Financial Assistance

We offer financial assistance for veterinary care to eligible, low-income San Francisco pet guardians.

To provide compassionate care to as many cats and dogs as we can, the San Francisco SPCA has a financial assistance program available to all eligible guardians.

To qualify for financial assistance, you must:

  • Provide proof of San Francisco residency
    • Any current form of ID with address (If not current address, must also include utility/cable bill)
    • Homeless verification letter
  • Provide proof of income
    • SSI/SSDI
    • Bank Statement
    • Homeless verification letter
    • Pay Stub
    • Financial aid from school/loans
    • Child support
    • GA
    • Food stamps
  • Be able to pay for the exam fee at the time of service
    • General Appointment: $90
    • Same-Day Urgent Care: $131
    • Walk-in Emergency Exam: $175
  • Pet in care must be spay/neutered
  • Have applied for and exhausted CareCredit

Please note:
The SF SPCA no longer offers payment plans as a type of Financial Assistance. Payment is due at time of service for all visit types.

If you cannot meet the above requirements, the SF SPCA will not be able to provide financial assistance. For a list of other financial assistance programs, download “Financial Assistance Referrals”.  For more information, contact us at 415.554.3030.



All clients seeking financial assistance are required to apply for CareCredit, a credit card provided by Synchrony Bank, which offers financing options at some healthcare and veterinary facilities. Please visit the CareCredit website to learn more.
If approved, you will be required to use your CareCredit card to pay for your pet’s treatment if you have no other way to pay in full.
  • CareCredit can be used to pay for any products or services at our hospital.
  • CareCredit is often the best option for expensive treatments, including dental work, as we offer several extended financing plans through CareCredit.
If you are a current CareCredit account holder and would like to pay an account balance with our hospital online using your CareCredit card, click below:
Please note, financing promotions offered online may differ from what is available in person.

Spay-Neuter Free and Sliding Scale

Please call our Client Service Representatives at (415) 554-3030 to discuss your eligibility for financial assistance. Read more about our spay-neuter services, fees, and discounts on our Spay-Neuter Clinic page.

New Adopter Assistance

The SF SPCA provides a free first wellness exam for new adopters who adopt from the SF SPCA Adoption Center or one of our Bay Area rescue partners. Find out more about new adopter assistance on the Adoption Process page.

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