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Pets of the Homeless

Resources for Pet Help

Everyone hopes that their pets live a long, healthy life. Unfortunately, pets do get sick and injured, sometimes very seriously. Medical treatment can be very expensive and sometimes just too much for the owners. 

If you are homeless and your pet needs emergency veterinary care you may call us for an interview to see if you and your pet qualifies.  775-841-7463

If your pet needs routine vaccinations check our "Events" page to see if there is a wellness clinic near you.  

The organizations listed below may be able to help with your individual veterinary expenses.  Like "Pets of the Homeless" they have specific missions and criteria to meet in order to qualify.   Many are specific to one breed, so check with the local breed rescue organization to see if there is one for your pet. Also, check with your local shelter or chapter of the humane society. These organizations typically know of other organizations that may help only on a local level.  Many SPCA's offer low cost or free spay/neutering and vaccines.

Please let us know if you come across other organizations that can help and we will list them.

National Organizations

Resource for veterinary hospitals/clinics for funding:  The Veterinary Care Charitable Fund  This program is part of The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). The charitable arm of the AVMA. For over 50 years, the AVMF has been dedicated to embracing and advancing the well-being and medical care of animals. Charitable contributions and support to the Foundation help veterinarians care for animals.

Humane Society has a very comprehensive list of pet financial-aid organizations

The RedRover Relief Program provides funding for urgent care.  Apply online only. 

RedRover Safe Escape grant can help with emergency boarding

Pet Assistance Network listings of help by State

The American Veterinary Medical Association lists accredited veterinary colleges on its website.  Some veterinary schools may treat pets at a reduced cost.  You would need to find a veterinary college near you and then contact them to inquire about their policies for treating personal pets.

The Savior Foundation - funding to offset immediate medical expenses

Cody's Club  Provides funds to help offset the cost of radiation treatment. Also provides a support hotline staffed by owners who have had dogs with cancer. (614) 263-7808

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program (881) 301-4264 fax Emergency finanical assistance for cats and kittens.

IMOM, In Memory of Magic, life threatening emergencies only

The Pet Fund (916) 443-6007

Low cost spay/neuter clinics ASPCA

CareCredit  extends a line of credit specifically for healthcare expenses (including veterinary bills). The site allows users to search for veterinarians in their area that accept CareCredit. 1-800-248-7729

Brown Dog Foundation is dedicated to maintaining the bond between pets and their families during times of financial crisis when their pet requires life-saving treatment or life-sustaining medications.  The family must complete an "apply for assistance"survey online.  This generates an email reviewed by a Case Manager within 24 hours.

The Mosby Foundation - Financial Aid apply online

Magic Bullet Fund -Cancer Specific - Financial Aid apply online

Roses Fund for Animals (877) 505-4234 Funding.  Other resources by states

American Animal Hospital Association’s Helping Pets Fund works with AAHA-accredited veterinary practices to identify pets in need. Accredited practices may then apply for assistance from the Fund for emergency and non-elective treatment of abandoned pets and pets whose owners are facing financial hardship.  The Fund does not accept applications from individuals, but you should ask your veterinarian to apply on your behalf. ‚Äč866-443-5738

Organizations by State & City or County


Lost Our Home Pet FoundationScottsdale, AZ 602-230-HELP,  Food Bank and Temp Foster care

Animal Emergency Care Fund of Arizona 520-982-2039, Helps pet owners pay for pets' emergency medical treatment.

Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds 602-410-0983, providing food and comfort measures, as well as de-sexing, vaccinations, microchips, and county licensure for all homeless-owned pets.


Napa, CA - Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch - JARR's Emergency Fund supports expenses for pets owned by low income families, the homeless and elderly in the Napa Valley. 

Pomona, CA - The College of Veterinary Medicine is now operating the WesternU Pet Health Center 909-865-2433

Chico, CA - Chico Homeless Animal Outreach - PO Box 4268 Chico, CA 95928 530-680-0002 Providing food and water, medical care, and (when necessary) shelter to the companion animals of homeless people.

Marin County, CA - The Marin Humane Society - Low Cost Services: Vaccinations, Spay/Neuter and Microchipping 415-883-3383

Contra Costa and Alameda Counties - The Paw Fund - PO Box 99485, Emeryville, CA - (510)390-3488.  Offers low cost spay/neuter, free mobile vaccination clinics plus they have a Medical Emergency Fund.

Contra Costa and Alameda Counties - East Bay SPCA - The East Bay SPCA offers free spay or neuter surgeries for pit bulls and pit bull mixes owned by residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. 1-877-4 PIT-FIX

Contra Costa County Homeless Program - holds events that help connect hundreds of Contra Costa County residents who are experiencing homelessness with food, medical and dental care, haircuts, pet care, shelter and many other services.

San Francisco - PAWS-  3170 23rd St., San Francisco, CA -(415)979-9550.  Emergency veterinary care, free pet food and supplies

Los Angeles - PAWS- 1150 S. Hope St. #A, Los Angeles, CA -(213)741-1950 x 112.  Subsidized veterinary care, spay/neuter servies, pet food and supply distribution, temporary foster care

San Diego - PAWS - 619-297-7297 General pet help food, supplies, veterinary care.  Wait list

PAW Fund - Alamada and Contra Costa Counties Free Pet Vaccine Clinics every month, and low cost options for spay and neuter surgery. 510-390-3488

San Bernardino - (888)767-2550.  Any resident who lives in the un-incorporated areas of San Bernardino County is eligible to participate in the Spay & Neuter Voucher Program. The spay and neuter vouchers have a maximum value of $50.00 for dogs and $25.00 for cats.

HoPe Veterinary Center - Los Angeles, CA 877-910-4682 Offers free veterinary care to pets belonging to the homeless community. Clinic is held on the 1st Sunday of every month, unless otherwise stated.  They also provide surgeries, such as spays, neuters, mass removals, and other non-invasive, minor procedures. They require all patients to be spayed or neutered in order to redeem services at their facility.  You must have been pre-screened and qualified to receive services. You must provide a letter from your caseworker explaining your living situation. 

Amanda Foundation  (888) 349-7388  Spaymobile travels to Watts, South LA, Pacoima, Boyle Heights, Higland Park and other areas offering free spay/neuter and vaccines.  Call for info. 

VenturaSpay & Neuter Animal Network (805) 646-1919 - Financial aid for spay/neuter and medical care

Los Angeles - Sam Simon Foundation (888) 364-7729 by appt only.  Mobile Unit

Southern Califorina - Pet Assistance Foundation (877) 772-9738 Low cost spay/neuter

FACE Foundation in San Diego, CA - 858-450-FACE (3223) Provides financial grants to animal owners who are unable to partially or fully cover the cost of their pet's emergency or critical care; they do not cover inital exams or diagnostics. 

Friends of Long Beach Animals in Long Beach, CA Low cost spay/neuter

Hope Animal Foundation, 5490 W. Spruce Ave., Fresno, CA 559-271-0209  low cost spay/neutering and vaccines

ARF' Medical Fund for Contra Costa, Calif. residents 925-256-1273 low cost non-emergency financial aid

Supportive Services for Veteran Families Contra Costa, CA

Westside Rescue, aids pets of the homeless 5755 W. Barstow Ave., Suite 103, Fresno CA 93722, or email

Animal Health Foundation, Lake Forest, CA,  Angel Fund 800-939-0936

Actors and Others, Los Angeles area, helps with veterinary costs- apply online

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The Ladybug Fund - Fort Collins Veterinary & Emergency Rehabilitation Hospital 970-484-8080


Stamford, CT: STARelief and Pet Assistance vision is to ensure that no Connecticut pet guardian will ever have to abandon their pet due to economic hardship. Email:


Pet Clinic for Homeless free- St. Francis House Pet Care Clinic  Gainesville, FL         352-870-0814

Low cost spay/neuter- Spay N Save Longwood, FL Call 407-920-4894 for an appointment.


Ahimsa House, Inc. Helping people and pets across Georgia escape domestice violence. Call 404-452-6248  for assistance with your animals because you are moving into a shelter. PO Box 8181, Atlanta, GA 31106


Hawaii Island Humane Society, Kailua Kona, 808-329-1175 offers free spay and neuter for pets of the homeless, and transporation for those who can't make it to the clinic.


PANT (Pet Assistance Network of Topeka) 785-270-8104

Sedgwick County Animal Response Team  (SCART) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the survival and welfare of animals during natural and manmade disasters in Sedgwick County and surrounding areas.


Minnesota, 5th Ward Residents: Free spay and neuter services to residents of the 5th Ward whose total household income is less than $40,000 a year.


Angel Hearts Rescue is a Kansas City-based non-profit organization that assists the homeless people in KC provide basic medical care, food and supplies for their pets.

PAWS Pet Pantry in Springfield, MO provides pet food, veterinary care and spay/neuter for the homeless and terminally ill.  417-881-1126


Shakespeare Animal Fund, PO Box 8201, Reno, NV, (775)342-7040, Financial Aid

Wylie Animal Rescue in Incline Village, NV 775-833-2319 Low cost spay/neuter

SPCA of Northern Nevada, 775-324-7773 ext. 406 Low cost spay/neuter

Nevada Humane Society, 775-856-2000 Low cost spay/neuter

New Jersey

Save U.S. Pets Foundation, apply online 

New York

PAWS NY help available in New York City

Animal Medical Center in New York City 212-838-8100

Healthy Pets NYC  email: Spay/Neuter Program, Basic Pet Wellness Program

North Carolina

The Betty Fund -803 Fairview St., Asheville, NC - 828-274-3647 - Financial aid for spay/neuter

Buncombe County Animal Shelter -  16 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, NC 28806 - 828-250-6430 - Shelter Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9am - 6pm- The Asheville Humane Society offers to keep pets for 30 days — free of charge


Columbus -Faithful Forgotten Best Friends - Provides food and veterinary care to the pets of the homeless and less fortunate in central Ohio. Check on line for locations and dates.

Northest Ohio Vets on Wheels through One Health Organziation - for Seniors with pets Northeast Ohio starting in Cuyahoga County- (216) 920-3051 Low Cost and discounts

Toledo, OH - Planned Pethood Free Spay/Neuter with PetSmart Charities Grant.  For owned cats in the 43605 zip code. 


The Pixie Project 510 N.E. Martin Luther King Blvd. Portland, OR 97232
(503) 542-3432

Portland Animal Welfare Team P.O. 3300, NW185th Ave #125, Portland OR 97229

Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland OR (ASAP) offers cat spay/neuter $10 copay (530) 710-8373

Oregon Spay/Neuter Fund (503) 286-2411

Pro-Bone-O in Eugene, OR Wellness Clinic check website for location and times

Hand to Paw Fund: Providing Financial Support for Emergency Vet care in Oregon  (503) 246-7297

Community Veterinary Center: Quality veterinary care to low-income families, emergency care for pets of the Homeless -  470 Hwy. 99 Eugene, Oregon 97402  541-636-3324 


P.A.L.S. of Central Texasspay/neuter and pet food pantry

Animal Trustees of Austin, provides a variety of services to ensure the well-being of animals in the Austin area. 


Paws for Hope - provides support to homeless, street-involved, low-income pet guardians through donations of food, bedding, jackets, and other items, and by offering free animal health clinics and vet care assistance.  Vancouver-based  604-396-9267

Here are a few websites for groups that provide financial assistance for specific breeds:

Akita Rescue Fund–financial assistance to individuals and/or groups relating to emergency expenses for purebred Akitas who are abandoned, rescued, or waiting at a municipal shelter
Australian Cattle Dog Rescue, Inc. (ACDRI) financial assistance program–for persons or groups rescuing purebred Australian Cattle Dogs. This major medical assistance is available for expenses which are above and beyond the routine examination, vaccination, spay/neuter, heartworm test and intestinal parasite test expenses
Berner Emergency Health Assistance Fund–financial assistance to owners of Bernese Mountain Dogs who need help when their dogs are accidentally injured or develop catastrophic medical conditions
Boxer Rescue Foundation–financial assistance for rescued Boxers while in foster care
Chow Chow Welfare Fund–financial assistance to rescue volunteers to help offset the costs of basic medical services needed to make homeless purebred Chow Chows healthy and ready for placement.
CorgiAid–financial assistance to corgis and corgi mixes that are rescued from shelters or are in other non-permanent, foster homes
Special Needs Dobermans–helps senior and special needs Dobermans
Goldstock Fund–funds to rescue organizations or individuals to pay for transportation, boarding, evaluations and medical costs of golden retrievers
PYRAMEDIC Trust–financial assistance for Great Pyrenees’ owners/rescuers in need of emergency medical care
Keeshond Sunshine Rescue Foundation–financial assistance for the medical expenses of rescued Keeshonds in foster care
LABMED–monetary assistance for emergency medical expenses for Labrador Retrievers or Lab mixes who are abandoned or rescued
Labrador Lifeline–for owners and rescuers of Labs in need of assistance
Pit Bull Rescue Central–helps pits and pit mixes in need
TSCA Rescue & Health Trust–financial assistance to those who rescue Tibetan Spaniels
WestieMed–helping rescued Westies in need of medical attention

 Other information that may be helpful:

Sheltering Animals & Families Together (SAF-T) is the only national initiative dedicated to providing guidance to family violence shelters on how to house pets with their families.
Angel Hanz For The Homeless: Angel Hanz For The Homeless is 501c-3 non-profit dedicated to bettering the lives of homeless individuals and their pets through a solutions-based approach. "We never forget about the pets".
Healthy Pets at Home: 
A Guide for Cat and Dog Owners
Traveling with Pets
This guide will help you travel safely with your pet
GetPetCoupons is a website for pet owners to save money on RX and other pet supplies





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