2020 has been rough in more ways than one, especially by way of pet care. Finding low-cost or free aid for your Indiana pets can seem near impossible and overwhelming. Thankfully, we’ve got a surefire list of facilities that provide incredibly affordable Indiana pet care. Whether you need spay/neuter services or access to food, we’ve got you covered. You can also click here to peruse more valuable, free resources available for Indiana residents.
Spay and Neuter Services
Pet Friendly Services of Indiana
This organization gives you the lowdown on how to apply for the Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP). It’s a four-step process that’s only for low-income qualifying “Hoosiers.” You must be a resident of Indiana to apply. If you’re approved, you need only pay $25 per surgery for your Indiana pets. There are multiple benefits besides low-cost spay and neuter services. Additionally, Pet Friendly has a downloadable list of vets that accept SNAP. Click here to apply. You can also go here to get more information.
The Brown County Humane Society (Nashville)
The SPOT Program (Serving Pets Outreach Team) “offers low-cost spay/neuter of cats and dogs for all Brown county residents.” According to their website, spay/neuter “transports” take place twice each month. Also worth noting, the SPOT services can provide spaying and neutering for “sometimes as low as $1 per pet” along with temporary food assistance and more. Head over here to learn more or call (812) 703-0797, which is the SPOT hotline.
H.O.P.E. for Animals (Fort Wayne)
H.O.P.E. for Animals accepts SNAP recipients, meaning you’ll pay $20 for your Indiana pets should you meet the eligibility requirements. This clinic also offers its own assistance programs. You can fill out applications for the Community Cat Assistance and Owned Pet Assistance programs. Click here to download applications for SNAP and H.O.P.E.’s other assistance options. Want to speak with a human? Call (260) 420-7729.
Pet Food Banks/Pantries
Lots of acronyms in this article! F.I.D.O., or Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside, opens up its pet food pantry the first Saturday of every month from 8 am to 2 pm for your Indiana pets. It provides “over 11,000 pounds of dog and cat food to nearly 400 low-income households.” But that’s not all! Additionally, F.I.D.O. offers flea treatment, dewormer, straw bedding, cat shelters, and dog and cat treats for a nominal fee. Head over here for more info or call (317) 221-1314.
Best Buddies Pet Pantry (Chesterton)
This pet pantry offers food free of charge for two Indiana pets per household. You must provide a valid ID and proof of residency, as pantry clients have to be at least 21 years of age. COVID-19 has downsized the list of distribution sites, but Best Buddies does have a list of five addresses providing food at various times throughout the month. Click here to view said list. Still have questions? Call (219) 728-1401.
Humane Society of Johnson County (Franklin)
The Humane Society of Johnson County has a pet food pantry among other offerings. The pantry is open to Johnson county residents on the first Monday of each month from 12 pm to 3 pm. In addition to its pet food pantry, this organization also provides low-cost spay and neuter services for your Indiana pets. Go here to learn more. You can also call (317) 535-6626.
Veterinary Care Grants
RedRover Relief Urgent Care Grants
Here’s a snippet straight from the RedRover website: “We provide financial assistance, resources and emotional support to pet guardians struggling with economic hardship when pets are in life-threatening situations.” Despite its headquarters location being in California, you and your Indiana pets only have to live in the United States. The typical grant is around $200. There are three steps to the application process, and you can apply here. You can also call (916) 429-2457 for more info.
The Pet Fund
“The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals in the United States who need veterinary care.” The grant only works on “non-basic, non-urgent care,” which includes cancer treatment, heart disease, chronic conditions, endocrine diseases, eye diseases, etc. While it doesn’t specify the amount you could receive if eligible, it’s definitely worth applying to get the care you need for your Indiana pets. Click here to learn how to apply for financial assistance/access the application.
Magic Bullet Fund
This particular organization provides financial assistance for dogs and cats with cancer. Funding is given for surgery and chemotherapy. Magic Bullet Fund’s website gives a comprehensive breakdown of qualifications for potential recipients as well as what to expect upon applying. Additionally, they offer a list of other organizations that can provide assistance. Go here to read the guidelines. Then, head over here to fill out the application.