Pet Retention/Financial Help for Owners

While some surrenders of animals to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented, but only if shelters work with people to help them solve their problems.  Saving animals requires shelters to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together.  The more a community see its shelter as a place to turn to for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


Basil’s Buddies has a comprehensive list of Michigan and national organizations offering financial assistance, low-cost wellness care, vet care, food banks, and behavioral counseling.

Benny’s Kitchen is a pet food pantry available to low-income Rochester area residents through the Rochester Community House. Contact (248) 651-0622 for more information.

Bountiful Bowl Program through Humane Society of Huron Valley offers pet food assistance to Washtenaw County, Canton and Plymouth residents who are having difficulty meeting the nutritional needs of their dog or cat due to financial burden.

Community Sharing Pet Pantry in Highland offers food, leashes, beds and other supplies to clients of the Community Sharing Outreach Center.  Contact (248) 889-0347 for more information.

DogTales has a list of financial resources including links to organizations offering funding or financing for sick or injured animals.

Financial Assistance page lists numerous resources for medical care and other issues.

Gratiot Animals in Need (G.A.I.N.)  assists Gratiot County pet owners with basic veterinary care, food assistance, proper outdoor sheltering, fostering a pet, & rehoming a pet. For pet food bank, please call (989) 681-5993. For other matters, use this link or call (989) 875-2286.

Hope Fund through Tail Waggers in Livonia is designed to provide medical financial assistance to families who are in need when their pet is in a crisis situation.

Humane Society of the United States has a list of national and state resources for pet owners in need here, with a list specific to Michigan here.

Kibble Corner Pet Food Pantry is a low income pet food assistance program for Clarkston residents sponsored by Canine Companions Rescue Center. Their goal is to make sure that no dog is surrendered to a shelter or rescue in Clarkston because their family cannot afford the food to feed them.

Lapeer’s Adoptable Animals has a Pet Food Pantry that is available to local residents of Lapeer County only.  The pet food pantry is to help assist pet owners in EMERGENCY situations only with pet food so that current owned animals do not have to be rehomed or enter into the shelter system.

New Beginnings Animal Rescue Pet Food Pantry in Royal Oak offers assistance to residents of Oakland County and surrounding area.

No Paws Left Behind offers help for those facing foreclosure or seeking pet-friendly housing.

Pantry 4 Paws Pet Food Assistance Program through Tail Waggers in Livonia is designed to help meet the needs of your dog or cat during difficult times.

Pawsitive Impact for Pets helps owners who are facing the four major causes of pet surrender to shelters or rescues: Behavior Problems • Medical Expenses • Housing Changes • General Cost of Care

Pet Food Pantry through Cascade Humane Society assists Jackson County residents who are having difficulty meeting the nutritional needs of their cat or dog due to a financial burden.

Pet Pantry Network through Humane Society of Midland County assists Midland County residents who are facing economic concerns and are struggling to fed their pets.

Providing for Paws offers assistance to low income families in the Detroit area. Focus is on keeping pets in their homes and out of shelters by providing food, vaccines, spay/neuter, and other medical services.

Red Rover financial assistance grants:

SOS Animal Rescue helps Midland County families who are in need of pet food for their pets. Call (989) 492-0042 or find more information here.

Warren Eckstein’s List of groups providing financial assistance for veterinary bills is available here.