DISCLAIMER: These are referrals ONLY and we are not making any recommendations

This guide offers plenty of valuable information such as:

  • Everything you need to know before adopting a rescue animal, the benefits of adopting, common myths and facts about pet adoption, and how to know if it’s the right move for you.
  • An overview of the adoption process: how to choose the right pet, what to expect, and important questions to ask yourself to know if you’re’ ready to re-home a pet.
  • How to prepare your home for your new rescue animal, understanding your pet’s unique needs, typical costs of pet care, and helpful tips and advice from experts.
  • Other useful links and resources to help people who are seeking to adopt and care for a rescue animal.

Do you need assistance with keeping your pet?

Contact The ASPCA: (844) 533-7738

The ASPCA safety net programs provide alternatives to pet parents who may otherwise surrender their pets to animal shelters.

Areas of focus for safety net programs vary, ranging from pet food banks to financial assistance for veterinary bills to temporary housing for animals.

Here are a few methods employed by safety net programs to help keep pets in their homes:

  • Pet food banks
  • Community vaccination clinics, spay/neuter services, collars, tags and flea treatment.
  • Behavior classes
  • Temporary housing for animals whose pet parents are in crisis, such as in cases of homelessness or domestic violence.
  • Assistance with housing issues, such as helping to pay a pet deposit fee.

The inclusion of a service, organization or program in this listing is NOT an endorsement or recommendation. We have no affiliation with any of the organizations or programs listed. We strongly suggest you evaluate each group and review carefully their policies and requirements before applying. Please also note that some of these programs require that the request be made prior to the animal being treated, and that most programs are limited in the amount they can grant for a specific request. Generally, grants are between $25 – 500, so it’s important to check with several sources and to also try to raise funds yourself.

Care Credit personal line of credit for healthcare treatments and procedures for your entire family, including your pets.

Free Animal Doctor helps owners and rescue groups get funding for their pets medical treatment.

In Memory of Magic (IMOM) is dedicated to insuring that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because his or her caretaker is financially challenged. Request must be made before animal is treated.  |  Phone: 866-230-2164

RedRover Relief (formerly LifeLine Grants) The RedRover Relief program provides funding to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations.  |  Phone: 916-429-2457

Ozzy Foundation helps pet guardians with the financial costs of veterinarian bills and provides a supportive place for those caring for a chronically-ill pet.

Angels 4 Animals working together with vet clinics and owners Angels 4 Animals Guardian Angel Program helps pet owners with financial assistance for a sick or injured pet.  |  Phone: 916-941-9119

Brown Dog Foundation dedicated to helping families who find themselves in a temporary financial crisis at the same time their pet requires life-saving treatment or life-sustaining medications.

Canine Cancer Awareness provides assistance with veterinary care for dogs with cancer whose families are financially unable to provide treatment.

Muffin Diabetic Pets Association assists pets with diabetes.

The Mosby Foundation assists in the care of critically sick, injured, abused and neglected dogs through financial support and public education.

Magic Bullet Fund (Cancer) helps people who have made room in their homes and hearts for a canine companion, but do not have the financial resources to provide cancer treatment. 

Help-A-Pet is a nonprofit organization which provides financial assistance for the medical care of pets whose owners are unable to afford the expense.  |  Phone: 630-986-9504

Riley Rolph Animal Rescue Foundation provides financial assistance to existing, reputable animal rescues and raises awareness for animal welfare through its information resource network.

The Pet Fund May not be able to approve emergency care funding prior to treatment, due to time delay in processing requests.   |  Phone: 916-443-6007

Labrador Harbor provides financial assistance for owners and rescue organizations caring for Labrador Retrievers in need of non-routine veterinary care.

Actors and Others for Animals is a Southern California community-based organization serving the greater Los Angeles area. Among other services, the organization provides financial assistance for emergency medical procedures for those of limited income.   |  Phone: 818-897-8760

Animal Rescue Foundation of Dana Point (ARF) (services may be limited to spay/neuter assistance)  |  Phone: 949-240-2899

Four Legged Friends Foundation’s Sunny Day Fund provides veterinary assistance for low income people in Los Angeles.   |   Phone: 310-441-2888

Mercy Crusade Spay & Neuter Clinic of Ventura County is dedicated to ending pet overpopulation.   |   Phone: 818-597-2926 or 805-278-4433

Pet Assistance Foundation   |   Phone: 877-772-9738

Holiday Humane Society (private hospital, offers some of the lowest cost services in LA, covers basic procedures only)
Phone: 818-765-8196

Pet Orphans of Southern California – program for individual rescuers, helps primarily with spay/neuter, vaccinations, adoption events. Also has “Good Samaritan Fund,” to assist with medical emergencies, as funds are available.   |  Phone: 818-901-0190

The Sam Simon Foundation provides low cost or free non-orthopedic surgeries to low income residents of Los Angeles.   |   Phone: 1-888-364-7729

Voice for the Animals Foundation Helping Friends Program helps seniors, people with disabilities, terminal illnesses or fixed incomes take care of their pets.    |   Phone: 310-392-5153

Labrador Lifeline Aids purebred Labrador Retrievers in need of urgent medical care, or other assistance in order to live a full and productive life.

LabMed helps rescued Labradors in need of medical attention. (Rescue Only)

Peter Zippi Memorial Fund provides assistance for spaying or neutering of domestic and feral cats, dogs and other animals.

Paws/LA provides services to assist low-income seniors and people disabled by a life-threatening illness to help them keep and care for their pets.

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance provides financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services in life-threatening situations.

Sue Freeman’s Guide to Rescue Cats website contains a list of pet financial-assistance resources in Los Angeles and the surrounding area.

Please use this map to help find a spay/neuter clinic or veterinary hospital near you.


Mobile spay/neuter clinics & other assistance:

Actors & Others for Animals
818-755-6045 or 818-755-6323

Amanda Foundation
888-FIX-PETT (888-349-7388)

Animal Urgent Care Vet
Urgent vet care in Burbank that is open from noon-10pm without appointment.

ASPCA Safety Net
Emergency assistance with vet bills, pet food banks, vet clinics, temporary housing, etc.

Best Friends Pet Adoption and Spay/Neuter Center
Free low-cost spay/neuter (cost of surgery is dependent on applicant’s income)

County of Los Angeles Animal Services
Spay/neuter vouchers to qualifying residents of the County of LA

Downtown Dog Rescue
Low-cost spay/neuter & medical, adoption, pet supplies, grooming, financial aid, housing that accepts pets, etc.

Free spay/neuter for feral cats and low-cost spay/neuter for tame cats

The HSUS Pets For Life Program
Offering free veterinary care and dog training in under-served communities in Los Angeles
90031 – Lincoln Heights
90032 – El Sereno
90033 – Boyle Heights
90063 – City Terrace
90022 – East LA (unincorporated)
90023 – East LA (unincorporated)

Los Angeles Animal Services
Spay/Neuter vouchers for pets qualifying residents in the city of LA

Lucy Pet Foundation
855-499-LUCY (888-499-5829)
Provides spay/neuter, vaccines and microchipping in a mobile unit

Pet Assistance Foundation
877-SPAY-PET (877-772-9738)
12 branches assisting people with low-cost spay/neuter

Riley’s Rescue
Mobile Clinic – FREE sterilizations in Oxnard, CA

Sam Simon Foundation
888-DOG-SPAY (888-364-7729)
Free spay/neuter & other services for pets belonging to families who earn less than $40,000 per year

Low-cost spay/neuter in Downey, Pico Rivera & Van Nuys; additional services in Pico Rivera

1-888-SPAY-4-LA (772-9452)
Spay & neuter service for cats and dogs.

Spay California
866-PET-SPAY (866-738-7729) (for CA referrals) (for nation-wide referrals)
A state-wide referral network/database to connect people throughout the State of California with participating programs and veterinarians offering low cost spay/neuter services

Whether you’ve lost a pet, are looking to adopt a new animal friend, or hoping to give time back as a volunteer, Los Angeles area shelters are a great place to start.


1.) East Valley– 14409 Vanowen St, Van Nuys CA 91405
2.) Harbor Area– 735 Battery St. San Pedro 90731
3.) West LA– 11361 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025
4.) North Central– 3201 Lacy St. Los Angeles 90031
5.) South Central– 1850 W 60th St, Los Angeles, CA 90047
6.) West Valley– 20655 Plummer St. Chatsworth 91311


1.) Agoura Hills– 29525 Agoura Rd. Agoura 91301
2.) Baldwin Park– 4275 N. Elton Baldwin Park 91706
3.) Carson– 216 W. Victoria St. Gardena 90248
4.) Castaic– 31044 N. Charlie Cyn Rd. Castaic 91384
5.) Downey– 11258 S. Garfield Ave. Downey 90242
6.) Lancaster– 5210 W. Ave. I Lancaster 93536



Burbank Animal Shelter
1150 N. Victory Place Burbank, CA 91502

Camarillo Animal Shelter
600 Aviation Drive Camarillo, CA 93010

Glendale Humane Society
717 W. Ivy Street, Glendale, CA 91204

NKLA Pet Adoption Center
1845 Pontius Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90025

Orange County Animal Care
561 The City Drive South Orange, CA. 92868

Pasadena Humane Society
361 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105

9777 Seaaca Street Downey, CA 90241

7700 East Spring Street Long Beach, CA 90815
12910 Yukon Avenue Hawthorne, CA 90250



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