Pet food and other pet care necessities

To locate a pet food pantry or other pet-related community service, explore an interactive resource map provided by Feeding Pets of the Homeless; just choose which resource you’re seeking under the “Get Help” listing on the right. Or contact your local shelter and rescue organizations directly by visiting The Shelter Pet Project and choosing “shelter” in the search field. The HSUS provided emergency grants to many organizations that are providing these services in their communities.

Spay and neuter

Many people want to have their pets or community cats spayed or neutered, but when they find out how much it costs, they think it won't be possible. But it absolutely is possible—there are many shelters, veterinarians and organizations who are ready and able to help.

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Pet financial aid and discounted veterinary care-related organizations

NOTE: If your animal requires emergency veterinary care and you cannot afford treatment, contact nearby veterinary colleges that may have programs. If you are unsure what qualifies as emergency veterinary care, call your veterinarian and describe the symptoms.

Working with veterinarians

  • Negotiate a payment plan with your vet. If you're a client in good standing, they may be happy to work out a weekly or monthly payment plan. However, a vet you've never been to may not agree to such a plan.
  • Get a second opinion. You may pay a consultation fee, but another vet may have other, less expensive ways to treat your pet.
  • Use a vet in a less expensive area. Vets in smaller towns may charge lower fees.
  • Check out local veterinary schools. Many run low-cost clinics for limited income clients.

Fundraising and temporary credit

  • Ask if your veterinarian accepts Care Credit, a credit card specifically for health care expenses, including for pets.
  • Try a fundraising platform such as GoFundMe, which enables you to create a personal fundraising page.
  • Consider Waggle, a pet-dedicated crowdfunding solution that channels funds directly to verified veterinarians for a pet’s care.

More resources

If you purchased your pet from a responsible breeder, check your contract to see if there is a health guarantee that covers your pet’s ailment. For help with future medical expenses, consider purchasing pet health insurance.

Assistance by breed

Breed-specific rescue groups may have information about additional help for particular breeds. You can find breed-specific rescue groups by visiting The Shelter Pet Project and choosing “shelter” in the search field.

Help keep people and pets together.

Pet owners hit hardest by COVID-19 will soon be facing immense financial barriers to veterinary access and other animal care services. They need your help.

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Nationwide assistance

Each of these national organizations provide financial assistance to pet owners in need. They are independent and have their own set of rules and guidelines, therefore, you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance:

Assistance by state

Please note, we do not have listings for all 50 states. We suggest contacting your local animal shelters for the most up-to-date and comprehensive information for your community. To find your local organizations, visit The Shelter Pet Project and choose “shelter” in the search field.

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Alabama

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Alaska

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Arizona

Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA: Phoenix (discounted veterinary clinic)

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Arkansas

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California

The ACME Foundation: Lake County (veterinary care assistance for senior and disabled pet owners)

Actors and Others for Animals: Greater Los Angeles area (emergency medical assistance)

Animal Health Foundation Angel Fund Grant Program: Los Angeles and Orange Counties (veterinary care assistance)

California Department of Social Services Assistance Dog Special Allowance (ADSA) Program: Statewide (provides monthly stipend to eligible people who use a guide, signal or service dog)

The Chester Foundation: Sacramento region (veterinary care assistance)

Compassion without Borders: Northern California (discounted veterinary wellness)

FACE Foundation: San Diego (emergency veterinary care assistance)

Haven Humane Society: Redding (discounted wellness care)

Keep Your Pet: Sacramento (maintains list of veterinary care assistance)

Palo Alto Humane Society: Palo Alto (veterinary assistance)

PALS: Sonoma County (support for those with AIDS)

PAWS/LA: Hollywood (services for those with HIV/AIDS)

PAWS San Francisco: San Francisco (free and subsidized veterinary care)

Pet Orphans of Southern California: Van Nuys (discounted veterinary wellness)

Placer SPCA SOS Program: Placer County (veterinary care assistance)

Sammie's Friends: Grass Valley (veterinary care assistance)

San Francisco SPCA Animal Hospital: San Francisco (veterinary care assistance and discounted veterinary hospital)

SHARE Marin Humane Society: Novato (veterinary care assistance)

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation: Contra Costa County (veterinary assistance)

Voice for the Animals Foundation Helping Friends Program: Santa Monica (veterinary care assistance)

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Colorado

The Cartwright Foundation: Denver/Front Range region (veterinary care assistance)

Cat Care Society: Lakewood (list of local veterinary clinics with discounted prices)

Colorado State University Companion Care Fund: Fort Collins (veterinary care assistance)

For Pets' Sake Humane Society: Cortez (assistance for emergency veterinary care)

League for Animals and People of the Summit (LAPS): Summit County (financial assistance)

PetAid Colorado: Denver (discounted veterinary care)

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Connecticut

Connecticut Humane Society: Newington (discounted veterinary services)

STARelief and Pet Assistance: Statewide (veterinary care grant program, pet food, temporary fostering/emergency shelter and pet hospice care)

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Delaware

Delaware Humane Association: Wilmington (free wellness exams and vaccinations)

Delaware SPCA: New Castle and Sussex Counties (affordable wellness clinic)

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District of Columbia

PETS-DC: (veterinary care assistance programs for pet owners with HIV/AIDS or other disabling conditions)

Humane Rescue Alliance: (discounted wellness)

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Florida

Central Brevard Humane Society: Cocoa (discounted wellness clinic)

Fairy Tail Endings, Inc.: Sarasota and Manatee Counties (veterinary assistance)

First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Inc.: Jacksonville (discounted veterinary care)

Humane Society of Pinellas: Clearwater (affordable pet health clinic)

The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River Co.: Vero Beach (animal clinic)

Pasco Animal Welfare Society (PAWS): Port Richey (spay/neuter assistance)

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando: Orlando (discounted veterinary care; but not for emergencies)

The Pet Project: Oakland Park (free pet food, reduced veterinarian services and delivery to the physically disabled)

SPOT Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic: Pinellas Park (discounted veterinary care)

St. Francis Animal Hospital: Jacksonville (assistance for veterinary care)

You Can Make a Difference, Inc.: Gadsen County (emergency veterinary assistance)

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Georgia

PALS: (support to people living with disabilities due to HIV/AIDS, terminal illnesses and the elderly)

PAWS Atlanta: Atlanta (spay/neuter assistance)

Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together (SPOT): Atlanta (spay/neuter assistance)

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Hawaii

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Idaho

N/A

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Illinois

The Animal Welfare League: Chicago Ridge (discounted veterinary clinic)

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Indiana

The Monroe County Humane Association: Bloomington (nonprofit veterinary clinic)

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Iowa

N/A

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Kansas

Humane Society of Greater Kansas City: Kansas City (Charity Care program)

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Kentucky

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Louisiana

Southern Animal Foundation: New Orleans (discounted veterinary services)

Maine

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Maryland

Frederick County Humane Society: Frederick (emergency medical assistance program)

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Massachusetts

Dakin Humane Society: Leverett and Springfield (walk-in medical clinic)

MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Center: Boston, Waltham, Westford (veterinary care assistance)

Phinney's Friends; MSPCA: (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)

The Sampson Fund: Cape Cod and the Islands (reduced cost veterinary care)

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Michigan

N/A

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Minnesota

Animal Care Foundation: Edina (veterinary clinics)

Mission Animal Hospital: Eden Prairie (full-service animal hospital)

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Mississippi

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Missouri

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Montana

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Nebraska

N/A

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Nevada

The Animal Foundation: Las Vegas (Pets for Life, KEPPT program)

Hearts Alive Village: Las Vegas (pet food, veterinary assistance)

Shakespeare Animal: Reno (veterinary care assistance) 

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New Hampshire

N/A

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New Jersey

God's Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity: Wayne (veterinary funding assistance)

New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance: Statewide (veterinary care assistance)

PetPALS of Southern New Jersey: Grenloch (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)

Save U.S. Pets Foundation: Red Bank (veterinary care assistance; a veterinarian must apply on behalf of the pet owner)

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New Mexico

Animal Humane Association of New Mexico: Albuquerque (affordable veterinary care clinic)

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New York

ALL 4 PETS: Western New York (veterinary care assistance)

Lollypop Farm, The Humane Society of Greater Rochester: Fairport (information on other community programs for veterinary assistance)

Rochester Hope for Pets: Rochester (veterinary care assistance)

NY SAVE, Inc.: Manhattan (veterinary care assistance)

The Shamrock Animal Fund: Syracuse/central New York (veterinary care assistance)

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North Carolina

Blue Ridge Humane Society: Hendersonville (vet assistance vouchers)

Friends of Madison County Animals: Madison County (low-cost/no-cost services)

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North Dakota

Circle of Friends Humane Society: Grand Forks (emergency medical assistance)

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Ohio

The Bummer Fund: Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties (veterinary care assistance)

Jake Brady Memorial Fund: Avon (veterinary care assistance)

MedVet Good Sam Fund: Columbus and Cincinatti (veterinary care assistance)

Pets in Need: Cincinnati (veterinary services)

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Oklahoma

N/A

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Oregon

DoveLewis Velvet Assistance Fund: Portland (veterinary care assistance)

Pro-Bone-O: Eugene (veterinary care for pets of the homeless)

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Pennsylvania

Animal Care & Assistance Fund: Pittsburgh (veterinary care assistance)

Humane Animal Rescue: Pittsburgh (full service veterinary medical centers with discounted options)

Sam's Hope: Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties (veterinary care assistance for pet owners with demonstrated financial hardship)

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Rhode Island

Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association: Statewide (assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

RIVMA Companion Animal Foundation: Providence (veterinary care assistance)

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South Carolina

N/A

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South Dakota

N/A

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Tennessee

N/A

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Texas

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine "The Capper and Chris Save the Animals Fund": College Station (veterinary care assistance)

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Utah

Pet Samaritan Fund: Uintah County, Utah County and Wasatch Front (veterinary care assistance programs for low income pet owners)

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Vermont

N/A

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Virginia

Angels of Assisi: Roanoke (spay/neuter assistance, discounted pet medications)

Animal Welfare League of Arlington: Arlington (assistance for emergency veterinary care)

Helping Hands Affordable Veterinary Surgery and Dental Clinic: Richmond (reduced cost veterinary surgery)

Richmond SPCA: Richmond and Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Goochland Counties (low-cost, full-service veterinary hospital)

Roanoke Valley SPCA: Roanoke (crisis intervention services)

Virginia Beach SPCA: Virginia Beach (discounted medical clinic)

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Washington

Concern for Animals: Thurston, Mason and Lewis Counties (veterinary care assistance)

PAWS of Bainbridge Island: Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap (veterinary care assistance)

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Good Samaritan Fund: Pullman (veterinary care assistance)

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West Virginia

N/A

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Wisconsin

WisCARES: Madison (community veterinary clinic for low income and homeless families)

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Wyoming

N/A

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