge if the balance was paid with a credit card and you are attempting to be reimbursed. Due to limited funds, we are only able to help once a year per applicant and we are not able help every case.
Please remember that the OCSPCA is a local non-profit organization, it is not part of a national charity or government organization and funds come from public donations. At some time in the future, when your situation improves, can we count on you to make a donation to help another animal in need?