DISCLAIMER: These are referrals ONLY and we are not making any recommendations
DISCLAIMER: These are referrals ONLY and we are not making any recommendations
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:
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.
www.imom.org | 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.
www.uan.org | 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.
www.angels4animals.org/programs.html | 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.
www.help-a-pet.org | 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.
thepetfund.com | 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.
www.actorsandothers.com/emergencyhelp.html | Phone: 818-897-8760
Animal Rescue Foundation of Dana Point (ARF) (services may be limited to spay/neuter assistance)
www.petprojectfoundation.org | Phone: 949-240-2899
Four Legged Friends Foundation’s Sunny Day Fund provides veterinary assistance for low income people in Los Angeles.
http://www.flff.org/sunnyday.html | Phone: 310-441-2888
Mercy Crusade Spay & Neuter Clinic of Ventura County is dedicated to ending pet overpopulation.
dogcatfix.com | Phone: 818-597-2926 or 805-278-4433
Pet Assistance Foundation
petassistancefoundation.org | Phone: 877-772-9738
Holiday Humane Society (private hospital, offers some of the lowest cost services in LA, covers basic procedures only)
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.
www.petorphans.org | Phone: 818-901-0190
The Sam Simon Foundation provides low cost or free non-orthopedic surgeries to low income residents of Los Angeles.
www.samsimonfoundation.com/surgeryClinic.asp | 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.
www.vftafoundation.org/ | 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.
www.labmed.org (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.
Actors & Others for Animals
818-755-6045 or 818-755-6323
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
Provides spay/neuter, vaccines and microchipping in a mobile unit
Pet Assistance Foundation
12 branches assisting people with low-cost spay/neuter
Mobile Clinic – FREE sterilizations in Oxnard, CA
Sam Simon Foundation
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
Spay & neuter service for cats and dogs.
www.spayCalifornia.org (for CA referrals)
www.spayusa.org (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
OTHER LOCAL SHELTERS:
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
ADOPTION WEBSITES AND SHELTER SEARCH SITES:
If you have a furry family member, it can be challenging to find the perfect apartment where you can all live. Apartment List recently published data about the top cities for dog and cat lovers; today, we’re here to help you understand how to find a pet-friendly apartment.
First, we’ll address the common restrictions and fees that you may face.
Every landlord has a different pet policy, but most have one or more of the following rules for tenants bringing pets:
In our experience, almost all apartments require tenants to pay a premium for bringing your canine or feline friend along. Some states and cities place limits on these fees, so you may want to research local regulations if your landlord requires payments that are astronomically high. Here are the fees that we commonly see:
Know your rights
Note that people with disabilities have a right to have service or emotional support pets, even if the leasing agreement specifically prohibits pets. You do not have to disclose your disability to the landlord. Additionally, service and emotional support pets are not subject to pet fees.
The list of fees and restrictions can be daunting, but Apartment List is here to help! Many landlords and property managers can be flexible with policies as long as you can show that you and your pet are responsible tenants. Here are three strategies to convince your landlord that your pet is a safe bet.
1. Build a pet resume
Building a pet resume is all about showcasing your pet, and makes the screening process faster. Things you can include in your pet’s resume are: photo, description, training certification, health records, habits, grooming. The Peninsula Humane Society provides a good example of what your pet resume can include. A letter of recommendation from previous landlords and neighbors helps too!
2. Promote yourself and your pet
Let your landlord know you share similar concerns about cleanliness. Express that your pet is potty-trained, vaccinated, flea-controlled, etc. Getting a training certificate like the Canine Good Citizen’s for dogs is a good way to prove to your landlord your pet would be a good tenant.
3. Get insurance for your pet
Liability is a top concern for landlords, and one of the main reasons landlords are against pets. Landlords will feel more comfortable allowing pets if they are insured – this can be especially helpful if you have an aggressive breed. Be sure to find out whether your insurance has a dog bite exclusion, dangerous breed exclusion or other limitations.
Note that most rental insurance companies do not cover dog bites, so you may need to get a separate pet insurance policy.The Federation of Insured Dog Owners will provide canine liability insurance policies for all breeds of dogs.
Finally, we at Apartment List are here to help! You can use our site to search for apartments that allow dogs or cats, making it easy for you to find the perfect place for you and your furry friend. Good luck hunting!
Overcrowding is a serious problem in America’s animal shelters. According to the ASPCA, an estimated 1.5 million animals are euthanized every year due to overcrowding — and that’s only dogs and cats.
If you’re considering bringing home a pet in the new year, adopting your furry friend from a shelter can help alleviate this growing problem. You’re also helping end pet homelessness, unhealthy breeding techniques and puppy mills, which subject more than 2 million dogs to devastating and inhumane conditions every year.
As if that weren’t enough, you can actually save money by adopting over shopping. Breeders and pet stores come with considerably higher costs — both up front and over the life of your pet — especially when compared to animal shelters and rescue organizations.
Adopting your pet from a rescue group or shelter can save you significantly up front. Breeders typically charge $1,000 or more for their pure-bred animals, and pet stores are equally as expensive. What’s worse, these fees rarely include the costly vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery and initial medications that the newly purchased animals need.
Though shelters and rescue organizations may charge an adoption fee, it typically covers the following services:
The adoption fee may also cover the cost to treat an animal that arrived at the shelter with a pre-existing injury or illness, something that isn’t typically covered by a breeder.