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« on: December 18, 2009, 10:21:44 AM »

Massachusetts-Buzzards Bay-

A Helping Paw
Box 387
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
3166 Cranberry Hwy.
East Wareham

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Certificates

*First Come first Serve:  as long as funds are available.

So how can we help you help ferals?

A Helping Paw offers FREE spay/neuter certifciates for people willing to continue care of these wonderful animals. All we ask is that you pay a $10 fee towards vaccinations. (We have been able to reduce the fee thanks to grant funding made by Petco).
By vaccinating the cats, you are substantially reducing the spread of rabies and distemper, which can be spread to our domesticated friends. Did you know that less than 5% of the feral cats in the population have Felv/Fiv? Please also ask about our discounted vaccinations if you have more than five ferals to care for. We also offer trap rentals, which is the safest way to transport cats to the vet.
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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2009, 10:23:08 AM »

Massachusetts-Cape Cod-Nantucket-Martha's Vineyard-

The Sampson Fund for Veterinary Care
P. O. Box 1756
Orleans, MA 02653
508-240-7367 (PETS)

Our Mission: To provide financial assistance for the rehabilitative veterinary treatment of critically ill or injured dogs and cats, whose caregivers cannot afford treatment or who are found without known care givers, thereby offering an alternative to euthanasia and preserving the unique emotional, social and beneficial bonds that tie animals and humans together.

Since its inception in the mid-1980s, the Fund has provided financial assistance for sick or injured cats and dogs who need substantial veterinary care too costly for their owners to bear alone. The Fund works with committed and dedicated animal hospitals on Cape Cod and the Islands to provide this assistance. These hospitals have contracted with the Fund to provide services at reduced cost. The owner of the animal pays a small percentage of this negotiated reduced amount. The Sampson Fund then pays all or a substantial portion of the remainder through monies allocated to the veterinarian.
The Fund also helps injured or sick strays. The Fund thus makes every effort to see that no cat or dog on Cape Cod and the Islands will be denied needed veterinary care or euthanized due solely to the lack of resources.
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2009, 10:23:39 AM »

Massachusetts-Duxbury-Boston area

Fairy DogParents
PO Box 1342
Duxbury, MA 02332
617 359-0938

Fairy DogParents is a nonprofit organization that helps prevent dogs from being surrendered  to shelters.  We provide assistance with food, medical and general wellness needs of qualified dog recipients in Massachusetts. Fairy DogParents is 100% dependent on donations and we cannot guarantee any goods or services for applicants.

If you are faced with the choice of surrendering your dog because of personal financial circumstances you may qualify for our assistance. E-mail or call to learn more.
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2009, 10:24:31 AM »

Massachusetts-Boston area-

Angell Animal Medical Center
350 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-7282

Financial Assistance is available to qualified pet owners. If you qualify for financial assistance your deposit requirements may be lowered.

Financial Assistance
Angell-Boston offers financial assistance through the MSPCA's Pet Care Assistance. Pet Care Assistance (PCA) was established in 1990 to support the medical care of sick or injured animals being treated at the MSPCA-Angell whose families have limited financial resources. PCA also defrays the cost of treating animals that are victims of cruelty and abuse. In 2006, the fund distributed over $363,000 to support the treatment of thousands of animals. Annual contributions, special events, and endowment income sustain the fund.

For more information, contact Kathleen Santry at (617) 541-5075 or email If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please contact our Financial Office at (617) 541-5028 or 5030. Please note: Pet Care Assistance benefits patients and clients treated at the MSPCA-Angell only.

The Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) began in 1986 and is a partnership of the MSPCA and the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA). The program offers reduced cost spay and neuter operations for low-income pet owners.

SNAP helps reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies born each year. As of June 2008, this program has issued more than 100,000 certificates for reduced-price spay/neuter operations in communities throughout Massachusetts.

SNAP discount certificates are accepted by nearly 200 veterinary hospitals or clinics throughout Massachusetts.

You may apply for assistance only for your own pets. If you have more than one pet that you would like to have spayed or neutered, please use the comment section of the form to describe the other pet(s). You will be notified as to your eligibility for the Spay/Neuter Assistance Program within two weeks of the time your application is received. If you need help completing the form, call (617) 541-5007.

Application at link.
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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2009, 10:25:00 AM »

Massachusetts-Boston area-

Alliance For Animals
232 Silver Street
South Boston, MA 02127-2206
617 - 268- 7800

Metro Action Clinic:

The mission of the Metro Action Clinic includes:
To reduce, and ultimately eliminate the killing of healthy, otherwise adoptable dogs and cats at area pounds and shelters, simply because they are surplus or cannot be sheltered. This is accomplished by providing affordable, accessible SPAY/NEUTER services to anyone in need of those services, thereby preventing the birth of unwanted animals.

To provide veterinary medical services to the inner-city community at an affordable rate, in order to save lives, promote the health of companion animals, and foster the human-animal bond.

Medical Services Provided:

Physical Exam

Surgical sterilization - cats and dogs, including juvenile animals; cryptorchid

Other surgical procedure - e.g., dentistry, hernia repair, biopsy, hematoma, amputation, ear-tipping ferals

Vaccinations(first, booster, and annual)

Heartworm/Lyme test, FeLV/FIV test

Treatment for ear mites, fleas and ticks, other parasites; de-worming; heartworm preventative

Abscess or infection

Urinary tract infection or "FUS", urinary blockage

Diagnostic work-up including urinalysis, CBC profile, thyroid test, biopsy, other surgical or laboratory work-up as needed


Medical care management - e.g., dermatologic conditions, long-term treatment of thyroid, kidney conditions, blood-level monitoring, etc.

Client-request euthanasia when medically indicated - e.g., advanced illness or untreatable injury

Feral cat program information at link.
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2009, 09:01:04 PM »

Massachusetts-Tri-State Area-

Pet Partners
Sheffield, MA 01257

Pet Partners of the Tri-State Berkshires is working with several area veterinary practices to provide spay/neuter at reduced rates to those who would not otherwise be able to afford the procedure.

Participating vets include:

In Massachusetts:

·        VCA All Caring Animal Hospital, Great Barrington
·        Bilmar Small Animal Clinic, Great Barrington
·        Seekonk Veterinary Hospital, Great Barrington
·        Valley Veterinary Service, Lee

In Connecticut:

·        Sand Road Animal Hospital, Falls Village

Arrangements for spay/neuter must be made through Pet Partners of the Tri-State Berkshires.  The pet owner is asked to pay a portion of the cost of the procedure; Pet Partners will pay the balance.  

Please note:  Pet Partners makes payments directly to the veterinary practice.

Veterinary Care

When a companion animal requires routine or emergency veterinary care, Pet Partners may be able to assist. This service is offered on a case-by-case basis.

Berkshire Eagle December 16, 2009

GREAT BARRINGTON --" For a lot of people in the area, this holiday season is shaping up to be less than festive.

"That’s why the Berkshire South Community Center is hosting a three-hour workshop on Saturday called "A Community Comes Together". The symposium will address ways to cope with the holidays and the upcoming year. The event is free, open to anyone in the Berkshires and surrounding area and will run from noon to 3 p.m.

""The idea is that there are a lot of people who are facing losing their jobs or being downsized," said Lesliann Furcht, the marketing and public relations manager at Berkshire South. "So we discussed how we, as a community center, can help. What resources can we offer people so they can cope with this economic climate?"

"The center has lined up more than a dozen organizations, including Alcoholics Anonymous, Berkshire Works, the Brien Center, Community Health Programs, Elder Services of Berkshire County, Construct, Inc., Fairview Hospital, The Food pantry, Free Legal Clinic, The Nutrition Center and Pet Partners of Tri-State Berkshires. All will set up booths at the center, said Furcht.

People will be able to visit any or all of the booths to get information or referrals.

"We’ll have booths on how good nutrition and physical activity help deal with stress, where people can go for fuel assistance, how to build a good resume and a number of other subjects," said Furcht. "We’re trying to get all the information in one place."

The group is still hard at work as you can see by the recent news story; contact them for more information.


Berkshire Eagle December 21, 2009

"At a time when many Berkshire families are struggling to find work, pay their mortgages and stock their pantries, some may find too little left to also feed a dog, or cat, let alone pay veterinary bills.

"That is why Pet Partners of the Tri-State Berkshires has stepped up to help. The nonprofit organization was launched earlier this year by two area women, Bette Ellenbogen, of Sheffield, and Faith Connolly, of Canaan, N.Y.

"They put up pet food donation boxes in pet stores, banks and groceries, and posted signs and small advertisements announcing the Pet Partners' campaign. They also placed canisters for money donations in several area businesses.

"There are roughly 10 drop-off boxes throughout Berkshire County, as well as ones in Northwest Connecticut and Eastern New York. The food that is donated is distributed through local food banks and some home deliveries.

"Pet Partners also received a $5,000 donation from the Kenneth Freeberg Animal Rescue Fund in Florida, which they used as seed money to establish the organization, buy food and help with veterinary care, Ellenbogen said.

"Pet Partners has negotiated with several area veterinarians for reduced rates on necessary care such as spaying and neutering and vaccinations. Pet Partners will pay the veterinarians the reduced rate up front and then collect from families using the service, Ellenbogen said.

"This assures veterinarians they will get paid, she said, and since most people do repay what they can of the cost, Pet Partners can help more families."
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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2009, 03:40:36 PM »

In southeastern Massachusetts, thee is  Pet Partners in Fall River , Mass.

Pet Partners
139 Shaw St.
Fall River, MA 02724

Sylvan Animal Clinic, located in the Faxon Animal Rescue League, Fall River

Sylvan Animal Clinic
Faxon Animal Rescue League of Greater Fall River
474 Durfee St.
Fall River MA 02720

Animal Advocates for Alliance for Animals, Dartmouth Massachusetts

Animal Advocates
P.O. Box 79258
north dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747
Phone: 508-991-7727
Fax: 508-991-7748


Friends of Animals Certificates, with a list of Vets in area that accept the certificates


(Added links and contact information.)
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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2010, 09:49:06 PM »


Animal Care Network
P.O. Box 221
Waltham, MA 02254-0221

Animal Care Network - Contact: Betsy Barker - P.O. Box 221, Waltham, 02254-0221 - 781-899-0215 -
The Network arranges free pet food for elderly and low-income pet owners,
free foster homes for ill people's pets, education and information about pets, spaying, pet adoption services and visits by pets to nursing homes.

Contact them for more information.
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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2010, 02:10:41 PM »


Malden Animal Control
200 Pleasant Street, Room 517
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 397-7141

Rabies Clinics
Held biannually in April and September

Spay Waggin’
Visits once a month; services include spay or neuter, rabies shot, distemper shot, microchip, physical exam, fiv exam(cats)

Spay Certificates
Available at the Board of Health office; call for pricing; Come in and sign up! January 14, 2010

"The backlog at area shelters also is having an impact on municipal budgets as animal control officers keep strays longer than the 10 days required by state law while their numbers have doubled, said Kevin Alkins, Malden’s animal control officer.

"Keeping a dog for an extra 10 days could cost $200 to $300, Alkins estimated. He expects to have $6,000 in costs above a $12,000 budget for fiscal year 2010.

"Offering low-cost spaying, neutering, and vaccinations, which Malden provides through partnerships with local veterinarians and nonprofits, could ease the financial burden on pet owners and reduce the stray population, Alkins said."

Contact them for more information.
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« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2010, 02:30:29 PM »

Massachusetts-Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, North Andover, Andover Groveland-Merrimack Valley area-

Animal Rescue Merrimack Valley
PO Box 8006
Bradford, MA 01835-8006

Animal Rescue Merrimack Valley is an all volunteer, non-profit organization that provides:

Spay/neuter/feeding for feral cats
Low cost spay/neuter programs

Care for sick and injured animals

Animal Rescue Merrimack Valley spends thousands of dollars every month on medical care for rescued and feral animals. This money is the lifeblood of our work, without it we cannot continue to help as many animals and low income owners as we do. Please consider making ARMV your charity of choice.
Your Donation Helps:

* Animal care and adoption
* Medical Care for injured and sick animals
* Sponsor low or no cost spay / neuter clinics

Low-no cost spay and neuter information-ARMV programs and the programs of other nearby shelters.

Contact them for more information.
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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2010, 02:48:36 PM »

Massachusetts-Salisbury area-

Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society
63 Elm Street (Rt 110 East)
Salisbury, MA 01952
(978) 462-0760

service area towns (Salisbury, Newburyport, Amesbury, Newbury, Byfield, West Newbury, Merrimac, and Rowley, MA)

These are our programs:

A low cost spay/neuter program
Low cost vaccines, and veterinary care
The Captain Courageous Fund which assists injured cats
The Spay Mass Hotline to assist pet owners access to low cost spay/neuter services

MRFRS Low Cost Programs
The MRFRS offers low cost spay/neuter and vaccination services for cats within our service area. We also offer low-cost microchipping for cats in any area.

Contact them for more information.
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« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2010, 03:05:12 PM »

Massachusetts-Tyngsboro-eastern Massachusetts area-

Kitty Angels, Inc. 
P.O. Box 638 
Tyngsboro, MA 01879

We serve the Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire areas.

Spay and Neuter Assistance

The clinic is held on the second Sunday of every month at Salem Animal Rescue League at 344 South Broadway in Salem, NH.  All surgeries are performed by a licensed veterinarian and are by appointment only. All cats run through this program are spayed (or neutered), receive a distemper and rabies vaccination, as well as a physical exam, a microchip and a nail trim. If your cat requires treatment for infections, earmites, fleas or worms, these medications are dispensed for an additional small fee.

Grant money may be available for those who are not able to afford the nominal fee.  Contact Kitty Angels for information.

Contact page link.
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« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2010, 01:30:10 PM »


Hands That Heal
(617) 429-9610

Scituate Animal Shelter
780 Chief Justice Cushing Highway (Rt. 3A)
Scituate, MA 02066
Phone: 781-544-4533  
Fax: 781-544-4535

Johnston Sun Rise March 26, 2010

"Started by volunteers working at the Scituate Animal Shelter in 2006, Hands that Heal is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide aid for people in need, primarily the elderly, in caring for their pets. Volunteers from the organization have been working with several Johnston seniors, referred by social worker Heidi Ross from the Johnston Senior Center.

"Once an individual is identified as being in need of services, Hands that Heal meets with the individual to assess their situation. Services have included providing pet food, veterinary care, spaying and neutering, as well as foster care for the pet, if needed.

"With the economy the way that it is, the volume of requests for our services has increased 100-fold,” she said. “We have a lot of clients from Johnston that we help with their animals.”

"Donations of money, pet food and pet supplies are always welcome, as well as donations of time."

Spay/Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) - Loretta’s Fund

Loretta’s Fund is a Financial Assistance Program that allows for affordable and accessible spay and neuter services. It has been established in memory of one of the Friends of the Scituate Shelter’s founders, Loretta Darian in an effort to reduce pet over-population.

Application link

Program instructions link
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« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2010, 05:40:38 PM »

Massachusetts-Boston area-

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536
Phone: (508) 839-5302

Travis Fund for Needy Animals
The Travis Fund was established in memory of Dr. Stanley O. Travis, a widely respected and beloved veterinarian. The fund provides financial assistance for the care of found animals and helps responsible owners cover the cost of unanticipated veterinary care. The fund is managed by the hospital administrator, with grants made at the recommendation of the animal's Tufts veterinarian.

Contact the school for more information.
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