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Finding low-cost or free care for your Pennsylvania pets can be equal parts frustrating and tedious. Funds are low and a global pandemic rages on. Thankfully, we’ve got a comprehensive list of Pennsylvania pet care facilities that’ll provide top-notch treatment and are affordable.
Spay and Neuter Services
Lycoming County SPCA (Williamsport)
Lycoming County SPCA boasts a spay/neuter assistance program for low-income families with Pennsylvania pets. Here’s a brief snippet of said program:
“The Lycoming County SPCA provides financial assistance to low to moderate income residents who live in Lycoming County. Individuals needing assistance need to complete an application. You will need to show identification and your tax return as proof of income. You may show proof of receipt of Medicaid, Food Stamps, PACE, WIC, or other welfare program.”
You must go to the SPCA to fill out an application and show proof of financial need. Additionally, you’ll pay a co-pay that’s adjusted to your annual household income. For example: if you make between $20,001 and $30,000 a year, you’ll only pay $20 for spay/neuter services. Click here to learn more.
SUN P.E.T.S. (Lewisburg)
This spay and neuter program offers vouchers for you and your Pennsylvania pets. You can find a list of veterinary hospitals that participate in said program for SUN P.E.T.S. It’s worth noting the following:
“Our spay/neuter voucher program is for pets of for low-income families and individuals only and is based upon household gross income. Households above $35,000 do not qualify for our programs. You must be a resident of Snyder, Union, or Northumberland county in order to apply.”
If you’re interested in applying, go here for more information.
PA Pets (Bloomsburg)
PA Pets offers spay and neuter assistance for families with Pennsylvania pets who are experiencing financial hardship. Your annual household income will determine how much you ultimately pay for services. At most, you’ll pay $15 per animal if you make somewhere between $20,000 and $30,000 a year. PA Pets has a PDF application on their site that you can print out and mail to their headquarters. Additionally, you’ll need to enclose proof of income and the co-payment which must be in cash or money order. Head over here to access the application.
Pet Food Banks/Pantries
Animal Friends (Pittsburgh)
Animal Friends in Pittsburgh has a “Chow Wagon Pet Food Bank” for struggling owners and their Pennsylvania pets. They’ve partnered with several food pantries across Pennsylvania to deliver free food to your furry loved ones each month. If you’re not connected to a local pantry, Animal Friends will help you get the food you need.
“Individuals in need of immediate assistance who are not affiliated with a food pantry can contact us at 412.536.3898 to request a one-time donation of pet food. You must be able to make arrangements to pick up your donation from Animal Friends.”
Click here to learn more and browse their list of pantry partners.
Humane Society of Harrisburg (Harrisburg)
This humane society in Harrisburg, PA boasts a wonderful pet food bank for your Pennsylvania pets. Here’s a brief description of their offerings:
“Pet owners who are struggling to feed their pets may access the HSHA food bank and food is also distributed through other local animal welfare organizations and food banks. Patrons of the pet food bank who need dog food are required to show proof of a valid dog license. Dog licenses are required by law and can be a life-saving tool for stray or lost dogs. Dog licenses can be purchased for a nominal fee at HSHA.”
Sam’s Hope (Wyndmoor)
In order to be eligible for food assistance courtesy of Sam’s Hope, you must be a resident of Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. In addition, you must meet one of their requirements to receive food for your Pennsylvania pets. Here’s a list of said requirements:
- You are unemployed/underemployed
- You are receiving government assistance
- You are disabled and on a fixed income
- You are a senior citizen on a fixed income
- You are homeless
Secondly, you must provide proof of income and identification. Click here to fill out an application for food assistance and peruse the guidelines.
Veterinary Care Grants/Assistance
No Kill Lehigh Valley (Bethlehem)
This organization is dedicated to providing financial assistance for low-income families and their Pennsylvania pets. “We focus our energy on providing financial support for medical care for cats and dogs whose owners cannot afford care and low-cost spay/neuter for cats.” While not much else is revealed regarding how much monetary aid you’ll receive and if it’s for specific procedures, you can click here to find their address and contact information.
Sam’s Hope (Statewide)
Sam’s Hope also offers veterinary aid besides pet food assistance. It’s worth noting that their grant capacity is dependent on available funds. Additionally, funds are paid directly to the treating veterinarian and not the grant recipient. You must complete an application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a list of required forms. This includes proof of diagnosis, treatment plan, proof of identification, proof of financial need, and more. Go here to read the guidelines and apply.
Animal Care PA (Statewide)
This program is known as “The Last Chance Program.” TLC via Animal Care PA is here to provide financial assistance to Pennsylvania pets in dire need.
“Companion animals which have been injured, abused, neglected, or in need of significant medical care are eligible for the program. Companion animals are defined as those that are kept for enjoyment and companionship as opposed to those used in livestock production and laboratory research.”
Head over here to learn more. You can also call (717)220-1437 to speak with a human.