The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has thoroughly destroyed lives in every way imaginable, especially by way of our wallets. Finding affordable veterinary care for your Minnesota pets may seem daunting, but it’s entirely possible. Check out our comprehensive list of low-cost Minnesota pet care facilities.
Spay and Neuter Services
A Rotta Love Plus (Minneapolis)
A Rotta Love Plus caters to your Minnesota pets, specifically pit bulls and rottweilers. Its “Get Your Fix!” program aims to eliminate overpopulation and promote animal care awareness, especially among the aforementioned breeds. Now, A Rotta Love Plus can offer free spay and neuter surgeries through a partnership with its professional veterinarians. Go here to learn more. You can also call (651) 649-4451 to speak with a human.
MN SNAP (Minneapolis)
Minneapolis has its own spay and neuter assistance program that offers affordable spaying and neutering for your Minnesota pets. They’ll even spay/neuter your rabbits! While there will be a slight price increase come January 1, the fees are still cheaper than what you may find elsewhere. You’ll need to show proof of government assistance. You can check out the price breakdown here. Call (612) 720-8236 or click here for more information.
Animal Humane Society (Golden Valley and St. Paul)
Now, bear in mind that the Animal Humane Society only accepts patients by appointment due to COVID-19. Walk-ins are temporarily off-limits. That being said, the clinics in Golden Valley and St. Paul provide low-cost spay and neuter services for your Minnesota pets. Additionally, their site gives a comprehensive breakdown of what to expect regarding your furry loved one’s impending surgery. All pricing is based on a sliding scale and dependent on your income. You can request an appointment on their page. Call (763) 489-7729 or head over here to schedule an appointment.
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Pet Food Banks/Pantries
River Bluff Humane Society (Red Wing)
River Bluff Humane Society in Red Wing boasts a wonderful pet food pantry for your Minnesota pets. Here’s a brief description of said pantry from the website:
“We collect pet food to distribute to needy families. All types of cat and dog food are accepted. People in need of pet food may come up to 5 times in a 12 month period. We do require them to have an ID with them. Just stop in and ask us for help — that’s what we’re here for!”
Go here for more information regarding distribution hours. Call (651) 388-5286 to speak with a representative.
People & Pets Together (Minneapolis)
This organization will ensure that your Minnesota pets stay nourished and healthy regardless of your income. Its “Emergency Pet Food Shelf” is open to Minneapolis residents. The website says you may stop by the distribution site once a month “for a maximum of three months in a calendar year.” No appointment necessary, but you will need an ID and to verify your eligibility. Click here to learn more or call (612) 722-9998 to get those questions answered.
Little Kitchen Food Shelf (Minneapolis)
This food pantry is located at Grace Lutheran Church in Northeast Minneapolis. Besides offering free food to lower-income residents and the homeless, they frequently stock up on pet food for your Minnesota pets. You will need to pre-register if you’re a new client. Distribution hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 12 pm as well as Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 7:30 pm. Head over here to read more and find out how to file the necessary paperwork.
Veterinary Care Grants/Assistance
Animal Care Foundation of Minnesota (Hennepin, Anoka, Dakota, and Washington Counties)
The Animal Care Foundation of Minnesota is dedicated to providing financial assistance for Minnesota pets that need it. Please be sure to peruse the guidelines prior to applying for aid because they’re quite extensive. You could receive up to $250 to supplement medical treatment for your furry loved one. Click here to read the guidelines and apply. You can also call (763) 529-5060 to speak with a human.
Minnesota Humane Society (Statewide)
This humane society for the state of Minnesota can offer financial aid for your Minnesota pets. The objective is to keep families and their furry loved ones together. Here’s a brief snippet from the website:
“Caring for animals can be expensive. The Minnesota Humane Society offers grants to qualified Minnesota residents for veterinary treatment for their cat, dog, or companion animal. Grants are not given for preventative care such as spay/neuter or vaccinations but are instead for injury or illness treatment only.
To be eligible for a Minnesota Humane Society veterinary assistance grant, the animal for which you are seeking a grant must be yours and reside with you. All animals 6 months of age or older must be spayed or neutered. Proof of spay/neuter must be provided. In rare circumstances, a grant may be approved if the spay/neuter can be performed at the time of treatment.
You must provide a valid Minnesota ID and participate in one of the need-based public assistance programs listed below and/or meet certain income and household size requirements. If you do not meet the requirements and accept a grant from the Minnesota Humane Society, you are committing fraud and may be subject to prosecution.”
Go here to learn more and find out how to apply.