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National Organizations : Financial Assistance with Vet Bills


National Organizations : Financial Assistance with Vet Bills

National organizations that provide financial assistance to pet owners in need

Advances in veterinary medicine come with big increases in fees and bills. Sometimes the hard reality of the cost can impact the decisions of what kind of care and how much your pet may be able to have. 

Pet Insurance is an option for many, and a good idea.  Sometimes, though, people need help to help their animals. Below is a list of organizations that can help. 

Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has their own set of rules and guidelines.

Therefore you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance:

The Big Hearts Fund: financial assistance for the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease

Brown Dog Foundation: prescription medications  

Canine Cancer Awareness

Joshua Louis Animal Cancer Foundation: Under the JLACF's bylaws as approved by the IRS, grants can only be provided for pets under the care of a board-certified veterinary oncologist.

Magic Bullet Fund: cancer-specific

The Pet Fund

Pets of the Homeless: pet food and veterinary care assistance for homeless

The Riedel & Cody Fund: support for pets suffering with cancer

RedRover Relief 

Shakespeare Animal Fund

Top Dog Foundation "Bentley Grant": for senior dogs (age 10 and over; breed taken into consideration when determining what is "senior")

Assistance by state

AL | AK | | AZ | AR | CA | CO | CT | DE | DC | FL | GA | HI | ID | IL | IN | IA | KS | KY | LA | ME | MD | MA | MI | MN | MS | MO | MT | NE | NV | NH | NJ | NM | NY | NC | ND | OH | OK | OR | PA | RI | SC | SD | TN | TX | UT | VT | VA | WA | WV | WI | WY | Puerto Rico


Alabama Animal Adoption Society: Homewood (spay/neuter assistance)

Alabama Animal Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic: Montgomery (spay/neuter assistance)

The Animal Friends Humane Society: Decatur (pet food/litter, spay/neuter assistance)

Alabama Veterinary Medical Association: Statewide (spay/neuter support for residents on public assistance) 334-395-0086

American Veterinary Medical Foundation: Multiple locations (disaster-related grants)

Friends of Cats and Dogs Foundation: Birmingham (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Huntsville Animal Services: Huntsville (veterinary assistance)

Macon County Humane Society: Tuskegee (spay/neuter assistance)

Mobile SPCA: Mobile (spay/neuter assistance)

Shelby Humane Society: Columbiana (spay/neuter assistance)

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Alaska SPCA: Anchorage (low-cost spay/neuter, vaccines, pet food bank)

Friends of Pets: Anchorage (spay/neuter vouchers)

STOP the Overpopulation of Pets: (spay/neuter vouchers)

Straw for Dogs: (free resources and supplies for pets outdoors)

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Altered Tails Barnhart Clinic: Phoenix and Mesa (low-cost spay/neuter clinic)

Animal Guardian Network: Cave Creek (pet food)

Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA: Phoenix (low-cost veterinary clinic)

Chuck Waggin’ Pet Food Pantry: Phoenix (pet food)

Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry: Pet assistance for disaster victims and veterans, seniors, domestic violence victims, functionally disabled people with service animals, homeless and near homeless people; special programs include pet food and supplies, temporary housing for emergencies. See map for locations and services, which change regularly.

Lost Our Home Pet Foundation: Scottsdale (pet food, temporary foster program)

Payson Humane Society: Payson (spay/neuter assistance)

Pets In Need Action League: Casa Grande (pet food pantry)

Scottsdale P.E.T.: Scottsdale (pet food pantry)

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All About Labs: Statewide (temporary housing/foster for dogs and cats, not just labs; pet food; spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm prevention and flea/tick treatments)

Bella Vista Animal Shelter: Bella Vista (spay/neuter assistance; contact BVAS for additional services)

For Pets' Sake Best Friends Program: Springdale, NW Arkansas (microchipping, Best Friends Senior Program includes pet food, assistance for veterinary care, transportation to veterinarian and groomer, temporary foster program if hospitalized for seniors in Northwest Arkansas)

Fuzzy Hearts Animal Rescue: Van Buren County (spay/neuter & pet food assistance) 

Humane Society of Saline County: Benton (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Northeast Arkansas for Animals (NAFA): Jonesboro (pet food, vaccination assistance)

Out Of The Woods Rescue and Referral: Little Rock (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

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

Actors and Others for Animals: Greater Los Angeles area (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Animal Assistance League of Orange County: Orange County (pet food, transportation and veterinary care assistance)

Animal Health Foundation: Los Angeles and Orange Counties (veterinary care assistance)

AnimalSave: Green Valley (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Animal Welfare Assistance Group: Monterey County (veterinary care assistance, spay/neuter; pet food and supplies for seniors, disabled veterans, owners of service dogs and others; pet care resources and referrals)

Bad Rap: San Francisco (pit bull-specific assistance for finding rental housing and insurance)

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

Cat People: Bakersfield (cat food/litter, spay/neuter assistance, vaccination assistance)

Cats in Need (of Human Care): Southern California, multiple locations (spay/neuter assistance)

The Chester Foundation: Sacramento region (veterinary care assistance)

Compassion without Borders: Northern California (low cost spay/neuter, vaccination, and other non-urgent medical care for low income families)

FACE Foundation: San Diego (grant assistance for pets in need of emergency or critical care)

FixNation: Los Angeles (spay/neuter assistance for cats)

Friends of Long Beach Animals: Long Beach (spay/neuter assistance)

Haven Humane Society: Redding (low-cost spay/neuter, pet food assistance, emergency veterinary grants for residents receiving Medi-Cal or Medicare) 
Clinic: 530-241-1658; Shelter: 530-241-1653

Helen Woodward Animal Center: Rancho Santa Fe (pet food)

Helen Woodward Animal Center Animeals program: San Diego County (free pet food for the dogs and cats of elderly or disabled people)

Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley: San Bernardino (low-cost spay/neuter)

Keep Your Pet: Sacramento (behavior assistance, veterinary care assistance, services for seniors)

LA Animal Services: Los Angeles (spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip assistance)

Marin Humane Society: Novato (pet care assistance to low-income seniors, persons living with HIV/AIDS and those receiving hospice services; please see website for complete list of services)

Mercy Crusade's Spay and Neuter Clinic: Oxnard (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Mojave Desert Animal Rescue: Western Mojave Desert (pet food & supplies and veterinary assistance for homeless, unemployed, disabled, and senior pet guardians)

Mountains' Humane Society: Lake Arrowhead (pet food, spay/neuter assistance) 

Napa Humane: Napa (spay/neuter assistance)

Ohlone Humane Society Special Assistance Program: Fremont, Union City, and Newark (veterinary care assistance, pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Orange County SPCA Animal Rescue Fund: Orange County (assistance for veterinary care including spay/neuter)

Palo Alto Humane Society: Palo Alto (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for emergency veterinary care)

PALS: Pets Are Loving Support (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)

Pasadena Humane Society: Pasadena (spay/neuter assistance)

PAWS/LA: Hollywood (pet food and supplies, veterinary medical care assistance, grooming, spay/neuter, veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners, and other services)

PAWS San Francisco: veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners

Peninsula CatWorks: veterinary care assistance for cats only

Pet Assistance Foundation: Multiple Locations, Southern California (spay/neuter assistance for dogs, cats, and rabbits)

Pet Orphans of Southern California: Van Nuys (veterinary care assistance)

The Pet Rescue Center's Pet Pantry: Orange County (pet food, litter, and flea treatments for unemployed, senior, or disabled pet owners)

Pets Are Wonderful Support: San Diego (pet food/litter, pet supplies, veterinary assistance, animal transport, temporary foster program, veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)

Placer SPCA SOS Program: Placer County (rental deposits, temporary boarding, pet food and veterinary care assistance)

Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends (RUFF): Laguna Beach (pet food)

Riverside County Department of Animal Services: Riverside (spay/neuter assistance)

Sacramento SPCA: Sacramento (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

The Sam Simon Foundation: Los Angeles (free surgery for non-orthopedic procedures; free spay/neuter operations, including vaccinations, flea control, deworming, nail trims, and antibiotics)

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

San Francisco SPCA Animal Hospital: veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners, spay/neuter assistance

Santa Cruz SPCA: Santa Cruz (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Santa Maria Valley Humane Society: Santa Maria (spay/neuter assistance, microchips, pet food bank)

SEAACA: Downey (veterinary medical care assistance, spay/neuter, vaccination assistance)

Sequoia Humane Society: Eureka (spay/neuter assistance)

SHARE Marin Humane Society: veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners

Spay Neuter Animal Network (SPAN): Ventura (spay/neuter assistance)

SPCA for Monterey County: Monterey (pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation: Walnut Creek (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, emergency veterinary assistance)

VET SOS: San Francisco (free veterinary care and supplies for pets of the homeless)

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

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Ark-Valley Humane Society: Buena Vista (pet food)

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

Cat Care Society: Lakewood (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

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

Colorado State University Pets Forever Program: Larimer County (various services for low-income or disabled pet-owners)

Denkai Animal Sanctuary: Northern Colorado (spay/neuter and veterinary assistance)

Every Creature Counts: Fort Lupton (spay/neuter assistance)

The Feline Fix: Denver (spay/neuter assistance)

For Pets' Sake Humane Society: Cortez (assistance for emergency veterinary care, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic: Fort Collins (assistance with pet food, spay/neuter, vaccinations and financial assistance for sugeries)

Friends of the Aspen Animal Shelter: Aspen (spay/neuter assistance)

Good Samaritan Pet Center: Denver (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Pagosa Springs: Pagosa Springs (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

League for Animals and People of the Summit (LAPS):: Summit County (financial assistance to low-income families living or working in Summit County, for pet spay/neuter, life-shortening illnesses or unexpected high vet bills; discounted spay/neuter vouchers for higher incomes)

MaxFund: Denver (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, vaccination assistance)

PAWS Co.: Denver metro area (pet food, cat litter, veterinary care assistance/volunteers to aid low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and other debilitating illnesses)

PetAid Colorado: Denver (assistance with veterinary care including spay/neuter)

Pikes Peak Pet Pantry: Colorado Springs (pet food/litter, pet supplies, pet prescription diet assistance, and grooming assistance)

SpayToday: Lakewood (low-cost spay/neuter)

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Connecticut Humane Society: Newington (assistance for necessary veterinary medical care including spay/neuter and vaccination assistance, pet food bank) or Connecticut Humane Society Fox Veterinary Clinic (veterinary care assistance)

Dogology: (pet food pantry available to residents referred by food bank administrators in the Farmington Valley)

The Friends of Windsor Animal Care and Control Inc.: Windsor (pet food assistance)

Milford Animal Control: Milford (pet food bank)

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


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Delaware Humane Association: Wilmington (pet food/supplies, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Delaware Office of Animal Welfare: Statewide (low-cost spay/neuter for income-eligible applicants)

Delaware SPCA: New Castle and Sussex Counties (pet food pantry, low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services)

Grass Roots Rescue Society: Statewide, including adjacent Maryland counties (assistance with vet care costs, including spay/neuter, for the pets of people with limited income and stray or feral cats)

Faithful Friends, Inc: Wilmington (pet food and supplies, spay/neuter assistance)

Forgotten Cats, Inc: Wilmington (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

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District of Columbia

PETS-DC: veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners

Washington Animal Rescue League: pet food and supplies, discounted veterinary care including spay/neuter and vaccination assistance

Washington Humane Society (spay/neuter assistance)

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Alachua County Humane Society: Gainesville (pet food)

American Veterinary Medical Foundation

Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT): Tampa (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Animal Emergency Hospital of St. Johns: St. Augustine (low cost spay/neuter, vaccines, heartworm prevention)

Bright Paw Pet food Bank: Melbourne (pet food assistance)

Central Brevard Humane Society: Cocoa (assistance for veterinary care including spay/neuter)

Collier Spay Neuter Clinic: Southwest Florida (spay/neuter assistance)

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

First Coast No More Homeless Pets, Inc.: Jacksonville (free and low-cost spay/neuter, veterinary care assistance)

Frankie's Friends: Tampa/Clearwater areas (cancer specific—veterinary care assistance)

Humane Society of Broward County: Ft. Lauderdale (low-cost spay/neuter)

Humane Society of Pinellas: Clearwater (pet health clinic, affordable spay/neuter, pet food pantry, pet food delivery program for senior pet owners)

Humane Society of Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay (pet food, discounted/free vaccinations)

The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River Co.: Vero Beach (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, limited medical assistance) 

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

Pet Project for Pets: Oakland Park (provides pet food and supplies for terminally ill, disabled and senior pet owners)

Spay Shuttle: Palm Beach County (spay/neuter assistance)

SPCA of Central Florida: Orlando (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program, discounted veterinary care)

SPCA Suncoast: New Port Richey (pet food)

SPCA Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay (spay/neuter assistance)

SPOT Low Cost Spay/neuter Clinic: Pinellas Park (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

St. Francis Animal Hospital: Jacksonville (assistance for veterinary care including spay/neuter)

TLC PetSnip, Inc.: Polk County (low-cost spay/neuter services, trap-neuter-return for feral cats, vaccinations, microchipping, de-worming and flea treatment, heartworm testing)

You Can Make a Difference, Inc.: Gadsen County (spay/neuter vouchers, pet food assistance, emergency veterinary assistance) 

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Carroll County Humane Society's West Georgia Spay/neuter Clinic: Villa Rica (spay/neuter assistance)

Cherokee County Humane Society: Acworth (spay/neuter assistance)

Daffy's Pet Soup Kitchen: Lilburn (pet food and supplies, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Georgia Animal Project: North Georgia (spay/neuter clinic)

Humane Society of South Coastal Georgia: Statewide (spay/neuter, vaccination, microchipping and pet food assistance)

LifeLine Animal Project: Atlanta (spay/neuter assistance)

PALS: Pets Are Loving Support: (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)

PAWS Atlanta: Atlanta (spay/neuter assistance)

WellPet Humane: Atlanta (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Georgia: statewide (spay/neuter assistance)

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

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Hawaiian Humane Society: Honolulu (spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program)

Hawaii Island Humane Society: Kailua-Kona, Kamuela, and Keaau (spay/neuter assistance)

The Neuter Scooter: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance for cats)

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Humane Society of the Palouse: Moscow (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Idaho Humane Society: Boise (pet food)

Lewis Clark Animal Shelter: Lewiston (spay/neuter and microchip assistance)

Spay Neuter Idaho Pets (SNIP): Boise (spay/neuter assistance)

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Anderson Animal Shelter: South Elgin (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Animal Care League: Oak Park (assistance for veterinary care including vaccinations, microchipping and spay/neuter)

Animal Protective League: Springfield (spay/neuter assistance)

The Animal Welfare League: Chicago Ridge (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

The Anti-Cruelty Society: Chicago (assistance with veterinary care including spay/neuter)

Best Buddies Pet Pantry: Cook County (pet food, low-cost vaccinations and low-cost spay/neuter referrals)

Blessed Bonds: Palos Park (temporary foster program)

Brown Dog Foundation: statewide (veterinary care assistance and prescription medications)

Catsnap: Champaign County (spay/neuter assistance)

DuPage County Animal Care and Control: Wheaton (spay/neuter and microchipping assistance)

Humane Society of Central Illinois: Normal (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Southern Illinois: Carbondale (spay/neuter assistance)

National Animal Welfare Society: Mokina (assistance for general veterinary care, including vaccinations and spay/neuter)

PAWS Chicago: Chicago (spay/neuter assistance)

Pets Are Like Family: Chicago (pet food pantry, spay/neuter assistance, vaccines, microchips, pet care workshops) 
Pet assistance hotline: 312-725-3315

Quad City Animal Welfare Center: Milan (assistance for general veterinary care, including vaccinations and spay/neuter)

The Quincy Humane Society: Quincy (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

South Suburban Humane Society: Glenwood, Chicago Heights (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Illinois: Homer Glen (low-cost spay/neuter services)

Tree House Humane Society: Chicago (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Winnebago County Animal Services: Rockford (spay/neuter assistance)

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Best Buddies Pet Pantry: Porter, Lake and LaPorte Counties (pet food, low-cost vaccination and low-cost spay/neuter referrals)

Brown County Humane Society: Nashville (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

City of Bloomington Animal Shelter: Bloomington (pet food)

FACE Low-Cost Spay/neuter Clinic: Indianapolis (spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip assistance)

F.I.D.O.: Indianapolis (pet food pantry, help for chained dogs)

Hamilton County Low Cost Clinic: Noblesville (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Humane Society Calumet Area: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance) 

Humane Society of Northwest Indiana: Gary (spay/neuter assistance)

The Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry Servicing Porter and Lake Counties: Porter and Lake Counties (pet food pantry, spay/neuter referral, Fur Angel Fund euthanasia referral service)

Kokomo Humane Society: Kokomo (pet food bank)

The Monroe County Humane Association: Bloomington (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care, discount vaccinations and microchips)

The Neuter Scooter: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance for cats)

Partners for Animal Welfare Society, Inc.: Greenfield (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Neuter Indiana Pets, Inc.: Greenwood (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Neuter Indiana Pets, Inc.: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance)

St. Joseph County Spay/Neuter Assistance Program: Notre Dame (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Vanderburgh Humane Society: Evansville (pet food)

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Brown Dog Foundation: Statewide (veterinary care assistance and prescription medications)

Capitol Area Animal Response Team: Shawnee County (temporary boarding, pet food and supplies)

Iowa Humane Alliance/Spay Iowa: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance)

The Pet Project Midwest: Des Moines (pet food and supply pantry) 

Southwest Iowa Humane Society: Clarinda (spay/neuter assistance)

Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter: Oskaloosa (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

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Great Plains SPCA: Greater Kansas City area (various services for low-income and senior pet owners)

Humane Society of Greater Kansas City: Kansas City (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Pet Assistance Network of Topeka: Topeka (temporary foster program)

The Pet Connection: Mission (assistance for necessary veterinary medical care including spay/neuter)

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Anderson Humane Society: Lawrenceburg (spay/neuter assistance)

Animal Refuge Center: Vine Grove (spay/neuter assistance)

Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society: Bowling Green (spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip assistance)

Friends of the Shelter: Middleboro (spay/neuter assistance)

Friends of the Shelter: Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Grant counties) (spay/neuter assistance)

Barren River Animal Welfare Association: Glasgow (spay/neuter assistance)

Holly's Place: Lawrenceburg (spay/neuter assistance)

Hope for Pets: Mt. Washington (pet food assistance, assistance with veterinary expenses for senior citizens with senior pets)

Humane Society Animal League for Life: Richmond (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Oldham County: LaGrange (spay/neuter assistance)

Kentucky Humane Society: Louisville (spay/neuter assistance)

Mercer Humane Society: Harrodsburg (spay/neuter assistance)

Scott County Humane Society: Georgetown (spay/neuter assistance)

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Baton Rouge Spay/Neuter (spay/neuter assistance)

Cat Haven: Baton Rouge (spay/neuter assistance: cats only)

Lafayette Animal Aid: Carencro (spay/neuter assistance)

Louisiana SPCA: New Orleans (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Baton Rouge: Baton Rouge (spay/neuter assistance)

Southern Animal Foundation: New Orleans (low-cost veterinary services)

St. Martin Humane Society: Breaux Bridge (spay/neuter assistance)

The Spay Spa: Port Allen (spay/neuter assistance)

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Animal Refuge League: Westbrook (pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

The Animal Welfare Society: West Kennebunk (spay/neuter assistance)

Bar Harbor Food Pantry: Bar Harbor (pet food)

Camp Bow Wow: Portland (pet food)

Catholic Charities of Maine: Caribou (pet food/litter)

Greater Androscoggin Humane Society: Lewiston (spay/neuter assistance)

Hardy's Friends: Gouldsboro/Winter Harbor area (pet food and supplies)

Helping People, Helping Pets—York County

Houlton Humane Society: Houlton (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Lincoln County Animal Shelter: Edgecomb (pet food)

Maine Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program: statewide (spay/neuter assistance)

Paws for a Cause: Fairfield (pet food)
Victor Grange at the junction of Routes 104 and 23 in Fairfield Center, 207-465-7906 or 207-249-9441

SPCA of Hancock County: Trenton (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Maine (spay/neuter assistance)

Sullivan Animal Food Eatery: Sullivan (pet food)
1888 Route 1, 207-422-6282

York County Shelter Programs: Alfred (pet food)

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Animal Advocates of Howard County: Ellicott City (spay/neuter assistance)

Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County: spay/neuter assistance

The Animal Welfare Society of Howard County: Columbia (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Baltimore Humane Society: Baltimore (veterinary care assistance including spay/neuter)

Caroline County Humane Society: Ridgely (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Frederick County Humane Society: Frederick (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Humane Society of Charles County: Waldorf (spay/neuter assistance)

Montgomery County Humane Society: Rockville (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Now, Inc.: Graysonville (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George's County, Inc.: Prince George's County (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Talbot Humane Society: Easton (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Thankful Paws, Inc.: Bel Air (pet food bank)

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Alliance for Animals: Boston (spay/neuter and veterinary medical care assistance)

Angell Animal Medical Center-Nantucket: veterinary care assistance
21 Crooked Lane, Nantucket, MA 02554

Angell Animal Medical Center-Western New England: (veterinary care assistance)
171 Union St., Springfield, MA 01105

Angell Memorial Animal Hospital-Boston (veterinary care assistance) 
350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130

Animal Rescue League of Boston-Alice T. Whitney Helping Hand Fund: Statewide (veterinary assistance for pet owners receiving government assistance)

Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society: Leverett and Greenfield (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program)

Fairy DogParents: Duxbury (assistance with food, medical needs and general wellness for dogs)

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

The Sampson Fund: Cape Cod (fund to benefit companion animals of Cape Cod and the adjacent Islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard)
PO Box 1756, Orleans, MA 02653

Southborough Pet food Pantry: Southborough (pet food)

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine: Statewide (veterinary care assistance including spay/neuter)

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Adopt-A-Pet: Fenton (spay/neuter assistance)

All About Animals Rescue: Eastpointe (spay/neuter assistance)

Cascades Humane Society: Jackson (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

C-SNIP: Kentwood (spay/neuter assistance)

Furever Full Food Bank: Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties (pet food)

Furry Friends Food Pantry: Holland (pet food Thursdays)
616-499-7342, 616-399-5160

Humane Society of Genesee County: Burton (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Huron Valley: Ann Arbor (pet food/litter, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Humane Society of South Central Michigan: Battle Creek (spay/neuter assistance)

Kalamazoo Humane Society: Kalamazoo (pet food bank, dog houses, and spay/neuter assistance)

K9 Resque: St. Claire (pet food)

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society: Harbor Springs (spay/neuter assistance)

Luce County Pet Pals: Newberry (spay/neuter assistance)

Michigan Humane Society: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance)

Mission for Area People: Muskegon Heights (pet food assistance; licensing and vet records required) 231-733-9672 

Northeast Community Lutheran Church, Little Kitchen Food Shelf

Oakland County Pet Adoption Center: Auburn Hills (spay/neuter assistance)

Oakland County Pet Food Pantry: Western Michigan (pet food and supplies)

Stop the Overpopulation of Pets: Weymouth (spay/neuter assistance)

Tail Wagger's 1990: Livonia (low-cost spay/neuter, vaccines, heartworm testing, microchipping, pet food assistance)

Voiceless–MI: Lansing (spay/neuter assistance)

Waggin' Tails Dog Rescue: Northville (pet food)

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Camp Companion: Rochester (spay/neuter assistance)

Kindest Cut: twin cities metro area (low-cost spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping)

Minnesota Spay Neuter Project, Inc.: Minneapolis (spay/neuter assistance)

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

Northeast Community Lutheran Church: Minneapolis (pet food)

Northland Spay/Neuter: Duluth (low-cost spay/neuter)

People and Pets Together: Minneapolis, MN (pet food and low cost vaccinations)

PetCare of Duluth: Statewide (low-cost clinic offering vaccines, flea/tick prevention, heartworm testing/prevention and microchipping)

Pet Haven: Minneapolis (spay/neuter assistance)

Tri-County Humane Society: St. Cloud (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

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Humane Society of South Mississippi: Gulfport (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, other necessary supplies including training advice)

Mississippi Spay and Neuter: Pearl (spay/neuter assistance)

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Animal Protective Association of Missouri: St. Louis (Assistance with vaccinations and routine veterinary care)

Central Missouri Humane Society: Columbia (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Missouri: St. Louis (assistance with veterinary care including spay/neuter)

Humane Society of Southeast Missouri: Camp Girardeau (spay/neuter assistance)

Northland Pet Pantry: Gladstone (pet food)

Operation SPOT: St. Louis (spay/neuter assistance)

Pound Pals Nooterville: St. Louis (spay/neuter assistance)

St. Charles County Humane Services: Cottleville (spay/neuter and heartworm preventative assistance)

Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP): Christian, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk and Webster Counties (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Neuter Kansas City: Kansas City (pet food and supplies, spay/neuter assistance)

Stray Rescue of St. Louis: St. Louis (spay/neuter assistance)

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Beartooth Humane Alliance: Red Lodge (spay/neuter assistance)

Bitter Root Humane Association: Hamilton (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Western Montana: Missoula (pet food)

Kootenai Pets for Life: Troy/Libby (pet food and supplies, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program)

Rimrock Humane Society: Roundup (spay/neuter assistance)

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Hearts United for Animals: Auburn (low-cost spay/neuter clinic)

Lincoln Animal Ambassadors: Lincoln County (low-cost spay/neuter program, pet food

Nebraska Humane Society: Omaha (low-cost spay/neuter, pet food delivery for senior citizens receiving Meals on Wheels, training classes, grooming and boarding services)

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Nevada Humane Society: Reno (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Shakespeare Animal: veterinary care assistance

Spay and Neuter Center of Southern Nevada: Las Vegas (spay/neuter and microchip assistance)

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New Hampshire

Cocheco Valley Humane Society: Dover (pet food, temporary foster program)

Concord-Merrimack County SPCA: Penacook (pet food, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Helping People, Helping Pets—Hillsborough County

Helping People, Helping Pets—Merrimack County

Helping People, Helping Pets—Rockingham County

Helping People, Helping Pets—Strafford County

Manchester Animal Shelter: Manchester (pet food)

New Hampshire Humane Society: Laconia (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Upper Valley Humane Society: Enfield (spay/neuter assistance)

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New Jersey

A Purrfect World: Bloomfield (temporary foster program)

Animal Alliance: Belle Mead (pet food and supplies, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Companion Animal Advocates: Hillsdale (pet food, spay/neuter, and rehoming assistance)

Friends of Randolph Animal Pound (All Our Orphans): Randolph (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Atlantic: Atlantic City (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

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

Oakland Animal Hospital: Oakland (pet food)

One Step Closer Animal Rescue (OSCAR): Statewide (pet food bank and spay/neuter assistance)

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

Prince Chunk Foundation: Statewide (pet food and veterinary care assistance)

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

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New Mexico

ACTion Programs for Animals: Las Cruces (pet food bank)

Animal Humane Association of New Mexico: Albuquerque (spay/neuter, vaccination and other necessary veterinary medical care)

Animal Village New Mexico: (low-cost spay/neuter, pet food bank)

Casa Rosa Food Pantry: Placitas community (food bank that offers pet food and supplies)

Espanola Valley Humane Society: Espanola (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Gallup McKinley County Humane Society: low-cost spay/neuter

Santa Fe Animal Shelter: Santa Fe (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Vet Co: Multiple Locations(spay/neuter assistance)

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New York

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

The Animal Lovers League: Glen Cove (temporary foster program)

Episcopal Diocese of Western New York: pet food pantries

Baxter Pet Pantry: Nassau and Suffolk Counties (pet food and supplies)

Beyond Breed’s Ruff Riders: pet food and supplies for underserved neighborhoods in Brooklyn and New York City

Black Dog, Second Chance Rescue Food Pantry for Pets: Buffalo
37 Chandler St.

Frankie's Friends: New York City (veterinary care assistance including cancer)

Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry: (pet food bank)

Lollypop Farm, The Humane Society of Greater Rochester: Fairport (emergency pet food assistance, spay/neuter assistance, and information on other community programs for veterinary assistance)

Rochester Hope for Pets: Rochester (veterinary care assistance)

NY SAVE, Inc.: veterinary care assistance

Operation Pets: The Spay/Neuter Clinic of Western New York (low-cost spay/neuter)

Pet Food Pantry Auburn: (pet food)

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

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North Carolina

Animal Compassion Network: Skyland (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

AnimalKind: Raleigh (spay/neuter assistance)

Animal Protection Society of Durham: Durham (pet food assistance)

Ashley's Angel Fund (veterinary care assistance)

Community Partnership for Pets: Flat Rock (spay/neuter assistance)

Forsyth County Animal Control: Winston-Salem; Forsyth County (pet food assistance, low-cost spay/neuter)

Forsyth Humane Society: Winston-Salem (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Friends of Madison County Animals: (low-cost/no-cost services to Madison County residents: spay-neuter, pet food pantry, microchips, vaccinations)

Friends of Mebane's Animals: (pet food, spay/neuter subsidies, veterinary assistance, fences and shelter/housing for those in financial hardship or on public assistance in Alamance County and parts of surrounding counties)

Harnett Animal Welfare Coalition (HAWC): Harnett County (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Haywood Animal Welfare Association: Waynesville (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Alliance: Asheville (spay/neuter assistance)

The Humane Society of the Piedmont: Greensboro (pet food & spay/neuter assistance)

Madison County Animal Shelter: Marshall (spay/neuter assistance)

North Carolina State University Companion Pet Assistance Program: Raleigh (veterinary care assistance for clients)

SNAP-NC: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Neuter Charlotte: Charlotte (low-cost spay/neuter, vaccines and pet-food pantry)

SPCA of Wake County: Raleigh (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Watauga Humane Society: Boone (spay/neuter and microchip assistance)

Wayne County Humane Society: Goldsboro (spay/neuter assistance)

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North Dakota

Circle of Friends Humane Society: Grand Forks (spay/neuter assistance, emergency medical assistance)

Spay Dakota: low-cost spay/neuter assistance and referrals

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Angels for Animals: Canfield (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

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

Humane Ohio: Toledo (spay/neuter assistance)

Jake Brady Memorial Fund (veterinary care assistance)

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

The Neuter Scooter: Multiple locations (spay/neuter assistance for cats)

Paws with Pride: Uniontown (temporary foster program)

Pet Guards Clinic: Cuyahoga Falls (assistance for necessary veterinary medical care, spay/neuter and vaccinations)

PetPromise: Columbus (pet food assistance)

Pets in Need: Cincinnati (veterinary services, spay/neuter vouchers)

Pets in Stitches: Miami Valley (affordable spay/neuter and vaccines for cats, dogs and rabbits; TNR for community cats)

The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals: Kettering (spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program)

Stop the Overpopulation of Pets: Mansfield (spay/neuter assistance)

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Animal Birth Control Clinic: Lawton (spay/neuter, vaccination, microchip assistance and other basic veterinary services)

Animal Rescue and Care of McCurtain County: Broken Bow (spay/neuter assistance)

Best Friends of Pets: multiple locations (spay/neuter assistance)

Central Oklahoma Humane Society: Oklahoma City (spay neuter clinic, trap-neuter-return for community cats)

Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake: Grove (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Tulsa: Tulsa (spay/neuter assistance)

Oklahoma City Animal Shelter: Oklahoma City (pet food)
405-316-FOOD (3663) or email

Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division: (spay/neuter help, pet food bank, community cat program)

PAWS, Inc.: Bristow (spay/neuter assistance)

Pet Food Pantry of Oklahoma City: (pet food)

Poteau Valley Humane Society: Poteau (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Oklahoma: Tulsa (spay/neuter assistance)

Volunteers for Animal Welfare: Oklahoma City (spay/neuter assistance)

Washington County SPCA: Bartlesville (spay/neuter assistance)

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Cat Adoption Team: Sherwood (cat food assistance)

City of Eugene Spay/Neuter Clinic: Eugene (spay/neuter, vaccination, and microchip assistance)

DoveLewis Velvet Assistance Fund: Portland (veterinary care assistance)

Humane Society of Central Oregon: Bend (spay/neuter assistance, contact HSCO for additional services)

Lane County Animal Services: Eugene (spay/neuter assistance)

The Neuter Scooter: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance for cats)

Oregon Outback Humane Society: Lakeview (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Pet Overpopulation Prevention Advocates: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance and referral)

The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank (pet food and spay/neuter assistance)

Pro-Bone-O: Eugene (free pet food, supplies, and veterinary care for pets of the homeless)

Willamette Animal Guild: Eugene (spay/neuter assistance)

Willamette Humane Society: Salem (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

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ACCT Philly: (pet food, referrals for low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services)

Action for Animals Humane Society: Latrobe (spay/neuter assistance)

Animal Care & Assistance Fund (veterinary care assistance)

Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley: (pet food for families in need)

Animal Friends: Pittsburgh (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Animal House Project: (pet food for low-income residents of Chester County)

The Animal Rescue of Western Pennsylvania (veterinary care assistance)

Delaware County SPCA: (spay/neuter and wellness services)

Forgotten Cats, Inc.: Willow Grove (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Humane Society of Berks County: Reading (pet food and veterinary care assistance)

Humane Society of Harrisburg Area: (pet food pantry, low-cost spay/neuter services, wellness clinics, microchipping)

Humane Society of Westmoreland County: Greenberg (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

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

Spay/Neuter Assistance Program, Inc.: Harrisburg (low-cost spay/neuter)

Washington Area Humane Society: Eighty Four (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

Western Pennsylvania Humane Society: Pittsburgh (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care

Wilkes Barre Animal Hospital: Wilkes Barre (spay/neuter assistance for cats)

Pet Pantry of Lancaster County: (pet food, spay/neuter and wellness services, community cat program)

Pennsylvania SPCA: Philadelphia (spay/neuter and wellness services)

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Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Animal Welfare Society: Isabela (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

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Rhode Island

Humane Association of Northwestern Rhode Island: Pascoag (spay/neuter assistance)

Providence Animal Rescue League: Providence (spay/neuter assistance)

Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

RIVMA Companion Animal Foundation: veterinary care assistance

Volunteer Services for Animals: Providence (spay/neuter assistance)

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South Carolina

Charleston Animal Society: Charleston (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Columbia (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Keep Our Pets Food Bank: Horry and Georgetown (pet food for eligible applicants)

Pawmetto Lifeline: Columbia (low-cost spay/neuter clinic, mobile vaccine clinic, pet food pantry) 

Pet Helpers: Charleston (a broad range of low-cost veterinary care—including vaccinations, deworming, flea and tick control, heartworm tests, feline leukemia/aids tests, very affordable heartworm preventive medication, mass removals, orthopedic surgery, and some dentistry [fees are on a sliding scale]—as well as a pet food bank, low-cost spay/neuter, help for chained dogs, TNR, and behavior/training referrals); clinic phone number: 843-302-0556

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South Dakota

Brookings Humane Society: pet food and supplies

Oglala Pet Project: free spay/neuter, low-cost vaccines, pet food bank for pet owners living on the Pine Ridge American Indian Reservation

Operation Pets, Inc.: low-cost spay/neuter for pets and community cats

Spay Dakota: low-cost spay/neuter referrals

South Dakota West River Spay/Neuter Coalition: low-cost spay/neuter clinics

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Brown Dog Foundation: Statewide (veterinary care assistance and prescription medications)

Companion Animal Initiative of Tennessee (List of groups that assist with companion animal issues in Tennssee by county)

Fayette County Animal Rescue: Rossville (pet food and supplies)

Humane Society of Putnam County: Cookeville (spay/neuter assistance)

Nashville Humane Association: Nashville (pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Shepherd's Green Sanctuary (pigs only): Cookeville (contact Shepherd's Green for list of services)

Young-Williams Animal Center: Knoxville (pet food, spay/neuter, and vaccination assistance)

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Animal Birth Control Clinic: Waco (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Animal Friends of Washington County: Brenham (low-cost spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm treatment)

Animal Trustees of Austin: Austin (assistance for necessary veterinary medical care, spay/neuter assistance, and heartworm treatment)

Arlington Humane Society: Arlington (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society: Canyon Lake (pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Cause for Paws: Greenville (spay/neuter, medication, and vaccination assistance)

DaisyCares Pet Food Program: San Antonio (pet food assistance through the San Antonio Food Bank)

Dallas Animal Services: Dallas (spay/neuter assistance)

EmanciPet: Austin (spay/neuter assistance)

Freeman-Fritts: Kerrville (spay/neuter assistance, low-cost veterinary care)

Helotes Humane Society: Helotes (pet food)

Houston Humane Society: Houston (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Neuter Network: Dallas, Fort Worth and surrounding counties (assistance for veterinary care including vaccinations, microchipping, and spay/neuter)

Metroplex Animal Coalition: Dallas (spay/neuter assistance)

Outreach Animal Clinic: Dallas (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Pet Food Bank of Austin and Travis County: Austin (Pet food)

Pet Pals of Texas: Converse (pet food, supplies, and general pet care assistance for elderly or disabled residents)

Pet Prevent A Litter of Central Texas: San Marcos (pet food and litter, spay/neuter assistance)

Spay-Neuter Assistance Program: Multiple locations (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay/Neuter Your Pet: Dallas-Fort Worth (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay Texas: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance)

SPCA of Polk County: Livingston (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

SPCA of Texas: Dallas (pet food, assistance for veterinary care including vaccinations, microchipping, and spay/neuter)

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

Texas Coalition for Animal Protection: Azle, Cleburne, Denton, Fort Worth, Hamilton, Hillsboro, and McKinney (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

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The Humane Society of Moab Valley: Moab (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Utah: Murray (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Pet Samaritan Fund (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)

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Frontier Animal Society: Orleans (spay/neuter assistance)

Second Chance Animal Center: Shaftsbury (spay/neuter assistance)

Vermont Spay Neuter Incentive Program: Bridgewater (spay/neuter assistance)

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

Animal Welfare League of Arlington: Arlington (spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip assistance, assistance for emergency veterinary care)

Bedford Humane Society: Bedford (spay/neuter assistance)

Capital Animal Care Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic: northern Virginia (pet food, supplies and spay/neuter assistance)

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA: Charlottesville (spay/neuter assistance for owned pets and feral cats)

Fairfax County Animal Shelter

Fauquier SPCA: Warrenton (spay/neuter assistance)

Franklin County Humane Society: Rocky Mount (spay/neuter assistance)

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

The Holly Help Memorial Spay/Neuter Fund: Bristol (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Culpeper: Culpeper (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society of Fairfax County: Fairfax (pet food)

Humane Society of Loudoun County: Purcellville (spay/neuter assistance)

Loudon County Animal Care and Control CARE Pet Pantry: Leesburg (pet food)

Mountain View Humane Spay Neuter Clinic: low cost spay/neuter

Partners Among Cats and Canines: Franklin (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for emergency veterinary care)

Prince William SPCA: Manassas (spay/neuter, vaccinations, wellness checks)

Richmond SPCA: Richmond and the surrounding counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Goochland (low-cost, full service veterinary hospital; free behavior helpline; free temporary boarding for pets of domestic violence victims)

Roanoke Valley SPCA: Roanoke (pet food)

Saint Seton's Orphaned Animals: Fredricksburg (operates Thomas Beath Veterinary Hospital, assistance with diagnostics, surgery, and veterinary treatments for low-income clients and animal welfare organizations, pet food pantry) 

Shenandoah Valley Spay and Neuter Clinic: Harrisonburg (spay/neuter assistance)

Lynchburg Humane Society: Evington (spay/neuter assistance)

Spay, Inc.: Northern Virginia (spay/neuter assistance)

SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County: Martinsville (spay/neuter assistance)

Virginia Beach SPCA: Virginia Beach (pet food, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

The Virginia Kincheloe Spay/Neuter Clinic: Fredericksburg (low-cost spay/neuter, microchips)

Voices for Animals: Charlottesville and surrounding counties (feral cat spay/neuter and vaccination; weather-proof shelters for outdoor dogs)

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Northwest Spay & Neuter Center: Tacoma (spay/neuter assistance for owned pets and feral cats)

Concern for Animals: Thurston, Mason and Lewis Counties (spay/neuter, pet food and veterinary care assistance)

Forget Me Not Animal Shelter: Republic (spay/neuter assistance)

Humane Society for Seattle/King County: Bellevue (low-income senior citizen's pet food assistance, discounted spay/neuter and microchipping, pet project assistance for individuals disabled by AIDS)

Olympic Mountain Pet Pals: Jefferson County (spay/neuter assistance for low-income pet owners, TNR for community cats)

PAWS of Bainbridge Island: Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap (spay/neuter, vaccination, pet food, veterinary care assistance; additional services for seniors)

Seattle Humane Society: Seattle (services for low-income, disabled, and senior pet owners: spay/neuter, vaccination, pet food, veterinary care assistance) 

Progressive Animal Welfare Society: Lynnwood (spay/neuter assistance, microchip and vaccination assistance, behavior helpline)

Spokane Valley Regional Animal Protection Service: Spokane Valley (spay/neuter assistance)

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

Whatcom Humane Society: Bellingham (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Whidbey Animals' Improvement Foundation (WAIF): Whidbey Island (spay/neuter assistance for owned cats and ferals, crisis care assistance, pet food banks, and temporary foster care)

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West Virginia

Monroe County Animal League, Inc.: Union (spay/neuter assistance)

The National Humane Education Society: Charles Town (spay/neuter assistance)

Promise Animal League: Falling Waters (pet food)

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The Dodge County Humane Society: Juneau (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program)

Eau Claire County Humane Association: Eau Claire (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)

Fox Valley Humane Society: Appleton (temporary boarding program)

The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha: Waukesha (assistance with spay/neuter, pet food and short term fostering for pets displaced from their homes); contact HAWS' Shelter Manager:, 262-542-8851

Wisconsin Humane Society: (spay/neuter assistance program, vaccines, pet food and supplies for families in need, community cat caregivers program)

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Central Wyoming Spay & Neuter Foundation: spay/neuter vouchers

Cheyenne Animal Shelter: low-cost spay/neuter and trap-neuter-return for community cats

Wyoming Spay and Neuter: low-cost spay/neuter for pets and feral cats

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Cat Dies of Plague In New Mexico-- Protect Your Pets


Cat Dies of Plague In New Mexico-- Protect Your Pets

As flea season approaches, pet parents should be on high alert to ensure their cat or dog does not get bitten. Preventative measure are even more urgent for those in Albuquerque, New Mexico. That's because authorities have confirmed that a feral cat died from plague in that region, according to The Associated Press.

"They say a recent case of plague in a dog in the same vicinity could indicate re-emergence of the bacterial infection in a part of the city where it was no longer thought to be found," the article stated. This marks the first time officials have detected plague in that area (North Albuquerque Acres) since the late 1990s.

Prevention is key for concerned pet parents in the region, advised Dr. Kim Chalfant of La Cueva Animal Hospital in Albuquerque. "Make sure your pet is treated with an effective flea preventative," Chalfant told petMD. "There are some preventatives that actually repel fleas and keep them from biting, while others kill the parasite after it has fed on the pet. The most effective prevention in this case is something repellent, as the bite can still spread the disease."


Plague is a disease that is caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. It is usually "spread via flea bites from infected rodents or rabbits that are harboring the disease," Chalfant noted. "However, scratches or bites from infected animals or respiratory secretions if it has the pneumonic component, can be spread in both directions."


Plague symptoms include lethargy, lack of appetite, fever, and dehydration. "There may be enlarged lymph nodes, respiratory symptoms, or draining skin lesions, but that is not the case always," Chalfant added. 

The diagnosis is dependent on what type of plague the animal has, Chalfant said.

The disease is divided into three main types: 

  • bubonic, which causes swollen and painful lymph nodes (called buboes);

  • septicemic, which occurs in the bloodstream and often is secondary to a bubonic infection;

  • pneumonic, which affects the lungs and is considered the most serious form because it is easily spread through respiratory secretions, she explained.

If people suspect their pet has been exposed to plague bacteria, they should seek veterinary care immediately, Chalfant urged. But, if "the animal is feral or ownership is not known, it would be best to call your local animal control so they can pick up the animal and have it tested and also check for ownership via microchip." 

Either way, treatment for the animal is essential when it comes to this issue. "It could be mistaken for tularemia (aka rabbit fever), which is caused by the bacteria Francisella tularensis," Chalfant explained. "The test for plague through the New Mexico state lab includes this because they both have identical symptoms and are considered reportable."

While cats are more vulnerable (perhaps because "they are more likely to kill and consume rodents than dogs are"), all pet parents should be on alert, as plague bacteria can be transmitted from animals to humans, and vice versa.

"Cats that are indoor/outdoor and dogs that are out walking (particularly off leash) could pick up the disease from fleas that have been feeding on infected rodents or by killing/eating infected rodents," Chalfant said, adding that pet parents should try to limit the outdoor hunting/killing behavior of cats and dogs, "as this is another significant means of spreading plague."

Luckily, plague is treatable with routine antibiotics. "Usually we are hospitalizing pets on IV fluids in an isolated area of the hospital while we await titer tests to come back, which can take up to a week. This is to support hydration and keep their fever down until we are confident they are not likely infectious and can safely go home." 


Emergency Medical Services Week — May 21-27, 2017


Emergency Medical Services Week — May 21-27, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security U.S. Fire Administration and Office of Health Affairs

Support Emergency Medical Services Week — EMS Strong

— Always in Service — May 21-27, 2017


Emmitsburg, Maryland —

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and Office of Health Affairs (OHA) are proud to once again support the efforts of our partner federal agencies, fire departments and

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations to promote EMS Week. This year’s EMS Week isMay 21-27, 2017, with the theme EMS Strong –Always in Service.

“Fire departments throughout America reflect this year’s EMS Week theme of ‘Always in Service’ by responding to those in need of emergency medical care,” said Acting U.S. Fire Administrator Dr. Denis Onieal. “USFA appreciates these efforts of the American fire service.”

“Every day EMS responders around the country demonstrate 'Always in Service' by delivering vital prehospital care around the clock, both on- and off-duty," said Larry D. Fluty, Acting Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer. “We are especially grateful to our EMS responders at DHS, whose service supports their immediate communities, strengthens the DHS workforce, and fulfills the DHS mission.”

National EMS Week is an important opportunity for fire and EMS departments to highlight their call to care through events such as open houses, demonstrations, educational presentations and media programs.

Further information on USFA programs and activities in EMS may be found on the USFA website:


Additional information on OHA EMS initiatives may be found on the DHS website:


The U.S. Fire Administration recommends everyone should have a comprehensive home fire protection plan:

  • smoke alarms,

  • fire sprinklers,

  • and practicing a fire escape plan.


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Hurricane Season Facts and Preparation Guide

The winds and rains produced in a hurricane have the potential to do massive destruction in just a few hours.

Even with a couple days' notice before arrival, the force and power can still take us by surprise. Cities, towns, families, especially those with pets and anyone else living at risk of a hurricane need to have a decisive plan in place for dealing with this type of storm.


Hurricane Facts and Information: Definitions

Your first step in preparing for hurricane season lies in knowing what you are dealing with. Forecasters may be talking about an approaching storm for days, but you won't be able to properly prepare yourself, school, or town unless you know what they are referring to.

  • Tropical Depression - A tropical depression is a low pressure area with thunderstorms. These storms have winds of up to 39 miles per hour and are first spotted out in the ocean. Weather forecasters analyze these for their potential to turn into something greater. Tropical depressions that make landfall are intense storms, but in most cases won't cause considerable damage.
  • Tropical Storms - A tropical storm has variable speeds ranging from 39 to 73 miles per hour.
  • Hurricanes - When a forecast is calling for a hurricane, you should expect winds starting at 74 miles per hour. Not only will this cause immense damage, there is also the threat of flooding and storm surges.

It is very important to pay attention to news broadcasts and weather reports that are providing you information about a possible hurricane. While never 100% accurate, they will give you a fairly good idea of when to expect the storm, and how severe it is going to be. Some terms you are likely to hear before and during a hurricane from weather analysts include:

  • Tropical Storm Watch - Conditions exist that make it possible there will be a tropical storm in the area.
  • Hurricane Watch - There is the likelihood of a hurricane in the area. This watch is almost always issued 48 hours before the expected start of winds that have tropical storm force.
  • Tropical Storm Warning - You can expect a tropical storm.
  • Hurricane Warning - These are issued 36 hours before the expected onset of tropical force winds and indicate a high possibility of a hurricane in the area.
  • Eye - The center of the storm where the weather conditions are calmer.
  • Eye Wall - This is the area surrounding the eye of the storm and where you will find the most severe weather conditions.
  • Rain Bands - Rain bands are defined as bands which come off of the cyclone and produce their own waves of heavy rain and high winds.
  • Storm Surge - As a tropical storm or hurricane makes landfall, the ocean swells, causing large waves to crash down on the affected beaches. This can cause coastal flooding and in some cases even flooding further inland.


At Which Point Do You Start Making Emergency Preparations?

                                              When the WATCH is announced. 

During the watch period of an incoming tropical storm or hurricane, you should be making basic preparations. Homeowners should clear their yards of any loose items, and stock up on canned food and water. 

If weather analysts issue a hurricane warning, you need to stay abreast of what local officials are advising, and relay that information to as many individuals as possible. 

For individuals and homeowners, a hurricane warning means you should follow any directions given by officials, including leaving the area if that is what is advised. If not, cover the windows with wood or shutters. If you don't have access to either you can tape the windows but keep in mind that this does not prevent breakage, it only stops the glass from shattering. You should have a kit prepared ahead of time that will allow you to ride out the storm and the first few days following it:

Turn your refrigerator to its coldest setting about six hours before you expect a hurricane to hit, and then only open the door sparingly. This will help to preserve whatever food you do have inside for as long as possible if the electricity does go out.

Preparing For a Hurricane Before the Warning:

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Prepare: create a communications plan for your family.

Plan:  who will be responsible for the pets.

Create: Escape kit for you and your pets. 

Practice: It only takes one storm. 

National Hurricane Preparedness Week:



The Aftermath of a Hurricane

Being inside of a hurricane is an odd sensation. First there is the build-up towards the storm, which leads way to torrential rains and high winds that can be strong enough to lift furniture off of your patio. In the midst of all this chaos there might be a small pause and then it picks up right where that chaos left off before slowly dwindling down as it moves on.

Keep in mind that the momentary calm in the middle of the storm is fleeting, and not the time to take a trip to the beach to see how high the waves are.

Once emergency officials have declared that the threat is over, you need to take caution when leaving your home. Downed trees and power lines can still pose a risk, along with pools of water left over from flooding. Survey your own property carefully, and alert authorities immediately if you note any power lines that have been damaged. Take pictures of any damage for your insurance company, and then prevent any further damage by covering holes in the roof, etc.

If you were evacuated from your home, it is important that you do not return until the authorities have deemed it safe.

Your pets are may be anxious or nervous, take care to keep them inside until they are calm. 



Summer Disasters for Your Pets: Quick List


Summer Disasters for Your Pets: Quick List

Summer has long been a time for vacations, cookouts and pool parties. When the heat turns up, the dangers to pets increase too.

Summer has long been a time for vacations, cookouts and pool parties. When the heat turns up, the dangers to pets increase too. To keep your dog, cat and other furry friends safe, make sure you are prepared. We interviewed Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC, Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and Section Head for Emergency Medicine at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, for tips on preventing accidents and safeguarding your pet during the summer months.



With all of the time your pet will be spending outdoors, one of the biggest dangers is ticks. During the summer, Dr. Rozanski recommends that you or your dog walker check your pet for ticks at least once a day and look thoroughly after walks or trips through wooded areas. "Ticks can be harder to find on thicker coat dogs," she warns. "And dogs are often more affected than cats are."

What should you do if you find a tick? Look through the ASPCA's guide: How to Remove a Tick from Your Pet. Once it's removed (usually with tweezers), "try to save it in an airtight container," suggests Dr. Rozanski. "Then ask your vet if you should bring it in for testing." Ticks carry a number of diseases, including Lyme disease, but symptoms are often hard to spot. Dogs may be tired or feverish, or become lame. So also talk to your vet ahead of time about effective tick medication, and only use products that are made for your type of pet.


Dehydration & Heatstroke

Dehydration & Heatstroke

Dehydration and heat stroke are very real threats when the dog days of summer are upon us. Animals should always have fresh, clean water available, whether it's summer or the dead of winter. Carry portable water bowls on walks and bring them on vacation or long car rides. Short-nosed dogs, like pugs, Japanese chins and bulldogs, darker-colored pets, animals that are overweight or ones that have thick coats (like Himalayan or Persian cats), are especially prone to heat stress. Watch out for these symptoms: 

Don't worry if your dog pants. "It's how they cool themselves," says Dr. Rozanski. "The hotter it is, the more they will pant." Other ways to cool your pup? Fans, ice packs, frozen treats, ice cubes, kiddie pools and sprinklers. Your kids and dog will have a blast. 

What should you do if you think your pet is dehydrated? "If they seem weak or off-balance, cool them with a hose or wet towels and get them to a veterinarian as quickly as possible," recommends Ronzanski.

  • Excess lethargy
  • Decreased urination
  • Dry gums
  • Refusal to eat
  • Sunken eyes
  • Decreased skin elasticity (Gently pinch your pet's skin near the shoulder up into the shape of a tent; if the skin is slow to snap back, your pet may be dehydrated.)
Pools & Water

Pools & Water

Despite what YouTube may tell us, cats and rabbits don't like to swim. "I believe most of the animals [in the videos] are not enjoying it," says Dr. Rozanski. And not all dogs have mastered the doggie paddle. Some may not like water and certain breeds like pugs and terriers may have trouble swimming. So before you bring Fido to the beach or pool, buy a flotation device (yes, dogs can wear floaties too!) to keep your pup safe. If you are planning a boating adventure with your dog this summer, make sure he doesn't jump overboard, which can be dangerous for animals. And never try to force your pet into the water. 

If you luck out and your pet enjoys splashing around, always rinse off after a swim. The chlorine, salt and bacteria in pools and lakes can be harmful. Animals should also have a shady area nearby where they can cool off and access to fresh water, as drinking salt water and pool water can cause health problems.

We have all done it.

We have all done it.

We have all been guilty of it. You leave the dog or cat in the car to run a quick errand inside a store. But in the summer months or if the temperature is above 65 degrees, stop this bad habit. "It's too great a risk to your dog's health and should not be done," warns Dr. Rozanski. So keep your pet safe and bring them with you.


Sorry, I can't handle snake pictures or pictures of bites. 

Sorry, I can't handle snake pictures or pictures of bites. 

More time spent outdoors means more potential encounters with slithering serpents. Many are harmless, but sometimes a snake's bite is worse than your dog's bark. Protect your pet (and the rest of your family) by keeping your yard tidy -- snakes love to hide and tall grass and piles of junk are perfect spots. 

Remind kids that if they see a snake -- no matter if it's poisonous or not - they should back away and leave it alone. "If your dog is inclined to chase wild animals, get him or her into the house until the animal goes away," advises Dr. Rozanski. 

If your cat is allowed to go outside, do a quick surveillance of your yard beforehand to make sure the coast is clear. Unfortunately, a cat or a small dog can be a perfect-size meal for some snakes. 

If a pet is bitten by a snake, its face and head will become swollen and "you should call your vet right away," urges Dr. Rozanski. 

 The ASPCA also has a guide on snake bite and safety prevention.

Bee stings

Bee stings

Buzz. Buzz. It may not be a pleasant sound to us, but it can cause your pet to investigate. And while curiosity may not kill the cat (or dog), it can get them stung. So what should you do? "Often -- nothing," says Dr. Rozanski. If there is a lot of swelling, call your vet who can suggest an office visit or prescribe an over-the-counter medicine. Some OTCs are harmful to pets though, so never dispense them on your own. 

And watch how your pet responds to any swelling. If they are very irritated, they may scratch the stung area, pulling out the fur. These "hot spots" make your pet look bald. Bring your pet to the vet right away if you notice this behavior or these spots.

If feels hot to you, its way too hot for them. 

If feels hot to you, its way too hot for them. 

Ever heard the expression, "It's so hot, you can fry an egg on the sidewalk"? Things like black pavement (or asphalt) can get very hot and can harm your pets' paws. "Think about what you're walking on," says Dr. Rozanski. "If you wouldn't like walking on it with bare feet, try to limit your dog's time on it too." 

Talk to your dog walker about what routes to avoid in the summer. Stay away from asphalt or rough pavement, pick softer routes and schedule walks for cooler times of the day. 

And what about booties? "If you think your dog will tolerate them, give them a try -- but many really don't like them," says Dr. Rozanski. Plus, common sense tricks, like walking in the shade, can replace the need for booties, so try that before paying for something your pup may not like.

Short haircuts all around. 

Short haircuts all around. 

Grooming is especially important in warmer weather. Brush your pet more often during the summer to get rid of excess or matted fur, which can weigh a pet down and contribute to overheating. And it depends on where you live and the type of animal you have, but "if they seem uncomfortable because of their thick coat, for example dogs may pant endlessly, consider taking them to a groomer," says Dr. Rozanski. Never cut too closely though, as a coat protects your pet from the harsh summer sun.


No scraps, chicken bones or chocolate. 

No scraps, chicken bones or chocolate. 

Everyone loves a cookout, especially your pet, who gets to feast on table scraps. But a little of this and a taste of that can be bad for pets--and not just for their waistlines. Some surprising foods, such as grapes, onions, garlic and raisins, can be toxic to dogs if consumed in large quantities and should stay off their menu. Grapes and raisins are safe for cats, but keep onions and garlic away from them, says Dr. Rozanski. Watch out for these BBQ favorites that can pose a problem for your pet.

And what about everything else on the table? "Table scraps and treats should be kept to less than 10 percent of a pet's diet," says Dr. Rozanski. Boneless chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs are okay, but limit them to small quantities. As you know, most pets eat anything and everything, so keep an eye on what they're indulging in.

Talk to any guests, especially kids, before summer parties. Politely remind them if your pet has a special diet, is allergic to anything or if there are any foods on the table that could cause a health problem. You want to enjoy the party too, not spend it looking after a pet with an upset stomach.

  • Barbeque: This slow-cooked delight can cause non-delightful diarrhea in dogs.
  • Corn on the Cob. Dogs often have difficultly digesting corn cobs and this barbeque staple can be a choking hazard.
  • Fruits with pits. Peaches, avocados and other pitted fruit can be choking hazards.
  • Food with bones: Squeaky bone that's a toy: great. Real bones in food: not so much. Even things like bone-in wings can be very dangerous for your pet, as they may splinter and hurt their GI system, sometimes even piercing their bowels. Avoid the emergency room by not feed your pet anything with bones.
  • Foods with toothpicks or skewers: An overlooked toothpick or splinter can pierce or make a hole in the intestines.
  • Ice cream: A little of any flavor is fine for most dogs. Try some, but it may not agree with all dogs, especially if they have sensitive stomachs. Just like people, some dogs can be lactose intolerant.
Keep summer fun for everyone!

Keep summer fun for everyone!

These dangers may sound scary, but a little preparation and watchful eye is all you need to take the heat off your summer.

Get more hot weather tips from the ASPCA.

Stephanie St. Martin @StephanieStM




Talk to your dog walker about what routes to avoid in the summer. Stay away from asphalt or rough pavement, pick softer routes and schedule walks for cooler times of the day. 

And what about booties? "If you think your dog will tolerate them, give them a try -- but many really don't like them," says Dr. Rozanski. Plus, common sense tricks, like walking in the shade, can replace the need for booties, so try that before paying for something your pup may not like.

  1. Extra fur
    Grooming is especially important in warmer weather. Brush your pet more often during the summer to get rid of excess or matted fur, which can weigh a pet down and contribute to overheating. And it depends on where you live and the type of animal you have, but "if they seem uncomfortable because of their thick coat, for example dogs may pant endlessly, consider taking them to a groomer," says Dr. Rozanski. Never cut too closely though, as a coat protects your pet from the harsh summer sun.
  2. BBQs and family cookouts
    Everyone loves a cookout, especially your pet, who gets to feast on table scraps. But a little of this and a taste of that can be bad for pets--and not just for their waistlines. Some surprising foods, such as grapes, onions, garlic and raisins, can be toxic to dogs if consumed in large quantities and should stay off their menu. Grapes and raisins are safe for cats, but keep onions and garlic away from them, says Dr. Rozanski. Watch out for these BBQ favorites that can pose a problem for your pet.

    And what about everything else on the table? "Table scraps and treats should be kept to less than 10 percent of a pet's diet," says Dr. Rozanski. Boneless chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs are okay, but limit them to small quantities. As you know, most pets eat anything and everything, so keep an eye on what they're indulging in.

    Talk to any guests, especially kids, before summer parties. Politely remind them if your pet has a special diet, is allergic to anything or if there are any foods on the table that could cause a health problem. You want to enjoy the party too, not spend it looking after a pet with an upset stomach.

    • Barbeque: This slow-cooked delight can cause non-delightful diarrhea in dogs.
    • Corn on the Cob. Dogs often have difficultly digesting corn cobs and this barbeque staple can be a choking hazard.
    • Fruits with pits. Peaches, avocados and other pitted fruit can be choking hazards.
    • Food with bones: Squeaky bone that's a toy: great. Real bones in food: not so much. Even things like bone-in wings can be very dangerous for your pet, as they may splinter and hurt their GI system, sometimes even piercing their bowels. Avoid the emergency room by not feed your pet anything with bones.
    • Foods with toothpicks or skewers: An overlooked toothpick or splinter can pierce or make a hole in the intestines.
    • Ice cream: A little of any flavor is fine for most dogs. Try some, but it may not agree with all dogs, especially if they have sensitive stomachs. Just like people, some dogs can be lactose intolerant.

These dangers may sound scary, but a little preparation and watchful eye is all you need to take the heat off your summer. Get more hot weather tips from the ASPCA.



Big Animal Response Team BART


Big Animal Response Team BART

Big Animal Rescue Truck (BART)

Animal Disaster Response Mobile Command Center

BART, Code 3 Associates’ Big Animal Rescue Truck, carries animal rescue and disaster response equipment and acts as the Mobile Command Center for our Riders on the Storm.

BART was designed with one goal in mind: to support and expand the ability of any agency or organization to effectively accomplish its mission of disaster or emergency response. It was specifically engineered to provide added resources to a devastated area, not to further deplete them.

BART remains stocked and ready to roll normally within two hours of an official deployment from the agency in charge. Our teams of qualified drivers can have BART practically anywhere in the continental U.S. and set up to support the local rescue efforts in 40 hours or less.

Tractor and Trailer
The tractor is a 2009 White Western Star with a 515 horsepower engine, which pulls a 1996 Kentucky 53-foot converted moving van. The sleeper attached to the tractor is a Double Eagle custom sleeper. BART’s overall length is 82 feet, with a loaded weight of 78,000 pounds.

BART can comfortably accommodate 11 team members in a zero resource environment for up to a week before needing to re-supply. BART’s accommodations include sleeping bunks, toilet/shower, sink, microwave, refrigerator and air conditioning/heating system.

Vet/Triage Center
The vet triage and examination center is intended to augment the capabilities of responding veterinary resources. It is equipped with:
• Fold-down stainless steel exam table
• Triage area’s own bank of 12 stainless steel cages
• Autoclave/sterilizer
• Surgical light and table
• A wide variety of medical, surgical and clinical supplies

Equipment and Supplies
BART contains an extensive inventory of equipment and supplies including:
• 4×4 support truck (rides within the trailer)
• Two-horse trailer (rides within the trailer)
• Three boats and motors for various uses
• Personal rescue equipment used for wildland fires, water rescue, low-angle rope and ice rescues
• 80 cages and carriers for companion animals
• Portable corrals for livestock and wildlife
• Humane animal traps and capture equipment
• Portable water tanks
• Large animal rescue glide system
• Items designed for safe search, rescue and care of all types of animal
• Perishable items, such as animal feed and medical supplies, that are stocked at time of deployment
• Two additional support trucks and stock trailers may accompany BART

Water and Power
BART has the capacity to carry 800 gallons of fresh water at a time. One tank is designated for the vet clinic and has a separate hot water heater to provide both hot and cold water to the clinic.BART has two generators, one on-board for power to the sleeper and trailer and one as a portable power source.We are only able to keep BART rolling through the generosity of those who support us; we receive no governmental support even though we are routinely called upon by jurisdictions all over the continental US and Canada. There are no fees charged for the first week for our disaster response and we do not solicit donations while on site; we are supported primarily through tax deductible donations outside of the disaster area. 

These folks are amazing, please visit their site and help if you can. They might be just who you need someday.......



See Animal Cruelty? Report It!


See Animal Cruelty? Report It!

Report Animal Cruelty

It is our duty as responsible human beings to report animal abuse.

Hundreds of precious animals would be saved everyday if people would speak up - now is your chance. If you witness or even suspect animal abuse, please report it immediately to your local A.S.P.C.A, Police Department or Animal Control.

To find Humane Societies, Animal Shelters and Pet Adoption organizations in your area please click here.

Urge Your Elected Officials to Protect ALL Animals by Implementing Stronger Laws

It is equally as important to contact the elected officials in your area and ask them to support animal protection and to propose stronger laws in your state. Please use the links below to find and contact your elected officials: 

U.S. Senators
U.S. Representatives
State Governors

Animal Cruelty Is A Crime In Every State

Animal cruelty is a crime in every state in the US. If you witness or hear about animal abuse, animal neglect or animal fight, report it to your local or state police department. You should also contact your animal control agency, the SPCA and Humane Society. If it’s an emergency, call 911.

What Constitutes Cruelty

  • Neglect – denying an animal adequate food, water, shelter (a dog house) medical care (has apparent injuries that have not been treated), clean area, socialization (is the animal aggressive or timid when approached by owner), or chained up in a yard.
  • Violence – deliberately torturing, beating, mutilating an animal.
  • Crime - Almost all acts of violence or negligence to animals are punishable by law. Laws vary not only from state to state but from region to region.

Other types of Animal Abuse: 

If your area lacks the proper animal welfare agency, and your local authorities are not equipped to deal with animal cruelty cases, you can also email or call The HSUS and ask to speak with one of our experts about the suspected abuse.

Be sure to document the case as well as you can, with dates, times, specific details and, if possible, footage and photographs from a cell phone. All of these things can help appropriate agencies during any investigation they may do of the suspected cruelty.


Hoarding behavior often victimizes animals. Sufferers of a hoarding disorder may impose severe neglect on animals by housing far more than they are able to adequately take care of. Contact your local animal control agency if you find out about animal hoarding. Some animal hoarding situations can be more difficult than others to solve. What you can do »

Lack of veterinary care

Untreated wounds are a red flag that demand immediate attention; emaciation, scabs and hair loss can also be a sign of untreated diseases. If you can, alert the owner to the animal's condition and alert local authorities of suspected neglect as soon as possible.

Inadequate shelter

In extreme heat or cold temperatures can be deadly. It can seem daunting or unnecessary to report neglect for inadequate sheltering, but conditions can change quickly, causing suffering or even death of the animal. Contact a local animal control agency immediately if you see an animal in inadequate shelter and document the incident with a cell phone camera if possible.

Chained dogs

Dogs who are tethered continuously suffer tremendously, both from social isolation and exposure to predators and the elements. What you can do for chained dogs »


A startling number of animals die every year when people move out of their residences and simply leave the animals behind. Sometimes, an abandoned dog's barking or cat's howling can alert the neighbors, but it's wise to keep an eye on a recently vacated home, especially if the former residents moved suddenly. Companion animals kept in cages or tanks are often overlooked upon a residents’ sudden passing, and may suffer neglect as well. If you find or know of abandoned animals, contact your local animal control agency immediately.

Pets left in cars

Time is of the essence when reporting pets left in parked cars. Even if the outside temperature seems cool, these animals could be minutes away from death or irreversible organ damage. If you cannot locate the owner immediately, don’t be afraid to call local authorities, detailing your location and the make, model and license plate number of the vehicle the animal is inside. Learn more about pets in hot cars »  

Beating and physical abuse

If you witness direct physical violence to an animal, report the incident immediately to authorities. If you decide to intervene in any way, use your best judgement and do not become physically involved in the situation; remember, even well-intentioned actions could compromise the process of investigation into suspected abuse.

Animal fighting and organized cruelty

Organized cruelty, such as dogfighting, cockfighting and other bloodsports, is illegal in all 50 states, and is linked to other criminal activities such as human violence, gambling and drug distribution. If you hear about or witness events like these, immediately report them to the local authorities and the HSUS. 

These are just common examples of animal cruelty. Even if a case doesn’t fit neatly into these categories, take action if something feels off. In many cases, you may be the only chance an animal has at escaping cruelty or neglect.


Get as much information as you can to give to the authorities. Document the incident with photos or videos of the location, animal(s) involved and surrounding area. Be as detailed as possible. Dates, times, circumstances and statements from other people who have witnessed the cruelty should be noted and related to the authorities.

Reporting Cruelty

Provide the authorities with written documentation and always keep a copy for yourself. Keep careful record of who you spoke with, date, content and outcome of discussion. Ask what action is planned.

When calling to report animal cruelty, be sure to include the following:

  1. Name of the person you believe is involved, if known.
  2. Is this person the owner of the animal(s)?
  3. Exact address and city where the animal is located. If you have a zip code it is helpful. If you do not have the precise address, give cross streets or accurate directions to the site.
  4. What type of animal? dog, cat, horse, etc.
  5. How many animals may be involved?
  6. What type of cruelty are you reporting? neglect, violence.
  7. Is it an owned animal(s) or a stray(s)?
  8. Be sure to leave your full name and contact information.


Don’t assume the situation was addressed. Always follow-up with the officer in charge of the case to inquire about progress of the investigation. If dissatisfied, request to have a meeting to discuss the situation further or ask to speak to a supervisor. You may be the only hope for this animal. His life could depend on you.


Dog Fighting Hotline

Dog fighting is a particularly heinous kind of cruelty- it cant not be tolerated. Do not look away if you know of any of these fights are being organized.

  • The Dog Fighting Hotline 1-877-847-4787 is sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States.
  • The line is answered 24/7.
  • You can receive an award of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a dogfighter.
  • All information is kept confidential.
  • You can leave a message, talk to an investigator, or get their e-mail address and leave your own.
  • If a dogfight is in progress, immediately call the police, 9-1-1. Then call the hotline.


Firefighters Save Dog In Santa Monica


Firefighters Save Dog In Santa Monica


Santa Monica firefighters responding to an apartment fire saved a dog that had been overcome by heat and smoke.

According to the department, on the afternoon of Tuesday March 21 at 4:05 p.m., the Santa Monica Fire Department began receiving multiple 911 calls for a report of a structure fire at 1857 7th Street in the City of Santa Monica. The first Fire Department Engine Company arrived on scene at 4:10 p.m., 4 minutes and 45 seconds after the initial 911 call, and found a single story apartment building, with a rapidly growing fire in one apartment unit.

Engine Company Firefighters quickly performed an aggressive interior fire attack, while Truck Company Firefighters placed ladders and ascended to the roof to cut a ventilation opening to allow for the release of superheated smoke and fire gasses. Efforts were successful in confining the fire to the kitchen and storage room area of the apartment, and preventing further fire extension and property damage to adjacent units.

Dog Down

During the fire fight, Firefighters searching the interior for victims discovered an unresponsive dog that was overcome by heat and smoke. The dog was quickly pulled from the structure not breathing and without a pulse. Firefighters performed “CPR” and provided oxygen through our “Pet Oxygen Masks”, a standard piece of equipment that all Santa Monica Fire Department units carry. After 20 minutes, the dog began breathing on its own and regained consciousness, even regaining the ability to walk around. With the help of caring neighbors, a local animal hospital was found and the pet was transferred for further care.

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

Pictured is Firefighter Andrew Klein performing CPR on the dog. 

Photo Credit: Billy Fernando


Abandoned Pets In Fukushima


Abandoned Pets In Fukushima

1 Year Later, Abandoned Pets Still Struggling to Survive in Fukushima 

Lonely dogs and cats have survived high radiation, dwindling food and, lately, sub-freezing temperatures. Yet, there are good stories too.

By Dave Baker 

March 8, 2012


The 9.0 earthquake and accompanying tsunami that hit Japan one year ago, on March 11, 2011,

also precipitated the worst nuclear crisis in a quarter-century. In the wake of these triple disasters, nearly 16,000 people were killed, 3,300 are missing and roughly 80,000 were evacuated.

Pets were victims too:

Thousands wandered around the 12-mile exclusion zone surrounding Fukushima, hungry and alone. There are at least three reasons that these pets were abandoned:

  1. When residents were forced to evacuate, they thought they’d be gone for only a few days. They left everything behind, including their cars. Many of these people don’t have the means to get back. Some residents still come back, repeatedly, to the area to try to find their lost pets, who are nowhere to be found.
  2. Owners who were somehow able to evacuate with their pets often wound up in shelters that didn’t accept pets.
  3. Of course, some people didn’t survive the tsunami, leaving their pets homeless.

For many of Japan’s abandoned pets, it was too late. They died while tied up to trees or inside homes from starvation. However, thousands were rescued by a network of various nonprofit rescue groups that sprang up after the disaster.


1 Year Later

Even today, a year later, there are abandoned pets in Fukushima. The remaining dogs and cats have survived high radiation, a dearth of food and, lately, sub-freezing winter temperatures. Sadly, some of the animals are reproducing — it’s only natural, after all — making the problem of strays even worse as food sources dwindle to nothing in abandoned towns.

Government officials have allowed people to go into the exclusion zone only occasionally, so animal rescuers work covertly, dodging security checkpoints, wearing protective gear and carrying Geiger counters.

I haven’t seen any reports of animals being brought back with radiation poisoning. The most common ailments in rescued dogs and cats in Japan are dehydration, starvation and heartworm.

What Rescuers Are Saying

The passage of time hasn’t made things easier for the rescuers. They say it’s sometimes harder to catch the animals. “As time goes by, they become more and more distrustful of us,” says Yasunori Hoso, owner of United Kennel Club (UKC) Japan, which has rescued about 800 pets and still has 350 in its shelter. “At first they came up in a sort of ‘Where did everyone go?’ attitude, but now…they stay a certain distance away and then run.”

Late last year, rescuer Nekosama Okoku described seeing “cats and cats and cats” when he went to Fukushima. “They all meow so loudly as if to tell me they are there,” he said. Before the tsunami struck, “they used to curl up on the couch when the weather got cold and slept by their owners’ pillow or feet at night.” He added: “It depresses me.”

There Is Good News

Amid the sadness, there are heartwarming stories coming from Japan. Stories of lonely dogs so excited to see people again, tails wagging to and fro. Cats reunited with owners after months apart.

Most famously, the story of the loyal dogs of the tsunami, broadcast worldwide on TV (we called it “ultimate loyalty, #3 on this list), has a happy ending. The brown and white dog shown in a video guarding over another dog, who appeared weak, has been located and is now living with her owner. The dog’s name is Me’i.

How Can You Help? Consider donating to UKC Japan, which has done so much for animal welfare after the tsunami. Realize that it costs several hundred dollars per day just to feed the pets in this group’s shelter.



American Humane Disaster Animal Rescue


American Humane Disaster Animal Rescue

How great would it be to see this rolling into town?

How great would it be to see this rolling into town?

Disaster Response

American Humane is always the first to serve when disaster strikes.

American Humane’s rescue units are stationed across the country to ensure a swift response whenever and wherever animals are in crisis.

Our first responders travel the nation with a fleet of specially equipped rescue vehicles, including American Humane’s flagship 82-foot “Rescue Rig,” which are fully outfitted with lifesaving emergency supplies for every condition. The Rescue Rig is even furnished with a mobile operating theater and state-of-the-art command center enabling vital communication and coordination during major disasters.

Using these rescue vehicles as operating bases, American Humane deploys to the sites of severe floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes, among other natural disasters, where our first responders work tirelessly on the ground to locate, shelter, and provide veterinary care to vulnerable animals in need.

American Humane is also the first to serve the animal victims of unimaginable cruelty and abuse.

Our emergency rescue team collaborates with local law enforcement agencies on large-scale animal cruelty investigations, involving everything from hoarding cases to puppy mills and dogfighting operations.

Whenever and wherever tragedy strikes, whether a natural disaster or an incident of deplorable abuse, American Humane is there for animals.

Tennessee Wildfires:

We’re on the ground in Tennessee, helping affected companion animals and pet owners!

Our first-response team, American Humane Rescue, rushed to Gatlinburg, Tennessee to help provide relief to the animals and pet owners impacted by the devastating wildfires ravaging the state. The team, along with two of its specialized emergency vehicles—made possible through the generous support of philanthropist Lois Pope and the Banfield Foundation—is on the ground helping companion animals and pet owners displaced…

Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food Rushes 80,000 Pounds of Pet Food to Aid American Humane Relief Effort in Louisiana

Hurricane Matthew:

UPDATE: American Humane Service during Hurricane Matthew

With the storm over, and our whole team accounted for, American Humane can proudly thank and congratulate our first responders for a job well done. Especially praiseworthy were the actions and risks taken last week by Jeff Eyre and his three-legged German Shepherd, Dually.  The duo leapt into action after receiving an urgent request for help from a shelter in North Myrtle…








Horse Rescue: 2106 Lousiana Flood-The Painful Truth


Horse Rescue: 2106 Lousiana Flood-The Painful Truth

Louisiana floods: Horses, pets left stranded


By Chelsea Brasted, | The Times-Picayune

  • August 15, 2016 at 4:56 PM,
  • updated August 22, 2016 at 12:43 PM

With thousands of residents displaced across East Baton Rouge Parish and throughout Acadiana by the Louisiana Flood of 2016, there are countless pets and animals likewise in need of supplies and shelter. 

Some of those pets landed at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center, which is serving as a shelter for thousands of people. Its stalls and rodeo area are now filled with horses, dogs and other animals displaced by the flood. 

Jodie Summers, a volunteer who's helping to manage a Facebook page for coordinating relief efforts, told | The Times-Picayune photographer Chris Granger that she and others are in desperate need of help and donations. 

"We had to quit (after) 24 hours yesterday on rescues because our own area is starting to flood. We are running out of stalls. We are running out of hay. We are running out of feed," she said. 

Summers said there were too many horses and not enough time to count them all at Lamar Dixon, making the need for supplies and volunteers dire.

"We need help. Some of them are past saving," she said of the horses still to be rescued. "If you can bring me buckets and hay, that's the main thing on our priority list."

Hurricane Katrina changed the way that animals are treated during emergencies thanks to the passage of the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards. In its approval, Congress compelled first responders to save pets just as they save their people. 

This situation is tough to hear for any pet owner and animal lover; I can't imagine how tragic it will be for those owners to return home and face that loss.

Don't simply watch and shake your head, prepare for yourself and your animal family, just in case. 


9 Tips for Protecting Your Horses in a Wildfire


9 Tips for Protecting Your Horses in a Wildfire

Horse owners in wildfire danger zones know that the call for evacuation can come at any time.

Colorado’s Carrie Terroux-Barrett helped coordinate rescue and evacuation efforts during the state’s 2015 massive wildfires. She says during the 2013 Black Forrest Fire more than 500 horses were evacuated.

Terroux-Barrett offers these tips to horse owners dealing with wildfires.

1. Ensure you horse knows how to step right onto the trailer and stand tied to make evacuation time a breeze.

Evacuations are not the time for a trailer loading practice session.

These mules did not want to get on the trailer with their buddy during a Colorado fire, but when the trailer left, so did they.

These mules did not want to get on the trailer with their buddy during a Colorado fire, but when the trailer left, so did they.

2. Take at least one bale of hay and a bucket for each horse you are evacuating.

3.  Have a first aid kit pre-made and ready in your trailer.

If you need to evacuate, chances are you may feel the affects of the thick black smoke. Take rags and plenty of fresh water for yourself and the horses in case of traffic jams on the evacuation route.

4.  Make sure you have your proof of ownership documents for your horses.

For some that may include brand inspection papers, a Bill of Sale, coggins, registration, microchip info, photos, and insurance documentation or some combination of those mentioned.  ( Check this out: Documents)

5. If you are unable to take your horses, turn them loose, without a halter on.

Close all barn doors so they can’t get back in.

6. If you turn your horses loose, write your phone number on them.

Use spray paint or shoe polish on the horses’ bodies. You can also write your number on their hooves, although it might smear.

Terroux-Barrett says she prefers a ribbon in the mane or tail for the phone number, over putting it on the hooves. If the ribbon gets caught on something it pulls out easily.

7. Nothing plastic, like fly masks, should be left on your horses — plastic melts.

8. If you take your horses to an evacuation center, have your horses marked in some way.

Sometimes even the evacuation centers have to evacuate.

9. If your horse is in a large pasture area, cut or remove the fence’s corners and leave the gates open.

When horses can’t find their way in the smoke they will follow the fence lines.


Having a plan and being ready to implement that plan is the first step in getting you and your horses out of danger’s way safely.

Know Your Risk:

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Be ready to be ready; your horses depend on you. 



Pets & Domestic Abuse Protection Bill


Pets & Domestic Abuse Protection Bill

Congress Introduces Bill to Help Victims of Domestic Violence and Their Pets


Animal cruelty and domestic violence are often linked—and when pets become pawns in domestic disputes, victims can delay seeking help and remain in dangerous environments because they fear for the safety of the pets they are forced to leave behind.

We are pleased to report a strong bipartisan leadership team in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate has come together to introduce important legislation that would provide new federal protections to domestic violence victims and protect their pets from the hands of abusers.

The Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act would prohibit abusers from crossing state lines to harm a domestic partner’s pet, and adds veterinary care to the list of restitution costs to be recovered by victims. It would also authorize much-needed federal grant funding to provide assistance and housing to victims’ pets in need of emergency shelter. Despite an urgent need, currently only 3% of domestic violence shelters nationwide are able to accommodate victims’ pets. 

The new federal protections offered by the PAWS Act would help victims and their pets escape abusive environments and seek the safety and shelter they need. Thirty-two states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have already passed laws allowing pets to be included in protective orders.


  • Katherine Clark (D-MA),

  • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL),

  • Rick Nolan (D-MN),

  • Mimi Walters (R-CA),

  • Steve Cohen (D-TN) and

  • Jeff Denham (R-CA)  


  • Gary Peters (D-MI)

  • Dean Heller (R-NV)

are reintroducing the PAWS Act in the 115th Congress.

We are thankful for their strong leadership in taking this important step in the fight against animal cruelty and domestic violence.

We need your help! Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center today to encourage your U.S. representative and senators to help victims of domestic violence and their pets by cosponsoring the PAWS Act. 


FAQ's: Rescue of Animals In A Natural Disaster ALDF


FAQ's: Rescue of Animals In A Natural Disaster ALDF

As we all know, Hurricane Katrina revealed gaps in the rescue programs for pets during a natural disaster.

As a result, the PETS act was signed in 2006, which includes provisions for care of pets in the future. 

The PETS Act amends the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to ensure that State and local emergency preparedness operational plans address the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals following a major disaster or emergency.

The PETS Act authorizes FEMA to provide rescue, care, shelter, and essential needs for individuals with household pets and service animals, and to the household pets and animals themselves following a major disaster or emergency.

While the PETS act addresses federal issues, there are practical questions  for local responders that need to be answered immediately. The questions and answers listed below are specific to Louisiana and Mississippi; what the laws allow will be specific to your state. 

They give a clear picture into the on-the-ground permissions and discretion of law enforcement, animal control enforcement and veterinarians in these extreme circumstances. 


This Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”) project was designed to help address the legal questions generated by animal rescuers and animal shelters assisting with the recovery of animals affected by Hurricane Katrina in September of 2005.

It was initiated and produced by the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the American Bar Association’s Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s Animal Law Committee. Volunteer attorneys from across the U.S. donated their time to, as quickly as possible, research and write the legal memoranda that support the short answers provided here.

Attorneys and others who would like to read the full memoranda prepared for any one or all of the questions may send your request to ALDF at 

Don’t see the answer to your animal rescue legal question here?

Then you or your organization can submit a question to and we will have a volunteer attorney research it and provide you with an answer if possible.

We may also post your answer as part of these FAQs. (Don’t forget to include information on how to contact you to get you your answer!) We expect that as the hurricane season wears on, these FAQs will continue to grow, so keep watching this space.


While ALDF makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information presented here and throughout its website at, ALDF does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of such information. The information contained here is provided as general information only and is not intended, nor shall be construed, as specific legal advice. Only a licensed attorney can provide legal advice. Use of any information on is strictly voluntary and any reliance on it should be undertaken only after an independent review by qualified experts. ALDF is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages arising out of the use of any information contained on this website.


1a. What actions may police or other government authorities take during a natural disaster to control dangerous or potentially dangerous dogs—i.e., can they shoot or otherwise harm them?

Dangerous dogs may be killed, humanely, without liability for money damages or criminal prosecution. In Louisiana, see La. R.S. § 3:2773(D) and La. Atty Gen. Op. No. 1993-808; 1994. In Mississippi, see Miss. Code Ann. § 41-53-11 (2005) Also, generally, see 56 A.L.R. 2d 1024 § 1(b).

1b. Is anyone besides government officials permitted to take such action?

In Louisiana, sheriffs, constables, or other police officers, as well as citizens, may take such action. In Mississippi, only sheriffs, conservation officers, or peace officers may take such action. See the laws referenced above in question 1a.

1c. Does it make a difference if the dangerous animal is a companion animal, wildlife, or other type of animal?

The states’ legislation refers only to dogs.

1d. What actions may be taken to control loose, but not dangerous dogs?

Answer is still being developed and will appear here shortly.

1e. What if there is a perceived risk that some or all loose animals may endanger public health and safety?

  • How is this determined?
  • What measures may be taken by government agencies and/or others to secure the public's health and safety generally, if the threat is not aggressiveness, but animals' rabies or communicable diseases?

Killing animals with communicable diseases is usually considered a proper exercise of a state’s police power. U.S. and state case law tells us that, at least in normal circumstances, there must be first a series of steps taken to test or inspect the animals to confirm the existence of the disease and to provide notice and a hearing to the animals’ guardian before the animal(s) may be destroyed.

In Louisiana, the State Livestock Sanitary Board has the power to make and enforce rules necessary to prevent, control, and eradicate contagious and infectious diseases of animals, and all other animal diseases. See La. R.S. § 3:2095.

Mississippi requires sheriffs, conservation officers or peace officers to kill dogs over the age of 3 months found running loose who bear no collar or tag showing they are unvaccinated against rabies. See Miss. Code Ann. §§ 41-53-1 et seq.

2a. What legal rights, responsibilities, and immunities exist, if any, for Louisiana and Mississippi licensed veterinarians (vets) in an emergency such as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina?

In Louisiana, 2 laws address this question: The Good Samaritan Law reads that state licensed vets who in good faith provide emergency services to an animal at the scene of an emergency shall not be liable for damages for providing, or failing to provide, for the emergency care or arrangement of further vet medical treatment. See La. R.S. § 37:1731(C).

The Louisiana Health Emergency Powers Act requires vets to report all cases of animals who harbor any illness that may cause a public health emergency to the office of public health, infectious disease epidemiology section. See La. R.S. § 29:765(A)(1)(a) See also question 2e below.

Mississippi law is still being researched on this question.

2b. What legal rights, responsibilities, and immunities exist, if any, for veterinarians (vets) licensed in other states who come to Louisiana and Mississippi to help there?

Louisiana prohibits persons from practicing veterinary medicine in the state if they are not licensed there, unless they are licensed in another state and are consulting with a licensed Louisiana vet. See La. R.S. § 37:1514. That said, for purposes of the current emergency, that rule appears to be temporarily suspended pursuant to the following documents and Vet Board memo: Louisiana (La. R.S. § 29:751) has adopted the Southern Regional Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Management Assistance Compact, which includes the following: Article V - Licenses and Permits Whenever any person holds a license, certificate or other permit issued by any party state to the compact evidencing the meeting of qualifications for professional, mechanical, or other skills, and when such assistance is requested by the receiving party state, such person shall be deemed licensed, certified, or permitted by the state requesting assistance to render aid involving such skill to meet a declared emergency or disaster, subject to such limitations and conditions as the governor of the requesting state may prescribe by executive order or otherwise.

A nearly identical provision exists in the Interstate Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Compact. See La. R.S. § 29:733: Article 4. Whenever any person holds a license, certificate, or other permit issued by any state evidencing the meeting of qualifications for professional, mechanical, or other skills, such person may render aid involving such skill in any party state to meet an emergency or disaster and such state shall give due recognition to such license, certificate, or other permit as if issued in the state in which aid is rendered.

In relation to the above, our researchers obtained the following memo from the Louisiana Veterinary Medicine Board, which is reprinted in full here:

Veterinary Medicine Board Hurricane Katrina Aftermath – Relief Assistance

Memo DATE: September 12, 2005

FROM: Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine

RE: Hurricane Katrina Aftermath – Relief Assistance Due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina, Governor Blanco issued an Executive Order, KBB 05-35, (effective through September 25, 2005) suspending the requirement for a Louisiana issued licensed to those out of state licensed veterinarians, in good standing, in other states.


A. A veterinarian not licensed in Louisiana, but currently licensed, in good standing, in another state may practice veterinary medicine if: 1. the veterinarian has photo identification and license to verify a current licensure in another state, and properly registers with the LA Board;

2. the veterinarian is engaged in a legitimate relief effort during the emergency period (at what disaster facility are you intending to practice in Louisiana, and please keep the Board office current on this information); and 3. the veterinarian must practice in good faith, and within the reasonable scope of his skills, training, and ability.

B. The authority provided for in this shall cease on September 25, 2005, unless the Executive Order is renewed, modified, or extended, or earlier rescinded by the Governor.

C. All out of state licensed veterinarians shall submit a copy of their respective licenses and photograph identification, as well as other requested information, to the LA Board of Veterinary Medicine office at, 225-342-2176, or fax 225-342-2142, for registration with this agency.

Application Form in pdf format. Use the Text Select tool to complete the form online and then print for signatures. Completed applications must be in original form – faxed copies not accepted.

Mississippi’s laws permit several categories of persons to practice veterinary medicine there without Application Form in pdf format. Use the Text Select tool to complete the form online and then print for signatures. Completed applications must be in original form – faxed copies not accepted.

Mississippi’s laws permit several categories of persons to practice veterinary medicine there without having Mississippi-issued veterinary licenses, including: Any member in good standing of another licensed or regulated profession within any state, or any member of an organization or group approved by the board, providing assistance requested by a veterinarian licensed in the state, acting with informed consent from the client, and acting under the direct or indirect supervision and control of the licensed veterinarian. Providing assistance involves hands-on active participation in the treatment and care of the patient. The licensed veterinarian shall maintain responsibility for the veterinarian-client-patient relationship." Miss. Code. Ann. § 73-39-

61(e). Any veterinarian employed by an accredited college of veterinary medicine providing assistance requested by a veterinarian licensed in the state, acting with informed consent from the client, and acting under the direct or indirect supervision and control of the licensed veterinarian. Providing assistance involves hands-on active participation in the treatment and care of the patient. The licensed veterinarian shall maintain responsibility for the veterinarian-client-patient relationship… Miss. Code. Ann. § 73-39-61(f). Any person who, without expectation of compensation, provides emergency veterinary care in an emergency disaster situation. Miss. Code. Ann. § 73-39-61(p). See also question 2e below.

Mississippi has apparently not adopted either the Southern Regional Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Management Assistance Compact or the Interstate Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Compact, as we could find no mention of either one in the statutes.

2c. What are the limits, if any, on the types of medical treatments that may be performed on rescued animals—only those necessary to save life? What about spay and neuter procedures?

We could find no express limitations set out in the laws or cases of either Louisiana or Mississippi. As noted in question 2a above, Louisiana does have a Good Samaritan Law found at La. R.S. § 37:1731(C), that would arguably shield from liability any emergency procedures performed in good faith.

2d. Is there a time where the answer to above question 2c changes—i.e., during the holding period for when animals may be reclaimed?

  • What about after that?
  • At what point does the holding period start?
  • Is the holding period different during a declared emergency?

As noted in question 2c above, the answer appears to be that there is no limit regarding the administration of medical treatment, no matter when it occurs. Louisiana's Abandoned Animals Act, La. R.S. § 3:2451, states that an animal is abandoned if veterinary charges (medical and/or boarding) are not paid within 10 days of the services rendered, La. R.S. § 3:2452, and after notice is given to the guardian, the animal can be disposed of an additional 10 days later. La. R.S. § 3:2453.

Mississippi's veterinary statutes state that an animal placed in a vet's custody is considered abandoned if not claimed after 10 days, see Miss. Code. Ann. § 73-39- 89(1) Although no exception to these provisions seems to exist, principals of equity would no doubt dictate that 10 days is an insufficient period of time to locate a companion animal in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

2e. Aside from the laws, what do the American Veterinary Medical Association, Louisiana and Mississippi State Veterinarians, and state vet requirements say, if anything, about vets assisting with these types of rescue situations and the above questions?

The AVMA has a detailed Disaster Preparedness and Response Guide at: It includes a document about the Veterinary Medical Assistance Teams (VMATs), which were in fact sent into the hurricane-devastated area.

VMATs are funded through the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), which is a 501(c)(3). The AVMA contributes to this foundation. Once VMATs respond to a disaster, their people who are participating become employees of FEMA. The Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine, as noted above in question 2b, has created an application form for out-of-state vets to be temporarily licensed to come in and help.

See the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association's homepage with several hurricane links at, also their animal evacuation and recovery plan at

Our Mississippi researchers contacted the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association, which stated that they have no independent regulations governing their vets, only the MS Veterinary Practice Act found at Miss Code Ann. §§ 73-39-51 et seq., pertinent provisions of which are alr


Valentine's Day: Pet Theft Awareness Day


Valentine's Day: Pet Theft Awareness Day


Look into the eyes of your dogs or cats; you love them. Can you imagine someone stealing them from you, selling them off for cruel animal testing, as bait for dog fights or 'sold' to a new owner? 

Each year, countless companion animals are stolen:

...from yards, cars, and public areas or fraudulently obtained through “free to good home” ads.  Many of these stolen pets are forced to breed in puppy mills, used as dogfight training bait or resold in a practice called “pet flipping.”

In the past, most stolen pets were sold for medical research by Class B dealers, but due to a new law effective in 2016, they will finally be out of business. LCA’s undercover investigations played an integral part in this success; go to for more info.

Follow the tips below to protect your own beloved companion animal. And please share this information. It just might save your dog or cat’s life.

Pet Theft DOs and DON’Ts


  • DO educate family, friends and neighbors about pet theft, especially each year on Feb. 14th – Valentine’s Day – Pet Theft Awareness Day.
  • DO keep your dog indoors, especially when you’re not home. Outdoor dogs should be kept safely behind a locked gate.
  • DO walk your dog on a leash.
  • DO keep cats strictly indoors. Indoor cats live safer, longer, healthier lives.
  • DO provide your pets with collars, I.D. tags, and licenses. Speak with your veterinarian about tattooing and microchipping.
  • DO report suspicious neighborhood activities and/or missing companion animals to the police and animal control.
  • DO keep recent photos of companion animals.
  • DO spay and neuter your companion animals. Fixed animals are less likely to stray.


  • DON’T leave companion animals unattended in your yard. It only takes a few seconds for thieves to take them.
  • DON’T tie your dog up outside of restaurants, coffee shops or stores, and never leave any animal unattended in a car.
  • DON’T allow your dog to be visible from the street.
  • DON’T use “free to good home” ads to place your companion animal. If you can no longer care for your pet, contact the local humane society or animal rescue for help.

It is hard to fathom the cruelty of humans toward animals, sadly it is out there all too much.

One moment of awareness, paying one little bit of extra attention will make the difference. 

Be aware; your pets and pets you don't even know will thank you.



Pet Insurance Not Pay? Check Before you Buy


Pet Insurance Not Pay? Check Before you Buy

The Fine Print:

To me this is the best weapon of the insurance companies to NOT do what they say they will: cover the costs of vet bills. What is important to remember, their first goal is profit, not insurance. so decisions and choices made by the company are made through the lens of the company's needs, not yours or your pets. 

I do think Pet Insurance can be a good idea; as with all insurances, READ THE FINE PRINT. They bury the nasty stuff in there, the clauses and excuses to take your premiums yet deny coverage. 

For instance: Does yours exclude normal behavior?

Pet insurance, like most forms of insurance, definitely qualifies as a “Buyer Beware” purchase.

The Hard Way

Jamie Richardson found that out the hard way when her seven-year old dog Muddy tore a ligament in his leg and her insurance company Petsecure refused to cover his veterinary care. One reason for denying the claim was that Muddy was running when he hurt himself. Specifically, he was happily running through the woods, which can also be described as “being a dog”.

Unfortunately for Richardson, “being a dog” is essentially excluded in her accident policy. The fine print states that any injury sustained while the dog is “jumping, running, slipping, tripping or playing” is not covered.

Additionally, any accident that the guardian does not witness is not covered. In Muddy’s case, even if he had torn his ligament in full view of Richardson while he was, say, eating his dinner, none of the $4,200 in veterinary costs would have been reimbursed by the insurance company due to a “pre-existing condition” clause that relates to arthritis or degenerative joint issues.

Though X-rays at the time of surgery showed no signs of arthritis, the fact that the presence of bone spurs had been noted in Muddy’s medical records allows the insurance company to deny the claim. That’s true even though the surgeon said that the accident was not caused by arthritis and the veterinarian pointed out that those bones spurs are normal for seven-year old dogs, and minor to boot. Two vets saying no pre-existing conditions are present does not prevent the insurance company from denying the claim based on the “pre-existing condition” clause.

Richardson has cancelled her policy, since it did her no good at all. She borrowed money to pay her bills, and is now saving a little each month just in case Muddy has another accident or an illness that requires expensive veterinary care. She continues to let him be a dog, though, and he still runs through the woods near her home in Yukon.

What To Do?

Pet insurance can be a good idea, you have to do your homework and look for the escape clauses in the coverage (that's them escaping paying you). 
Read EVERY word of the policy. 

  1. Pre-existing condition clause, even if unrelated to the incident?
  2. Limitations of coverage?
  3. Which vets will they pay or how do they determine how much they will compensate you?
  4. Be suspicious of any language or wording that seems obscure or unclear- it is not likely to be in your best interests.  
  • Check reviews of the company online from a few sources.
  • Consider what things you are most concerned about for your pet and insurance: accident, injury, illness. 
  • Vet bills can be ridiculously expensive and most of us simply hand over the credit card in a crisis. Insurance can seem as a good fall back, but as the story above illustrates, it can end up being a black hole, sucking money time and rage as they do not provide the coverage you anticipated. 


Its awful when something happens to our pets and money is such a big part of care for them. Be smart, be aware and be careful. 


Animal Welfare Act: The Contingency Plan


Animal Welfare Act: The Contingency Plan

The Animal Welfare Act :

For nearly 50 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has enforced the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to protect certain animals from inhumane treatment and neglect. Congress passed the AWA in 1966 and strengthened the law through amendments in 1970, 1976, 1985, 1990, 2002, 2007, and 2008. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) administers the AWA, its standards and regulations.

For a full listing of the sections of this act: click below ( beware, kind of dry stuff):



Animal Welfare Act Contingency Plan Final Rule

Last Modified: Aug 24, 2016

Animal Welfare Act Contingency Regulation:  APHIS published a final rule requiring all dealers, exhibitors, intermediate handlers, carriers, research facilities and other entities regulated by the Agency under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to take additional steps to be better prepared for potential disaster situations. 

They are required to develop a plan for how they are going to respond to and recover from emergencies most likely to happen to their facility, as well as train their employees on those plans.  These emergency plans are also referred to as “contingency plans.”

The goal of this rule is to increase the regulated community’s awareness and understanding about their responsibilities to protect their animals in emergency situations.  Developing contingency plans could potentially save the lives of their animals – and their employees – during an emergency or natural disaster.  It will also allow each USDA licensee and registrant to evaluate their preparedness and to more fully understand how they can better survive a disaster or emergency situation.

Planning ahead for emergency situations remains an important tool to help facilities weather disasters and emergencies. A good first step is to contact local and state emergency management agencies to work through animal needs and resources important to each facility.

What is quite clear here is that as much as any government agencies and rescue organizations attempt to prepare, when the emergency happens, its best to rely as much on yourself as possible.  

Take the time, think about where you would go and how you would get there.

How will you get everyone out of the house and to safety?

Of course, we hope you never need to use this info; but just in case.........



Sacramento, Yolo & Placer County Alerts: Sign Up NOW


Sacramento, Yolo & Placer County Alerts: Sign Up NOW  


All public safety agencies in Sacramento, Yolo, and Placer counties have partnered to have a state of the art community notification system to alert residents about emergency events and other important public safety information.  

This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.

You opt-in to enter your contact information and subscribe to notifications that you care about based on your location. The information you provide is protected and will not be used for any other purpose.

How It Works

  • When we issue a notification about a potential safety hazard or concern, you will receive a message on the voice or text communication methods that you have registered.

  • If requested for the notification, you can confirm that you have received the message and you will not be contacted by any subsequent methods regarding that particular notification.

  • If you do not confirm, the system will continue to attempt to reach you at all of the contact paths that you have registered.

Sign up for Notifications

Create an account and add your contact and location information into the Emergency Notification System. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

Stop Receiving Notifications

You can stop receiving at any time by removing your contact information from your profile.


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Emergency Notification System: Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Emergency Notification System?


This service allows you to opt-in to receive notifications via phone calls, text messaging, e-mail and more based on locations you care about. You can choose to receive notifications about events that may affect your home, workplace, family's schools and more.


When will it be used?


This system will be used to notify you about imminent threats to health and safety as well as informational notifications that affect your locations or work environments. Administrators will send notifications regarding severe weather, flooding, gas leaks, police activity and more.


Will I still get emergency notifications if I don't sign up?


If you don't create a username and password, you will receive notifications only by the methods that are on file for your Organization.


What if my phone number or email address changes?


The system is only as good as the information you provide. If your contact information changes, you can always visit your profile and update your information.


Will my contact information be shared with others?


No. The information that you provide will be used only for this Organization for notification purposes. We will not give or sell your contact or location information to any vendor or other organization.


Brrrr: Cold Weather Pet Care Humane Society


Brrrr: Cold Weather Pet Care Humane Society

5 Ways to Protect Pets This Winter

Pets are happiest and healthiest when kept indoors, especially during extreme cold snaps. 

In many areas, winter is a season of bitter cold and numbing wetness. Make sure your four-footed family members stay safe and warm by following these simple guidelines.



  1. Keep pets sheltered
  2. Bundle up, wipe down
  3. Remove common poisons
  4. Protect outdoor animals
  5. Speak out

Keep pets sheltered

Keep your pets inside with you and your family. Under no circumstances should pet cats be left outdoors, even if they roam outside during other seasons. Dogs are happiest when taken out frequently for walks and exercise, but kept inside the rest of the time. Don't leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops.

If your dog is outdoors much of the day for any reason, they must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow them to move comfortably, but small enough to hold in body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches from the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.

Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Routinely check your pet's water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic food and water bowls; when the temperature is low, your pet's tongue can stick and freeze to metal.

Bundle up, wipe down

No matter what the temperature is, windchill can threaten a pet's life. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. For this reason, short-haired dogs often feel more comfortable wearing a sweater — even during short walks.

Rock salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet's feet. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates their mouth.

Remove common poisons

Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up any antifreeze spills immediately and keep it, like all household chemicals, out of reach. Coolants and antifreeze made with propylene glycol are less toxic to pets, wildlife and family. 

Dogs are at particular risk of salt poisoning in winter due to the rock salt used in many areas — often when licking it from their paws after a walk. Store de-icing salt in a safe place and wipe your dog’s paws, even after short walks. If your dog ingests rock salt, call a veterinarian immediately. 

Protect outdoor animals

If there are outdoor cats, either owned pets or community cats in your area, remember that they need protection from the elements as well as food and water. It's easy to give them a hand.



Cars are one of many hazards to small animals — warm engines in parked cars attract cats and small wildlife, who may crawl up under the hood. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car's hood to scare them away before starting your engine.


You can also help make your property safe for deer in the wintertime by waiting until after the first week of December to string lights, and after then, only on trees over six inches in diameter. Before the first snow, you should also store summer recreational materials, like hammocks and swings. 

Horse care

Be sure your horses have access to a barn or a three-sided run-in so they can escape the wind and cold. While not all horses will need to be blanketed, blankets will help horses keep warm and dry, especially if there is any rain or snow. If you’ve body-clipped your horses, keep them blanketed throughout the winter.

Give your horses access to unfrozen water at all times. You can use heated buckets or water heaters/de-icers to make sure the water doesn’t freeze. Also, be sure to feed your horses more forage—unlimited amounts, if possible—during extreme cold. This will help your horses create heat and regulate their body temperatures.

Speak out!!!!!

If you encounter a pet left in the cold, politely let the owner know you're concerned.

Some people genuinely don’t know the risk that cold weather poses to their pets or livestock, and will be quick to correct any problems you address. If someone you raise these concerns with responds poorly or continues to neglect their animals, follow our steps on reporting wintertime neglect.



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So Cold Outside: Protect Your Pet


So Cold Outside: Protect Your Pet

Cold Weather Pet Care

If it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside.

If left outdoors, pets can be susceptible to frostbite, hypothermia, become disoriented, or lost. Don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, either. Cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.

To help prevent cold weather dangers from affecting your pet’s health, follow this advice from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(ASPCA):

  • Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. If your dog is short-haired, consider getting him a coat, sweater with a high collar, or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly.
  • Winter walks can become downright dangerous if chemicals from ice-melting agents are licked off of bare paws. Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt, and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.
  • Massaging petroleum jelly or other paw protectants onto paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents. Booties provide even more coverage.
  • Make sure your pet has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy pet bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.
Put a sweater on, its cold out there!

Put a sweater on, its cold out there!


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