Get Help with Pet Care Costs in Connecticut

(Last Updated On: September 12, 2019)

If you need help with pet care in Connecticut, 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.

State of Connecticut Animal Population Control Program

The state of Connecticut offers a vaccination and sterilization voucher. In order to receive this, a Connecticut resident must pay $45 and use the voucher within 60 days. The voucher covers up to $120 in sterilization costs plus two pre-surgical vaccinations.

New Hope Clinic (Plantsville)

This clinic provides low-cost spay and neuter services for cats and dogs. Learn more on their website.

Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic (Stratford)

Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic provides low-cost spay and neuter services for cats and dogs throughout Connecticut (and beyond)!

Team Mobile Feline Unit

The TEAM Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic travels to communities across Connecticut. Their services cost $110 for the spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, nail trim and ear mite treatment. For more information, visit their website.

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.

Fox Memorial Clinic (Newington)

The Fox Memorial Clinic provides preventative healthcare, diagnostics and treatment services. They offer wellness examinations, parasite control, microchips, heartworm clinics, radiology, laboratory services and compassionate euthanasia.  They also have a vaccination clinic twice per month. Although their services are not free, they are generally about 20-30% cheaper than most veterinary hospitals.

They do NOT provide emergency services, cosmetic surgery, declawing or grooming.

STARelief Home for Life Grant Application (Statewide)

If your pet needs medical care, you may be eligible for a grant from STARelief. This program offers grants of up to $500 to those who qualify. The funds are given directly to the service provider, not the grant recipient. In order to apply, you will need to provide a detailed cost estimate, proof of financial difficulty and more. Get the details here. 


Need help with with pet food and other items?

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

Connecticut Humane Society’s Pet Food Pantry Program

This program provides cat food and dog food to pet owners once per month. The program is designed to help pets stay with their families and out of shelters, even when families are experiencing a temporary financial hardship. The Pet Food Pantry can be found at all three Connecticut Humane Society locations: Newington, Waterford and Westport.

Pet owners who need help must apply. In the application, you must provide proof of financial need and current rabies vaccination. You may only receive help once every two years.

Friends of Windsor Animal Care and Control (Windsor)

Windsor-area pet owners may be able to receive cat food, dog food, kitty littler, animal toys and other supplies, depending on what donations are available. As far as I can tell, the Facebook page is the only website that is currently operational for this organization.

Milford Animal Control (Milford)

The Humane Society claims that Milford Animal Control offers a pet food bank but I was unable to confirm this elsewhere.

STARelief Pet Food Pantry (Stamford)

Up to five pets per household can receive food from STARelief’s Pet Food Pantry. In order to receive service, your pets must be spayed/neutered. They must be companion animals that live inside. For more information, click here.

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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.

STARelief Home for Life Grant Application (Statewide)

If your pet needs emergency boarding or foster care, you may be eligible for a grant from STARelief. They may be able to offer emergency boarding or foster care for up to 60 days. You will need to provide the agency with weekly updates about your situation.

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