Pet Retention / Resources for Owners

Bountiful BowlsWhile 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 views its shelter as a place to turn to for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.

Financial Assistance for Medical Care

Big Hearts Fund is a 501c3 non-profit organization that helps pet owners attain necessary veterinary care for their animals with heart disease.

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.

Brown Dog Foundation – Funding to bridge the gap between the cost of medical care and saving the family pet.

Canine Cancer Awareness  raises funds that go directly to veterinarians who provide care for dogs with cancer whose families cannot afford treatment.

Charlevoix Area Humane Society Financial Assistance page lists numerous resources for medical care and other issues.

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

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.

Kat Snips is a not-for-profit organization offering spay and neutering services to improve the health and welfare of cats in the Michigan counties of Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, and Washtenaw.

Magic Bullet Fund helps dogs whose families can’t afford to pay for veterinary cancer treatment.

Paws 4 A Cure is a non profit organization dedicated to helping families that are in need of non-routine veterinary financial assistance for their dog or cat.

The Pet Fund provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals in the United States who need veterinary care beyond the normal expenses of vaccination, spay & neuter surgeries, food and routine veterinary care.

Red Rover financial assistance grants:

The Riedel & Cody Fund provides knowledge, hope and funding to families of animals with cancer.

Rose’s Fund provides financial assistance when pets meet these general guidelines: 1) The pet/found animal must have a life-threatening illness, injury or condition.  2) The illness, injury or condition must require immediate or prompt veterinary intervention in order for the pet/found animal to survive. 3) The veterinarian’s prognosis should indicate a positive outcome. Rose’s Fund also maintains a page of other sources for financial assistance which can be viewed here.

Shakespeare Animal Fund helps elderly, disabled and those whose total income does not exceed the current poverty guidelines to obtain emergency pet care. Payment is made directly to the veterinarian, reducing out of pocket costs for low income pet owners who need to save their pet’s life.

Top Dog Foundation Bentley Grant was created to provide financial medical assistance to rescue groups and shelters to address serious health-related conditions of dogs in their care.

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

Behavioral Assistance

Dumb Friends League has an easily searchable page of pet behavior handouts for  adopters, owners & educators. Filter by animal and behavior.

Food Assistance

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.

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.

Kalamazoo Humane Society offers a pet food bank to local residents who find themselves facing financial difficulties. The KHS Pet Food Bank was designed as a temporary program and is not intended to be used as a permanent source of food or supplies.

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 assists 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.

Livingston Area Pet Pantry (LAPP) is a program of the Humane Society of Livingston County, a 501(c)3 organization based in Howell, MI.  Comprised of animal loving volunteers, LAPP is dedicated to helping provide pet food to families facing financial hardship.

Operation Feed Fido is a subsidy program through Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit in Dearborn to provide pet food and supplies to families in need. The purpose is to keep dogs and cats with their families and out of shelters.

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

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.

Pay It Forward Outreach is a non-profit, low-cost  professional veterinary clinic that provides vaccinations and basic vet care for the pets in the Muskegon community. They also have the “Black Cat Food Bank” onsite to assist pet owners who may need help with dog or cat food.  

Pet Food Bank through Pretties for Pitties assists Wayne County residents (primarily Detroit’s west side) by taking dog food to households that are running low. To qualify, owners must agree to have their pets spayed or neutered (low-cost spay/neuter programs are available) and up-to-date on heartworm preventative and vaccinations. Contact form is here.

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 feed their pets.

Pet Pantry Program through Michigan Humane Society assists hundreds of qualifying low-income families in the metro Detroit area. MHS provides dog or cat food at no charge to owned pets in an effort to keep animals in their current homes.

Richland Animal Rescue Pet Food Bank offers pet food for residents within 15 miles of Richmond, MI. Find out more information here.

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.

General Assistance and Information

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. Their extensive resource page features  Michigan organizations and can be viewed here.

Pet Care While Hospitalized: This article lists resources for those who are facing hospitalization and need short-term care for 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.

Housing Assistance / Domestic Violence Pet Sheltering

Kalamazoo Humane Society: Emergency housing is provided for pets of victims of domestic violence. This program is in collaboration with the YWCA of Kalamazoo Domestic Assault Program. Victims must be referred through this program in order to qualify. If you feel you may qualify for this program, please contact a staff member of the YWCA Domestic Assault Program at (269) 385-2869.

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