Low-Cost-Free Veterinary Care

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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."

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
Email: animaladvocate@aol.com

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



(Added links and contact information.)



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.



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!


Boston.com 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.

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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