Taking on any pet comes with financial implications and RSPCA Cornwall Branch always recommend Pet Insurance for the unforeseen illness, injuries and accidents that our furry friends can suffer. There is no NHS for pets, so veterinary treatment can be expensive.
Some Vet Practices run their own schemes where owners can pay a monthly subscription to help cover consultation fees and certain treatments, so this may help spread the cost. If you do need urgent and expensive treatment for your pet, you may be able to arrange a payment plan to spread the cost over instalments, so please speak to your vet immediately if you are struggling to pay.
We would also advise you to check the cost with other vets as prices vary and you are not tied to a particular practice to treat your animal, so shop around or get a second opinion if possible.
RSPCA Cornwall Branch run a Welfare Assistance scheme which offers owners on means-tested benefits* a small contribution towards the cost of vet treatment for their pet. The Branch finance the cost of the welfare vouchers from our local funds, so we can only offer a small percentage towards vet costs. If you would like to be assessed for Welfare Assistance, please download and complete our form – Welfare assistance application.
In order to qualify for Welfare Assistance, you must provide proof you are in receipt of means-tested benefits* with your application.
We are unable to refund you for the cost of any treatment you have already received or paid for. Please ask your vet to provide a quote or estimate for the cost of the treatment to submit with your application. This will then be sent to our Finance Department for review. If your application is successful, our voucher is made out to your chosen vet and will be sent to you to pass on to them as a contribution towards the cost of treatment.
* To be considered for Welfare Assistance, you must be in receipt of at least one of the following:
Universal Credit, Working tax credit, Income support, Housing benefit, Council tax benefit, Jobseeker’s allowance, Incapacity benefit, Employment support allowance, Guaranteed pension credit
Please Note: Welfare assistance does not cover the cost of worming or flea medication, vaccination or other routine treatments as these are the responsibility of the owner. We do not have our own vet at the Animal Centre, so cannot provide any subsidised vet care here.
If you need assistance with the cost of neutering your cat, please see our separate page for details of how to apply for vouchers under our Cat Neutering Scheme.