By honoring the love people have for their pets.

Pets for Life is transforming the lives of dogs and cats by closing the service gap that exists for people and pets in underserved areas and bringing awareness in a new way to larger systemic inequities and injustices. Poverty and structural inequality create obstacles to affordable veterinary and pet wellness services similar to the challenges and barriers to accessing healthy food, education, jobs, health care and housing. With tens of millions of pets living with families in poverty—at least triple the number of dogs and cats entering shelters—the extreme lack of access to pet resources is a national crisis overlooked by most.

Support pet equity

Pets and their families belong together. Stand with us today to increase access to affordable veterinary care, pet food and pet-inclusive housing. 

Man holding his grey cat
Nicole Rosenberg
Serving communities—and their animals

Everyone’s lives can be enhanced by a pet and those who choose to should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love and meaningful relationship a pet brings. At its core, Pets for Life challenges the institutions that create and perpetuate divisiveness, unjust policies and a stark imbalance in resource accessibility.

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Man and dog who experienced homelessness thankful for support, 4 years later

Billy and his beloved dog, Copperhead, were both experiencing homelessness for about a year and a half. Copperhead had sustained serious injuries from an attack, and we covered the cost for surgery, food and resources. See the touching moment that Billy showed up at our office to greet Robert Sotelo, from our Pets for Life program, after 4 long years.

Where is Pets for Life?

Bridging the gap between animal service providers and millions of people and pets living in poverty requires a collaborative effort, and the movement is always growing. Explore the map below to see where Pets for Life programs are currently making an impact all across the country and to learn about each of our dedicated partners.



Did you know?
Cat at Pets for Life Event

Pets live in poverty with their families in the United States.

Puppy at Pets for Life event

In underserved communities are unaltered (not spayed or neutered).

Line of people and their pets at Pets for Life event

Served through the Pets for Life program.

Sweet dog being help by owner waiting at a Pets For Life event in Philadelphia.

Many wonderful pet owners in the United States face immense financial and geographic barriers in accessing veterinary and pet care services. Your support honors the common love of, and connection to, animals that transcends socio-economic, racial, ethnic and geographic boundaries. 

Lisa Phillips