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« on: December 18, 2009, 07:58:55 AM »

California-Truckee-Lake Tahoe-

Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe
P.O. Box 9041
Truckee, CA 96162

Community Spay & Neuter
Providing low-cost surgeries to local residents.
The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, the Town of Truckee Animal Services and participating vets have combined forces to provide a low cost Community Spay and Neuter Program. Through this program, local residents who require financial assistance can obtain low-cost spay or neuter surgeries for their dogs and cats at local veterinary clinics.

Please download the Spay and Neuter Application Form for more information, instructions and a list of participating veterinarians.

Application link.

Since the program’s funds are limited, we ask that only pet owners who cannot afford the surgery without assistance use the voucher. This program is only available to permanent residents of the Town of Truckee, Eastern Placer County, Eastern Sierra County and Eastern Nevada County whose income level is at or below the median income level for your household size.
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2009, 07:59:46 AM »

California-Contra Costa County (east)-

Homeless Animals' Lifeline Organization-HALO
P.O. Box 2011
Antioch, Ca. 94531
voice mail 925-473-4642

Do you need help with:

Spaying and neutering feral cats? You must live in East Contra Costa County. No income requirement.  Contact us at below phone number.

Spaying and neutering domestic cats? You must live in East Contra Costa County and because of limited funding you must qualify under the below guidelines. Contact us at below phone number.

Help with spaying and neutering dogs: Occasionally we have funding for the spaying and neutering of dogs.  You must qualify under the below guidelines.  Please call to see if we have funding.

The income guidelines:

       Single individuals whose household adjusted gross income is below $26,000.

       Head of Household individuals whose adjusted gross income is below $39,000.

       Married individuals whose adjusted gross income is below $52,000.

A copy of the first page of your most current tax return.

If you do not have enough income to file a tax return, a signed statement stating your yearly income will be sufficient.

For more information you can call our voice mail 925-473-4642 and someone will get back to you within 24 hours.

Send the required income statements along with your name, address and phone number to:

Homeless Animals' Lifeline Organization
P.O. Box 2011
Antioch, Ca. 94531
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2009, 08:00:43 AM »


The Animal Guardian Society
PMB 588
7985 Santa Monica Blvd #109
West Hollywood, CA 90046

We help through financial aid paid directly to veterinarian clinics. Our goal is to alleviate pets’ suffering and get them quickly on the road to wellness by getting them the medical & surgical attention they need.

Vet costs can be prohibitively expensive. People’s hearts break when they can’t afford necessary healthcare. Please continue to support this critical program.

Contact them for more information.
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2009, 08:01:11 AM »


Pet Orphans of Southern California
7720 Gloria Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91406   
phone: 818.901.0190   
fax: 818.901.0011

Pet Orphans' Good Samaritan program assists the public with funds towards the cost of emergency medical care that low income families so desperately need to help save their beloved family pets. We receive approximately 4,000 inquiries a year, many of which are for animals that have been hit by a car, need tumors removed, hospitalization, and other unexpected emergency situations that may arise. Pet Orphans offers this help under the agreement that the family pay back low monthly installments on the medical care that they receive (based upon income and affordability) so that the plan can continue funding for others in need.

Unfortunately our funds are very limited at this time, but we hope to get the program up and running to its full capacity soon. All of Pet Orphans' wonderful programs are funded by generous donations from the public. We are always looking for help to keep life-saving programs such as Good Samaritan up and running. This program really does mean the difference between life and death for many animals in the community.
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2009, 08:01:42 AM »

California-San Mateo, Santa Clara Counties-

Pets In Need
871 5th Avenue
Redwood City, CA 94063

Subsidized and Free Veterinary Care
The Mahoney Fund realizes a dream of Jean Mahoney to ensure that all people can have the companionship of a pet regardless of their financial circumstance. Pets In Need provides assistance to low-income individuals for veterinary care, including spaying and neutering for their dogs and cats, on a funds available basis. (You must be able to prove that you are a resident of San Mateo or Santa Clara County.)

The Crockett Memorial Fund was established to facilitate the important animal human bond for senior citizens. Pets In Need assists these individuals with veterinary care. Regular clinics are held at Senior Centers throughout the area. Senior citizens can bring their companion pets for an examination by a veterinarian and vaccinations for only ten dollars. Low-income seniors can also obtain assistance for other more comprehensive veterinary care through the Crockett Memorial Fund. (You must be able to prove that you are a resident of San Mateo or Santa Clara County.)

Call Pets In Need at (650) 367-1405 for more information about these programs.
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2009, 08:02:28 AM »

California-Temecula area-

Animal Friends of the Valleys
29001 Bastron Street
Lake Elsinore CA
Phone: 951-674-0618
Fax 951-674-4401

Monthly low-cost vaccination clinics are sponsored by the shelter on the third Saturday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The clinics are held at the Lake Elsinore City Park (near the gazebo), located on the corner of Main St. and Limited Ave.

Dog and cat licensing are also available at the shot clinics. (Bring spay/neuter and rabies certificates if applicable). Contact AFV at 951-674-0618 if you have questions.
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2009, 08:02:51 AM »

California-San Jose-

Nike Animal Rescue Foundation-NARF
P.O. Box 26587
San Jose, CA 95159
408.224.6273 for dogs
408.946.2291 for cats

NARF is dedicated to protecting dogs and cats.
We strive to eliminate animal overpopulation through spay/neuter programs and public education; our volunteers rescue and shelter cats and dogs in need; we provide veterinary care and locate quality, permanent homes for these animals; and we provide assistance to pet lovers trying to keep or help their own pets.

Contact them for more information.
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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2009, 08:03:23 AM »

California-Marin County-

Marin Humane Society
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
Novato, CA 94949

Marin Independent Journal November 27, 2009

"I quickly learned that the SHARE program provides assistance to low-income seniors in Marin County to aid in keeping them with their best friends - their companion animals. Assistance is offered by way of pet food, veterinary care and home visits.

SHARE consists of several programs that provide a variety of services with the common goal of keeping good friends – people and companion animals – together. The love, support and companionship pets have to offer are invaluable, not to mention the medical findings that prove they are good for us, especially to someone who is ill or isolated. SHARE's services help people who have a great respect and love for animals maintain a special bond with pets. SHARE does this by:

Providing pet care assistance to low-income seniors, persons living with HIV/AIDS and those receiving hospice services

The clinic provides vet care to Marin residents participating in the SHARE Program (Special Human-Animal Relationships). This program allows pet guardians to care for their pets after circumstances make it difficult for them to do it alone. By working with volunteers, participants can arrange for transportation and assistance to respond to their pet's veterinary needs.

The veterinarians and other clinic staff assist other animal rescue organizations and feral cat colony caretakers by providing discounted spay/neuter surgeries and health care.

The Marin Humane Society’s Cat Fund was established in 1992 to improve the quality of life for Marin cats, to expand shelter cat services, and to reduce the number of homeless cats and kittens in our community.

This fund sponsors low-cost spay and neuter clinics throughout the county, provides funding for veterinary care to elderly cats 8 years of age and older as part of the Senior Partners Program, gives financial support to cats in need of emergency care, and much more.
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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2009, 08:03:59 AM »


Note-this is for cats only.

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program
1641 Elizabeth Lane 
Yuba City,   CA   95993 
Fax: 888-301-4264

Seniors, People with disabilities, People who have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten - any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion.

The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.


FVEAP is hosting a special dedicated fund for cats with Vaccine Associated Sarcoma. Vaccine Associated Sarcoma (VAS), also known as Injection Site Sarcoma (ISS), is a group of different types cancers that are caused by vaccinations or the act of injecting itself. It is not completely known why VAS occurs.

Kobi's Fund page

Funding Guidelines at link


1) Provide immediate (within 24 hours) decision and response to assistance requests; 2) Require minimum procedures and paperwork to get assistance; 3) Provide comprehensive help to solve the problem through financial assistance, information and/or referral.


If your cat or kitten is facing an immediate life or death situation, eMail and provide (1) your name, address & phone number; (2) kitty's name; (3) what's wrong; (4) what's needed; (5) name, address and phone number of veterinarian. We can get additional information and paperwork later if needed.

For non-emergency situations, please fill out and send the Application Form.

We call the veterinarian directly with payment information.

In order to be considered for funding assistance, the Guardian must live in California (except for Kobi's Fund application which is nationwide) and meet one or more of the following qualifying conditions, with documentation:

1.) Be a recipient of state MEDICAID; or

2.) Be a recipient of MEDICARE ; or

3.) Be a recipient of a welfare or other public assistance program ; or

4.) Be a recipient of some form of Disability benefits; or

5.) Be recipient of Unemployment Benefits.

Please provide some form of documentation to substantiate your status with any of the above.

Application Link.
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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2009, 08:05:03 AM »

California-Los Angeles area-

Note: this is for cats only.

P.O. Box 12 
La Canada, CA 91012

When we get pet food or litter donated to us - we are happy to distribute it to low-income families with pets in our area. We recently received a donation of food which was distributed in the following way:

a low income family with 2 kittens received kitten food and Happy Strays will do the kitten shots and spay/neuter the kittens as well.

a family in Pasadena on assistance that feeds a colony in their apt. complex (we have TnR'd all the girls and have 2 boys left to trap)

another family on assistance with 2 adults received some of the Science Diet food

a woman on disability received food and litter for her cats! (4 adults)

food has also been distributed to several Senior Citizens in South Central L.A.

If you would like to contribute to this effort, cat food may be brought to the Petco in La Canada and please mark it for Happy Strays Rescue - Pet Food Bank.

We are now able to assist low-income families with spay/neuter and shots of their pets, as well as provide education about responsible pet care and the importance of sterilization. We really want to target low-income inner city areas where pet overpopulation is extreme.

Contact them for more information.
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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2009, 08:05:48 AM »


Valley Humane Society
3670 Nevada Street
Pleasanton, CA 94566
Phone: (925) 426-8656
Fax: (925) 426-1492

Routine veterinary care is expensive enough, but what happens when your pet suffers a debilitating illness or accident? Jackie Barnett's Just Like New Fund exists to help cover one-time emergency costs so your pet doesn't have to be euthanized simply because you can't afford the bill. Rescued animals that are sick or injured also qualify for assistance through the fund.
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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2009, 08:07:21 AM »

California-Huntington Beach-

Catnip & Carrots Animal Bunch, Inc
5901 Warner Ave. #148
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 290-9104

Note--this is the California branch of the organization above.

If you lost your job or home and are considering relinquishing your pet
to the shelter, please reconsider! Help is available!!

If you need pet food (cat, rabbit, dog, guinea pig), litter, a dog license or assistance with spay and neuter, please contact us!! We are here for you!

Catnip and Carrots Animal Bunch is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cats & rabbits (and the occasional canine)!  We specialize in animal welfare, spay/neuter/microchip education & referrals, lost & found services & on occasion,
as funds allow, we offer veterinary assistance to at-risk pets of low income senior or disabled families.

If you need help, ASK!

Whatever the circumstances, be it death of a spouse or partner, divorce, loss of job, veterinary emergency,  sudden illness, or natural disaster and you need pet food, cat litter, hay or veggies for your bun, please call us or any of the shelters or rescues listed below. Assistance is often a phone call away.

Have you finally realized you can't handle one more litter from Fluffy this coming spring? You know it's time to get her spayed but need help paying the bill or even that small co-pay? Ask for help.

There are many generous, caring people out there to help you.

Are you elderly and that 10lb bag of cat litter or cat food too heavy for you carry up the stairs? Ask for help. We know people who will deliver supplies to you free of charge.

Did Fluffy sneak out the door and get hit by a car? You are probably devastated. Maybe Fluffy simply has a broken leg that needs set but you can't afford the bill and are contemplating relinquishing your pet to the shelter or euthanasia. Now is a good time. Ask for help!

Don't let your pet suffer. Make the call.

If you are a very low income senior (62+) or or have a disabled family member living in your household, you may qualify for veterinary assistance. Proof of residency and low income status is required. We offer this program on a limited basis, so long as funds are available.

It is not meant to pay all of your vet bills, but only those deemed lifesaving to save an otherwise healthy pet from being turned into a shelter or from being euthanized.
Proof of residency includes one of the following:
Copy of lease or mortgage payment, tax bill, utility bill, Section 8 (must be in your name)

Proof of income includes one of the following:
MediCal (California), Medicaid (Ohio), Social Security, SSI, Disability, Workers Comp, WIC

Income Criteria Table at the link.

We also can assist you with Spay/Neuter co-pays in connection with other low cost programs offered in your surrounding community. Please fill out our Assistance Form.

In Ohio, veterinary assistance is normally handled as a refund upon proof of veterinary services performed.

In California, veterinary services can be billed directly from our veterinarians, Beach Blvd Pet Hospital in Huntington Beach, but services MUST be performed at their facility.

All services MUST have prior written authorization from us that your assistance is being covered. Do not schedule any procedure with Beach Blvd without this consent.

Assistance application link.

Fax the form to: 513-360-0275
Email the form to:
Mail the form to: Catnip & Carrots, c/o Treasurer, 125 Sackett Dr., Monroe, OH 45050

If you have any questions, please call us at 714-290-9104 (CA) or 513-360-0275 (OH)
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« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2009, 08:08:27 AM »

California-Lake Tahoe-

P.O. Box PET
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
Phone: (530) 542-2857

Now available!  Spay-Neuter Assistance program for Tahoe's pet guardians!  Spay and neuter your pets for health and for their longer, happier lives.  Every pet spayed or neutered saves the lives of shelter animals waiting for available homes.

Call (530) 542-2857 for information!

This is all the information we have about the program; suggest contacting the society for more.
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« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2009, 08:09:16 AM »


Mercer Veterinary Clinic
P.O. Box 297
Davis, CA 95617
530.752.1143 (messages)

Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless is a 501(C)3 non-profit, student-operated organization providing free care for the animal companions of the homeless. The clinic meets one Saturday morning a month (8: 30 AM - 3 PM) at Loaves and Fishes, 1321 C Street, a Sacramento, California organization which provides an array of services to the homeless.

In addition to improving the lives of the pets of the homeless, Mercer Veterinary Clinic works to reduce pet over-population. Clients are counseled on the benefits of spaying and neutering. Surgery is provided at no cost, usually at a spay/neuter clinic held the day after, should the owners elect to alter their animals.

Mercer Clinic provides the pets of homeless individuals with basic veterinary care, access to emergency care and pet food, all free of charge. It is open on the second Saturday of each month, staffed by faculty and private veterinarians who volunteer their time and supervise the veterinary students.

The Republic August 20, 2010

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has no general programs to serve low-income clients, though the Mercer Clinic will usually help those in desperate need, a spokeswoman said.

Sacramento Press September 13, 2010

"Once a month, hundreds of pets and their owners break the Saturday morning quiet on Ahern Street. Dogs bark and pace, cats meow in travel cases and owners talk to one another to pass the time. Many will wait up to six hours to be seen at the Loaves and Fishes’ location for free veterinary care for the homeless by UC Davis’ Mercer Veterinary Clinic.

"The clinic has been coming to Loaves and Fishes for more than 15 years to help the animals of the homeless clients. They visit the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

"If a procedure is unavailable on-site, Mercer will often have the animal transported to the UC Davis veterinary teaching hospital or referred to a private practice veterinarian Mercer is associated with and pays."
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« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2009, 08:10:48 AM »

California-Santa Cruz-

Mailing Address

Santa Cruz SPCA
PO Box 3800
Santa Cruz, CA 95063

Physical Address
Santa Cruz SPCA
2685 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Adoption Center:(831) 465-5000
Fax: (831) 479-8530

Low-cost/no cost spay and neuter information for Santa Cruz county residents.  Also feral cat spay/neuter program.
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