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Contact info for shelters and rescues in Shasta County.

Directory of Redding, CA area veterinarians.

Local, regional, and national pet food banks.

Veterinary Assistance Programs.


Veterinary Assistance Programs

If you have a medical emergency with a pet, call your local humane society first. They may be able to help.

Your next step is the Internet. Start with local and regional links.

(For low-cost or free spay/neutering services, call way in advance--sometimes the waiting list can be several months long.)

Here is a growing list of programs to assist non-profits and low-income families with pet-related veterinary expenses. If you know of any others, please share

Note: Many assistance programs use the federal poverty guidelines to determine eligibility. Here is their reference chart for 2007. Others require proof that your only income is some sort of government assistance.

National Programs
Requires denial letter from Care Credit.
Financial assistance resources for rescues and shelters. A Program of The Humane Society of the United States.
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance -- funds are limited. Social Security or other government assistance required to qualify.
Harley's Hope Foundation
Requires proof of financial need and professional diagnosis.
Detailed application process. Emergencies only. They require proof that you're already on government assistance, want you to joing their group (free), and expect you to apply for Care Credit.
Petco Foundation
The PETCO Foundation dedicates its programs to serving the 4 R's - Reduce, Rescue, Rehabilitate, Rejoice.

We encourage Applications for Support from any 501(c)(3) organization that shares our mission and fulfills one or more of the Four Rs. Organizations should be local and be able to enlist the support of their local PETCO store.
The Pet fund
Provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care.
Red Rover
They help and also have huge list of assistance organizations, national and by state.

Here is a list of other financial assistance sites from AFRP (Animal Friendship Rescue Program.

Here is another list of links from PGAA (Pet Guardian Angels of America)

Regional and Local Programs
Shasta County, California
Feral Cat Program from Haven Humane
Max's Helping Paws Foundation for Monterey County, California
California Department of Social Services
The Assistance Dog Special Allowance (ADSA) Program provides a monthly payment of $50 to eligible persons who use a guide, signal, or service dog to help them with needs related to their physical disabilities. The allowance is to help pay the costs of food, grooming, and health care for the dogs. Must live in California.
Stamford Animal Rescue (STAR). STAR's long term vision is to ensure that no Connecticut pet guardian will ever have to abandon their pet due to economic hardship. We provide financial assistance grants to pet owners who are unable to pay for veterinary care, free pet food for those who need it and we run monthly rescue pet adoption events in co-ordination with local shelters.
Wisconsin Humane Society
Individuals must be residents of Milwaukee or Ozaukee County and must qualify for subsidized services based on their income.