Financial Assistance

The Idaho Humane Society Veterinary Medical Center is able to provide veterinary care for the companion animals of families, seniors and individuals who aren’t able to afford services otherwise.

This standardized, income-based, sliding-scale fee structure for low-income clients provides a true safety net for many beloved pets, particularly during difficult economic times. Financial assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis. Recipients are awarded financial assistance based on income criteria and need. You may apply online through ScratchPay in advance. 

Need assistance with your pet’s veterinary care?

Our low-income veterinary assistance program can provide a percentage off of non-elective services that are performed in-house for pets of families on the lower end of the income scale. To see if you qualify we will need to know the number of adults and minors in the home as well as the combined household income for all contributing adults. These guidelines are updated annually and we can qualify you over the phone or in person. Animals must be spayed or neutered in order to receive any financial assistance. For more information, please contact the Veterinary Medical Center at 208-342-3599.

All pets receiving any reduced fee service must be spayed or neutered. If the pet is not already altered, it will be spayed or neutered at the Veterinary Medical Center while receiving services.

Payment plans are available to pet owners that do not qualify for CareCredit. Before you can qualify for IHS payment plans, you must first apply to ScratchPay or apply to CareCredit.

Learn about specific funds that support the IHS Veterinary Medical Center

Medical care funding for pets in need is provided through donations from individuals and businesses, support from grants, and revenue provided by non-income qualified clients of the Center. Please consider supporting these vital programs:

Easy Fund

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Easy Fund

The Easy Fund was established in 2014 to provide medical care for dogs belonging to families that cannot afford necessary veterinary services and for shelter dogs that would otherwise be unadoptable because of serious but treatable medical conditions.

It’s a very sad fact that thousands of shelter dogs across the country lose opportunities for new homes due to treatable illness or injury, and that families struggling to afford veterinary care are sometimes forced to lose their companion animals to euthanasia. With the help of the Easy Fund, the Idaho Humane Society strives to return all treatable dogs to health so they will have a renewed chance to find a forever home or remain with their families. Dogs with special needs are also transferred from shelters across the state to receive care – and hope – at the Idaho Humane Society’s Veterinary Medical Center.

The Easy Fund was named for its late founding donor’s beloved dog Easy, an adoptee from the Idaho Humane Society.

Star Fund

The STAR Fund supports the many shelter animals that require extensive medical care before they are ready for adoption. Our Veterinary Medical Center tends to nearly 13,000 shelter pets, and many more community animals, each year.

The STAR Fund also supports lower-cost veterinary services for pet owners that qualify as low-income based on federal standards. These owners can qualify for a standardized, income-based, sliding-scale fee structure to help them afford veterinary care. Providing this assistance often means the difference between an animal staying in a home where it is loved versus being euthanized or surrendered to the shelter.


Feral Cat and Bully Breed Program

When you support our discounted Feral Cat and Bully Breed low-cost spay and neuter programs, you invest in the effort that saves the most lives per dollar spent. Thanks to decades of low-cost spay and neuter efforts, the number of animals entering our shelter each year has continued to decline.

These include low-cost surgeries performed at our hospital, special evening clinics operated on-site by volunteers who support trained veterinarians and medical staff, and occasional off-site surgeries performed in our veterinary hospital on wheels.

If you would like to make a contribution specifically dedicated to supporting the work of the IHS Veterinary Medical Center, please contact Kendall Scrheiner at 208-387-2760 or [email protected].