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Having Trouble Affording Your Pet?


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Ginger
- 1429 days ago - humanesociety.org
Here is a comprehensive list of pet financial aid-related organizations. Some are listed nationwide, and some are listed alphabetically by state.



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Kathy Chadwell (365)
Wednesday January 26, 2011, 8:37 pm
Excellent Ginger thank you so much for posting this.
I've sent this link out numerous times:)
http://www.petandwildlife.com/dog-info/where-to-get-help-paying-vet-bills.html
 

Cindy C. (125)
Wednesday January 26, 2011, 10:07 pm
THANK YOU FOR THIS AND IT WAS INTERESTING TO READ TOO
 

Melody Aragorn (135)
Thursday January 27, 2011, 12:02 am
This is fantastic would help more people get help for their little angels..
Loved this article.
God bless
 

Julie P. (55)
Thursday January 27, 2011, 5:14 am
Thank you for the information!
 

Peggy A. (109)
Thursday January 27, 2011, 10:43 am
Thank you Ginger
 

Chelsie H. (19)
Friday January 28, 2011, 12:18 pm
Thanks for the info!
 

Vanessa B. (1)
Friday January 28, 2011, 12:31 pm
Thank you for this info. I know some friends who have lost their jobs and could benefit from this info.
 

Stephanie Isemann (124)
Friday January 28, 2011, 12:34 pm
Thanks for the interesting article.
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday January 28, 2011, 12:37 pm
This is a good list since the economy has hit people so hard and especially those with children and pets. So sad. Thanks !
 

Donna B. (39)
Friday January 28, 2011, 12:52 pm
Thanks.
 

Susan B. (3)
Friday January 28, 2011, 12:53 pm
TY.
 

Kathryn S. (2)
Friday January 28, 2011, 1:12 pm
What a great resource to utilize, thanks for posting this!
 

Laverne Wallace (59)
Friday January 28, 2011, 1:44 pm
noted. Thanks for the info.
 

Pamela K. (13)
Friday January 28, 2011, 2:43 pm
Thank you. Very glad to know that those resources are out there.
 

Anna F. (0)
Friday January 28, 2011, 2:45 pm
Such a great idea, thank you! People really need this kind of support right now.
 

Deanna Shoemaker Cabrera (7)
Friday January 28, 2011, 2:46 pm
Shared!
 

Sherry H. (64)
Friday January 28, 2011, 2:47 pm
This is also good for those who have a big heart, and have a pet, or want to but, can't realy afford the bills
Now, we need to be abe to claim them at income tax time1
 

Susan S. (191)
Friday January 28, 2011, 3:04 pm
It is great to see how much assistance is available. Too many people feel that they have to surrender their pets when they are having financial difficulty. If they can get help they will soon be back on their feet and the pets can help them in their recovery by helping them maintain their health and wellness.
 

Kim C. (3)
Friday January 28, 2011, 4:09 pm
I have 6 cats, all of them are fixed and feed 2 strays. I guess they are stray except I have been feeding them for more than 3 years. All of the cats I have came to me in some fashion. I am so glad to see this list and posted it on facebook, partly for me.
 

Deborah L. (70)
Friday January 28, 2011, 4:39 pm
I currently have 8 four leggeds. I spend about 30 dollars a month for food. but the prices have gone up whereas incomes have not. When I first adopted some kittens, a 21 pound bag of name brand cat food was $6.99 around 1979. Now we pay between 1$-1.50$ a pound or more for that name brand. I currently buy my pet food at Sam's Club as I can get a better price in bulk. Sam's used to carry a 40lb. bag of Meow Mix but not now.

It is the vet bills that are killing us. My disability has not increased in the last 3 years and my home city is broke and today's water bill arrived with the new increases our mayor decided to add to bail the city out, as did our last mayor. I now pay almost 45$ for less than 1 cubic foot of water per month. Unreal. I talked to my mother a few days ago and she even said I may have the water shut off as I cannot afford it and I can get water from her house 10 miles away once or twice a week and drive it to my home much cheaper. Also may look into an outhouse, as the latest "in thing" people are doing for the environment or the waterless types of commodes..When I bought my house in 73, I paid $5.55 for 3 months unlimited use or about $1.87 a month. Now 39 years later they want $45+ every month. I wish my income went up at the same rates the bills do.

The only thing that keeps me going are my animals. But between the bills for shelter and the food costs it is getting harder to cover the costs. But I will never give up my babies, they always have and always will come first after the main bills are paid. I made a commitment to them when I adopted them and I have always taken care of my animals, pre-vet in college did help some but as I am unable to work and rely on my disability seems that the big corps have found another way to try to deprive people of one of the best joys left in life by pricing the cost of food/medicine for our 4 legged family members out of reach for many people. I would ask these companies to have a heart, but i think they would ignore it in the name of greed. Anyway my vet says all my babies are healthy and happy and all shots, meds are current. Oh yeah, they raised the price of the dog licenses and didn't tell the public either this year.

We can thank big corps for pricing love out of the reach of those who need it the most.


 

Deborah L. (70)
Friday January 28, 2011, 4:43 pm
Forgot, all the critters are fixed but one. I was able to have one of the female cats spayed last Dec and am now trying to save enough to get a low income voucher from the Humans Society for the last female cat, they help people with low incomes to spay/neuter their animals to help curb the animal population from getting to big. You can contact your local Humane Societyu to see if they have this program in your area, they will help you get one pet per year sterilized.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Friday January 28, 2011, 4:50 pm
Pet insurence is really helpful. Costly, but worth it in an emergency. No one should have to live with the memory of letting a pet die because of running out of money before the end of the month. Pets are a hell of a lot cheaper than having to clothe, educate, etc a child.
 

Catherine Turley (193)
Friday January 28, 2011, 11:47 pm
that's the site i mentioned to dusty for kiwi's surgery. and thanks to kathy for the new site. wrote that one down. deborah... i hear ya. i've been able to cut costs by buying bird and fish meds and using the internet to figure dosing for cats. just be careful that you use a reputable source. you can also buy dog flea treatment and measure it out for cats. waayyy cheaper. i have yet to find a good canadian or mexican source for rx drugs, but when i do, everyone will know it.
 

NICKY MELVILLE (119)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 2:09 am
I am glad that there seems to be quite a lot of help available in America. Here in Australia the vets bills are astonomical. and there realyl doesn't seem to be much help available. iIonl ywish there was a government subsudy for peole who can't afford veterniary bills. I don't know if petitioning for this would be a good idea. iIthink at the moment, they are too intent on trying to rebuild the intastructure ruined in our great floods, to be interested in our dear animals! I must just pass on one tip for MAYBE helping to avoid the vet, if your animals have a cut or abscess. It is worth while, cleaining the wound with disinctant and then packing the would with green clay ( I only know of a source of this in any quantity, form France. I buy some and share it with friends. It is a powder that you mix intot apaste with a small quantitiy of water and it draws out any impurities and speeds healing. I USED to rush off to the vet at the fist sign of an abscess or cut, but, first, unless the animal is in pain and NEEDS some painkiller... I try the green clay remedy and I find it works wonderfull.Y Only the other month a nasty abscess appeared behind my cats ea. iIt burst, leaving a HUGE hole which I packed with green caly and in about a week, it was totally healed! I only told you this, as it came into my mind and once, years ago, i would have probaly had to pay abaout $250 to get the same result from a vet! Anythng that you can do with natural substnaces at home to heal your pet can save you hundreds of dollats... DO NOT HESITATE TO GO TO THE VET IF YOUR ANIMAL IS IN PAIN OR ILL!
 

Edgar Zuim (48)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 4:04 am
If you have a pet, have a commitment to him. Pets are just part of our lives and why not take good care of them? A country that cares to give assistance to their pets, is without doubt a civilized country.
 

J. R. (0)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 6:44 am
Great site. Thank you for your efforts.
 

janet f. (31)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 7:16 am
It's so horribly sad to think that people need to face the possibility of giving up their pets because of the in ability to pay for food or vet care. What a heart breaking position to be in.
 

Charles Thomas (1)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 10:16 am
As our animals get older, and with the economy the way it is, we have had to re-educate ourselves as to economical quality care for our companions. For our dogs roasts on sale from Walmart and local butchers fed raw, ground or whole, along with oatmeal or quenoa (from bulk bins), and then selecting from raw virgin coconut oil, or virgin olive oil, flax oil, and/or salmon oil. Also a touch of fine ground eggshells for calcium. They also love lightly cooked vegetables. Our dog food bills are lower than quality dry and canned food would cost and many of the foods we eat as well so we can buy in bulk (try buying as a group along with friends). The vet says our dogs (considering their ages) are probably the healthiest he has seen for some time. Regarding our 17 year old cat he eats raw chicken, fish, and/or shrimp, along with only a touch of quality meat based dry. Canned (sardines and otherwise) are for traveling. Remember a cat is a pure carnivore and breaking down corn and grains will deteriorate its health over time. All this may sound expensive but we have found it is cheaper than commercial food and our lower vet bills reflect it as well. Regarding vet treatments we will try lower cost homeopathic solutions first (which work in most cases) and only resort to harsher and more expensive methods as a last resort.
 

Lisa Zarafonetis (174)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 3:14 pm
Shared on Facebook.
 

M Away M. (463)
Saturday January 29, 2011, 6:18 pm
Thank you for this article Ginger...while I have gone into obscene debt, I don't regret it for a second and would do it again, but any help would be a blessing!!!
 

SANDRA ROCHA (146)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 4:45 pm
Noted. Thank you Ginger.
 

Dianne D. (463)
Wednesday February 9, 2011, 1:31 pm
Great list to have.
 
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