The Animal Rescue Fund assists low-income pet owners with emergency veterinary care and provides subsidized spay/neuter assistance for residents of Orange County, California who need to get their spayed or neutered.
Learn more about why it is important to spay and neuter your pets HERE.
Through the Animal Rescue Fund Program (ARF), the Orange County SPCA issues spay/neuter vouchers for domestic cats, dogs, and rabbits owned by Orange County, CA community members. We are not able to provide vouchers to rescues or people affiliated with rescues at this time.
There are a limited number of vouchers available each month. We issue 2 vouchers per person and once those are used, more can be requested. If you are not low-income, please don’t apply for vouchers – see the list on our 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. If you prefer to use a specific participating animal hospital, 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. 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.
If you are applying for a voucher to spay/neuter a feral (community) cat(s), please apply through our OCCATS program here.
The OCSPCA is not responsible for the care, treatment or any services provided to the animal that is serviced under this contract. The OCSPCA does not guarantee the outcome of services provided and is not responsible for any bills generated other than the spaying/neutering cost of the animal.
Financial Assistance Pledges for Critical Care
When funding allows, the OCSPCA also provides financial assistance to low-income Orange County pet owners, such as the elderly and disabled whose pets need emergency veterinary care. Financial assistance is for emergency, critical care (typically life-threatening) for the pets of low-income, Orange County, CA community members. 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 contributions from several different organizations. In most cases, no single 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/emailed 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. We are also unable to pledge in most cases toward chronic (ongoing) treatment and conditions such as diabetes, cancer treatment, Cushings disease, skin conditions, etc. Due to limited funds, we are only able to help once a year per family and we are not able help every case.
Please refer to our “Resource” tab on our website for other animal welfare organizations to contact after submitting your application with us.