The new year is in full swing and with it might come some financial challenges, especially given the calamitous state of 2020. Your New Jersey pets may be in dire need of care, but finding said care can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Thankfully, we’ve got a list of free and low-cost New Jersey pet care resources for you and your furry loved ones!
Spay and Neuter Services
State of New Jersey Department of Health Low Cost Spaying/Neutering Program (Statewide)
Calling all owners of New Jersey pets! You may be eligible for the State of New Jersey Department of Health’s spay/neuter program. Prices are as low as $10 and $20 at various participating hospitals across the state. The Department of Health’s website boasts a list of veterinary facilities that participate in the low-cost spay/neuter program. Additionally, the site has a list of prerequisites for those who qualify. Click here to learn more and see which clinics are involved.
Community Animal Hospital (Morris Plains)
You can get your New Jersey pets spayed/neutered for $10 at Community Animal Hospital if you receive food stamps, Medicaid, general public assistance, rental assistance, pharmaceutical assistance to aged and disabled, and more. In addition, if you’re a veteran, you can show them your ID card. While the program isn’t explicitly mentioned on the hospital’s website, you can call (973)267-4220 to learn more.
People for Animals Spay/Neuter Clinic (Hillside)
This clinic participates in New Jersey’s low-cost spay/neuter program. For $10, you can have your New Jersey pets spayed and neutered. Of course, you must provide proof of financial need such as food stamps and Medicaid. Additionally, you can get your pet spayed/neutered for $20 simply for being a New Jersey resident or adopting your furry loved one from an eligible licensed New Jersey shelter. Call (973)282-0890 for more information.
Pet Food Pantries/Banks
The Wuff House, Inc. (Hainesport)
This organization is dedicated to providing services for your New Jersey pets when you’ve fallen on financial hard times. Here’s part of their mission statement: “The Wuff House, Inc. is committed to providing domestic pets with the essential care that they deserve when their owners are unable to provide these resources due to temporary financial, medical or personal emergencies.”
They have a P.E.T.S. (Provide Essentials to Save) Mobile Food Pantry that offers food and essentials free of charge. For more information regarding the location of said pantry, click here. You can also call (609)556-0906.
St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center (Madison, Ledgewood, North Branch)
St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center oversees a handful of adoption centers/clinics to serve your New Jersey pets. They boast a food bank that gives out dry and canned food, flea/tick preventative, leashes, collars, and toys.
“St. Hubert’s collects and organizes food and supplies in an ongoing effort to give pet parents who may be struggling financially a hand in providing the basics for their animal family members. We distribute the goods at each partner location on a regular basis and stand ready to fulfill emergency needs between visits.”
Animal Welfare Association (Voorhees)
The Camden County Pet Food Pantry seeks “to help Camden County residents keep pets in their homes by providing nutritional assistance to those in need. The only requirement is a need for assistance in providing food for a pet.” They’ve adapted amid the COVID-19 pandemic, notably in that food will be offered “daily in bins outside of the temporary Clinic Trailer.” You can click here for more information. You can also call (856)424-2288 to speak to a human.
Veterinary Care Grants/Resources
You can apply for financial assistance for your New Jersey pets on Vet-I-Care’s website. “Vet-I-Care is currently accepting applications from New Jersey and its surrounding areas. The actual grant amount will be considered on an individual case basis and fund availability at the Vet-i-Care board’s discretion.”
Now, the site lists specific guidelines along with the application to determine your eligibility for funding. Besides the application, you’ll also need to send in proof of financial need. Click here to access the application. Call (732)213-1789.
Save U.S. Pets Foundation (Statewide)
While the name may seem a bit misleading, this is a foundation committed to providing assistance to owners of New Jersey pets who are struggling under the weight of financial hardship. It’s worth noting that only veterinarians of participating hospitals can apply for funding, not recipients. Vets can submit a request on your behalf. Click here to view a list of participating veterinarians in New Jersey. Click here to peruse Save U.S. Pets Foundation’s website to learn more.
BooTiki Fund (Cherry Hill)
The BooTiki Fund is a 501c3 public charity dedicated to serving your New Jersey pets by offering financial assistance. The site lists prerequisites for funding, such as your pet must have a specific diagnosis and your furry loved one must have “the prospect of recovering fully.” Additionally, you must supply proof of need. You can click here to apply for assistance. You can also shoot them an email: email@example.com with any inquiries you have.