Sunday, October 24, 2010

Veterinary and Food Help for Pets of Low-Income People

The economy is hard on many of us, including our pets.  A couple of years ago, I wrote about some sources of help available to those whose pets needed veterinary care.  Here's an update with some more sources.

If your pet needs spaying and neutering, here's a nationwide list of low-cost spaying/neutering places from Love That Cat, with another spay/neuter list from the ASPCA.  Some people need help with the basic care and upkeep of their pets, and the Humane Society of the United States has compiled a list of groups that help with basic pet care costs.  Here's another batch of organizations that help with veterinary costs.  And yet another from Pit Bull Rescue (but they are NOT restricted to that breed).

And then there are feral cats, the colonies of cats that live outside of human control.  Many people want to help them, but how to do it without adding to their problems, and the problems of the community? For advocates of the trap/neuter/release system, that means helping control their population, while still providing them with some support.  Ally Cat Allies is a prominent group in the feral cat movement, and they have an online list of local groups that may provide support for feral cats in your area.  The Humane Society of the United States also has a list of feral cat support groups.

There's also a group that provides the (nonprofit) equivalent of food stamps for pets.

Also, there's Red Rover, which provides help for pet owners who are fleeing domestic violence and helps "good Samaritans" who rescue animals with life threatening conditions, and who have a whole list of financial help help for pet owners.

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