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Get Help with Pet Care Costs in Delaware!

Get Help with Pet Care Costs in Delaware!

If you need help with pet care in Delaware, you’re not alone. We’ve had many requests for veterinary 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 licensing?

In Delaware, all dogs are required to be licensed. The licensing rate is usually $10 for spayed/neutered dogs or $15 for unaltered dogs. This rate is reduced for seniors (ages 65+). Seniors only need to pay $7 for spayed/neutered dog licensing. If the animal is unaltered, the fee remains $15.

Need help with spay or neuter costs?

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

Brandywine Valley SPCA

This agency offers many services, including reduced-cost spay and neuter services. Prices here.

Delaware Health and Social Services

Low income Delawareans who need assistance can receive a $20 Spay & Neuter service from the office of Delaware Health and Social Services. This service includes a free rabies shot! Apply online at 

Delaware Humane Association 

The DHA usually offers public spay/neuter service but this service has been temporarily suspended as of this writing. The website encourages users to check back often for updates, so it’s worth a click if you’re looking for help. 

Delaware SPCA

The Delaware SPCA offers low-cost spay and neuter services for dogs, cats and rabbits. They also offer vaccinations and other low-cost services. For a full list, visit their website. 

Faithful Friends Spay & Neuter Services

The Spay/Neuter clinic at Faithful Friends Animal Society offers their services for reduced rates. For more information, visit this website. 

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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.

Community One Health Veterinary Clinic (Wilmington)

This clinic operates on the first Saturday of every month, between 9 am and 12 pm. The clinic takes place at the Henrietta Johnson Medical Center in Wilmington.  The clinic provides free vaccinations, wellness exams and health screenings for low income Wilmington residents.

Delaware SPCA

The Delaware SPCA offers low cost wellness clinics, grooming services, vaccine clinics and more. They do not provide emergency care. You can see the price list and details here. 

DHA Vaccination Clinics

Low cost vaccination clinics are held throughout the year at DHA’s Wilmington and Rehoboth offices. All vaccinations are administered by licensed veterinarians. For prices and dates, click here.

Faithful Friends Vaccine Clinic

The vaccine clinic is operated on a first-come, first-served basis. There is usually a long line. For more information, including a schedule, click here.

Faithful Friends Veterinary Care Program

This low-cost clinic offers wellness appointments, surgery appointments and more depending on your pets needs. For a $38 exam fee, your pet may receive basic preventative veterinary care services like heartworm testing, ear cleaning, nail trimming, flea treatment, microchips, vaccines or diagnosis of common illnesses.

The clinic also offers dental procedures and other procedures. For a full list, visit the Faithful Friends website. 

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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 Delaware!

Delaware SPCA Pet Food Pantry

The Pet Food Pantry offers free pet food, free cat litter and other pet-related necessities to families in need. This program aims to help low income families overcome temporary financial hardships without having to surrender their pets. The food bank is supported by donations, so the inventory may vary.

DHA’s Pet Food Pantry

The Pet Food Pantry provides food and supplies for cats and dogs. The pantry operates on an honor system and does not require anyone to prove their income status. All donations must be new, unused and unopened. For hours and details, visit the DHA website.

Faithful Friends Free Pet Food & Supply Bank

If you’re having trouble making ends meet, Faithful Friends Animal Society can help. They provide free pet food and supplies to those who need it. The service is offered at no cost. It relies on donations, so available items may vary from day to day.

Henry’s Cupboard at Brandywine Valley SPCA

In order to reduce the number of pets surrendered due to temporary hardships, the Brandywine Valley SPCA offers Henry’s Cupboard. The cupboard offers pet food and other necessities. The application is available on their website.

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Friday 6th of January 2023

Iam out of work no income as of year something is wrong with my dogs one paw bottom is swallon its seeping a little he keeps licking it i can afford a vet right know i have surgery the 11 of this month i have to do something

Catherine Marucci

Friday 6th of January 2023

Hi Dawn. If you have already tried the resources listed above, you may want to call 211 or reach out to your local Humane Society to see if they know of any programs in your area that can help with the cost of vet care.

Terri Sullivan

Thursday 13th of January 2022

I really need vet services for my 3cats. At this time I am broke and font have any funds. I need assistance, please


Thursday 3rd of February 2022

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!