The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has depleted our monetary resources and then some. Because of this, you may find it difficult to get low-cost or free care for your Texas pets. But fear not! We’ve got a list of wonderful Texas pet care facilities just for you.
Check out our list of 24+ resources for free or low-cost veterinary care!
Spay and Neuter Services
Texarkana Animal League (Texarkana)
The Texarkana Animal League boasts S.N.A.P. (Spay Neuter Assistance Program) for low-income residents with Texas pets. In addition to affordable spay and neuter services, you can also receive a wellness check, vaccines, and a heartworm test for your furry loved ones. It’s “available to qualifying households in Bowie, Cass, Little River, and Miller Counties. Includes wellness check, vaccines, heartworm test, and spay or neuter for only $35 for cats, $50 for dogs.” Click here to learn more. Call (877) 525-4825.
Pets Alive El Paso (El Paso)
This organization has a Spay/Neuter Voucher Program for owners with Texas pets who’ve fallen on financial hard times. Firstly, you’ll need to download and print the application. Complete and sign said application. Then, you must make photocopies of documentation proving that you’re on public assistance i.e. Medicaid, unemployment, etc. To see if you qualify for the voucher program and download the application, go here. You can also call (915) 873-7387 to check on the status of your submission.
P.A.L.S. of Central Texas (San Marcos)
Pet Prevent a Litter (P.A.L.S.) of Central Texas is dedicated to providing low-cost spay and neuter services for your Texas pets. In fact, they have a voucher program for those struggling under the weight of financial burden. You can fill out an application to see if you’re eligible for a voucher. If so, then P.A.L.S. will cover the cost of the spaying/neutering. Head over here to complete a request form and peruse their guidelines. Call (512) 754-7257.
Emancipet Clinic (Austin, Houston, and Central)
Emancipet Clinic offers affordable spay and neuter services for lower-income residents with Texas pets. Surgeries do require an appointment. As for pricing, it’s $69 for dogs and cats regardless of gender. Mosey on over here to get more information and schedule a time slot for your furry loved one.
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Pet Food Banks/Pantries
DaisyCares Pet Food Program (San Antonio)
This organization works with the San Antonio Food Bank to offer much-needed food to residents and their Texas pets.
“The DaisyCares Pet Food Program provides pet food to families through the food bank and/or food pantry partners already providing emergency food assistance to families and individuals in need. DaisyCares will work with local retail stores and with pet food manufacturers to obtain donations of pet food and products for distribution.”
Click here to learn more and find out how to receive pet food assistance. Call (210) 431-8326.
Operation Kindness Pet Food Pantry (Addison)
This pet food pantry distributes resources to low-income owners and their Texas pets. It’s open every Thursday from 12pm to 3 pm and every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.
“If you need assistance, please review all the program guidelines and complete the application. Once your application is approved, we can provide food for up to three months. After this three-month period, you’ll be required to submit a new application.
The Pet Food Pantry is open every Thursday from noon to 3:00 PM and every Saturday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The pantry is not allowing visitors inside, but a staff member will take your order outside and fill it while you wait. If you have any questions, call (972) 418-7297.“
Go here to browse all guidelines and fill out an application for assistance.
P.A.A.C. (Corpus Christi)
People Assisting Animal Control (P.A.A.C.) in Corpus Christi boasts a food bank to aid those with Texas pets. Here’s a brief description from their website:
“Pet food is given to residents that go to The Food Bank on Krill St. The residents get an orange voucher to call PAAC so we can schedule their pet to be spayed/neutered. Once the pet is spayed/neutered, they get FREE pet food for their pet from The Food Bank each time they are eligible to receive food from The Food Bank.”
Head over here to get more information and find out food distribution dates.
Veterinary Care Grants/Assistance
Capper & Chris Save the Animals Fund (College Station)
Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences provides financial assistance for Texas pets in need of life-saving care. Now, some stipulations: the animal must have a treatable disease or injury. Your furry loved one must be treated at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH). Lastly, “the fund may contribute up to 50 percent of the total cost, with a maximum of $1,000 per case.” Click here to learn how to apply for aid.
Classic Canines, Inc. (Travis and Williamson Counties)
Classic Canines, Inc. is committed to providing exemplary care for your Texas pets, specifically senior dogs. If you have an older furry companion in need of medical support or material supplies, they encourage you to reach out via email ([email protected]). Go here to get more information and peruse their website.
Loving Texas Pet Assistance (Statewide)
This organization is dedicated to keeping owners and their Texas pets together, regardless of their situation. While Loving Texas Pet Assistance primarily focuses on spay and neuter aid, the “Our Story” page hints at potentially offering other forms of assistance. Head over here to learn more and get contact information including email and a phone number.
Monday 3rd of October 2022
My mom has a one to one and a half year old domestic short hair Cat. A couple of days ago my mom noticed that the cat was licking herself quite a bit and today she said there's a clear fluid down there. It's not a copious amount but it is an issue. My mom is 81 years old on Social Security and we are trying to find some help this cat my mom of course loves this cat and with her being alone this cat helps her and Comforts her and keeps her company so I want to do all that I can to help her help the cat the cat's name is shadow my mom's name is Pauline if there's any way you can help or put us in the direction of someone that can thank you so much.
Tuesday 4th of October 2022
Hi Jane. It may be worth calling your local Humane Society to see if they know of any local resources or programs that can help with vet bills.
Teresa D Shaw
Friday 1st of April 2022
I have a chawinney not sure how old he is I took him from my ex daughter about 2 yrs ago, he's been real healthy, but a week an a half ago I begin to see swollen glands under his jaws an seems like there still swelling there about the size of a plum, an it feels like there may b 2r more together, he's not eating r drinking much at all, an he's not active, he trools from the mouth looks like mucus, an he feels feverish. I'm so worried, I'm on a set disability income, I mean I don't want services for free but if I can get him to u, can u set me up on a payment plan, I'm so afraid he's gonna die, Can help me please, Thank you, Teresa Shaw, Can u please let me no something ASAP Please!!!
Tuesday 12th of April 2022
The organizations in our list should be able to help you with this, but unfortunately Low Income Relief does not provide gifts, food or funds directly. You will need to contact the organizations in this list for assistance or chat with Lira! She should be able to help, https://lowincomerelief.com/chat/