Adoptions

Where can I adopt an animal?

SPCA International encourages anyone seeking a new pet to adopt from your local shelter or rescue group.  Many people do not realize that almost every state has a breed-specific rescue group for every type of pure-bred dog or cat.  These groups are always looking for lifelong homes for the animals in their care.  SPCA International does not maintain an online database of shelters; however, there are other online resources that do.

One great online adoption resource is PetFinder - www.petfinder.org .  This site can help you find your new best friend at a shelter or rescue group in your area.  Click on the "Adoption/Find an Animal" tab and then choose one of the options from the drop-down menu.  By filling in the information, you can view all the animals that need a home in your area.

How can I adopt a Retired Military Working Dog?

Thank you for your interest in adopting a Working Dog from Iraq. All seven dogs that have been brought to the US have been placed, but we are accepting applications for additional working dogs SPCA International hopes to get to the U.S. from Iraq. Please fill out the application form and we will contact you if/when a dog is available.

Working dog adoption application:

http://www.spcai.org/baghdad-pups-adopt.html

Thank you for your support and offering to open your home to one of these heroic dogs.

How can I adopt an Operation Baghdad Pups Dog?

Thank you for your interest in adopting a dog from Iraq or Afghanistan.  All the dogs that are accepted into SPCA International’s Operation Baghdad Pups program must already have a home to come to.  It is the soldiers that have befriended them while serving on active duty that will be adopting them.  There are already so many cats and dogs in the United States that need a permanent home so we did not want to bring any more companion animals into this country that could possibly end up in a shelter if we were not able to adopt them.  If you have room in your home for a dog I would encourage you to visit a shelter in your community and give a very deserving dog a chance to have his or her own family.

Where can I find local animal shelters in Canada?

We suggest utilizing PetFinder at www.petfinder.org to help in your attempts to locate shelters in your area.  Click on the "Shelters" tab, and then choose "List by State" from the drop-down menu.  It will take you to a page where you may enter the province (under the "State" drop-down menu) to see what shelters they have listed.  Also, you can narrow down your search by choosing a city within that province.

Where can I find local animal shelters internationally?

We suggest three ways to locate shelters in your country:

One way is by checking the website, Worldwide Shelter Directory.  They maintain a database of shelters in many different countries.  That link is: www.h4ha.org/shelter-directory/index.php.

Another way is to check with the World Animal Net, a resource where shelters from all over the world can get their shelter listed in their directory.  Their link is: http://worldanimalnet.org/new.asp

Additionally, you may want to check with the World Society for the Protection of Animals - WSPA-International at: www.wspa-international.org to see if they have any member organizations listed for your country.

Where can I find a local animal shelter in the US?

Every SPCA throughout the United States is individually operated and most are not associated with one another. 

We suggest utilizing PetFinder at www.petfinder.org to help in your attempts to locate shelters in your area.  Click on the "Shelters" tab, and then choose "List by State" from the drop-down menu.  It will take you to a page where you may enter the state to see what shelters they have listed.  Also, you can narrow down your search by choosing a city within that state.

How will my other pets react? Should they be present?

Some companion animals develop strong bonds with other pets in the household and the pet that is left behind will show some of the same kinds of symptoms of mourning as people do, and often “search” for their absent companion. If you your pet exhibit signs of depression such as loss of appetite and lethargy, there are ways to help and you should consult your veterinarian. Often times, your pet’s emotions will worsen if they know you are upset too, so be sensitive to your actions around them. Consulting with your veterinarian if the symptoms don’t lessen is a good idea too.

Animal Rescue

I'm concerned for an animal, who can I contact?

Thank you for helping animals! Each individual SPCA located throughout the United States is separate from SPCA International and because of this we do not have jurisdiction to handle these kinds of inquiries.  You need to contact your local animal control agency and voice your concern to them. If you have trouble locating an agency that will assist you with your inquiry, let us know and we will try to find an agency that can help you.

Are the dogs you rescue from Iraq and Afghanistan healthy?

We can assure you SPCA International has goes to great lengths to screen, vaccinate and provide all necessary veterinary care to Operation Baghdad Pups animals.  Each animal rescued by Operation Baghdad Pups is also screened and approved for entrance into the United States by the federal Center for Disease Control (CDC).   99% of the Operation Baghdad Pups animals have been very healthy and well socialized.  

This program supports our U.S. troops and their pets.  We feel strongly that after all the sacrifice our country has asked of our soldiers, the least we can do is save the companion animals they love.  We hope you feel the same way and we pledge to continue doing everything possible to make sure all Operation Baghdad Pups animals are healthy and properly cleared to enter the U.S.

How do I rescue an animal from Afghanistan?

At this time the organization is still focused on getting animals out of Iraq.  However, there is an organization in Kabul that has helped many military personnel and contractors in getting animals out of Afghanistan.  Please email us at answers(at)spcai.org with all the details of your case and we will forward it onto the organization operating in Afghanistan and connect you with them.

How do I rescue an animal from Kuwait?

Thanks for your email and for requesting the assistance of Operation Baghdad Pups.  At this time the organization is still focused on getting animals out of Iraq.  However, there is an organization in Kuwait that has helped many military personnel and contractors in getting animals out. 

Please email us at answers(at)spcai.org with all the details of your case and we will forward it onto the organization operating in Afghanistan and connect you with them.

What are common signs of animal cruelty and neglect?

Look for these common signs of neglect or intentional cruelty:

  • Wounds on the body.
  • Severely overgrown nails (often curling under) or hooves (often curling upwards).
  • Patches of missing hair.
  • Extremely thin, starving animals with ribs or backbone protruding.
  • Infected eyes that have been left untreated.
  • Limping.
  • Animals that are repeatedly left alone without food and water; often they are chained up in a yard.
  • Animals who have been hit by cars and have not received veterinary attention.
  • Animals that are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions. Tropical birds especially cannot tolerate cold temperatures.
  • An owner kicking, hitting or physically abusing an animal.
  • Animals that cower fearfully or act aggressively when their owners approach.
  • Severe flea or tick infestations left untreated.
  • Animals left in a car on a hot or cold day.
  • Animals crammed into tiny cages in overcrowded conditions.
  • Abandonment (often when pet owners move or when farmers are unprofitable).
  • Illegal trapping of wild animals.
  • Animals left for extended periods in traps.
  • Chronic diarrhea or vomiting.
  • Animals kept in dirty conditions including being forced to stand in their own urine and excrement.
  • Swellings, such as tumors or abscesses, left untreated.

If you suspect cruelty, please contact your local humane society, SPCA or police department. It is also appropriate to use the Crime Stoppers number for your community.

Disasters

Can I bring my pets with me into an evacuation shelter set up for people?

The only animals allowed in human evacuation shelters are service dogs.  However, most human shelters now have a shelter for animals on the same property or somewhere close by.  When it comes time to evacuate, bring you pet with you.  Do not leave them behind if you can avoid it.  Once you get to the human evacuation shelter the staff/volunteers will more than likely be able to direct you to where to take your pet.

I was told that if I leave my pet behind when I evacuate with enough food and water for three days they would be okay. Can you tell me if this is correct?

If you ask yourself if you would be okay left in your house for three days with food and water, you will more than likely say, “No.”  Therefore, if it is too dangerous for you to remain in your home, it is too dangerous for your pets to be left behind too.

I heard a lot of stories following Hurricane Katrina about people not getting their pets back from organizations that had been taking care of them. How do I ensure this would not happen to me if I asked an organization to look after one of my pets until I

The best thing to do in a disaster is to keep your pets with you but this is not always going to be possible.  Therefore, if someone else has to care for your pets temporarily; be sure your pet has a collar and tag with your current contact information on it.  During the time, you are separated from your animal; remain in contact as often as you can with who it is that is taking care of your pets.  Be sure to ask how long your pet will be able to remain in the temporary shelter and if it looks like you will need help caring for your pets beyond that time, start looking for another solution as soon as possible.

When I evacuate with my animals what should I bring with me to take care of them?

When it is time to evacuate more than likely there will not be a lot of room in the vehicle or vehicles being used.  Therefore, get your pets into the car first.  Included in the important papers you will more than likely be taking with you, be sure to have current vaccination records for your pets.  If any of your pets are on medication, bring the medications.  If there is room, bring enough food for 72 hours.  After that, centers set up to distribute supplies will start to open and pet food will be available in most of those locations.

If there is not time to get a trailer to my property to evacuate my horses what should I do?

If you cannot evacuate your horses, it is best to turn them loose and give them a fighting chance to survive.  Remove the horses halter to prevent the horse from getting it caught on something.  Use a permanent marker to write your name and phone number inside the ear of the horse.  After you let the horse go, be sure to close all the doors into the barn and any corral gates to keep the horse from re-entering these areas and getting trapped.

If I find an animal after a disaster what is the best way to try and reunite it with its owner?

Usually within several days after a disaster has struck, the local newspapers, as well as radio and television stations will start to provide information on how to help animals.  In addition to the shelters that are in your community already, any information about temporary animal shelters that have been set up will included in the news reports.  If you have a secure way to keep the animal you found until the owner can be found, this will probably be a lot less stressful on the animal.  It is important though to go to all the animal shelters in the area and provide them with information about the animal you found.  if possible bring photos that you have taken of the animal too.  While at the shelters, look at the lost animal reports to see if you can make a match.

How soon after a disaster strikes is it possible to adopt a stray animal that was brought to a shelter?

The length of time will vary, but most likely, it will be at least 2 to 3 weeks before a shelter begins to adopt animals brought to them after the disaster.  A lot will depend on the severity of the disaster as well as how much space the shelter has to house the animals.  The staff wants to be sure to give owners ample time to be reunited with their missing pet.  What some shelters will do is allow people to foster the animal and after a designated time, if no owner reclaims the animal, the foster family will be able to adopt the pet.

Donations

How can I cancel my monthly donations?

If you are an online monthly donor to SPCA International, and would like to cancel your automatic donations please send an email request to answers(at)spcai.org with the following information:

Name as it appears on the card
Last 4 digits of card number
Program you are donating to (Operation Baghdad Pups, Shelter of the Week, General)

After we have received this information we will be able to quickly process your request and provide confirmation your donations have been terminated.

How do I change my credit card information for monthly donations?

Thank you for your wonderful support of SPCA International.

There are two ways that we can change the credit card information we have on file for you:

  • You can provide us with your new credit card information through email or by phone;
  • We can cancel your current monthly donation, allowing you to set up a new donation with your current credit card information.

Please let us know how we can assist you with this process by sending an email to answers(at)spcai.org

Thank you again for your support!

How can I donate frequent flyer miles to Operation Baghdad Pups?

This would be a huge help to our Operation Baghdad Pups Program.  The primary airline we use is United, so if you have miles with them that would be perfect.  The other options are KLM and Delta.  It takes quite a few miles to purchase one ticket.  And, miles cannot be combined from different individual’s mileage accounts. 

Again, thank you for your interest in helping SPCA International get more of these very deserving animals out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

What supplies can I donate to Operation Baghdad Pups?

Please consult our Wish List for current needs.  When you have selected the items that you would like to donate, please send us an email to answers(at)spcai.org, and we will provide you with the mailing address.

It is people like you who are helping to make it possible for SPCA International to help some VERY deserving dogs and cats.  We all thank you for your support and I know that I speak for the men and women who have befriended these magnificent creatures by saying, “Thank you,” from them too!

When will I get a receipt for my monthly donations?

All your donations are carefully tracked by our system and recorded.  Rather than sending receipts monthly, we compile them at the end of each year and send you a receipt including all of your transactions and transaction dates for your accounting and tax deduction purposes.  Unfortunately, our system does not allow us to send you an automated receipt each month.  We hope you will find the receipt your receive at the end of this year to be satisfactory.  

Thank you so much for your support - your promised monthly contribution allows us to reach higher and farther in order to help more animals at home and across the globe.  Thank you for being a very special part of our team!

Can I make a donation in honor of someone?

Thank you for your wonderful support of SPCA International. There are three ways you can make a donation in honor of someone.

  • After you have made a donation on our donation page, there is a section where you can enter an honoree name and email address. An email will be sent to them as soon as the donation is processed that says a donation has been made in their honor.  You must push "Send" on the "Thank you for your donation" page in order to distribute the email notification to your honoree.
  • If you would like to include a personal note, you can use your email address instead of your friend’s that way the acknowledgement email is sent to you. This way you receive the email but your friend’s name will show up as the honoree. You can then print the email and include it inside a card with your personal message. We have had several donors use this option and are very pleased with how easy it is.
  • You can mail a donation to:

SPCA International
P.O. Box  8682
New York, NY 10001

Include your friend’s name and address so we can mail them an acknowledgment through the mail. (Please allow 2-4 weeks for processing of this option.)

What items can I donate to Operation Baghdad Pups?

Thank you for your interest in helping SPCA International make a difference for animals.  Please see our current Wish List for Operation Baghdad Pups.  These are the items that we need in order to safely and comfortably bring dogs and cats from Iraq and Afghanistan to the United States that U.S. soldiers have befriended.  If you could help with any of these items we would greatly appreciate it, and I know the animals would have a much nicer journey to their new home.

What portion of all donations go to program costs?

We are proud to say that in 2009 and 2010 approximately 70% of online donations went directly into program costs. Conversely, approximately 30% went toward administrative and fundraising expenditures. We are constantly striving to improve this ratio. 

On our donation page you can choose to limit your donation to Operation Baghdad Pups or Shelter & Emergency Aid. By doing so, your contribution will be used specifically for the campaign of your choice. By donating on the main page, your contribution will be spread out and used where it is needed most. To learn more about our three pillar programs, Operation Baghdad Pups, Shelter & Emergency Aid and SPCA Answers, please visit the Programs section of this website.

Jobs

Are there any job opportunities at SPCA International?

Thank you for your interest in employment with SPCA International.  At this time we do not have any openings, nor do we anticipate any in the near future. 

Every SPCA throughout the United States is individually operated.  You may want to search online for Web sites that list job openings with non-profit organizations.  These are resources that many animal welfare organizations use when hiring.

Good luck in your search to find a position where you will be able to make a difference for animals.

What are some careers opportunities helping animals?

Helping animals is a very rewarding job; most days it doesn’t even seem like a job. There are several ways in which you can work with animals.

  • Volunteer – all shelters are constantly looking for volunteers to work on-site at the shelter, to promote educational programs or to foster animals awaiting adoption.  When jobs become available, most often shelters will look first among their volunteer staff to fill the positions.
  • Become a vet tech – there are programs at most community colleges and trade schools for veterinarian technicians. The programs usually require 18 months to become certified, but can be as extensive as a four-year degree.
  • Become a humane law officer – the first step is to contact your local humane law office and ask them what is needed to enter this field.  Some require a four-year degree, while others require that you go through the police academy first.

There are many other ways you can help animals too and each one is rewarding.  Good luck!

Misc.

Where can I find general dog trainers in my area?

Dog Training-General 
We suggest working with a good dog trainer in your area.  To locate dog trainers in your area, we recommend visiting Bark Busters at: www.barkbusters.com, or the Association of Pet Dog Trainers at: www.apdt.com

Dog Aggression
We suggest working with a good dog trainer in your area.  Ask about one-on-one training, and avoid doing any group class training.  To locate dog trainers in your area, we recommend visiting the Bark Busters at: www.barkbusters.comor the Association of Pet Dog Trainers at: www.apdt.com

What is SPCA International's mailing address?

Thank you for supporting SPCA International. Because of generous donors like you, we are able to further our mission of advancing the safety and well-being of animals all over the world. 

You can mail your donation to the following address:

SPCA International
P.O. Box 8682
New York, NY 10001

We thank you for your donations to SPCA International and hope you will continue to support our worthy cause!

What can I do about the Calderon Dolphin hunts?

This is highly controversial practice by the people of the Faroe Islands, off the coast of Denmark. There are many petition sites and sea animal rescue groups that are actively campaigning against this practice. While SPCA International condemns this annual hunt, we do not have the authority to inspect or stop them, even though we wish we could. We recommend conducting a search on www.worldanimal.net for animal protection societies that have more information on this subject and find out how you can get involved.

Thank you for being a true animal advocate.

I found an animal, what should I do?

If you have found an animal, we suggest you do the following:

  • Contact your local animal shelter, animal control, rescue group and/or vet in your area to file a found animal report.
  • If you cannot keep the animal with you, take the animal to one of the locations listed above.
  • Place found animal flyers in and around the area you found the animal. Include a description of the animal and a phone number where you can be reached. Be sure to put up some flyers at the local supermarket, retail stores and vet offices.

Can you investigate local SPCA's?

Every SPCA in the United States is individually operated and most are not associated with each other. There is no governing agency that oversees all SPCAs.  SPCA International does not have the authority to inspect or govern these individual organizations either.  If there are concerns about a particular SPCA and how it cares for the animals in its care you must contact your local Department of Agriculture, animal control, rescue group, sheriff’s department or Crime Stoppers’ hotline.  These organizations will have the jurisdiction to investigate and stop inhumane operations.  Contacting your local agency will ensure the fastest possible action. 

Thank you very much for your concern and we hope you are able to get the proper authorities to inspect the shelter so that a ruling can be made.  Please keep us informed of your progress.

What's the difference between a kill and no-kill shelter?

Every SPCA throughout the United States is individually operated and most are not associated with one another.  Some are no-kill shelters and other SPCAs practice euthanasia.  The difference between a "kill" and "no-kill" shelter is that a no-kill shelter has employed a policy not to euthanize any animal based on age, "adoptability" or space restrictions.   So-called "kill shelters" on the other hand have employed a policy that allows them to practice humane euthanasia when they deem it necessary.  Each shelter's euthanasia policies are set by their individual Board of Directors.  Our organization has no direct influence over local SPCA's policy choices in this area, however SPCA International does encourage all shelters and rescue groups to strive to be no-kill.

If you are concerned about the moral issues surrounding euthanasia, you are not alone.  In most circumstances, the best way you can make a difference in this area is to take an active role in spay and neuter campaigns locally, nationally and internationally.  Too many animals die every day because there is not enough room in the local shelters.  Only through the widespread practice of spay and neuter will it be possible to rid the world of euthanasia and all animal suffering.

Please, we urge you to do your part by making sure that all your animals, your friends and your family's animals are all spayed or neutered.

My animal is missing, what should I do?

If your animal is missing, we suggest that you do two things:

  • File a lost animal report with every local animal shelter, animal control and/or vets in your area.  Most people that find an animal will take it to one of the following locations.
  • Put up lost animal flyers in and around your neighborhood. Include a detailed description, a current picture and your contact information on the flyer. Remember to include posting at locations such as the local supermarket, retail stores and vet offices.

We hope you are able to find your four legged friend soon.

How do I nominate a Shelter of the Week?

If you wish to nominate an organization to be considered for our Shelter of the Week Program, please fill out the shelter nomination form. When we receive the form, our staff will research the organization to be sure that they are eligible to receive a grant.  Read the program's eligibility criteria.

We look forward to hearing from you and reviewing the work the organization you are nominating is doing to make a difference for animals.

How can I start an Animal Shelter?

Every SPCA in the United States is individually operated and most are not associated with each other.  Starting an animal shelter involves a great deal more than just a desire to help animals.  Any type of animal welfare organization is like running a business.  Most organizationis that help animals are non-profits.  Therefore, you have to take the steps necessary to form a non-profit.  This will require a number of things including money, a board of directors, legal advice and business-minded people to ensure everything is conducted properly in order to successfully form a non-profit organization. 

Do not be discouraged, but this entire process can take many months, a lot of patience and the willingness to go through some challenging times.  It will not happen overnight.  There are wonderful books on how to start non-profits and helpful websites you should look over to get a better understanding of all that is involved.  It also is a good idea to talk with other non-profit animal shelters in or near your area to get their advice and guidance.  Use their experience to help guide you in your decision making.

SPCA International wishes you success in whatever you decide to do.  It is our hope that you reach your goals and make a difference for the animals in your community.

Can I be removed from your mailing list?

In order to process your request please send us an email at answers(at)spcai.org with your mailing address. As soon as we have this information we can delete your name from our mailing lists. Please note, there is a 90 day grace period during which you may continue to receive mail.  After this time, all mailings will cease. Thank you for your understanding and support.

I have questions about a school project, can you help?

The staff and volunteers of SPCA International are glad to know you are doing a school project focused on your love for animals and your desire to protect them.  You are learning how important it is that all of us humans share the earth with innocent creatures.  Did you know that using paper by printing pamphlets and brochures decreases the forestland where some animals live?  We encourage you and your family to conserve and be environmentally friendly. 

We suggest that you read through our website www.spcai.org to find additional information that may be helpful to your project.  A more broad online search also will yield a wonderful amount of information about animal cruelty, neglect, animal-related statistics and other insights.

Here are a few other special animal websites just for kids:
kids.nationalgeographic.com     
http://kids.yahoo.com/animals 
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

I have to surrender my animal, where can I go?

There are several options to help find your pet a new home.

1. Run an ad in the local paper. This way you can meet the potential new owners and determine if they will be a good match for him/her.

2. If he/she seems to be a specific breed, or part of a specific breed, you can always call the breed rescue in your area. An online search will find one in your area; however you could call any breed rescue in the country and ask for advice on placing him/her. 

3. Take him/her to a local shelter.  Be sure to do your research in advance and know whether it is a kill shelter.  Adult animals have a harder time being placed and could be euthanized if they are there to long.

We hope you are able to find him or her a new home.

Where can I find low-cost spay and neuter programs?

SPCA International does not offer low-cost spay and neuter vouchers or financial assistance for individuals.  However, we do support local organizations in their efforts to provide low-cost spay and neuter through our Shelter of the Week and Emergency Grants. 

If you are looking for low-cost or free spay and neuter services near you, we suggest you start by contacting your local shelters to see if they offer any programs for low-cost spay/neuter.

You can utilize PetFinder at www.petfinder.org to locate shelters in your area.  Click on the "Shelters" tab, and then choose "List by State" from the drop-down menu.  It will take you to a page where you may enter the state to see what shelters they have listed.  Also, you can narrow down your search by choosing a city within that state.

To find additional resources for low-cost spay or neuter of dogs or cats, we also recommend you visithttp://saveourstrays.com/low-costsn.htm.  Scroll down to the state you live in for information on programs that offer low cost spay or neuter for dogs and cats. 

This link also lists resources for low-cost spay or neuter of cats:  www.lovethatcat.com/spayneuter.html.  Click on "listed by state" and then on the state you live in.  It will give you links to programs that offer low cost, or in some cases free, spay or neuter for cats.

Reports

How do I report animal cruelty?

Thank you for helping animals!  Each local community has different departments and organizations with jurisdiction over animal cruelty.  SPCA International does not have jurisdiction to handle these kinds of inquiries on the local level.  We encourage you to immediately contact your local animal control agency and voice your concern to them, file a complaint or take whatever steps necessary to get that local agency to investigate the matter.  If you have trouble locating an agency that will assist you with your inquiry, let us know and we will try to find an agency that can help you.  
Citizen reports like yours can make an incredible difference for animal abuse victims and criminals.  Sometimes the process can be time consuming, slower than you’d like, and frustrating, but please stick with it - an animal's life is at stake.

How do I report a veterinarian?

If you believe a Veterinarian is mistreating animals, or applying questionable practices, this must be reported to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards http://www.aavsb.org/DLR/DLR.aspx

How do I report a website depicting animal abuse?

Since 2004, the makers of videos displaying acts of cruelty to animals are subject to fines and federal imprisonment.  While prosecuting those who make, promote, distribute and act in animal snuff films is a formidable task, criminal charges and even convictions have been brought against some of these individuals.  Efforts by animal advocates and concerned citizens to alert authorities to illegal  “crush” videos have been instrumental in bringing these dangerous deviants to justice.

To report websites that display acts of cruelty to animals, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation:http://www.fbi.gov/contact/fo/fo.html, and the Department of Justice: http://www.usdoj.gov/contact-us.html

Thank you for your concern and action in this matter.

Veterinary Services

Where can I find a local vet in Canada?

If you need assistance in finding a local veterinarian, then we suggest visiting the White Pages website at www.whitepages.ca.   In the section marked "Business Search" you can enter "Veterinarian" into the "Name or Category" field and then your city and province.  It will give you a listing of the veterinarians listed within your city.

Where can I find a local vet in the US?

If you need assistance in finding a local veterinarian, then we suggest visiting the White Pages website at www.whitepages.com.   In the section marked "Business Search" you can enter "Veterinarian" into the "Name/Category" field and then your city and state.  To narrow your search, type in your zip code instead of city/state, and it will only locate veterinarians in your zip code.

Where can I find low-cost vet care?

We recommend checking with your local shelter to see if they offer any type of low-cost vet care.  You can utilize PetFinder at www.petfinder.org to locate shelters in your area.  Click on the "Shelters" tab, and then choose "List by State" from the drop-down menu.  It will take you to a page where you may enter the state to see what shelters they have listed.  Also, you can narrow down your search by choosing a city within that state.

Below are two links that list resources for low-cost spay/neuter of cats and dogs.   If they offer these services at low-cost, perhaps they also offer other vet services as well.  It's worth a try!  To find resources for low-cost spay or neuter of cats, we recommend you visit www.lovethatcat.com/spayneuter.html.  Click on "listed by state" and then on the state you live in.  It will give you links to programs that offer low cost, or in some cases free, spay or neuter for cats. 

Additionally, I would also check with your local university if they offer a veterinary teaching program.  Often these teaching programs have clinics open to the public at discounted rates.  The services are performed by students, but under the supervision of a teaching veterinarian.

Providing financial assistance does not fall within SPCA International's mission, but the following organizations may be able to help with veterinary medical expenses. Some require applications for assistance; some provide very specific assistance, and some work directly with veterinarians.  Please read the information carefully to find out if you qualify for services as well as what each agency requires to receive its services. Listing these organizations DOES NOT guarantee that you will receive help. They are listed as possible resources.


AAHA HELPING PETS FUND
866/4HELPETS (866/443-5738)

Based in Denver, Colorado, the AAHA Helping Pets Fund provides financial assistance when people cannot afford veterinary care for their pets. Through its Foundation, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) created the AAHA Helping Pets Fund in 2004 to help those in need access quality veterinary care for sick or injured pets. We can help in three types of cases:

  • When pet owners are on government assistance for low-income individuals
  • When pet owners are experiencing a financial hardship
  • When Good Samaritans find an animal in need who needs care, but the pet owner cannot be found

     

The fund does not grant money directly to individuals. A veterinary clinic applies for a grant on behalf of the animal in need. For veterinary clinics, assistance is limited to $500 per calendar year for financial hardship cases and $200 per calendar year for Good Samaritan cases. Each pet and family is limited to $500 per calendar year.
http://www.aahahelpingpets.org
<ANGELS4ANIMALS
(916) 941-9119

Headquartered in El Dorado Hills, California, Angels4Animals, a non-profit organization and a program of Inner Voice Community Services, has a mission to serve as the guardian angel of animals whose caretakers find themselves in difficult financial situations. At Angels4Animals we believe that animal owners should not have to say goodbye to the animals that they love. Our work is accomplished in conjunction with veterinary clinics across the country, eager to assist as many animals, and their owners, as possible. Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets and pet owners in need.
http://www.angels4animals.org

< THE BEAREN FOUNDATION   P.O. Box 10375, Eugene, OR 97440
(541) 242-3827

The Bearen Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “Helping People Help Their Pets.” We advocate for responsible pet guardianship and offer financial assistance to qualified applicants who face veterinary expenses beyond their means. Qualified applicants are referred to us via their veterinarian.  Non-profit, in the process of obtaining our 501(c)(3)
Megan Bendtzen bearenfoundation(at)hotmail.com    www.bearenfoundation.org


CARE CREDIT
(800) 859-9975

Based in Costa Mesa, California, CareCredit is a flexible patient/client payment program, specifically designed for healthcare expenses, that makes it easier for you to get the treatment or procedures you want and need. CareCredit is ideal for co-payments, deductibles, treatment and procedures not covered by insurance, and can be used at over 45,000 practices nationwide. CareCredit extends credit to help with pet expenses (read terms very carefully, as with any credit contract).
http://www.carecredit.com

HELP-A-PET
(630) 986-9504

Based in Hinsdale, Illinois, HELP-A-PET is a nonprofit organization which provides financial assistance for the medical care of pets whose owners are unable to afford the expense. HELP-A-PET is unique in two ways. First, it is the only U.S. charity which offers preventative, curative, and emergency medical treatment of pets through the use of local veterinarians. Second, EVERY PENNY donated is used to help pets - all payments are made directly to the veterinarian or medical supplier.  Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the working poor. Application required.
http://help-a-pet.org/

IMOM

Based in Pennsville, NJ. Our mission: helping people help pets.  To better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged. To see if you qualify for assistance, click here: http://imom.org/fa/
http://imom.org/


ORTHODOGS'SILVER LINING

Headquartered in Owasso, Oklahoma, OSL was started by a small group of people who wanted to find a way to provide some relief for caregivers who were struggling to help their pets lead a healthy life. Through our personal experiences, having met via the Yahoo group called 'Orthodogs', we understood the particular difficulties of providing orthopedic care. Through the experiences of those close to us, we understood that companions of service dogs often face unimaginable hardships in trying to provide healthcare for their amazing canines. Our goal is to provide access to fundraising resources, and make emergency funds available for exceptional cases. OSLF is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization.
Applicants should consider OSLF as their last resort to obtain financial assistance, and should have exhausted all other possibilities. In most cases, applicants will be asked to provide a summary of their attempts to obtain other funding, which may include a loan denial from Care Credit. Applicants will be asked to provide proof that they do not have the resources necessary to provide medical care for their dog.
info(at)oslf.org   http://www.oslf.org/aboutus.htm
 
THE PET FUND
(916) 443-6007
  
Headquartered in Sacramento, California, the goal of the Pet Fund is to provide financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care. The Pet Fund assists owners in covering medical costs beyond the normal expenses of vaccination, spay and neuter surgeries, food and routine veterinary care. The Pet Fund provides need-based financial assistance for the benefit of owners of domestic animals in order to provide for such animals’ urgent veterinary care needs (where serious medical care is needed beyond routine procedures) including treatment, surgery, and medications. Read the funding guidelines carefully.
http://www.thepetfund.com/


UNITED ANIMAL NATIONS
(916) 429-2457 

Located in Sacramento, California, the LifeLine program provides grants for companion animals during life-threatening emergencies when rescuers or caregivers cannot afford the entire cost of treatment. The mission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured animals.  In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care. Read the application guidelines carefully; they are very specific and have some significant limitations. 
http://www.uan.org/lifeline/index.html

Here are a few other resources, although many of them are duplicates of the above:
http://www.srdogs.com/Pages/needhomes.other.resources.html

Do check to see of your local vets will give credit, or if your local humane society has a veterinary fund.

Do you spay or neuter dogs in the Operation Baghdad Pups program?

All of us at SPCA International realize the importance of spaying and neutering companion animals.  It is indeed the only solution to the pet overpopulation problem.  One of the requirements for our Operation Baghdad Pups program is that we will only help cats and dogs if the person who will be giving the animal a new home agrees to have their new companion spayed or neutered.  If they won’t then we will not accept them into the program.

Again, thank you for wanting to inform people about the importance of spaying and neutering.  Keep up the good work!

Veterinary Services

Where can I find a local vet in Canada?

If you need assistance in finding a local veterinarian, then we suggest visiting the White Pages website at www.whitepages.ca.   In the section marked "Business Search" you can enter "Veterinarian" into the "Name or Category" field and then your city and province.  It will give you a listing of the veterinarians listed within your city.

Where can I find a local vet in the US?

If you need assistance in finding a local veterinarian, then we suggest visiting the White Pages website at www.whitepages.com.   In the section marked "Business Search" you can enter "Veterinarian" into the "Name/Category" field and then your city and state.  To narrow your search, type in your zip code instead of city/state, and it will only locate veterinarians in your zip code.

Where can I find low-cost vet care?

We recommend checking with your local shelter to see if they offer any type of low-cost vet care.  You can utilize PetFinder at www.petfinder.org to locate shelters in your area.  Click on the "Shelters" tab, and then choose "List by State" from the drop-down menu.  It will take you to a page where you may enter the state to see what shelters they have listed.  Also, you can narrow down your search by choosing a city within that state.

Below are two links that list resources for low-cost spay/neuter of cats and dogs.   If they offer these services at low-cost, perhaps they also offer other vet services as well.  It's worth a try!  To find resources for low-cost spay or neuter of cats, we recommend you visit www.lovethatcat.com/spayneuter.html.  Click on "listed by state" and then on the state you live in.  It will give you links to programs that offer low cost, or in some cases free, spay or neuter for cats. 

Additionally, I would also check with your local university if they offer a veterinary teaching program.  Often these teaching programs have clinics open to the public at discounted rates.  The services are performed by students, but under the supervision of a teaching veterinarian.

Providing financial assistance does not fall within SPCA International's mission, but the following organizations may be able to help with veterinary medical expenses. Some require applications for assistance; some provide very specific assistance, and some work directly with veterinarians.  Please read the information carefully to find out if you qualify for services as well as what each agency requires to receive its services. Listing these organizations DOES NOT guarantee that you will receive help. They are listed as possible resources.


AAHA HELPING PETS FUND
866/4HELPETS (866/443-5738)

Based in Denver, Colorado, the AAHA Helping Pets Fund provides financial assistance when people cannot afford veterinary care for their pets. Through its Foundation, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) created the AAHA Helping Pets Fund in 2004 to help those in need access quality veterinary care for sick or injured pets. We can help in three types of cases:

  • When pet owners are on government assistance for low-income individuals
  • When pet owners are experiencing a financial hardship
  • When Good Samaritans find an animal in need who needs care, but the pet owner cannot be found

     

The fund does not grant money directly to individuals. A veterinary clinic applies for a grant on behalf of the animal in need. For veterinary clinics, assistance is limited to $500 per calendar year for financial hardship cases and $200 per calendar year for Good Samaritan cases. Each pet and family is limited to $500 per calendar year.
http://www.aahahelpingpets.org
<ANGELS4ANIMALS
(916) 941-9119

Headquartered in El Dorado Hills, California, Angels4Animals, a non-profit organization and a program of Inner Voice Community Services, has a mission to serve as the guardian angel of animals whose caretakers find themselves in difficult financial situations. At Angels4Animals we believe that animal owners should not have to say goodbye to the animals that they love. Our work is accomplished in conjunction with veterinary clinics across the country, eager to assist as many animals, and their owners, as possible. Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment to those pets and pet owners in need.
http://www.angels4animals.org

< THE BEAREN FOUNDATION   P.O. Box 10375, Eugene, OR 97440
(541) 242-3827

The Bearen Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is “Helping People Help Their Pets.” We advocate for responsible pet guardianship and offer financial assistance to qualified applicants who face veterinary expenses beyond their means. Qualified applicants are referred to us via their veterinarian.  Non-profit, in the process of obtaining our 501(c)(3)
Megan Bendtzen bearenfoundation(at)hotmail.com    www.bearenfoundation.org


CARE CREDIT
(800) 859-9975

Based in Costa Mesa, California, CareCredit is a flexible patient/client payment program, specifically designed for healthcare expenses, that makes it easier for you to get the treatment or procedures you want and need. CareCredit is ideal for co-payments, deductibles, treatment and procedures not covered by insurance, and can be used at over 45,000 practices nationwide. CareCredit extends credit to help with pet expenses (read terms very carefully, as with any credit contract).
http://www.carecredit.com

HELP-A-PET
(630) 986-9504

Based in Hinsdale, Illinois, HELP-A-PET is a nonprofit organization which provides financial assistance for the medical care of pets whose owners are unable to afford the expense. HELP-A-PET is unique in two ways. First, it is the only U.S. charity which offers preventative, curative, and emergency medical treatment of pets through the use of local veterinarians. Second, EVERY PENNY donated is used to help pets - all payments are made directly to the veterinarian or medical supplier.  Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the working poor. Application required.
http://help-a-pet.org/

IMOM

Based in Pennsville, NJ. Our mission: helping people help pets.  To better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged. To see if you qualify for assistance, click here: http://imom.org/fa/
http://imom.org/


ORTHODOGS'SILVER LINING

Headquartered in Owasso, Oklahoma, OSL was started by a small group of people who wanted to find a way to provide some relief for caregivers who were struggling to help their pets lead a healthy life. Through our personal experiences, having met via the Yahoo group called 'Orthodogs', we understood the particular difficulties of providing orthopedic care. Through the experiences of those close to us, we understood that companions of service dogs often face unimaginable hardships in trying to provide healthcare for their amazing canines. Our goal is to provide access to fundraising resources, and make emergency funds available for exceptional cases. OSLF is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization.
Applicants should consider OSLF as their last resort to obtain financial assistance, and should have exhausted all other possibilities. In most cases, applicants will be asked to provide a summary of their attempts to obtain other funding, which may include a loan denial from Care Credit. Applicants will be asked to provide proof that they do not have the resources necessary to provide medical care for their dog.
info(at)oslf.org   http://www.oslf.org/aboutus.htm
 
THE PET FUND
(916) 443-6007
  
Headquartered in Sacramento, California, the goal of the Pet Fund is to provide financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care. The Pet Fund assists owners in covering medical costs beyond the normal expenses of vaccination, spay and neuter surgeries, food and routine veterinary care. The Pet Fund provides need-based financial assistance for the benefit of owners of domestic animals in order to provide for such animals’ urgent veterinary care needs (where serious medical care is needed beyond routine procedures) including treatment, surgery, and medications. Read the funding guidelines carefully.
http://www.thepetfund.com/


UNITED ANIMAL NATIONS
(916) 429-2457 

Located in Sacramento, California, the LifeLine program provides grants for companion animals during life-threatening emergencies when rescuers or caregivers cannot afford the entire cost of treatment. The mission of LifeLine is to help homeless or recently rescued animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured animals.  In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care. Read the application guidelines carefully; they are very specific and have some significant limitations. 
http://www.uan.org/lifeline/index.html

Here are a few other resources, although many of them are duplicates of the above:
http://www.srdogs.com/Pages/needhomes.other.resources.html

Do check to see of your local vets will give credit, or if your local humane society has a veterinary fund.

Do you spay or neuter dogs in the Operation Baghdad Pups program?

All of us at SPCA International realize the importance of spaying and neutering companion animals.  It is indeed the only solution to the pet overpopulation problem.  One of the requirements for our Operation Baghdad Pups program is that we will only help cats and dogs if the person who will be giving the animal a new home agrees to have their new companion spayed or neutered.  If they won’t then we will not accept them into the program.

Again, thank you for wanting to inform people about the importance of spaying and neutering.  Keep up the good work!

Volunteering

I'm under 18, can I still volunteer?

Every SPCA, Humane Society, local shelter and rescue group throughout the United States is individually operated with its own volunteer policies and procedures.  Some organizations will allow young adults to volunteer accompanied by an adult volunteer, while others will not allow anyone under the age of 18 to volunteer.  We suggest that you contact your local shelter to find out directly what its policies are.  We are so glad you are eager to help animals at this early age.  We encourage you to learn about any career path that can lead to a lifetime helping animals and to educate yourself on all the beautiful creatures of our earth at the library or online.

How can I sign-up to volunteer for SPCA International?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with SPCA International.  Please visit the Volunteer page to find out about current and future volunteer opportunities.  It will take you to a page where you can register your basic information and sign up to volunteer. If you are in the New York or Washington, DC area please contact us at answers(at)spcai.org to find out about local volunteer opportunities.

We also encourage you to sign up as a volunteer at your local SPCA, humane society, local shelter or rescue group.  Many of these groups run entirely on volunteer time.  Your help will be greatly appreciated. 

Every SPCA, humane society, local shelter and rescue group is individually operated with its own volunteer policies and procedures.  You can do an online search to find shelters and rescue groups near you.

How can I volunteer for Operation Baghdad Pups?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Operation Baghdad Pups.  If you are in the Virginia, Maryland or DC area, please email us at answers(at)spcai.org to find out about local volunteer opportunities.  If you live elsewhere, we are not accepting volunteer applications at this time because of a number of restrictions and insurance issues in regard to the travel that would be required.   We appreciate your interest in helping and encourage you to volunteer locally at your animal shelter or rescue group.

If I wanted to volunteer to help animals after a disaster what do I need to do?

First, determine what organization or organizations are helping the animals.  They will try as soon as possible to use the media to express what their needs are so be on the lookout for this information.  You may not be able to reach a shelter by phone if service in the area has been disrupted.  If you can safely drive to the shelter, try that but there is a chance the organization may already have enough volunteers.  However, the longer the recovery efforts continue there will be a decrease in volunteers.  If you are available to help later, leave your name and contact number if possible so you can be reached at a later date.

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