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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 602-734-4117 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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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!

caryl tischler

Tuesday 15th of June 2021

scrolling thru webs is non profitable ...a lot of dead ends..bottom line..I am on ss/dis..and have a 13+ yr old shih on 3 meds for arthritis and peridontal pain..I can not afford $1000 for this..have already spent hundreds on appts and lab fees...been told to fill out loan papers..NOT ...the banks charge too much interest..If you make under 1200 a might be able to pay $50...over time it too costly...most of your payment goes to interest..


Saturday 3rd of October 2020

hi! i am a handicapped senior citizen that needs help for my furry little girl, she needs extensive dental work done at a low cost, due to our low income, it seems there is no help for my baby LucyLu, and her dental problem, if you would help me find a place, i would be ever so appreciative, thank you!

Hannah Benge

Tuesday 6th of October 2020

Are you in Arizona?-Hannah

Jennifer Landis

Friday 20th of December 2019

Hello, I’m in Flagstaff, Az. My furry friend needs help with food. She is a large dog, her owner is a struggling veteran. Her name is Lucy. I see help in Phx, but wondering if there’s anything in Flagstaff as far as food goes. I see them struggling, and just want to find some help!! Thank you for all you do!

Riley Thomson

Monday 23rd of December 2019

Jennifer, I'm not sure about any resources that help with pet food right now. You could try for more resources near you. I hope this helps. You are a good friend. -Riley