| Aid for Pets
Helping People and Pets Stay Together
Organized here by Patricia Collier, Owner of FloridaPets.net
"Dear God, you have given us care over all living things; protect and bless the animals who give us companionship and delight, make us their true friends and worthy companions." - Unknown.
Most of us either know someone personally, or know of someone, impacted by today's jagged economy. People are losing their jobs, families are losing their homes, and for many, it's getting harder and harder to put food on the table. And...in too many cases, an innocent animal is somewhere in the background, being negatively impacted by all of this and not understanding why. According to The Humane Society of the United States, thousands of family pets are now finding themselves at local pounds and rescues - or worse - simply because their families can no longer afford to take care of them.
Thinking about this was making me crazy. So I decided to do something. I've compiled a list of resources for people who are struggling to keep their pets in spite of the nation's econonic turndown. From low-cost spaying and neutering services to free pet food, I've tried to find people and places that can help. And I hope to grow this list, by finding more resources myself and by readers like you letting me know about others. I believe it's vital for people to be able to keep their pets, especially during times of stress and uncertainty. And it's vital for pets to be able to keep their homes. I hope this information will help someone through a difficult time. I have added the actual web addresses for people accessing this information from someone who printed it off.
The first thing you should do, if you need help with pet food or medical care, is to contact your local humane society or animal control. Many of them have programs designed to help people afford good care for their pets. We have a good list of Florida humane societies
to get you started.
If you do not have a shelter in your area, contact The Humane Society of the United States
for suggestions and some great "out of the box" ideas.
Please read this first! You will need to qualify for the programs listed below. Please understand these are not places where you can give your pet away. These resources are to help you keep your pet. Please read or call for their qualifications before applying for assistance.
1. Fairy Dog Parents
2. Pet Angel Welfare Supply
3. The Pet Project
4. We All Love Our Pets (WALOP)
*** Citrus County Pet Meals Program. For information, call (352) 527-5975.
*** Jacksonville Meals on Wheels Program. For information, or to volunteer, call the City of Jacksonville office at (904) 255-7387(PETS).
*** Meals on Wheels for Pets Nassau serves homebound senior citizens with pets in Nassau County.
5. Feeding Pets of the Homeless
Broward Meals on Wheels
Helping Hands Clinic
Leesburg Food Bank Inc.
Saint Francis House Homeless Shelter & Soup Kitchen
The Salvation Army
6. Humane Society of Tampa Bay
7. Lost Our Home Furry Friends Food Bank
8. Daffy's Pet Soup Kitchen
9. Save the Pets Alliance
10. Lee County Animal Services
11. St. Seton's Orphaned Animals
12. First Coast Pet Food Bank
13. Food Stamps for Horses
14. Prince Chunk Foundation
15. Rescue Raffle
1. No Paws Left Behind, Inc.
1. Free Pet Prescription Discount Cards To save up to 85% on most medications for your pets, ask your vet for a prescription, then go to Pet Prescription Card to download and print out your discount card to use at over 58,000 people pharmacies nationwide.
4. The National Association of Counties
7. Winn-Dixie, Target, and Walmart
8. Humane Society of Tampa Bay
Low Cost Spaying and Neutering
Why have we included this? Because spaying or neutering helps prevent cancer and other diseases in pets and that in turn helps the humans save money by not having to seek treatment for such afflictions.
1. Resources from all around Florida.
2. Love That Cat
4. First Coast No More Homeless Pets
5. Humane Society of Tampa Bay
General Veterinary Care
1. Fairy Dog Parents
2. The Pet Fund
Sick or Injured Care
1. Frankie's Friends Charitable Foundation
Life-Threatening Emergency Care Only
1. In Memory Of Magic
Other Type Help
1. Dog Coats
A woman in Ocala has been making coats for dogs of
homeless people or seniors living on fixed
incomes having problems keeping their homes warm. If you can help sew the coats, provide material for the coats, donate money so material can be purchased, or just pass the word so those who need the coats can get them, please contact Yvonne
for all the info.
1. Alley Cat Allies
has excellent suggestions and financial resources for help caring for feral cat colonies, including food, shelter, spay/neuter, and veterinary services. (Note: Some resources listed may duplicate some of those listed above, so check carefully before submitting applications for help.)
Help for People, Too!
I love both animals and humans. If you are sick (or know someone who is) and need financial assistance with medication and practical care, please contact me
and I'll send you what information I've gathered:
through Prescription Drug Help for Americans
3. Walmart Pharmacy
Now offers free home delivery, 90-day supply, of many medications for $10.
4. Free Medicine Foundation
This grocery store chain offers a 30-day supply of Lisinopril (for blood pressure) at no charge. They also offer a 14-day supply of certain generic antibiotics - check the link given here for a list. They also offer a 30-day supply of immediate-release Metformin (for diabetes.)
7. Dental Bills
8. Cleaning Services
9. Free Smoke Alarms
More resources posted as we find them - please keep checking back...
If you are a company, organization or a member of the press, the above information has been compiled in a press release titled Aid for People and Their Pets
. Please feel free to pass it along and help us get these resources out to those in need. Thank you!