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Your Dog and Your Liability


Recently, my youngest dog finally got so annoyed with local skateboarders riding by on the sidewalk that she started lunging, snarling, and barking at them whenever she saw them. When she first joined my pack, she didn’t seem to mind them, but now she is so startled by them, that she feels the need to protect herself and me when we walk. Perhaps it’s the speed in which they travel, the sound, the kids themselves, or maybe a combination of these things. Bicyclists are also something that she doesn’t like now. None of the reasons really matter because I am liable for whatever damage or injury my dogs make. I am very cautious now when I walk her and you should be cautious with your dogs also.

A friend told me that his client’s dog got loose one day and bounded up to a woman pushing her grandchild in a stroller. Even though the dog was friendly and just jumped up to greet the lady with a kiss, the woman fell backward, injured herself, and the owners had to sell their house to pay for the lawsuit judgment.

This is why it is so important to know your pet well enough and that you are ever vigilante to the possibilities of a biting incident. You are responsible for any injury or damage for which your dog is responsible.

If your male dog gets out and impregnates a female belonging to one of your neighbors, you are responsible. If the female happens to be a pedigree, your neighbor might start hearing a cash register ring. If your dog digs up the neighbor’s garden, destroys plants or other property, or injures another pet, it is going to come out of your wallet.

There are some precautions you can take:

Spay or neuter your pet. A male dog that is altered is less likely to roam when he smells a female in heat. Dogs that are fixed are responsible for far fewer biting incidents.

• Make sure that when you leave your house your gates are secured. Gardeners, delivery people, mail carriers, can often forget to close the gates when they walk through them either attending to their work or when they leave.

• Do you have a lock on your gates? Unlocked gates can allow people, especially children to enter your property.

• When you close your doors make sure your hear the click of a properly closed door so you know that the wind can’t blow it open, especially in bad weather.

• Do you have an attorney? Having one doesn’t get you off for your dog’s actions, but needing advice in a hurry is important. To save money, I have a pre-paid legal plan which allows me access to attorneys when needed. You can visit our sponsor’s site, for more information.

© Bruce Malter,

Flying Chihuahuas: Dogs Change Coast in Big Exodus

Chihuahua Overload

By SUE MANNING, Associated Press Writer – Fri Dec 18, 9:47 pm ET

LOS ANGELES – Chihuahuas have been flying out of California since other states learned about the glut of little dogs in the Golden State.

A group of 25 dogs has already arrived at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua in New Hampshire, thanks to “Grey’s Anatomy” actress Katherine Heigl, Kinder4Rescue in Studio City and American Airlines.

A group of 43 will leave for New Hampshire Monday or Tuesday, said Kathy Davis, interim general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services, who took part in a news conference Friday to announce Project Flying Chihuahua. They were supposed to leave Saturday morning, but bad weather in the east caused a delay, she said.

The Nashua shelter found homes for the first 25 and had a waiting list of 100 people, Davis said.
Heigl’s foundation has paid the discounted airfare for all 68 dogs so far, she added, and new donors for more flights were being sought.

Virgin America will be flying a group of Chihuahuas to New York City from San Francisco on Tuesday, said Gail Buchwald, senior vice president overseeing the ASPCA adoption center in New York City.

They will be processed and should be available for adoption on Dec. 29, she said.

Buchwald said she didn’t know how many to expect, but each dog will be escorted by a volunteer and Virgin will provide travel for both dogs and humans.

The airline is also expected to offer a week of half price trips to passengers willing to escort an animal to New York, but details have yet to be finalized, Buchwald said.

A call to a Virgin America representative was not immediately returned Friday.

Dozens of dogs have been sent by Oakland Animal Services to nearby states like Washington, Oregon and Arizona, but most of them were delivered by SUV, director Megan Webb said, because there wasn’t enough money to fly the dogs to more distant states.

The Chihuahua crisis in California developed as Hollywood featured the dogs in movies like “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” and “Legally Blonde,” they became constant companions to the rich and famous, backyard breeders saw a chance to make hundreds of dollars a dog and the recession forced some dog owners to abandon their pets.

California shelters soon found that Chihuahuas made up 30 percent or more of their dog populations.

Meanwhile, Buchwald said, there has long been a severe shortage of small dogs in the east.

Officials on both sides of the country are optimistic they can work out the imbalance.

Davis said finding homes for 68 barely made a dent in Los Angeles shelters, but it was a start.

“We have plenty more where those came from and we’re more than happy to send them home for the holidays. If there’s a Santa Claus out there, we’re ready and waiting for you.”

In the last 12 months, animal shelters in the city of Los Angeles have taken in 4,700 Chihuahuas, 1,000 more than the 12 months before that.

Los Angeles has over 300 Chihuahuas in its shelters now, Davis said, and they are taking in about 340 a month.
“The majority of them are healthy. They do need some socialization. Some we’re finding haven’t been well treated in the homes they’ve been in. They need some TLC,” Davis said.

It would seem plenty of people in the east are ready and willing to deliver just that.

Reprinted with permission of the Associated Press 2009.

More Thoughts on Spaying and Neutering


As most of our visitors are already aware of the need for spaying and neutering pets, it might sound like I am preaching to the choir. However, repetition of the benefits of fixing dogs can add to your arguments when you try to persuade someone to understand the realities of pet overpopulation. Those points will be toward the end of this article.

A number of years ago, when I was not teaching during the summer, I started working for the American Humane Association. Among other responsibilities, I was asked to do research on spay and neuter laws for a new proposal for Los Angeles.

First, we had to consider our local population. With the entertainment field being such a large part of our local economy, we knew that we should consider allowing animal actor trainers to maintain their franchise dogs for continuity purposes. The next group for consideration was the professional breeders – those who care about the integrity of the breed. These people can arguably claim legitimacy for their pedigree breeding and spend thousands of dollars making sure that their dogs are healthy and able to have litters.

We knew that we had the dog rescue people with us. However, educating the general population about pet overpopulation was a big hurdle. Our tact was to stress the economics of spaying and neutering. We knew that altered dogs, especially males, were less aggressive than those unaltered. At the time, the insurance industry said that over a billion dollars a year was the cost of dog bites nationally when you include work absences and medical treatment.

Talking to automobile insurance claims adjusters from various companies we also found that many of them had heard customers say that their car accidents were due to avoiding stray animals that caused them to swerve into parked cars or causing other property damage.

If you are trying to get more stringent spay/neuter laws in your community, find out what the economics are locally. People and local governments weigh economics heavily when they are considering new legislation especially those who are up for reelection.

The most important thing to know about spaying and neutering is that it saves lives. In every U.S. state, there are animals sitting in animal shelters waiting for homes. Only about half of those dogs and cats will ever get one. The other half will be euthanized.
Making the decision to spay or neuter your pet means fewer pets—pets as sweet, loving, healthy, and deserving of companionship as your own—will be euthanized for lack of a home.

It is not true that a female dog needs to have at least one litter to stay healthy.
Female dogs that are spayed before they have a litter have a greatly reduced risk of breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers, as well as fewer mammary tumors.

Without a heat cycle, male dogs that are roaming won’t wind up on your property.
Male dogs that are neutered are less likely to roam which means they are less likely to get injured, cause property damage, and/or bite people for which you are financially liable.

Male dogs which are neutered have reduced risks of testicular cancer.

Spayed and neutered dogs aren’t going to necessarily gain weight. If they do, it’s because they are overfed and/or under exercised.
For those who say that their dog is a pedigree and they want others just like them, remind them that 1 in 4 pets in the shelter are also pedigrees. About half of theos brought to shelters are euthanized.

For those who say that they want their children to witness the miracle of birth, remind them that not all puppies in the litter survive. A better idea is to teach your children the value of life by spaying and neutering.

© Bruce Malter,

When Taking Your Dog to a Dog Park


Dog parks can be great places for having fun with your dog, socializing, and providing exercise for both you and your dog. However, there are some precautions you should take. First, ask your vet about getting a Bordatella vaccine. With a large number of dogs in one place, kennel cough can spread quickly.

When you first enter the dog park, keep your dog on the leash as you walk along the inside perimeter of the fence to make sure that there no holes or breeches of any kind including holes where dogs might have tried to tunnel out. Where there are gated entrances, make sure that they are securely shut.

Not all dog owners are true guardians of their pets. Sometimes dogs are dropped off in the morning while the owner goes to work or shop. The dog is then picked up hours later. This is irresponsible, but it does continue at many dog parks.

Some dogs at the park can be aggressive. My alpha was once attacked by a larger dog. Other dogs, hearing her yelping, came rushing toward us to possibly join in the attack. My two other dogs, in true pack fashion, stood their ground and defended us by snarling and barking at the charging dogs, who then stopped in their tracks.

The attacking dog’s owner came and was able to pull it off my dog, but left without an apology or offer to pay for the vet’s bills. I was too busy to think about that at the time as I made sure my baby was alright. She was left with cuts on her ears and face but thankfully she was not seriously hurt. A trip to the vet for a check-up and antibiotics was the next course of action. However, she is now wary of other dogs and is no longer as friendly. Therefore, you must be very careful at dog parks. Here are some other things to consider:

If you have a small dog and there is a separate small dog area, use it.

As the dogs are playing, they can sometimes trip or stumble into small holes in the grass. This can lead to sprains and other injuries. Find out if the park is using fertilizers, pesticides, snail bait, etc. If you think some chemicals were used, wash your dog’s legs and paws and watch for any signs of distress. Contact your vet immediately if necessary.

Pick up your dog’s poop immediately. Commonly called landmines, these piles can host a number of diseases and parasites. (Read our article “Walking Your Dog at Night” on our Dog Safety page for a list of some of the diseases found in feces.) Even though most dog parks have poop sticks to use bring some plastic bags with you.

On hot days make sure that your dog is getting plenty of water and takes breaks from playing. Signs of overheating include excessive panting, lethargy, or vomiting.

Above all, make it a good day of bonding with your pooch. Be careful and have fun.

© Bruce Malter,

IN THE NEWS: Los Angeles’ Dogfighting Tip Line


This article is reprinted with the permission of The Humane Society of the United States

Partnership led to 1-877-NO2FITE
The Humane Society of the United States

In a ground-breaking effort against dogfighting, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has partnered with The HSUS to launch a 24-hour tip line dedicated to eradicating dogfighting.

Callers to 1-877-NO2FITE may be paid up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals involved in dogfighting. Callers may remain anonymous and still remain eligible for the reward.

Call 24/7
Persons with information about a dogfighting ring, an upcoming dogfight or an individual who is involved in dogfighting can call the tip line (available in both Spanish and English) 24 hours a day, and the information will be passed on to the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation.

If someone is aware of a fight in progress, he or she should call 911 immediately.

“Our goal is to encourage citizens to help law enforcement root out a brutal crime that often goes unreported and occurs in the shadows,” District Attorney Cooley said. “We expect that these tips will be a starting point for major criminal investigations.”

The HSUS is funding the animal fighting reward fund, and is partially funding the tip line.

Facts about dogfighting

• Organized dogfighting or street dogfighting is a felony in California, with a 3-year potential prison sentence.

• Being present at a dogfight or while preparations are being made for a dogfight is a misdemeanor in California, with a potential 6-month jail sentence.

• An estimated 40,000 organized dogfighters exist in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 250,000 dogs each year.

• Tips on dogfighting often lead to other crimes like drug dealing and weapons possession.

Dogify Your Yard


Begin with your fences. Make sure that there is no way that your dog can escape by tunneling under or through a broken area of the fence. Make sure that your gates have locks and get into the habit of locking gates after every use. If you have a gardener, make sure that he understands the dangers of leaving a gate open for even a minute.  Are your walls and fences high enough to thwart even the best four-legged escape artist?  You might have to add a height extension to the top of your fence.

Can our dog fit under the wrought iron fence? You might have to reinforce it with chicken wire or heavier gauge fencing.

•  Plants are the next major concern. Go onto our link for the toxic and non-toxic plants from the ASPCA. Download it and take it with you when you go shopping for plants.

•  Be careful about using pesticides and chemicals to get rid of snails. These can be highly poisonous and are always unsafe to use in areas where your dog might be.

•  Be careful about fertilizers and mulch. Avoid any potting soil or soil conditioner with cocoa in it.

•  You should check at least twice a day for mushrooms, toadstools, and other types of fungi, especially in the mornings or after a rainstorm.

•  Foxtails should be removed immediately before they dry out. These irritating plants can get into your dog’s nose, mouth, eyes, and ears. It is a common, but expensive, painful and uncomfortable procedure to remove them, and they must be removed.

•  If you are planting vegetables and are going to water frequently, remember that this could encourage mushroom growth. You might want to fence off your vegetable garden to keep your dog out of it.

•  Check for debris that people might toss over into your yard or that birds might drop in it. These include cigarette butts, small toys such as balls, bottle caps, and bits of glass and plastic.

© Bruce Malter,

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Do you know someone who has difficulty paying their pet expenses?


This article is reprinted with the permission of The Humane Society of the United States

Below is a comprehensive list of pet financial aid-related organizations. Some are listed nationwide, and some are listed alphabetically by state.

Notice: If your animal requires emergency veterinary care and you cannot afford treatment, click here to contact groups, veterinary schools and learn of other resources that may help. If you are unsure what qualifies as emergency veterinary care, call your veterinarian and describe the symptoms.

If your organization is offering assistance (such as pet food, discounted veterinary services including spay/neuter, temporary foster care, etc.) to individuals facing financial difficulties due to the current economic situation, please let us know about your programs by emailing us at

Please keep in mind that each organization is independent and has their own set of rules and guidelines. Therefore you will have to investigate each one separately to determine if you qualify for assistance:

IMOM Inc.:
The Pet Fund:
Good Sam Fund:
United Animal Nations LifeLine Fund:
Angels for Animals:
Brown Dog Foundation:
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program:
Feline Outreach:
Cats In Crisis:
The Perseus Foundation (cancer-specific):
Canine Cancer Awareness:
Cody’s Club (radiation treatments):
Diabetic Pets Fund:
The Mosby Foundation:
Magic Bullet Fund (cancer-specific):
The Binky Foundation:
God’s Creatures Ministry Veterinary Charity:

Assistance by state


Friends of Cats and Dogs Foundation: Birmingham (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Shelby Humane Society: Columbiana (spay/neuter assistance)
The Animal Friends Humane Society: Decantur (pet food/Litter, spay/neuter assistance)
Alabama Animal Adoption Society: Homewood (spay/neuter assistance)
Greater Huntsville Humane Society: Huntsville (pet food)
Mobile SPCA: Mobile (spay/neuter assistance)
Alabama Animal Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic: Montgomery (spay/neuter assistance)
Spay Alabama: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance)
Macon County Humane Society: Tuskegee (spay/neuter assistance)


Animal Guardian Network: Cave Creek (pet food)
Western Arizona Humane Society: Lake Havasu City (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Lost Our Home Pet Foundation: Scottsdale (pet food, temporary foster program)
Payson Humane Society: Payson (spay/neuter assistance)


Bella Vista Animal Shelter: Bella Vista (spay/neuter assistance; contact BVAS for additional services)
Humane Society of Saline County: Benton (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Northeast Arkansas for Animals (NAFA): Jonesboro (pet food, vaccination assistance)
Out Of The Woods Rescue and Referral: Little Rock (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)
All About Labs: Statewide (temporary housing/foster for dogs and cats, not just labs; pet food; spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm prevention and flea/tick treatments).
For Pets’ Sake Best Friends Program: Springdale NW Arkansas (mircochpping, Best Friends Senior Program includes pet food, assistance for veterinary care, transportation to veterinarian and groomer, temporary foster program if hospitalized for seniors in Northwest Arkansas)


Actors and Others for Animals (veterinary care assistance)
Animal Health Foundation (veterinary care assistance)
AniMeals Helen Woodward Animal Center (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)
PALS: Pets Are Loving Support (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)
Peninsula CatWorks (veterinary care assistance for cats only)
SHARE Marin Humane Society (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)
Voice for the Animals Foundation, Helping Friends Program (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)
Cat People: Bakersfield (cat food/litter, spay/neuter assistance, vaccination assistance)
Helping Persian Cats: Beverly Hills (temporary foster program)
SEAACA: Downey (veterinary medical care assistance, spay/neuter, vaccination assistance)
Sequoia Humane Society: Eureka (spay/neuter assistance)
AnimalSave: Green Valley (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Mountains’ Humane Society: Lake Arrowhead (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Friends of Long Beach Animals: Long Beach (spay/neuter assistance)
LA Animal Services: Los Angeles (spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip assistance)
The Sam Simon Foundation: Los Angeles (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
PAWS/LA: Hollywood (pet food and supplies, veterinary medical care assistance, grooming, spay/neuter, veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners, and other services)
SPCA for Monterey County: Monterey (pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Napa Humane: Napa (spay/neuter assistance)
Actors and Others for Animals: North Hollywood (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)
Marin Humane Society: Novato (pet care assistance to low-income seniors, persons living with HIV/AIDS and those receiving hospice services; please see website for complete list of services)
North County Humane Society and SPCA: Oceanside (pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance; contact NCHS for additional services)
Mercy Crusade’s Spay and Neuter Clinic: Oxnard (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Palo Alto Humane Society: Palo Alto (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for emergency veterinary care)
Pasadena Humane Society: Pasadena (spay/neuter assistance)
Riverside County Department of Animal Services: Riverside (spay/neuter assistance)
Sacramento SPCA: Sacramento (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley: San Bernardino (low-cost spay/neuter)
Pets Are Wonderful Support: San Diego (pet food/litter, pet supplies, veterinary assistance, animal transport, temporary foster program, veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)
Pet Assistance Foundation: Multiple Locations, Southern California (spay/neuter assistance for dogs, cats, and rabbits)
Bad Rap: San Francisco (pit bull-specific assistance for finding rental housing and insurance)
PAWS San Francisco (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)
SF SPCA Animal Hospital (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)
VET SOS: San Francisco (free veterinary care and supplies for pets of the homeless)
Santa Cruz SPCA: Santa Cruz (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Helen Woodward Animal Center: Santa Fe (pet food)
Cats in Need (of Human Care): Southern California, multiple locations (spay/neuter assistance)
Spay Neuter Animal Network (SPAN): Ventura (spay/neuter assistance)
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation: Walnut Creek (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, emergency veterinary assistance)


Ark-Valley Humane Society: Buena Vista (pet food)
Dreampower Animal Rescue: Colorado Springs (temporary foster program)
Pikes Peak Pet Pantry: Colorado Springs (pet food/litter, pet supplies, pet prescription diet assistance, and grooming assistance)
For Pets’ Sake Humane Society: Cortez (assistance for emergency veterinary care, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Good Samaritan Pet Center: Denver (spay/neuter assistance)
Every Creature Counts: Fort Lupton (spay/neuter assistance)
Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital: Denver (assistance with veterinary care including spay/neuter)
MaxFund: Denver (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, vaccination assistance)
Cat Care Society: Lakewood (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)
Montrose Animal Protection Agency: Montrose (spay/neuter assistance)
Humane Society of Pagosa Springs: Pagosa Springs (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)


Manchester Area Network on AIDS AID-A-PET (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)
Milford Animal Control: Milford (pet food bank)
Connecticut Humane Society: Newington (assistance for necessary veterinary medical care including spay/neuter and vaccination assistance) or
Connecticut Humane Society Fox Veterinary Clinic (veterinary care assistance)


Delaware Humane Association: Wilmington (pet food/supplies, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)
Faithful Friends, Inc: Wilmington (pet food and supplies, spay/neuter assistance)
Forgotten Cats, Inc: Wilmington (spay/neuter andVaccination assistance)

District of Columbia

PETS-DC (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)
Capital Animal Care Mobile Spay/neuter Clinic (pet food, supplies and spay/neuter assistance)
Washington Animal Rescue League (pet food and supplies, discounted veterinary care including spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Washington Humane Society: Washington (spay/neuter assistance)


Central Brevard Humane Society: Cocoa (assistance for veterinary care including spay/neuter)
Humane Society of Broward County: Ft. Lauderdale (low-cost spay/neuter)
Alachua County Humane Society: Gainesville (pet food)
St. Francis Animal Hospital: Jacksonville (assistance for veterinary care including spay/neuter)
Bright Paw Pet food Bank: Melbourne (pet food assistance)
SPCA Suncoast: New Port Richey (pet food)
Pet Project for Pets: Oakland Park (provides pet food and supplies for terminally ill, disabled and senior pet owners)
Central Florida Animal Pantry: Orlando (pet food and supplies, spay/neuter assistance, and grooming assistance)
SPCA of Central Florida: Orlando (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program, discounted veterinary care)
Spay Shuttle: Palm Beach County (spay/neuter assistance)
SPOT Low Cost Spay/neuter Clinic: Pinellas Park (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Humanitarian Animal Relief Program (HARP): Port Orange (pet food and supplies, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care) 386-795-7323
Pasco Animal Welfare Society (PAWS):Port Richey (spay/neuter assistance)
Collier Spay Neuter Clinic: Southwest Florida (spay/neuter assistance)
Animal Coalition of Tampa (ACT): Tampa (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Humane Society of Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay (pet food, discounted/free vaccinations)
SPCA Tampa Bay: Tampa Bay (spay/neuter assistance)
The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River Co.:Vero Beach (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, limited medical assistance)


PALS: Pets Are Loving Support (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)
Cherokee County Humane Society: Acworth (spay/neuter assistance)
LifeLine Animal Project: Atlanta (spay/neuter assistance)
PAWS Atlanta: Atlanta (spay/neuter assistance)
Project CatSnip: Atlanta (spay/neuter assistance)
Stopping Pet Overpopulation Together (SPOT): Atlanta (spay/neuter assistance)
Humane Society of Hall County: Gainesville (spay/neuter assistance)
Daffy’s Pet Soup Kitchen: Lilburn (pet food and supplies, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)
Spay And Neuter Team of Atlanta Marietta (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Floyd County Animal Control: Rome (pet food assistance for Floyd County residents)
Pet Assistance League of Savannah: Savannah (spay/neuter assistance)
Spay Georgia: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance)
Carroll County Humane Society’s West Georgia Spay/neuter Clinic: Villa Rica (spay/neuter assistance)


Hawaiian Humane Society: Honolulu (spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program) or for senior, disabled or ill pet owners
Hawaii Island Humane Society: Kailua-Kona, Kamuela andKeaau (spay/neuter assistance)
The Neuter Scooter: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance for cats)


Idaho Humane Society: Boise (pet food)
Spay Neuter Idaho Pets (SNIP): Boise (spay/neuter assistance)
Lewis Clark Animal Shelter: Lewiston (spay/neuter and microchip assistance)
Humane Society of the Palouse: Moscow (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)


Humane Society of Southern Illinois: Carbondale (spay/neuter assistance)
Catsnap: Champaign County (spay/neuter assistance)
PAWS Chicago: Chicago (spay/neuter assistance)
The Anti-Cruelty Society: Chicago (assistance with veterinary care including spay/neuter)
Tree House Humane Society: Chicago (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
The Animal Welfare League: Chicago Ridge (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)
South Suburban Humane Society: Glenwood (spay/neuter assistance)
Quad City Animal Welfare Center: Milan (assistance for general veterinary care, including vaccinations and spay/neuter)
Better Pets Clinic: Moline (spay/neuter assistance)
National Animal Welfare Society: Mokina (assistance for general veterinary care, including vaccinations and spay/neuter)
B.C. Dog Training Club: Mundelein (pet food)
Humane Society of Central Illinois: Normal (spay/neuter assistance)
Animal Care League: Oak Park (assistance for veterinary care including vaccinations, microchipping and spay/neuter)
Blessed Bonds: Palos Park (temporary foster program)
Paw Pals: Quincy (assistance for emergency veterinary care, spay/neuter, vaccination, pet food and supplies)
The Quincy Humane Society: Quincy (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
PAWS Humane Society: Rockford (spay/neuter assistance)
Winnebago County Animal Services: Rockford (spay/neuter assistance)
Anderson Animal Shelter: South Elgin (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Animal Protective League: Springfield (spay/neuter assistance)
DuPage County Animal Care and Control: Wheaton (spay/neuter and microchipping assistance)


City of Bloomington Animal Shelter: Bloomington (pet food)
The Monroe County Humane Association: Bloomington (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care, discount vaccinations and microchips)
Vanderburgh Humane Society: Evansville (pet food)
Humane Society of Northwest Indiana: Gary (spay/neuter assistance)
Partners for Animal Welfare Society Inc.: Greenfield (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Spay Neuter Indiana Pets, Inc.: Greenwood (spay/neuter assistance)
FACE Low-Cost Spay/neuter Clinic: Indianapolis (spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip assistance)
Hope for Pets Food Pantry: Lafayette (pet food)
The Neuter Scooter: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance for cats)
Hamilton County Low Cost Clinic: Noblesville (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
St. Joseph County Spay/Neuter Assistance Program: Notre Dame (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Kokomo Humane Society: Kokomo (pet food bank)
Paws N Purrs with IMPACT: Mishawaka (spay/neuter assistance)
Spay Neuter Indiana Pets, Inc: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance)
Brown County Humane Society: Nashville (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)


Southwest Iowa Humane Society:Clarinda (spay/neuter assistance)
Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter:Oskaloosa (Pet food, spay/neuter assistance)


Humane Society of Greater Kansas City: Kansas City (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)
No More Homeless Pets KC: Kansas City (spay/neuter assistance)
The Pet Connection: Mission (assistance for necessary veterinary medical care including spay/neuter)
Pet Assistance Network of Topeka: Topeka (temporary foster program)


Humane Society of Nelson County: Bardstown (spay/neuter assistance)
Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society: Bowling Green (spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip assistance)
Friends of the Shelter (Simpson County Animal Shelter): Franklin (spay/neuter assistance)
Glasgow Barren Animal Shelter: Glasgow (spay/neuter assistance)
Scott County Humane Society: Georgetown (spay/neuter assistance)
Mercer Humane Society: Harrodsburg (spay/neuter assistance)
Safe Harboar Farm (pigs only): Knob Lick (spay/neuter, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)
Humane Society of Oldham County: LaGrange (spay/neuter assistance)
Anderson Humane Society: Lawrenceburg (spay/neuter assistance)
Holly’s Place: Lawrenceburg (spay/neuter assistance)
Woodstock Animal Foundation: Lexington (spay/neuter assistance)
Kentucky Humane Society: Louisville (spay/neuter assistance)
Friends of the Shelter: Middleboro (spay/neuter assistance)
Hope for Pets: Mt. Washington (pet food assistance, assistance with veterinary expenses for senior citizens with senior pets)
Humane Society Animal League for Life: Richmond (spay/neuter assistance)
Animal Refuge Center: Vine Grove (spay/neuter assistance)


Capital Area Animal Welfare Society: Baton Rouge (spay/neuter assistance)
Cat Haven:Baton Rouge (spay/neuter assistance: cats only)
Spay Baton Rouge: Baton Rouge (spay/neuter assistance)
St. Martin Humane Society: Breaux Bridge (spay/neuter assistance)
Lafayette Animal Aid: Carencro (spay/neuter assistance)
Louisiana SPCA:New Orleans (spay/neuter assistance)


York County Shelter Programs: Alfred (pet food)
Furry Friends Food Bank: Bangor (pet food)
Bar Harbor Food Pantry: Bar Harbor (pet food)
Catholic Charities of Maine: Caribou (pet food/litter)
Lincoln County Animal Shelter: Edgecomb (pet food)
Paws for a Cause: Fairfield (pet food)
Victor Grange at the junction of Routes 104 and 23 in Fairfield Center, 207-465-7906 or 207-249-9441
Hardy’s Friends: Gouldsboro/Winter Harbor area (pet food and supplies)
Houlton Humane Society: Houlton (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Greater Androscoggin Humane Society: Lewiston (spay/neuter assistance)
Ludlow Food Pantry:Ludlow (pet food)
Camp Bow Wow: Portland (pet food)
Maine Low Cost Spay/neuter Program:Statewide (spay/neuter assistance)
Sullivan Animal Food Eatery: Sullivan (pet food)
1888 Route 1, 207-422-6282
SPCA of Hancock County: Trenton (spay/neuter assistance)
The Animal Welfare Society: West Kennebunk (spay/neuter assistance)
Animal Refuge League: Westbrook (pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)


The Animal Welfare Society Of Howard County: Columbia (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Talbot Humane Society: Easton (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Animal Advocates of Howard County: Ellicott City (spay/neuter assistance)
Frederick County Humane Society:Frederick (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)
Spay Now Inc.: Graysonville (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Caroline County Humane Society: Ridgely (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Montgomery County Humane Society: Rockville (spay/neuter assistance)
Humane Society of Charles County: Waldorf (spay/neuter assistance)


Phinney’s Friends; MSPCA (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)
Alliance for Animals: Boston (spay/neuter and veterinary medical care assistance) or
Angell Memorial Animal Hospital-Boston (veterinary care assistance)
350 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130
The Sampson Fund: Cape Cod (fund to benefit companion animals of Cape Cod and the adjacent Islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard)
PO Box 1756, Orleans, MA 02653
Fariy DogParent: Duxbury (assistance with food, medical needs and general wellness for dogs)
Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society: Leverett and Greenfield (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program)
Angell Animal Medical Center-Nantucket (veterinary care assistance)
21 Crooked Lane, Nantucket, MA 02554
Angell Animal Medical Center-Western New England (veterinary care assistance)
171 Union St., Springfield, MA 01105
Southborough Pet food Pantry: Southborough (pet food)


Pet Support Services (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)
The Zimmer Foundation/For the Love of Cats: Ann Arbor (spay/neuter assistance)
Humane Society of Huron Valley: Ann Arbor (pet food/litter, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
The Oakland Pet Adoption Center: Auburn Hills (spay/neuter assistance)
Humane Society of South Central Michigan: Battle Creek (spay/neuter assistance)
Humane Society of Genesee County: Burton (spay/neuter assistance)
MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care Veterinary Center: Detroit (veterinary care assistance)
7401 Chrysler Drive, Detroit, MI 48211
All About Animals Rescue: Eastpointe (spay/neuter assistance)
Adopt-A-Pet: Fenton (spay/neuter assistance)
Little Traverse Bay Humane Society: Harbor Springs (spay/neuter assistance)
Barry County Humane Society: Hastings (pet food, spay/neuter and veterinary assistance)
Cascades Humane Society: Jackson (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Kalamazoo Humane Society: Kalamazoo (pet food and spay/neuter assistance)
C-SNIP: Kentwood (spay/neuter assistance)
Michigan Humane Society: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance)
Luce County Pet Pals: Newberry (spay/neuter assistance)
MHS Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care Veterinary Center: Rochester Hills (veterinary care assistance)
3600 W. Auburn Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309
Pet Pantry: Spring Lake (pet food and supplies)
K9 Resque: St. Claire (pet food)
Animal Lovers, Inc.: Three Oaks (spay/neuter assistance)
Pet Pantry: Western Michigan (pet food and supplies)
MHS Berman Center for Animal Care Veterinary Center: Westland (veterinary care assistance)
900 N. Newburgh Road, Westland, MI 48185
Stop the Overpopulation of Pets: Weymouth (spay/neuter assistance)


Hiawatha Animal Humane Society: Lake City (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, veterinary medical care assistance)
Camp Companion: Rochester (spay/neuter assistance)
Minnesota Spay Neuter Project, Inc.: Minneapolis (spay/neuter assistance)
Northeast Community Lutheran Church: Minneapolis (pet food)
Pet Haven: Minneapolis (spay/neuter assistance)
Tri-County Humane Society: St. Cloud (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)


Humane Society of South Mississippi: Gulfport (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, other necessary supplies including training advice)
Mississippi Spay andNeuter: Pearl (spay/neuter assistance)
Summit:Grace’s Fund: Summit (spay/neuter assistance)


Humane Society of Southeast Missouri: Camp Girardeau (spay/neuter assistance)
Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP): Christian, Dallas, Greene, Lawrence, Polk and Webster Counties (spay/neuter assistance)
Central Missouri Humane Society: Columbia (spay/neuter assistance)
St. Charles County Humane Services: Cottleville (spay/neuter and heartworm preventative assistance)
Northland Pet Pantry: Kansas City Metro Area, Platte and Clay Counties (pet food)
Spay Neuter Kansas City: Kansas City (pet food and supplies, spay/neuter assistance)
PAWS Inc.: Raytown (spay/neuter assistance)
Animal Protective Association of Missouri: St. Louis (Assistance with vaccinations and routine veterinary care)
Humane Society of Missouri: St. Louis (assistance with veterinary care including spay/neuter)
Operation SPOT: St. Louis (spay/neuter assistance)
Pound Pals Nooterville: St. Louis (spay/neuter assistance)
St. Louis Pet Clinic on Grand: St. Louis (spay/neuter assistance)
Stray Rescue of St. Louis: St. Louis (spay/neuter assistance)


Bitter Root Humane Association: Hamilton (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Humane Society of Western Montana: Missoula (pet food)
Beartooth Humane Alliance: Red Lodge (spay/neuter assistance)
Rimrock Humane Society: Roundup (spay/neuter assistance)
Kootenai Pets for Life: Troy/Libby (pet food and supplies, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program)


Cat Spay/neuter Connection: Omaha (spay/neuter assistance)


Shakespeare Animal (veterinary care assistance)
Maddie’s Spay-Neuter Project in Nevada: Washoe, Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, Churchill and Elko Counties (spay/neuter assistance)
Shakespeare Animal (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)
Spay and Neuter Center of Southern Nevada: Las Vegas (spay/neuter and microchip assistance)
Nevada Humane Society: Reno (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

New Hampshire

Cocheco Valley Humane Society: Dover (pet food, temporary foster program)
Upper Valley Humane Society: Enfield (spay/neuter assistance)
New Hampshire Humane Society: Laconia (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Manchester Animal Shelter: Manchester (pet food)
Concord-Merrimack County SPCA: Penacook (pet food, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)

New Jersey

Save U.S. Pets Foundation: Note that a veterinarian must apply on behalf of pet owner (veterinary care assistance)
Humane Society of Atlantic: Atlantic City (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Animal Alliance: Belle Mead (pet food and supplies, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
A Purrfect World: Bloomfield (temporary foster program)
Oakland Animal Hospital: Oakland (pet food)
Friends of Randolph Animal Pound (All Our Orphans): Randolph (spay/neuter assistance)
PetPALS of Southern New Jersey (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)

New Mexico

Animal Humane Association of New Mexico: Albuquerque (spay/neuter, vaccination and other necessary veterinary medical care)
Espanola Valley Humane Society: Espanola (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Santa Fe Animal Shelter: Santa Fe (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

New York

Pets for Life New York City (formerly the Safety Net Program): Provides free and low cost services to those in need as an alternative to giving up their pets or stray animals they have found to the city shelter. Free and reduced-cost behavior training, reduced-cost veterinary care (including spay/neuter), reduced-cost boarding of pets, and more.
Hotline: 917-468-2938
ALL 4 PETS: Limited to Western New York (veterinary care assistance)
NY SAVE Inc. (veterinary care assistance)
Buffalo Can Pet food Pantry: Buffalo
37 Chandler St, 716-983-0583
Lollypop Farm, The Humane Society of Greater Rochester: Fairport:
(Emergency Pet Food Bank for any individual in need of food for their animals on a one-time assistance basis
Low income spay/neuter service for anyone on financial assistance
The Animal Lovers League: Glen Cove (temporary foster program)
Operation Pets: The Spay/neuter Clinic of Western New York (low-cost spay/neuter)
All About Labs (temporary housing/foster for dogs and cats, not just labs; pet food; spay/neuter, vaccinations, heartworm prevention and flea/tick treatments).

North Carolina

Ashley’s Angel Fund (veterinary care assistance)
Humane Alliance: Asheville (spay/neuter assistance)
Watauga Humane Society: Boone (spay/neuter and microchip assistance)
Animal Protection Society of Durham: Durham (pet food assistance)
Community Partnership for Pets: Flat Rock (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Wayne County Humane Society: Goldsboro (spay/neuter assistance)
The Humane Society of the Piedmont: Greensboro (pet food assistance)
Planned Pethood Spay and Neuter Clinic: Greensboro (spay/neuter assistance)
Madison County Animal Shelter: Marshall (spay/neuter assistance)
POP-NC: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance)
AnimalKind: Raleigh (spay/neuter assistance)
SPCA of Wake County: Raleigh (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
SNAP-NC:Statewide (spay/neuter assistance)
Animal Compassion Network: Skyland (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Haywood Animal Welfare Association: Waynesville (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Forsyth County Animal Control: Winston-Salem; Forsyth County (pet food assistance)
Forsyth Humane Society: Winston-Salem (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)


Angels for Animals: Canfield (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Pet Guards Clinic: Cuyahoga Falls (assistance for necessary veterinary medical care, spay/neuter and vaccinations)
The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals: Kettering (spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program)
Stop the Overpopulation of Pets: Mansfield (spay/neuter assistance)
Humane Ohio: Toledo (spay/neuter assistance)
Paws with Pride: Uniontown (temporary foster program)
The Neuter Scooter: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance for cats)


Washington County SPCA: Bartlesville (spay/neuter assistance)
PAWS Inc.: Bristow (spay/neuter assistance)
Animal Rescue and Care of McCurtain County: Broken Bow (spay/neuter assistance)
Homeward Bound Humane Society: Durant (spay/neuter assistance)
Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake: Grove (spay/neuter assistance)
Animal Birth Control Clinic: Lawton (spay/neuter, vaccination, microchip assistance and other basic veterinary services)
Best Friends of Pets: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance)
Second Chance Clinic: Norman (spay/neuter assistance)
Oklahoma City Animal Shelter: Oklahoma City (pet food)
405-316-FOOD (3663) or
Volunteers for Animal Welfare: Oklahoma City (spay/neuter assistance)
Poteau Valley Humane Society: Poteau (spay/neuter assistance)
Humane Society of Tulsa: Tulsa (spay/neuter assistance)
Pet Assistance and Welfare Society: Tulsa (spay/neuter assistance)
Spay Oklahoma: Tulsa (spay/neuter assistance)


The Bearen Foundation (veterinary care assistance)
Humane Society of Central Oregon: Bend (spay/neuter assistance, contact HSCO for additional services)
City of Eugene Spay/Neuter Clinic: Eugene (spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip assistance)
Lane County Animal Services: Eugene (spay/neuter assistance)
Pro-Bone-O: Eugene (free pet food, supplies and veterinary care for pets of the homeless)
Willamette Animal Guild: Eugene (spay/neuter assistance)
Oregon Outback Humane Society: Lakeview (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)
The Neuter Scooter: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance for cats)
Cat Adoption Team: Sherwood (cat food assistance)
Pet Over-Population Prevention Advocates: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance and referral)
Willamette Humane Society: Salem (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
City of Veneta: Veneta (spay/neuter assistance)


Animal Care & Assistance Fund (veterinary care assistance)
Washington Area Humane Society: Eighty Four (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)
Humane Society of Westmoreland County: Greenberg (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area: Harrisburg (pet food)
Action for Animals Humane Society:Latrobe (spay/neuter assistance)
Animal Friends: Pittsburgh (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Pittsburgh PAWS: Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)
Western Pennsylvania Humane Society: Pittsburgh (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)
Humane Society of Berks County: Reading (Pet food) or
The Humane Society of Berks County Veterinary Hospital (veterinary care assistance)
The Animal Rescue of Western PA (veterinary care assistance)
Wilkes Barre Animal Hospital: Wilkes Barre (spay/neuter assistance for cats)
Forgotten Cats, Inc.: Willow Grove (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Animal Welfare Society: Isabela (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Rhode Island
Humane Association of Northwestern Rhode Island: Pascoag (spay/neuter assistance)
Providence Animal Rescue League: Providence (spay/neuter assistance)
Volunteer Services for Animals: Providence (spay/neuter assistance)
Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)
RIVMA Companion Animal Foundation (veterinary care assistance)

South Carolina

Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Columbia (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)


Humane Society of Putnam County: Cookeville (spay/neuter assistance)
Shepherd’s Green Sanctuary (pigs only): Cookeville (contact Shepherd’s Green for list of services)
Young-Williams Animal Center: Knoxville (pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Nashville Humane Association: Nashville (pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Fayette County Animal Rescue: Rossville (pet food and supplies, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)


SPCA of Texas (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine “The Capper and Chris Save the Animals Fund” (veterinary care assistance)
Animal Trustees of Austin: Austin (assistance for necessary veterinary medical care, spay/neuter assistance, and heartworm treatment)
EmanciPet: Austin (spay/neuter assistance)
Pet food Bank of Austin and Travis County: Austin (Pet food)
Arlington Humane Society: Arlington (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Texas Coalition for Animal Protection: Azle, Cleburne, Denton, Fort Worth, Hamilton, Hillsboro, and McKinney (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society: Canyon Lake (pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Pet Pals of Texas: Converse (pet food, supplies, and general pet care assistance for elderly or disabled residents)
Kaufman County Animal Awareness Project: Crandall (assistance for veterinary care including vaccinations, microchipping, and spay/neuter)
Dallas Animal Services: Dallas (spay/neuter assistance)
Metroplex Animal Coalition: Dallas (spay/neuter assistance)
Spay Neuter Your Pet: Dallas-Fort Worth (spay/neuter assistance)
SPCA of Texas: Dallas (pet food, assistance for veterinary care including vaccinations, microchipping, and spay/neuter)
San Antonio Doberman Advocacy and Rescue: Devine (temporary foster care and other services on case-by-case basis)
Cause for Paws: Greenville (spay/neuter, medication and vaccination assistance)
Helotes Humane Society: Helotes (pet food)
Houston Humane Society: Houston (spay/neuter assistance)
Freeman-Fritts: Kerrville (spay/neuter assistance, low-Cost veterinary care)
SPCA of Polk County: Livingston (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Spay-Neuter Assistance Program: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance)
Pet Prevent A Litter of Central Texas: San Marcos (pet food and litter, spay/neuter assistance)
Spay/Texas: Statewide (spay/neuter assistance)
Animal Birth Control Clinic: Waco (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)


The Humane Society of Moab Valley: Moab (spay/neuter assistance)
Humane Society of Utah: Murray (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Pet Samaritan Fund (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)


Vermont Spay Neuter Incentive Program: Bridgewater (spay/neuter assistance)
Frontier Animal Society: Orleans (spay/neuter assistance)
Second Chance Animal Center: Shaftsbury (spay/neuter assistance)


Animal Welfare League of Alexandria: Alexandria (spay/neuter assistance)
Animal Welfare League of Arlington: Arlington (spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip assistance, assistance for emergency veterinary care)
Bedford Humane Society: Bedford (spay/neuter assistance)
The Holly Help Memorial Spay Fund: Bristol (Pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA: Charlottesville (spay/neuter assistance for owned pets and feral cats)
Voices for Animals: Charlottesville (pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
Humane Society of Culpeper: Culpeper (spay/neuter assistance)
The Mosby Foundation: Deerfield (spay/neuter assistance)
South Central Spay/neuter Clinic: Evington (spay/neuter assistance)
Humane Society of Fairfax County: Fairfax (pet food)
Partners Among Cats and Canines: Franklin (spay/neuter assistance, assistance for emergency veterinary care)
Shenandoah Valley Spay and Neuter Clinic: Harrisonburg (spay/neuter assistance)
Loudon County Animal Care and Control CARE Pet Pantry: Leesburg (pet food)
SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County: Martinsville (spay/neuter assistance)
Capital Animal Care Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic: Northern Virginia (pet food, supplies and spay/neuter assistance)
Spay Inc.: Northern Virginia (spay/neuter assistance)
Humane Society of Loudoun County: Purcellville (spay/neuter assistance)
Fetch a Cure Canines in Crisis program: Richmond (cancer-specific veterinary care assistance)
Richmond Neuter Project: Richmond (spay/neuter assistance, license and rabies vaccination assistance for pit bulls and pit bull mixes)
Richmond SPCA: Richmond (spay/neuter assistance)
Angels of Assisi: Roanoke (spay/neuter assistance)
Franklin County Humane Society: Rocky Mount (spay/neuter assistance)
Roanoke Valley SPCA: Roanoke (pet food)
Virginia Beach SPCA: Virginia Beach (pet food, assistance for necessary veterinary medical care)
Fauquier SPCA: Warrenton (spay/neuter assistance)


Humane Society for Seattle/King County: Bellevue (low-income senior citizen’s pet food assistance, discounted spay/neuter and microchipping, pet project assistance for individuals disabled by AIDS)
Whatcom Humane Society: Bellingham (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
Progressive Animal Welfare Society: Lynnwood (spay/neuter assistance, microchip and vaccination assistance, behavior helpline)
Forget Me Not Animal Shelter: Republic (spay/neuter assistance)
Pet Project: Seattle-King County (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners) and
Spokane Valley Regional Animal Protection Service: Spokane Valley (spay/neuter assistance)
NOAH. Animal Adoption and Spay/Neuter Center: Stanwood (low-income spay/neuter assistance; feral cat spay/neuter assistance)
Coalition Humane: Tacoma (spay/neuter assistance for owned pets and feral cats)
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Good Samaritan Fund (veterinary care assistance)

West Virginia

The National Humane Education Society: Charles Town (spay/neuter assistance)
Promise Animal League: Falling Waters (pet food)
Monroe County Animal League Inc.: Union (spay/neuter assistance)


Fox Valley Humane Society: Appleton (temporary boarding program)
Eau Claire County Humane Association: Eau Claire (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
The Dodge County Humane Society: Juneau (pet food, spay/neuter assistance, temporary foster program)
Wisconsin Humane Society: Milwaukee (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)


Black Dog Animal Rescue: Cheyenne (pet food)


Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society Lucky Moffat Memorial Fund: Alberta only (veterinary care assistance)
The Farley Foundation: Ontario only (veterinary care assistance)
Pet Program: Toronto PWA Foundation (veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners)

This article is reprinted with the permission of The Humane Society of the United States

I Rescued a Human Today


Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

I rescued a human today.

By Janine Allen, Trainer, Rescue Me Dog a non-profit organization