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ENERIC FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THAT MAY BE AVAILABLE TO HELP WITH VET BILLS

ENERIC FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THAT MAY BE AVAILABLE TO HELP WITH VET BILLS
The following organizations may be able to provide some assistance for sick or injured pets:
The inclusion of a service, organization or program in this listing is NOT an endorsement or recommendation. We are not able to guarantee the quality of services or other groups. We strongly suggest that you check them out yourself before using a specific service.
The Animal Foundation:
http://www.theanimalfund.com
non-profit charity organization was built for animals, our efforts have always been for animals, and our  future development will consistently be towards animal  betterment and well-being.
American Animal Hospital Association, AAHA Helping Pets Fund
http://www.aahahelpingpets.org/home
The heartbreak happens all too often, a pet owner is unable to afford treatment and their sick or injured companion animal pays the price. If the owner is elderly, disabled or on a fixed income, the cost of care may be too much of a stretch for their pocketbook. Perhaps they have been victimized by crime, property loss or a job layoff and are experiencing a temporary financial hardshipî making it too difficult to afford pet care. And some animals, brought to clinics by Good Samaritans, don’t have an owner to pay for treatment. Whatever the situation, the fact remains the same, when sick or injured animals are unable to receive veterinary care, they suffer. Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship.
Angels 4 Animals
http://www.angels4animals.org
Angels4Animals, a non-profit organization and a program of Inner Voice Community Services, has a mission to serve as the guardian angel of animals whose caretakers find themselves in difficult financial situations. At Angels4Animals we believe that animal owners should not have to say goodbye to the animals that they love. Our work is accomplished in conjunction with veterinary clinics across the country, eager to assist as many animals, and their owners, as possible. Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets and pet owners in need.
Care Credit
http://www.carecredit.com
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. “CareCredit, the leader in patient/client financing, has helped more than 3 million patients/clients get the treatment or procedures they needed and wanted. With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget.
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)
http://www.fveap.org/sys-tmpl/door
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.
Help-A-Pet
http://www.help-a-pet.org
Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the working poor. For lonely seniors, physically/mentally challenged individuals and children of working parents, pets represent much more than a diversion.
IMOM
http://www.imom.org
Mission Statement: Helping people help pets. To better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.
The Pet Fund
http://thepetfund.com
The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or emergency vet visits. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect urgent medical needs because of the costs involved. The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost.
United Animal Nations
http://www.uan.org/lifeline
The mission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care.
UK Assistance with Veterinary Bills
http://www.petloversonline.co.uk/financial.htm
Most of us can cope with the financial commitment involved in the day to day care of our pets. However, how many of us come out in a cold sweat when our pet is ill or injured and we know we have to take it to the vet? Most of us are fortunate enough to be able to afford it but, some of us who love our animals dearly cannot. Unfortunately we do not have a PDSA or a RSPCA Centre within our area, but there are a few charities who may be able to help.
Injury Specific:
Dachshunds Needing IVDD surgery
http://members.rushmore.com/~dds/applyforhelp.htm
HandicappedPets.com
http://www.handicappedpets.com/Articles/help/
From time to time, HandicappedPets.com recognizes a caretaker of handicapped pets that need some special attention, and a little extra help. There are those who are so selflessly dedicated to their animal families that they give up a little more than they can afford.
Disease Specific:
Diabetic Pet Fund:
http://www.petdiabetes.net/fund/
Special Needs cats:
http://www.catsincrisis.org/crisisFund.html
Feline kidney disease:
http://www.catsincrisis.org/mesaFund.html
Feline heart and thyroid:
http://www.catsincrisis.org/stripesFund.html
Feline neurological disorder:
http://www.catsincrisis.org/gillieFund.html
Breed Specific:
Assistance dogs:
http://www.iaadp.org/VCP.html
Bernese Mountain Dog:
http://www.behaf.com/index.html
Corgi:
http://www.corgiaid.org/
Doberman:
http://www.doberman911.org/
Great Pyrenees:
http://www.angelfire.com/bc2/pyramedic/summary.html
Labrador retriever:
http://www.labmed.org/
http://www.labradorlifeline.org/
Pit Bulls:
http://www.pbrc.net/fund/financial.html
Westies:
http://www.westiemed.com/
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CAT-SPECIFIC ASSISTANCE AND IDEAS
Financial Resources for Cat Care
https://www.alleycat.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=649&srctid=1&erid=37\51607
Are you facing tough financial times and struggling to make ends meet for your entire familyóincluding your pets and feral cat colony? Alley Cat Allies has ideas on how to make providing care more affordable, including resources for obtaining food and for helping you cover emergency veterinary costs.
Feral Cat Colony Financial Help
If you are caring for a feral cat colony, there are multiple avenues to find support to help you obtain affordable or free food and shelter for the cats.
Resources for Obtaining Cat Food
Check for surplus food at your local humane society, or human food bank, or local food pantries. Feeding America has an online food bank locator at www.feedingamerica.org.
Ask your local market or pet supply store to donate broken packages or dented cans. Some retailers will also donate out-of-date products, which are still good for a few months longer than the sell-by date.
Ask local vet clinics if they have surplus or just-out-of-date premium pet foods that they are willing to donate.
Hold a cat food drive. Announce the drive in the local paper to collect donations from the public. Your workplace, local religious institutions, and civic or youth groups may be willing to help as well. Sometimes youth groups, clubs, and high schools require community projects that benefit both people and animals. Work with your local scout troop or volunteer organization on the drive for feral cat caregivers. Ask local markets and pet supply shops if you may put out an attractive bin requesting cat food donations.
Resources for Obtaining Shelters/Cat Houses for Feral Cats
Ask for scrap lumber from building supply stores or contractors, often available at little or no cost.
Place an ad asking for used dog houses. This could net several free shelters that, with minor improvements, can be made suitable for cats (usually insulation needs to be added and the door made smaller).
Host a shelter building party. Get together with other caregivers and/or your local feral cat organizationís supporters to build the houses together. Contact a local Boy or Girl Scout or other youth organization and ask interested youth to complete a service project to help build shelters.
Alley Cat Alliesí website shows several inexpensive shelters you can make yourself, available at www.alleycat.org/BuildAShelter (click on the second bullet).
Spay/Neuter Help
Alley Cat Alliesí Feral Friends Network is a group of organizations or individuals with feral cat expertise and veterinary practices and clinics that provide neuter surgeries for feral cats located in communities nationwide. Go to www.alleycat.org/response to locate a Feral Friend near you who may offer low-cost or subsidized spay/neuter surgery for feral cats.
Veterinary Care
Emergency veterinary care can be costly. These national organizations provide funds to those in need.
AAHA Helping Pets Fund (www.aahahelpingpets.org) – This fund helps those in need access quality veterinary care for sick or injured pets. Grants temporarily suspended but will begin again in July 2009.
Angels4Animals (www.angels4animals.org) – Friends or veterinarians use the ìcontact usî page to refer an animal family in need of financial assistance.
CareCredit (www.carecredit.com) – Offers a revolving line of credit for veterinary expenses.
Cats in Crisis (www.catsincrisis.org) – Helps individuals and humane organizations care for cats with chronic or emergency medical conditions through financial and fundraising assistance. Grants temporarily suspended, but check often for re-up date.
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program (www.fveap.org/sys-tmpl/door/) ñ This program 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.
Help-A-Pet (www.help-a-pet.org) – Help-A-Pet provides financial assistance nationwide for the medical care of pets whose owners are unable to afford the expense; for individuals with income below $20,000 or a family income below $40,000.
IMOM (www.imom.org) – Financial assistance for life-threatening and emergency veterinary care. IMOM is dedicated to ensuring that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.
The Pet Fund (www.thepetfund.com) – Provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care.
United Animal Nations (www.uan.org/lifeline/index.html) ñ LifeLine grants help Good Samaritans, animal rescuers and low-income families with the high cost of caring for pets by providing grants to meet emergency veterinary expenses they otherwise couldnít afford.
Locale-Specific Veterinary Care
Many local shelters, humane societies, clinics, and pet organizations have special emergency funds to use for families who need special assistance within their communities. Here are a handful, some of which also provide additional help for ongoing animal care:
Atlanta – Pets Are Loving Support (www.palsatlanta.org/) – P.A.L.S. provides pet-care, including free food and basic veterinary care, and support to the companion pets of critically ill and disabled Atlantans.
Central Ohio – Pet Promise (www.petpromise.org/programs.html) – Provides financial assistance to low-income pet owners who canít afford medical care for their pets. Also sponsors Operation Fill-A-Bowl, providing free of charge, cat and dog food to pet owners who need assistance and to the caretakers of feral cat populations. Their City Kitty program provides vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries for feral cats.
Connecticut Humane Society (www.cthumane.org) – The Connecticut Humane Societyís Fox Memorial Clinic is a full-service veterinary practice that provides veterinary care for animals whose owners are in financial need.
New York – NY Save (www.nysave.org) – Aid and assistance for low-income pet owners residing in one of the five boroughs of New York City, whose pet is in need of emergency veterinary care.
Northern Nevada/Lake Tahoe – Shakespeare Animal Fund (www.shakespeareanimalfund.org) – People in the Northern Nevada/Lake Tahoe area can apply for funds, with an emphasis on those on fixed incomes or with annual incomes below $35,000.
Salt Lake City – Pet Samaritan Fund (www.petsamaritan.org) – Provides financial assistance to Utah pet owners who cannot afford medical care for their pets due to extreme financial hardship (up to $100 upon receipt of veterinary billing statement).
San Francisco – Pets Are Wonderful Support (www.pawssf.org) – Provides for the comprehensive needs of companion animals for low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and other disabling illnesses, as well as senior citizens in the San Francisco area.
Washington, DC ñ Pets DC (www.petsdc.org) – Dedicated to improving the health and well being of people living with HIV/AIDS or other disabling conditions and their companion pets by providing public health education, exercise, pet food, veterinary care, grooming, foster care, and adoptions services at no cost to individuals in the Metropolitan Washington area.
Other Ideas for Getting Help
Work with your veterinarian. Some veterinarians may be willing to work out a payment plan with you, especially if you can provide some of the payment up front.
Contact friends and family and fundraise. Itís not easy asking for help. But when your animalís life hangs in the balance, it may be the best option to borrow money or hold a fundraiser.
Plan ahead. Cut costs and start a savings plan. Consider getting pet ownerís insurance to cover veterinary costs now to prepare for any tough times you may have ahead.
Get in touch with breed-specific groups. If your pet is a specific breed, the groups associated with it often have funds available to help provide the care your animal needs.
Facing Foreclosure?
The news is full of stories of animals losing their homes along with their pet parents due to home foreclosure. Some tips for dealing with this looming threat:
Educate yourself about ways to prevent foreclosure all together. The best way to keep your whole family together (pets and all) is to stay in your home. At http://makinghomeaffordable.gov/, you can see if you are eligible for government-sponsored foreclosure alternatives, such as refinancing or loan modifications.
No Paws Left Behind (http://nopawsleftbehind.org/paws/) is a nonprofit that provides tips for homeowners as well as an online network to get your pet into the safest place possible if needed.
Search for pet-friendly housing. Almost every local humane society or rescue group keeps a list of pet-friendly housing in the area. Some also offer mediation services to help you convince a potential landlord to allow the animal to come with you if it is not normally acceptable. To prepare for these discussions, gather proof of your responsibility toward your pet, including veterinary care and statements from others agreeing to your conscientiousness.
Work hard to find your animal the best temporary home possible. Talk with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Ask your veterinarian about temporary boarding. Whatever you do, do not take your animal to an open-admission shelter, because they will likely be killed.

From Cheryl

Roads of Hope
Cheryl@RoadsofHope.org

The following organizations may be able to provide some assistance for sick or injured pets:

The inclusion of a service, organization or program in this listing is NOT an endorsement or recommendation. We are not able to guarantee the quality of services or other groups. We strongly suggest that you check them out yourself before using a specific service.

The Animal Foundation:

http://www.theanimalfund.com

non-profit charity organization was built for animals, our efforts have always been for animals, and our  future development will consistently be towards animal  betterment and well-being.

American Animal Hospital Association, AAHA Helping Pets Fund

http://www.aahahelpingpets.org/home

The heartbreak happens all too often, a pet owner is unable to afford treatment and their sick or injured companion animal pays the price. If the owner is elderly, disabled or on a fixed income, the cost of care may be too much of a stretch for their pocketbook. Perhaps they have been victimized by crime, property loss or a job layoff and are experiencing a temporary financial hardshipî making it too difficult to afford pet care. And some animals, brought to clinics by Good Samaritans, don’t have an owner to pay for treatment. Whatever the situation, the fact remains the same, when sick or injured animals are unable to receive veterinary care, they suffer. Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship.

Angels 4 Animals

http://www.angels4animals.org

Angels4Animals, a non-profit organization and a program of Inner Voice Community Services, has a mission to serve as the guardian angel of animals whose caretakers find themselves in difficult financial situations. At Angels4Animals we believe that animal owners should not have to say goodbye to the animals that they love. Our work is accomplished in conjunction with veterinary clinics across the country, eager to assist as many animals, and their owners, as possible. Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets and pet owners in need.

Care Credit

http://www.carecredit.com

A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. “CareCredit, the leader in patient/client financing, has helped more than 3 million patients/clients get the treatment or procedures they needed and wanted. With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget.

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)

http://www.fveap.org/sys-tmpl/door

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.

Help-A-Pet

http://www.help-a-pet.org

Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the working poor. For lonely seniors, physically/mentally challenged individuals and children of working parents, pets represent much more than a diversion.

IMOM

http://www.imom.org

Mission Statement: Helping people help pets. To better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.

The Pet Fund

http://thepetfund.com

The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or emergency vet visits. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect urgent medical needs because of the costs involved. The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost.

United Animal Nations

http://www.uan.org/lifeline

The mission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care.

UK Assistance with Veterinary Bills

http://www.petloversonline.co.uk/financial.htm

Most of us can cope with the financial commitment involved in the day to day care of our pets. However, how many of us come out in a cold sweat when our pet is ill or injured and we know we have to take it to the vet? Most of us are fortunate enough to be able to afford it but, some of us who love our animals dearly cannot. Unfortunately we do not have a PDSA or a RSPCA Centre within our area, but there are a few charities who may be able to help.

Injury Specific:

Dachshunds Needing IVDD surgery

http://members.rushmore.com/~dds/applyforhelp.htm

HandicappedPets.com

http://www.handicappedpets.com/Articles/help/

From time to time, HandicappedPets.com recognizes a caretaker of handicapped pets that need some special attention, and a little extra help. There are those who are so selflessly dedicated to their animal families that they give up a little more than they can afford.

Disease Specific:

Diabetic Pet Fund:

http://www.petdiabetes.net/fund/

Special Needs cats:

http://www.catsincrisis.org/crisisFund.html

Feline kidney disease:

http://www.catsincrisis.org/mesaFund.html

Feline heart and thyroid:

http://www.catsincrisis.org/stripesFund.html

Feline neurological disorder:

http://www.catsincrisis.org/gillieFund.html

Breed Specific:

Assistance dogs:

http://www.iaadp.org/VCP.html

Bernese Mountain Dog:

http://www.behaf.com/index.html

Corgi:

http://www.corgiaid.org/

Doberman:

http://www.doberman911.org/

Great Pyrenees:

http://www.angelfire.com/bc2/pyramedic/summary.html

Labrador retriever:

http://www.labmed.org/

http://www.labradorlifeline.org/

Pit Bulls:

http://www.pbrc.net/fund/financial.html

Westies:

http://www.westiemed.com/

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CAT-SPECIFIC ASSISTANCE AND IDEAS

Financial Resources for Cat Care

https://www.alleycat.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=649&srctid=1&erid=37\51607

Are you facing tough financial times and struggling to make ends meet for your entire familyóincluding your pets and feral cat colony? Alley Cat Allies has ideas on how to make providing care more affordable, including resources for obtaining food and for helping you cover emergency veterinary costs.

Feral Cat Colony Financial Help

If you are caring for a feral cat colony, there are multiple avenues to find support to help you obtain affordable or free food and shelter for the cats.

Resources for Obtaining Cat Food

Check for surplus food at your local humane society, or human food bank, or local food pantries. Feeding America has an online food bank locator at www.feedingamerica.org.

Ask your local market or pet supply store to donate broken packages or dented cans. Some retailers will also donate out-of-date products, which are still good for a few months longer than the sell-by date.

Ask local vet clinics if they have surplus or just-out-of-date premium pet foods that they are willing to donate.

Hold a cat food drive. Announce the drive in the local paper to collect donations from the public. Your workplace, local religious institutions, and civic or youth groups may be willing to help as well. Sometimes youth groups, clubs, and high schools require community projects that benefit both people and animals. Work with your local scout troop or volunteer organization on the drive for feral cat caregivers. Ask local markets and pet supply shops if you may put out an attractive bin requesting cat food donations.

Resources for Obtaining Shelters/Cat Houses for Feral Cats

Ask for scrap lumber from building supply stores or contractors, often available at little or no cost.

Place an ad asking for used dog houses. This could net several free shelters that, with minor improvements, can be made suitable for cats (usually insulation needs to be added and the door made smaller).

Host a shelter building party. Get together with other caregivers and/or your local feral cat organizationís supporters to build the houses together. Contact a local Boy or Girl Scout or other youth organization and ask interested youth to complete a service project to help build shelters.

Alley Cat Alliesí website shows several inexpensive shelters you can make yourself, available at www.alleycat.org/BuildAShelter (click on the second bullet).

Spay/Neuter Help

Alley Cat Alliesí Feral Friends Network is a group of organizations or individuals with feral cat expertise and veterinary practices and clinics that provide neuter surgeries for feral cats located in communities nationwide. Go to www.alleycat.org/response to locate a Feral Friend near you who may offer low-cost or subsidized spay/neuter surgery for feral cats.

Veterinary Care

Emergency veterinary care can be costly. These national organizations provide funds to those in need.

AAHA Helping Pets Fund (www.aahahelpingpets.org) – This fund helps those in need access quality veterinary care for sick or injured pets. Grants temporarily suspended but will begin again in July 2009.

Angels4Animals (www.angels4animals.org) – Friends or veterinarians use the ìcontact usî page to refer an animal family in need of financial assistance.

CareCredit (www.carecredit.com) – Offers a revolving line of credit for veterinary expenses.

Cats in Crisis (www.catsincrisis.org) – Helps individuals and humane organizations care for cats with chronic or emergency medical conditions through financial and fundraising assistance. Grants temporarily suspended, but check often for re-up date.

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program (www.fveap.org/sys-tmpl/door/) ñ This program 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.

Help-A-Pet (www.help-a-pet.org) – Help-A-Pet provides financial assistance nationwide for the medical care of pets whose owners are unable to afford the expense; for individuals with income below $20,000 or a family income below $40,000.

IMOM (www.imom.org) – Financial assistance for life-threatening and emergency veterinary care. IMOM is dedicated to ensuring that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.

The Pet Fund (www.thepetfund.com) – Provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care.

United Animal Nations (www.uan.org/lifeline/index.html) ñ LifeLine grants help Good Samaritans, animal rescuers and low-income families with the high cost of caring for pets by providing grants to meet emergency veterinary expenses they otherwise couldnít afford.

Locale-Specific Veterinary Care

Many local shelters, humane societies, clinics, and pet organizations have special emergency funds to use for families who need special assistance within their communities. Here are a handful, some of which also provide additional help for ongoing animal care:

Atlanta – Pets Are Loving Support (www.palsatlanta.org/) – P.A.L.S. provides pet-care, including free food and basic veterinary care, and support to the companion pets of critically ill and disabled Atlantans.

Central Ohio – Pet Promise (www.petpromise.org/programs.html) – Provides financial assistance to low-income pet owners who canít afford medical care for their pets. Also sponsors Operation Fill-A-Bowl, providing free of charge, cat and dog food to pet owners who need assistance and to the caretakers of feral cat populations. Their City Kitty program provides vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries for feral cats.

Connecticut Humane Society (www.cthumane.org) – The Connecticut Humane Societyís Fox Memorial Clinic is a full-service veterinary practice that provides veterinary care for animals whose owners are in financial need.

New York – NY Save (www.nysave.org) – Aid and assistance for low-income pet owners residing in one of the five boroughs of New York City, whose pet is in need of emergency veterinary care.

Northern Nevada/Lake Tahoe – Shakespeare Animal Fund (www.shakespeareanimalfund.org) – People in the Northern Nevada/Lake Tahoe area can apply for funds, with an emphasis on those on fixed incomes or with annual incomes below $35,000.

Salt Lake City – Pet Samaritan Fund (www.petsamaritan.org) – Provides financial assistance to Utah pet owners who cannot afford medical care for their pets due to extreme financial hardship (up to $100 upon receipt of veterinary billing statement).

San Francisco – Pets Are Wonderful Support (www.pawssf.org) – Provides for the comprehensive needs of companion animals for low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and other disabling illnesses, as well as senior citizens in the San Francisco area.

Washington, DC ñ Pets DC (www.petsdc.org) – Dedicated to improving the health and well being of people living with HIV/AIDS or other disabling conditions and their companion pets by providing public health education, exercise, pet food, veterinary care, grooming, foster care, and adoptions services at no cost to individuals in the Metropolitan Washington area.

Other Ideas for Getting Help

Work with your veterinarian. Some veterinarians may be willing to work out a payment plan with you, especially if you can provide some of the payment up front.

Contact friends and family and fundraise. Itís not easy asking for help. But when your animalís life hangs in the balance, it may be the best option to borrow money or hold a fundraiser.

Plan ahead. Cut costs and start a savings plan. Consider getting pet ownerís insurance to cover veterinary costs now to prepare for any tough times you may have ahead.

Get in touch with breed-specific groups. If your pet is a specific breed, the groups associated with it often have funds available to help provide the care your animal needs.

Facing Foreclosure?

The news is full of stories of animals losing their homes along with their pet parents due to home foreclosure. Some tips for dealing with this looming threat:

Educate yourself about ways to prevent foreclosure all together. The best way to keep your whole family together (pets and all) is to stay in your home. At http://makinghomeaffordable.gov/, you can see if you are eligible for government-sponsored foreclosure alternatives, such as refinancing or loan modifications.

No Paws Left Behind (http://nopawsleftbehind.org/paws/) is a nonprofit that provides tips for homeowners as well as an online network to get your pet into the safest place possible if needed.

Search for pet-friendly housing. Almost every local humane society or rescue group keeps a list of pet-friendly housing in the area. Some also offer mediation services to help you convince a potential landlord to allow the animal to come with you if it is not normally acceptable. To prepare for these discussions, gather proof of your responsibility toward your pet, including veterinary care and statements from others agreeing to your conscientiousness.

Work hard to find your animal the best temporary home possible. Talk with family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Ask your veterinarian about temporary boarding. Whatever you do, do not take your animal to an open-admission shelter, because they will likely be killed.

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Urgent plea for dogs surgery

Posted on October 27, 2010 by Amy

Sorry to keep asking for your help in spreading this fundraising plea.   We had a dog last week that had to go in for urgent back surgery and our medical expenses on her ended up being more than $5700.
Here are the details of the dog that had all of this emergency medical:  Help Minnie get her wiggle back
We now owe an immediate balance for her surgery of $1689.50 and I need to once again make a push for donations, any amount, no amount is too small.  If we can just get the word out, and reach a lot of people quickly?
There is a paypal button right on the link to Minnie’s fundraising page, or if anyone would prefer to call in a donation directly to the surgical center, I have posted her bill online as well (they should just email me so I can follow up that the vet’s office did indeed apply it to Minnie’s bill)

Reaching out and asking for donations and financial help is about the hardest thing for me to do, but this is an urgent situation.  Thank you for passing this foward to everyone you know whom might want to support Camp Cocker Rescue.
With much love and gratitude,?Cathy and the cockers?CampCocker.com

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National Pit Awareness

Posted on October 28, 2010 by Amy

Last Friday, the Devore Shelter said in Observance of National Pit Awareness, they were going to KILL all their in-house shelter pits on Saturday.  This shelter has heartless staff.  At any rate, a massive campaign pledge was launched to save all 19 pits and the story is below.  These ladies all deserve halos and a cherished blessing..  They saved even more dogs and the stupid shelter staff had said they could not do it.  Surprise.
From: alexandra <healingtouch108@aol.com>
Dear All:    As many of you know, the amazing Devore Team (led by Royce & Rae while Pat enjoys a little break) pulled 18 pits, a cocker spaniel and 5 pittie pups this past Saturday which was National Pit Awareness Day.  Originally we had sent an email for pledges to cover the pull fees of 19 pits but only 18 pits were pulled (the cocker and puppies ended up being add-ons). So why was one pit missing?? Who was the 19th pit? And why was he not pulled?
Well on Saturday the 19th pit displayed some not-so-nice behavior towards his kennel mate, getting into a scuffle.  In the midst of the pulling of all the other dogs, it was too risky to take him out and put him in a foster home with other dogs.  So he became the pit left behind…but not forgotten and certainly not left behind for good.
On Saturday night we hatched a plan…pulled by our heart strings and by his sad photo.  Royce and Rae went back again to give him another chance.  On Sunday we bought him another day’s reprieve. On Monday, he stayed towards the back of his kennel and tried to approach Rae but was unsure; and when she left, he came to the front and looked after her, as if to say “Where are you going?”  Today, Royce met him and he was in a more playful mood! He smelled her hand and took treats. He seems to be fine with people but shy and unsure and either food or dog aggressive. He is very skinny…and may have been a junkyard dog.
Tonight he was officially sprung ! But his journey is not over. He will get neutered Friday and then go into a boarding facility where a great trainer has agreed to work with him 3 -4 times a week for a month.  We need to raise $500 for his training (which is an EXCELLENT price from the trainer!!) and about $450 for a month’s boarding (still working out where he will go for boarding so am estimating $15 per day).?**Please note: we have pulled him on good faith that the rescue community will rally behind this boy. I am sorry to ask for donations again, but I cannot pay his $950 myself. ***  There was a lot of interest in this dog on facebook so I really hope people will help in his rehab efforts.  If anyone does not know me and does not feel comfortable donating to me directly, I will be happy to get an address from teh trainer where checks can be sent.
If you would like to donate for Sweet Albert, the 19th pit, please paypal healingtouch108@aol.com?Will set up a chip-in as soon as i can but for now, paypal is fine. Thanks for believing in this scared doggy.

Hope to have more AFTER photos soon! – Alexandra

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NORTH CENTRAL ANIMAL CARE CENTER WINS AWARD

Posted on November 2, 2010 by Amy

City of Los Angeles ? Department of Animal Services

Los Angeles Animal Services’ North Central Animal Care Center was recognized by the American Institute of Architects, Architectural Foundation of Los Angeles with a Design Green award.  The Design Green award is a competition to honor projects that integrate exceptional design with new high performance standards for sustainability, LEED certified for their effectiveness while redefining architecture.  The City’s North Central Animal Care Center which is a certified LEED gold building, has also received:?·        American Institute of Architects Design Award;?·        “Best Green Building” award by California Construction Publications for McGraw Hill Companies;?·        “Community Impact Award” from the Los Angeles Business Council; and?·        “Exceptional Achievement Award” from the Southern California Development Forum.?Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa offered his congratulations.?“The North Central Animal Care Center has been one of the City’s premiere examples of sustainable design,” he said.  “I congratulate the Department of Animal Services, the Bureau of Engineering and the design team of Barton Choy and Tracy Stone for their multiple award-winning accomplishments.”

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You can’t keep your pet? Really?

Posted on November 19, 2010 by Amy

BY A Shelter Director

I think our society needs a huge “Wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all…a view from the inside if you will. First off, all of you people who have ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would stop flagging the ads on craigslist and help these animals find homes. That puppy you just bought will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. Just so you know there’s a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it’s dumped at? Purebred or not! About 25% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into a shelter are purebred dogs.
The most common excuses: “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”.
Odds are your pet won’t get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn’t full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the “Bully” breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don’t get adopted. It doesn’t matter how ‘sweet’ or ‘well behaved’ they are.
If your dog doesn’t get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn’t full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because the shelter gets paid a fee to euthanize each animal and making money is better than spending money to take this animal to the vet.
Here’s a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being “put-down”. First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to “The Room”, every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it’s strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 shelter workers depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a shelter worker who we call a euthanasia tech (not a vet) find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the “pink stuff”. Hopefully your pet doesn’t panic from being restrained and jerk. I’ve seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don’t just “go to sleep”, sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves. You see shelters are trying to make money to pay employee pay checks and don’t forget the board of directors needs to be paid too, so we don’t spend our funds to tranquilize the animal before injecting them with the lethal drug, we just put the burning lethal drug in the vein and let them suffer until dead. If it were not a “making money issue” and we had to have a licensed vet do this procedure, the animal would be sedated or tranquilized and then euthanized, but to do this procedure correctly would cost more money so we do not follow what is right for the animal, we just follow what is the fastest way we can make a dollar. Shelters do not have to have a vet perform their euthanasia’s so even if it takes our employee 50 pokes with a needle and 3 hours to get the vein that is what we do. Making money is the issue here not loosing money.
When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? Or used for the schools to dissect and experiment on? You’ll never know and it probably won’t even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right!
I hope that those of you who still have a beating heart and have read this are bawling your eyes out and can’t get the pictures out of your head, I deal with this everyday. I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and start educating the public. Do research, do your homework, and know exactly what you are getting into before getting a pet. These shelters and humane societies exist because people just do not care about animals anymore. Animals were not intended to be disposable but somehow that is what they are these days. Animal shelters are an easy way out when you get tired of your dog (or cat).
Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about taking their dog to a shelter, a humane society, or buying a dog. For those of you that care— please repost this to at least one other craiglist in another city/state.

Let’s see if we can get this all around the US and have an impact.

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Needed Blankets and food for the Homeless

p>OPERATION BLANKETS OF LOVE

Posted on December 3, 2010 by Amy

http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com

- is donating several hundred blankets and towels including pet beds for the new born’s tomorrow at noon.
Thanks to everyone that alerted me of this urgent matter. You are so loving and caring to make sure these innocent animals are taken care of.
I got so many messages in the am and quickly got on the phone and got the top three people at Kern County Shelter. We discussed in detail their needs and we arranged to have tomorrow at noon a volunteer to pick up these items and go directly to Kern Shelter.
Please share this with your e mail list from the messages you brought to me today so they know that it is being taken care of.
Operation Blankets of Love is there to make sure our four legged friends will be warm and comfy.
Please take a few moments to see the work we do and share with all your animal loving family and friends.
Click here to see us featured on Animal Planet’s Pit Boss last month.

Please take a look at some of the short 30 second to 60 second video clip of what we do with your donations. : )
Perhaps your friends, family and colleagues can make a contribution to help us grow or do a fundraiser at the same time you collect blankets. We have something called Doggie Dollar Days. Every dollar donated brings comfort to a single homeless animal which increases their chances of being adopted which saves lives! Give the Gift of Life today.Pawsitively Yours,?Eileen Smulson -?Founder and President?www.operationblanketsoflove.org?Phone# 818-402-6586

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Take me Home Rescue Photos

Posted on December 5, 2010 by Amy

Please Join the FUN and SAVE LIVES!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL OUR TMH FRIENDS AND FAMILIES!?TAKE A PHOTO WITH TAKE ME HO HO HO HOME!
We wanted to personally invite you to a holiday photo party!?Our Santa loves animals, and he does not care if you have been naughty or nice because he knows you care about SAVING LIVES with Take Me Home!?We hope you will stop by and say hello and take a picture to reflect on the glorious lives you have saved.
TMH will be using a high quality photo printer and we will email you the jpeg file so you can make your own holiday card with our Christmas and/or Chanukah themed pictures.
You can join your furbaby in the picture, or just let your animal take the spotlight!?Dress up your animal or feel free to use our fun holiday Christmas and Chanukah costumes.
Help us save lives with a picture.  We hope to see you there!?Please print attached event flyer and hang it at your local dog park, coffee shop, and email it to all your animal loving friends.
*All donations from the event enable TMH to continue our efforts.*
Every Second?of Every Minute?of Every Day?A helpless animal is put to death?just because no one was there to take them home.?www.takemehome.tv?Join Take Me Home on Facebook: www.facebook.com/takemehomerescue?Take Me Home Rescue

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Justice for Lacey

Man ordered to trial in animal abuse case

Posted on January 24, 2011 by Amy

BY STEVE E. SWENSON, Californian staff writer?sswenson@bakersfield.com |
A Bakersfield man was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on felony animal abuse charges for reportedly splashing bleach on a small dog, and a judge nearly doubled his bail, resulting in deputies handcuffing him and putting him in jail.
Judge Michael Lewis increased the bail for Robert Gonzales, 43, from $25,100 to $50,000 after hearing evidence that Gonzales told a veterinary tech that he wrapped the dog’s mouth with duct tape, sprayed the dog’s eyes with bleach and hit the dog in the head with a golf club in order to discipline the 6-pound, fuzzy white dog named Lacey.
Lewis, after seeing pictures of the injured dog, said that considering the violence to the dog and the safety of the community, the previously posted bail was not adequate.
Gonzales was also ordered to stand trial on felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of a switchblade knife and possession of narcotics paraphernalia. An arraignment was set Jan. 14.
A glass pipe with methamphetamine was found in Gonzales’ pickup Dec. 4 and a switchblade knife was found in his pocket, according to testimony by Bakersfield police officer Jason Williamson.
That was the day Williamson responded to a report by veterinary technician Nicole Gray that Gonzales admitted to her that he abused the dog, the officer said.
The case outraged animal groups and one established an online petition asking for vigorous prosecution of Gonzales. As of Tuesday, it was signed by 13,751 people.
Gonzales in a Dec. 13 interview with The Californian said the accusations against him were false. He said the dog tipped over a can of bleach and he never hit the dog with a golf club.
Defense attorney Leticia Perez, in arguing that Lewis not increase bail, said there was only hearsay evidence of Gonzales’ guilt and it has not been established by convincing proof how the animal’s injuries occurred. But prosecutor Felicia Nagle said the evidence showed “a crime of violence inflicted upon a helpless animal.”
Another witness, city animal control officer Ronda Choate, testified that she didn’t find a golf club but she did find a piece of silver duct tape in the yard with dog hair on it.
She said she found a short tether around a tree in the backyard, but both she and Williamson said the dog was not tied up to the tree when they saw the dog in the backyard Dec. 4.
Choate said the dog had scabbing around its eyes and other injuries.
Williamson said that according to what Gray said Gonzales told her, Gonzales left the dog tied up to the tree at night in the cold and when she went to treat Lacey at Gonzales’ home, the dog would cower at the sound of Gonzales’ voice.
Gonzales told the newspaper that he didn’t have money to treat the dog, which was accidentally injured Nov. 29, but he asked the veterinary technician to treat the dog Dec. 2 by flushing the dog’s eyes out and cleaning it up. Gonzales said he got an unemployment check Dec. 4 and planned to take the dog to a hospital then, but was greeted by police when he returned home.
On Jan 23, 2011, at 3:36 PM, Diana M. Wagner wrote:
From: bonnie witten [bwitten50@yahoo.com]?Sent: Saturday, January 22, 2011 10:50 PM?Subject: Fw: Demand Justice for Lacey the Dog
—– Forwarded Message —-?From: veronica ferrantelli <veronica.ferrantelli@yahoo.com>?To: Veronica Ferrantelli <veronica.ferrantelli@yahoo.com>?Sent: Sat, January 22, 2011 11:46:30 AM?Subject: Fw: Demand Justice for Lacey the Dog
Just a click to sign a petition.  Please click and then pass this on.  We need stronger laws and stronger enforcement of those laws.  This baby did not have a chance.  Thank you for all you to for the innocent animals ~Veronica
Care2 subscriber since Sep 30, 2010    Unsubscribe  |  Read the Petition?you have 0 butterfly credits?petitionsite actionAlert” width=”539? height=”53? style=”margin-top:10px;margin-left:15px;margin-bottom:10px;”>
Help Convict Lacey’s Abuser
Hi veronica,
Lacey, a seven pound mixed breed, was found tied up in her owner’s backyard. She was in terrible shape, having been beaten with a golf club and sprayed with bleach.
This crime, along with similar animal abuses, needs to be taken seriously. Unfortunately though, animal abuse laws are not always strong enough, and it’s easy for people like Lacey’s owner to get away their crimes.
That’s why one Care2 member started a petition to demand justice for Lacey.
Below is a message from the petition’s author:
With this petition on behalf of Lacey, we hope to give law enforcement, police and the District Attorney’s office an idea of how the public feels about such acts of violence towards animals. We also hope to raise awareness of the link between these crimes and other types of violent crimes.
Please consider signing this petition.
If you would like to sign the petition or learn more, click here. »
Thanks for making a difference!
Samer?ThePetitionSite

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Erronous posting

Posted on January 24, 2011 by Amy
Hello , My name is Amy Meekison and I am the owner of this blog , I posted an alert warning people that they should not give money to Angela Miller Valianos . I could understand how this would across as a slander , I’m truely sorry that I posted that . That was not my intention . I have removed the posting from my website as soon as I saw it . I’m sure that Angela has done a lot of good work and I would never want to discredit that . Again my sincere apologies , hope people will contiune to look at my website , Thanks , Amy Meekison

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Animals and Shelters

please read and circulate to everyone you know.  thanks
Anita Kuhn Shecter?A S K Designs
www.jewlz076.etsy.com
Posted on January 24, 2011 by Amy

You can’t keep your pet? Really?

Although, I knew of some of this,  it was very hard to read. It should be posted on all RESCUE SITES, PET STORES, VET OFFICES, CRAIGSLIST, PETFINDER, FACEBOOK, TWITTER,  NEWS SITES, EVERYWHERE!!!!  Hopefully people reading this will adopt more rescue animals from the shelter, Humane Societies as well as rescues,  and enable the rescues to continue to pull animals from the shelters to save as many lives as they can.  I feel that each person that brings their animal to the shelter should be given this to read.  Hopefully it will get to their heart, and they will change their mind or take the time to find the animal a good home and let others know of their possible fate by taking them to the shelters.  Making the public take ownership for their actions and understand the horrible end these animals go through once they turn their back on their “pet” and walk out that door.
Cindy
Antonette Maldonato <Antonette.Maldonato@starwoodhotels.com>;
PLEASE – forward to EVERYONE YOU KNOW!  and think about the “No Kill” Advocay!  The responsibilityto change the system belongs to ALL of us!!!!!!!!
.-”-.?/) ‘ ‘ (\?{/(_O_)\}?~(”’)~(”’)<{@?(” ) _(” )         All we want is to be loved…..
You can’t keep your pet? Really? BY A Shelter Director
I think our society needs a huge “Wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all…a view from the inside if you will. First off, all of you people who have ever surrendered a pet to a shelter or humane society should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would stop flagging the ads on craigslist and help these animals find homes. That puppy you just bought will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. Just so you know there’s a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it’s dumped at? Purebred or not! About 25% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into a shelter are purebred dogs.
The most common excuses: “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”.

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