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Hello, I am sorry to hear about Freckles cataracts, and very sorry to hear that his insurance won't cover the cost. Did you speak with someone at the insurance company to double check?
Unfortunately, although many people assume veterinary schools perform procedures for free because they are teaching hospitals, that is usually not the case, unless there is a doctor there who is researching a new procedure or drug and need pets for an experimental trial, in those cases sometimes the cost will be covered since it is an experimental procedure. You can always call the veterinary college to check and see if any studies are going on, or some schools may have funds for pets whose owners can't afford treatment. You can find a list of vet schools at https://www.avma.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/Education/Accreditation/Colleges/Pages/colleges-accredited.aspx.
Another option would be trying to find a charitable organization that may help you out. The Humane Society has a list on their website at http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html?credit=web_id91754962
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