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Free & Low Cost Pet Care in Arizona

Free & Low Cost Pet Care in Arizona

If you’re looking for help with pet care in Arizona, you’re not alone. We’ve had many requests for information in this area. Fortunately, we’ve been able to find a few agencies that can help.

Don’t forget to check out our nationwide list of 24 agencies that help pets in all states!

Need help with spay or neuter costs?

There are many agencies that offer low-cost spay and neuter services for low income families.

Altered Tails Barnhart Clinic (Phoenix and Mesa)

Their “Spay it Forward” program is designed to reduce euthanasia by controlling overpopulation. As a result, they offer low-cost spay and neuter services. Prices vary depending on the size, gender and species of animal.

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Need help with other veterinary costs?

Spay and neutering is, unfortunately, the easy part. If you need help with more costly veterinary procedures, be sure to check out our nationwide list of grant providers.

Animal Aid Network (Clarkdale)

The Animal Aid Network offers low-cost spay and neuter services, as well as some limited funding for veterinary emergencies. These services are available to residents of Verde Valley. Visit their website for details. 

Arizona Animal Welfare League (Phoenix)

On the third Saturday of each month, AAWL offers a low-cost vaccine and microchip clinic. The clinic is operated on a walk-in basis only and you will need to be in line by 11:30 am to participate. You can find pricing and additional details on the AAWL website. 

MD Petcare Animal Clinic (Phoenix)

The MD Petcare Animal Clinic offers low cost options for veterinary care. The clinic offers wellness exams, dental procedures, soft-tissue surgeries, toe nail trims and more. Free services are NOT available.

Their website states that Altered Tails is a better choice for low-cost spay and neuter surgeries.

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Need help with with pet food and other items?

Pet food can be expensive. Fortunately, you can get help with pet food in Arizona!

Chuck Waggin’ Pet Food Pantry (Phoenix)

This agency helps families and pets stay together by assisting with pet food, kitty litter and other items. They primarily focus on pet food but also gather donations of bowls, leashes, toys and other pet items. Availability of items depends on donations. Call 602-992-4779 or visit their website for more information. 

Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry (Phoenix)

This pantry receives a lot of opened bags of pet food. Some of it is torn by forklifts or otherwise damaged during transport. As a result, it cannot be sold commercially. The pet food pantry reseals the food in Ziploc bags and distributes it to those who need help with pet food expenses.

This agency helps those who are facing financial setbacks, seniors, veterans, domestic violence victims, disaster survivors and others with pet food and pet items. You can learn more on their website.

Lost Our Home (Phoenix)

Pet food and other items may be available, depending on donations. You can visit Lost Our Home’s pet food pantry up to six times, but you will need to wait at least 30 days between each visit. They can help up to six animals at a time.

Pets In Need Action League (Casa Grande & more)

This agency provides temporary pet food assistance to those who need it. Pets In Need Action League distributes food monthly in Casa Grande, Eloy, Florence, Arizona City and Stanfield.

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Does your pet need a temporary home while you get back on your feet?

Sometimes, it can be difficult to care for your beloved furry friend when you experience a temporary financial setback, homelessness, unexpected hospitalizations or other hardships. We’ve found help for that, too.

Lost Our Home (Tempe)

This agency provides many services for pets and their families.

They offer up to 90 days of temporary care for pets whose guardians are facing a temporary hardship such as an illness, eviction, homelessness, domestic violence, house fire, economic hardship or other situation.

They also offer low-income boarding services to those who cannot afford standard kenneling fees. This low income boarding program can be used for up to 30 days and depends on availability. You can find the details on their website. 

If you are having a hard time finding a pet-friendly apartment or home to rent, they can help. Details here. 

Sojourner Center Pet Companion Shelter (Maricopa County)

Only 5% of domestic shelters in the United States accept pets. The Sojourner Center accepts pets. They will administer vaccinations and spay/neuter services, if needed.

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Wednesday 9th of November 2022

I have an approx 6 month old torti that I think has broken shoulder. She is one of the ferals here in Mesa 55+ park. I’m not in position to pay for care. Are there any vets that will take care of ferals? And not automatically put her down?

Catherine Marucci

Thursday 10th of November 2022

Hi Lydia. If the resources above aren't helpful in your area, it may be worth calling 211 or the Humane Society to see if there are any programs they can suggest.

Debra L Harris

Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Please help I have an older diabetic dog that needs to have dental care I cannot afford this as I am disabled and live in disability public housing but I need to be able to help my dog before more of his teeth become abscessed he is trouble eating as well

Catherine Marucci

Wednesday 7th of September 2022

Hi Debra. Have you had a chance to contact the organizations listed above? Also, you can call 211 to see if there is anything else available in your area.


Saturday 23rd of July 2022

I think my dogs poop glands need to be cleaned I think she's constipated I need help

Catherine Marucci

Saturday 23rd of July 2022

Hi Kellie. If you have already tried the resources above, it might be worth calling 211 to see if they have any other suggestions.

Jacqueline Arnold

Monday 11th of July 2022 a elderly woman raising two great grand children which I adopted. But I recently acquired the dog that children grandmother(my daughter) had.he is a basset hound very overweight .his yoe nails were so bad one was curled up and growing back into foot. I just spent my last 60.00 taking him to groomers to have toes done.and was told the one toe is serious infected and need to see a on a fixed income and can't afford a vet bill.can you help me or direct me to someplace that can help. Thank you

Catherine Marucci

Tuesday 12th of July 2022

Hi Jacqueline. If none of the above resources were helpful in your case, it may be worth dialing 211 to see what resources are available locally.


Tuesday 9th of November 2021

Just called, and The MD Petcare Animal Clinic is not taking new clients. Now what?


Monday 13th of December 2021

Low Income Relief is an information service and does not provide cash or items directly. You will need to search our website for information about organizations that can help you meet those needs. Chat with Lira, she might be able to help!