You don’t have to lose your pet, and they don’t have to lose their home because of financial hardship.
First, take a deep breath. Struggling with the idea of giving your cherished pet to someone who can afford them is heartbreaking, but you’ve come to the right place. Whether the problem is your income, ability to work, or your pet’s care costs, there are resources that will help keep your pet in your home.
Programs grow and change all the time. If these don’t apply to you, follow the link to check for updates and search your area for assistance programs we might have missed.
Pet Medical Care
- Actors and Others for Animals
- Mercy Crusade
- Pet Orphans
- Sam Simon Foundation
- Voice for the Animals Foundation Helping Friends Program
- Animal Assistance League of Orange County
- Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends
- Foundation for Animal Care and Education
- Pets Are Wonderful Support
- PetAid Animal Hospital (Denver)
- Humane Society CARE Program (Boulder Valley)
- Harley’s Hope Foundation (Colorado Springs)
Cancer and LymphomaAlong with general medical care programs, there are national programs for the treatment of cancer and lymphoma. These are some of the most expensive and long-term healthcare situations you can encounter, but these programs can save your lives.
Assistance DogsAssistance dogs often belong to owners whose ability to work is limited. These programs can help you pay for medical care and, in California, routine pet care for your registered service dog.
Animal RescueAnimal welfare groups registered with the American Humane Association can get help rescuing, caring for, and rehoming abused or neglected animals.
The following states offer programs to help pet parents with disabilities cover the financial cost of pet ownership:
- San Diego (free pet food for elderly/disabled)
- Sonoma County (assistance for HIV/AIDS-positive owners)
Other ways to generate funds for medical care.
- Discounted vet costs from a local veterinary school (check accreditation)
- DIY donation jars
- Yard or bake sale
- Social media fundraising
- See more Humane Society of the United States suggestions
Need help having your pet spayed or neutered?
These programs can help you with low-cost spay and neuter while helping our communities reduce the number of stray and unwanted litters.
Getting your pet spayed or neutered is an essential part of pet parenting. Some adoption organizations and shelters even require it as a condition of adoption or deposit return. However, these are surgical procedures that require sedation and staffing, and those things don’t come cheap. If you need help with the cost of pet alteration, here are some resources from the ASPCA that can help.
You can also contact your local animal shelter or veterinarian to ask about low-cost spay and neuter services in your area. Many clinics hold low-cost events when they can or on a regular basis.