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Aid for Pets and their Peeps


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The following information has been compiled by various pet-loving friends and organized here by Patricia Stephens, Owner of 

"Dear God, you have given us care over all living things; protect and bless the animals who give us companionship and delight, make us their true friends and worthy companions."

Most of us know someone personally impacted by today's jagged economy. - perhaps you and yours have been struggling? People are losing their jobs, families are losing their homes, and for many, it's getting harder and harder to put food on the table. too many cases, an innocent animal is somewhere in the background, being negatively impacted by all of this and not understanding why. According to The Humane Society of the United States, thousands of family pets are now finding themselves at local pounds and rescues - or worse - simply because their families can no longer afford to take care of them.

Thinking about this was making me really sad. So I decided to do something. This page is a list of resources for people who are struggling to keep their pets in spite of the nation's economy. 

From low-cost spaying and neutering services to free pet food, I've tried to find people and places that can help. And I hope to grow this list, by finding more resources myself and by readers like you letting me know about others. I believe it's vital for people to be able to keep their pets, especially during times of stress and uncertainty. And it's vital for pets to be able to keep their homes. 

I hope this information will help someone through a difficult time. I have added the actual web addresses for people accessing this information from someone who printed it off. 

The first thing you should do, if you need help with pet food or medical care, is to contact your local humane society or animal control. Many of them have programs designed to help people afford good care for their pets. We have a good list of Florida humane societies to get you started. 

Please read this first! 

You will need to qualify for the programs listed below. Please understand these are not places where you can give your pet away. These resources are to help you keep your pet. Please read or call for their qualifications before applying for assistance

Pet Food

1. Fairy Dog Parents

This non profit organization provides help with food and vet care for qualified applicants. 

2.  The Pet Project 

A Florida non-profit group which helps people in Broward and Dade counties with terminal or disabling conditions, seniors on fixed incomes, and victims of violent crimes. The group arranges for pet food, supplies, medical care, including immunizations, and also offers some hands-on assistance to help their clients keep their pets. 

3) Meals on Wheels 

These programs help seniors feed their pets as well as themselves. Contact your local Meals on Wheels or senior center for details. Not all areas offer this service. Areas we know that do have this program include:

* Citrus County Pet Meals Program

For information, call (352) 527-5975.

* Jacksonville Meals on Wheels

For information, or to volunteer, call the City of Jacksonville office at (904) 255-7387(PETS).

* Meals on Wheels for Pets Nassau

Serves homebound senior citizens with pets in Nassau County.

4) Feeding Pets of the Homeless

This nonprofit organization reports the following Florida locations as distributors of free food for pets of homeless individuals. Soup kitchens, rescue groups and individuals who need food for pets can go to the following:

* Brothers Keeper

2 W. Fort King St., Ocala, FL 34471. (352) 622-3846

* Broward Meals on Wheels

For info call (954) 731-8770.

* Helping Hands Clinic

Also provides healthcare to the homeless. 419 NE 1st St., Gainesville, FL. (352) 372-8523 ext. 17.


435 W. 2nd St., Ocala, FL. (352) 629-8868

* Leesburg Food Bank Inc.

1305 Sunshine Ave., Leesburg, FL. (352) 326-5463.

* Saint Francis House Homeless Shelter & Soup Kitchen

413 South Main St., Gainesville, FL. (352) 378-9079

* The Salvation Army

639 E. University Ave., Gainesville, FL. (352) 376.1743.

* Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Anyone who needs food for their pet can come to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay at 3607 N. Armenia Avenue during normal business hours and pick up food for their dogs or cats every Tuesday from Noon - 3 p.m. and every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more info, call  813-876-7138 ext 0. 

* Daffy's Pet Soup Kitchen

Serves Georgia. Offers food, supplies, medical supplies and services, even a temporary foster program. These people have it all together and are promising to help those who want to start similar programs in their areas across the country. 

* First Coast No More Homeless Pets Pet Food Bank

This group provides a one month supply of cat or dog food for up to 4 dogs and 5 cats per household in Jacksonville, for those who qualify.

* Rescue Raffle

This Hudson-based group provides needy pets with food, vet care and even temporary housing in order to help people keep their pets. The public can help by supporting the group's pet food drives and fundraising raffles. For more info, visit the link above. 

Vet Care

General Veterinary Care

1. Fairy Dog Parents

This non profit organization provides help with food and vet care for qualified applicants. 

2. The Pet Fund

For pet guardians needing help to care for their pets.

3. In Memory Of Magic

This group was founded in 1998 because, as they state on their site, "We believe that no pet should be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged."


4. PetLuv Clinic

Located in Brooksville, this walk-in clinic offers low cost spaying and neutering, immunizations, heart worm testing, and heartworm and flea prevention products. 

5. Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Providing pet food for people needing assistance. 


<br>12. <a href="">Paws-2-Help</a>


<br>A small, privately run animal-services charity in West Palm Beach that offers affordable, routine vet care, including heartworm testing and preventative, dental services and more.

<P><B><font size="3">Sick or Injured Care</b></font>

<p>1. <a href="">Frankie's Friends Charitable Foundation</a>


<br>The brainchild of Florida Veterinary Specialists in Tampa, this fund assists financially-challenged (and qualified) people with animals in need of specialized care, such as cancer. The fund also provides charitable care for injured wildlife. 

<br>2. <a href="">Cody's Club</a>


<br>This group provides funds to help offset cost of radiation treatment and a support hotline for people with dogs with cancer.

<br>3. <a href="">Halifax Humane Society</a>


<br>This group has an Emergency Medical Fund (EMF)that provides financial assistance to help keep animals from being surrendered by their guardians. Anyone with a pet, who is facing a veterinary emergency and meets income guidelines, is eligible to receive assistance through the EMF. Applications are reviewed on a case by case basis. See web site for more information.

<br>4. <a href="">The Magic Bullet Fund</a>


<br>Provides help with treatment costs for dogs with cancer.

<br>5. <a href="">AAHA Helping Pets</a>


<br>The benevolent arm of the American Animal Hospital Association. Your vet will have to contact them for you.

<br>6. <a href="">Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Programs</a>


<br>Financial assistance for people in need with cats in need.

<br>7. <a href="">Shakespeare Animal Fund</a>


<br>Assistance for elderly, disabled, and people who meet income limitations as designated on the web site, to obtain emergency pet care.

<br>8. <a href="">For Paws Hospice</a>

<br>Providing emergency financial support and other types assistance to people with pets in need.


<br>9. <b>Interfaith Emergency Services</b>

<br>Every other Wednesday, this business offers a free clinic from 12:25 p,m. through 1:30 p.m. The clinic is located at 435 NW 2nd Street in Ocala. Call 1-352-629-5771 for more information.


<br>10. There are several other groups and organizations that provide financial assistance for specific breeds and/or diseases. The list is pretty extensive, so if you have a particular need, please <a href="">contact me</a> for more information. 


<P><B><font size="3">Life-Threatening Emergency Care Only</b></font>

<P>1. <a href="">In Memory Of Magic</a>


<br>2. <a href="">United Animal Nations</a>


<br>Their Lifeline Grant Program helps with life-threatening situations.

<br>3. <a href="">The Mosby Foundation</a>


<br>May be able to help with life-saving emergencies if confirmed by a licensed veterinarian by fax or phone.


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