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Finding low-cost or free veterinary care for your Florida pets can seem daunting given the state of our country. With the pandemic raging on, you may find yourself zapped of monetary resources. Thankfully, there’s hope. Check out our list of comprehensive Florida pet care facilities!
Spay and Neuter Services
Broward County SNIP Program (Broward County)
Broward County’s government website boasts SNIP (Spay/Neuter Incentive Program) for your Florida pets. Through this program, you can obtain a spay/neuter voucher. It will expire after 30 days. SNIP services include spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination, and a Broward County registration license tag. Vouchers are issued between 8 am and 9 pm each day. Click here to learn how to apply for a voucher and who to contact.
Gulf Coast Humane Society (Fort Myers)
This humane society offers low-cost spay and neuter options for your Florida pets. Now, the pricing isn’t listed directly on the website, but they do offer discounted costs for those on government assistance. Head over here for more information. Call (239)332-1573 to speak with a human.
Pasco County SNIP Program (Pasco County)
The website for Pasco County provides SNIP for its lower-income residents with Florida pets. In order to be eligible, you must be a resident of Pasco County and receive assistance in the form of food stamps or Medicaid. Additionally, you have to meet the household income requirements. For more info, go here to browse the site. Then, head over here to download an application for low-cost spay and neuter services.
Pet Food Banks/Pantries
Humane Society of Pinellas (Clearwater)
Humane Society of Pinellas boasts a wonderful food bank for your Florida pets. Here’s a brief description of it on their site:
“The Humane Society of Pinellas manages and maintains a Pet Food Pantry for residents of Pinellas County when they need a little help providing food for their pets. Our pantry is a source of sustenance for pets on a short-term, emergency basis as well as long-term help to individuals who may be unemployed, living with a disability, or receiving government assistance.”
You’ll be asked to download a Pet Food Pantry Client Profile Form. You must bring in a copy of said form along with your driver’s license when you pick up food. This facility is open for pet food distribution on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 6 pm. Click here to access the client profile form.
Leon County Humane Society (Tallahassee)
This humane society offers a pet food pantry for families with Florida pets who are experiencing financial hardship. They vow to give free pet food to those in need. Here’s a snippet from Leon County Humane Society’s website:
“LCHS offers Pet Food Assistance to individuals and families in need. We rely solely on donated food to supply pet food requests, so please be aware that supplies are limited. If you are in need of pet food for your pet(s), please call (850) 224-9193. All animals must be spayed or neutered or the owner must be willing to have the animal(s) spayed or neutered. LCHS does offer low cost spay/neuter vouchers thanks to Be The Solution, Inc..”
Go here to learn more about distribution hours.
Humane Society of Tampa Bay (Tampa)
Humane Society of Tampa Bay provides free pet food distribution for struggling residents with Florida pets. You can swing by for food on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm. You must provide proof of residency and food is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Head over here for more information. You can also call (813)876-7138 ext. 0 to speak with a human.
Veterinary Care Grants/Assistance
Save-A-Pet Florida (Palm Beach County)
This organization was initially founded for Florida pets in 1978 as “Save Precious Lives” by Gertrude Maxwell. “People should never have to choose euthanasia when their pet becomes sick or injured simply because they cannot afford the necessary veterinary care,” is emblazoned as clear as day on their website. To receive financial aid, you must provide proof of income/need and evidence that you applied for Care Credit.
“If you qualify, we will pay a portion directly to the Veterinary Clinic for treatment of companion animals with life-threatening emergencies/conditions caused by illness or trauma, and nonlife-threatening emergency situations/conditions that are detrimental to the well-being of a pet. Before applying, you must have a diagnosis, treatment plan, response from Care Credit, and estimate from your vet.”
Click here to read the guidelines and download an application.
Frankie’s Friends (Statewide)
Frankie’s Friends offers assistance to families with Florida pets who are struggling under the weight of financial turmoil. They provide aid for lifesaving treatment. Here are the guidelines that’ll determine your eligibility straight from the website:
- “Your pet needs emergency or specialty veterinary care
- Your pet has already been seen by a licensed veterinarian
- The veterinarian has determined your pet has a good prognosis with treatment
- You can show documentation of financial need
- And the treatment plan has not yet been paid as we do not reimburse for any payments already made”
Go here to learn more and apply for veterinary assistance.
Blue Ribbon Charitable Foundation (Indian River County)
This foundation proffers a pet medical assistance program for low-income families and their Florida pets. You must be a resident of Indian River County to receive funding. In addition, grant amounts are capped at $500 per recipient. All aid will go directly to the treating veterinarian. Head over here to browse the guidelines and learn how to apply. You can call (772)562-1357 to speak with a human.