How To Raise Money For Pet Surgery Quickly

| 3 min read Financial Assistance

Few things blindside us more than the news that we need to very quickly, and very unexpectedly, raise money for pet surgery. In an ideal world, there would be no consideration of cost for our beloved pets veterinary care or surgery, but the high price of these things are often just out of reach for many of us.

The good news is that people successfully raise money for pet surgery and other veterinary care on GoFundMe every day with pet fundraising. Think more than emergencies and accidents, our community of 50-million strong have raised for everything from pet travel expenses, euthanasia and cremation costs to animal welfare, including fundraising for not-for-profit organisations serving pets and other animals. If you have a furry friend to help, learn all about how to quickly and effectively raise money for pet surgery below.

Start a fundraiser

Your fundraiser will be welcomed

The best part of crowdfunding is not just the financial support you receive, but the emotional support offered by friends and family as you face this challenge. Over the years, your pet has given so much to you and others emotionally (especially if your pet is an official emotional support animal). A fundraiser helps provide much-needed care for your pet and it can offer friends and family a welcome opportunity to give back, showing gratitude for years of love and comfort.

How much are we talking?

The cost of pet surgery varies by clinic and condition, but it averages $2,000 to $3,000. Often, however, those most dependent on pets are least prepared to cover the cost of an expensive surgical procedure. Setting up a fundraiser to cover the cost is something we often see people do for their friends and family, especially the elderly.

GoFundMe has a 0% platform fee for organizers. Our platform is always free for fundraisers, and our community has raised more than $5 billion to help those facing some of life’s biggest challenges.

Take advantage of our guides and resources

GoFundMe offers a wide range of resources to help you run the most effective fundraiser possible. We’ll help you learn how to tell your story, come up with both fast fundraising and creative fundraising ideas, share your fundraiser on social media and more.

Add a fundraising event

Along with raising funds online, think about hosting a fundraising event for your pet. One proven idea: a dog wash. Have friends and family bring dogs by your home and share the news of your dog wash with their social networks. Set up a kiddie pool full of water, and have some dog shampoo or biodegradable soap on hand. Ask visitors to donate to your GoFundMe fundraiser in lieu of payment. Want more ideas like this? Take a look at our fundraising event ideas for inspiration. 

Additional assistance from organisations

To supplement your crowdfunding fundraiser, we recommend seeking out additional financial assistance from organisations that support animal welfare. Here we’ve compiled a list of some well-regarded Australian organisations that can help with veterinary bills, covering more than just the surgery — but also ongoing medication, palliative care costs, diabetes management, rehoming and welfare education. 

Read to get help funding your pet’s recovery?

If you or someone you know has an animal who needs help with surgery or veterinary bills, you can start a fundraiser to raise money for pet surgery or any other veterinary care your animal companion needs. It’s easy to set up an animal fundraiser on GoFundMe — launch yours today.

Start a pet fundraiser

Written by nicola