Finding affordable care for your Missouri pets during the holidays can be equal parts stressful and infuriating, especially with a raging global pandemic zapping wallets dry. But there’s always hope! We here at Low Income Relief have a comprehensive list of pet food banks, low-cost spay/neuter services, and more for your convenience.
Spay and Neuter Services
Pet Resource Center of Kansas City (Kansas City)
Pet Resource Center of Kansas City’s objective is to provide “high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter that would eventually eliminate euthanasia of dogs and cats because there wasn’t enough space for them.” This clinic offers more than just affordable spay and neuter services for your Missouri pets — they also provide vaccinations and flea/tick/heartworm care. Call (816)353-0940 or click here to learn more.
The Spay Neuter Project (Columbia)
This facility offers affordable spaying and neutering for your Missouri pets. However, they’ve altered their protocol as per COVID-19 to keep you and your furry loved ones safe. On their website, they provide a thorough breakdown of what happens before and after your pet endures surgery. They’re open Tuesdays through Fridays and closed Saturdays through Mondays. Call (573)397-6443 or go here for more information.
Springfield Animal Advocacy Foundation (Springfield)
S.A.A.F. provides spay and neuter services for your Missouri pets that won’t break the bank. Additionally, they’re a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve animal welfare and promote accountability in pet owners. Can’t go wrong with that! Due to COVID-19, you can only schedule appointments through their website or over the phone. Call (417)831-7223 or mosey on over here to check out their service fees.
Pet Pantries/Food Banks
Advocates 4 Animals Pet Pantry & Rescue (Herculaneum)
This facility is a 100 percent volunteer organization. Their mission? To keep families and their Missouri pets together during financially turbulent times. They provide a pet food pantry along with spay and neuter assistance. If you check out the information section on their website, they have an established list of guidelines “to ensure eligibility in the pet food assistance program.” Additionally, they have the pantry location and dates for the next pet food distribution. They don’t have a phone number listed on their site, but you can click here for alternative contact information.
Bi-State Pet Food Pantry (St. Louis)
“We want them to stay together” is emblazoned on the homepage of Bi-State Pet Food Pantry’s website. They want humans and their Missouri pets to stay together. You can fill out an application for emergency assistance on their website. In addition, they comprehensively outline the distribution process and urge you to have someone go in your place on the next distribution date if you’re feeling ill. Call (314)596-2128 or go here to learn more.
Jefferson County Pet Food Pantry (House Springs)
Now, for this pet pantry, you do need to be a Jefferson County resident. Much like many pantries nowadays, you can download an application on the website to determine your eligibility. Additionally, the Jefferson County Pet Food Pantry operates a thrift store. You can fill out an application and peruse their guidelines here. Call (314)723-6127 or click here to browse their website.
Hope Haven of Cass County: Paw Haven
This subsection of Hope Haven, a shelter for women and children, provides refuge for Missouri pets of domestic abuse survivors. Since many women feel unsafe leaving their partners especially because of their furry loved ones, Paw Haven ensures that your pets are in good hands. Paw Haven will provide food at little to no cost when they can, as well as partner with local veterinarians to provide vaccinations when needed. Call (816)380-2833 or go here for more information.
Animal Medical Center of Mid-America (Maryland Heights and St. Louis City)
This low-cost animal hospital provides orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, mass removal, diagnostics, pain management, wellness packages, dental surgery, and much more. They’re open six days a week. Additionally, there’s a brief video that details what to expect when bringing in your Missouri pets for surgery. There’s even an online pharmacy! Call (314)951-1534 or go here to learn more about their procedures and locations.
St. Louis Veterinary Center (St. Louis)
St. Louis Veterinary Center offers a wide array of services for your Missouri pets. Everything from life-saving surgical procedures to dental care to annual wellness exams, this facility runs the gamut in affordable pet care. Please note that they’re closed on Sundays. New clients can fill out forms right on their website. Additionally, there are resources aplenty on the hospital’s site to keep you well-informed. Call (314)786-2710 or click here for more information.
Shepherd of the Hills Veterinary Clinic (Branson)
Get ready for exemplary pet care! Shepherd of the Hills Veterinary Clinic in Branson provides multiple varying surgical options, including lump removal, cystotomy, gastropexy (stomach tacking to prevent abdominal bloat), and more. In addition, they offer holistic medicine, diagnostic care, preventative care, etc. There’s even an online store and a list of current promotions to further reduce costs. Go here to fill out a new client request form. Click here for contact information or call (417)337-PETZ.