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Resources to Help Senior Pet Owners
Including Services to Help Care and Pay for Pet Services
Date: March 18, 2009
Author: David Smidt, SeniorDiscounts

National Help Services:

PetsnPatients generates a greater national awareness of the positive healing nature of companion animals for patients enduring health crises to wellness. They seek to help maintain relationships between patients and their pets during health crises and are working to develop additional options for pets of newly disabled patients. Interested volunteers can sign up on their website or on They seek to become a national network for recruiting additional volunteer foster homes by partnering with existing pet rescues and social service organizations and seek to preserve companion pet bonds to help a patient recover when faced with the most severe health crises by providing temporary foster care. You can support their mission by purchasing the Limited Edition 2008 PetsnPatients "Year of Celebration" Calendar. Or consider a Gemteck Personal GPS unit designed to give caregivers and family peace of mind and increase patient independence with first responder access while outdoors.
This free network, which is a collaborative effort of all the animal rescue organizations and services across the country, is easily accessible through both a toll-free phone number and website, which promises easy access to all the local pet information necessary to instill responsible pet ownership and overcome the issue of animal homelessness. is a national animal protection organization that researches and tracks incidents of criminal animal cruelty. They offer a wide range of service and tools for animal advocates, humane law enforcement, researchers and prosecutors.

Financial Assistance Services:

Actors and Others for Animals
(Serving the Greater Los Angeles, CA, area)
A Southern California community-based organization serving the greater Los Angeles area. Among other services, the organization provides financial assistance for emergency medical procedures for those of limited income.

Los Angeles Animal Services
(Los Angeles, CA)
Administered by the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services, its goal is to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of animals and people in the City of Los Angeles. Seniors aged (62+) living in the City of Los Angeles qualify to receive a free dog license (must show proof of current rabies vaccination) and qualify to receive a Spay/Neuter Certificate valued at $60 for use at participating veterinary hospitals. They are also creating a new program called Seniors 4 Seniors. This services will match senior pets (age 8 +) from Los Angeles Animal Care Centers with senior adults (age 62 +). Senior citizens are then allowed to adopt their new senior companion free of charge.

Ashley's Angel Fund, Inc.
(North Carolina)
A nonprofit organization providing monetary assistance for veterinary care for dogs with a life-threatening condition. It was established to make the decision easier for guardians facing the high cost of care. By providing financial assistance in time of critical need, Ashley's Angel Fund seeks to perpetuate the bond that exists between people and their pets.

The Bearen Foundation
(Eugene, Oregon)
Believes that financial circumstances should not determine whether a beloved family member lives or dies and, to that end, offers financial assistance to local vet offices for qualified individuals who face veterinary expenses beyond their means.

Dreampower Animal Rescue's Forever Home
A program provides assistance to pet guardians in need of assistance.

Good Samaritan Fund at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine
Is used exclusively to treat guardianless or special needs animals that, ideally but not exclusively, also present a teaching opportunity for the veterinary students.

Pima Animal Care Center
(Greater Tucson area, AZ)
Provides discounts of up to 30% on the adoption of animals, licensing fees and other services.

Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital
Colorado's largest non-profit veterinary hospital, offers veterinary services to individuals, to more than 60 rescue and shelter groups, and to organizations that are in need of veterinary care for service animals or therapy animals. A team of seven staff veterinarians and a pool of referral surgeons offer care for critically injured animal's procedures.

A nonprofit organization which provides financial assistance for the medical care of pets whose guardians are unable to afford the expense.

Has many different programs to help people with special needs dog, such as blind or diabetic dogs.

The Nantucket MSPCA
Offers a number of subsidy programs that provide financial assistance to pet guardians.

Nike Animal Rescue Foundation (NARF)
(San Francisco Bay Area cities)
Has many hospitals and clinics who offer reduced rates and/or the ability for you to pay your veterinary bills on a monthly basis.

Serves the pets of New York City residents living in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island by providing funds to low-income pet guardians whose pets need emergency veterinary care.

Pet Samaritan Fund
Provides financial assistance to individuals unable to afford medical care for their pet(s).

Pocatello Animal Control
Provides discounts on licensing fees.

Pets In Need
Provides assistance to low-income individuals for veterinary care, including spaying and neutering for their dogs and cats, on a funds-available basis. Also assists senior citizens with veterinary care. Regular clinics are held at Senior Centers throughout the area. Senior citizens can bring their companion pets for an examination by a veterinarian and vaccinations for only $10. Low-income seniors can also obtain assistance for other more comprehensive veterinary care through the Crockett Memorial Fund.

Senior Canine Rescue Society
Is able to help with medical expenses and/or sponsorship in some cases in Canada. The organization has Canadian charitable status, and, as such, can fund only Canadian-registered charities.

Sue Freeman¹s Guide to Rescue Cats
This Web site contains a list of pet financial-assistance resources in Los Angeles and the surrounding area.

Volunteer Services For Animals (VSA)
(Rhode Island)
An organization of volunteers dedicated to animal well-being and the promotion of the human-animal bond through programs of education, advocacy, and assistance. VSA provides financial assistance to pet guardians for veterinary care.

Rescue Groups Matching Senior Dogs with Senior Companions:

The Pets for the Elderly Foundation
The Pets for the Elderly Foundation is a non profit organization that "makes donations to animal shelters throughout the United States to enable them to provide elderly persons a companion pet at no charge." This foundation will cover fees charged by the shelter which may include: the adoption fee, spay or neuter cost, immunization shots, and follow-ups to make sure the relationship is thriving. Currently over 55 shelters participate in the program. The Foundation has found homes for over 4,500 pets.

PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society)
PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society) provides a "Seniors for Seniors" program where mature cats and dogs (typically over 7 years of age) are placed with qualified senior citizens who are 60 years of age or older. The PAWS "Seniors for Seniors" program offers a special reduced adoption fee of $35, and includes many benefits to help seniors who are living on a fixed income. New pets will be spayed or neutered and will receive their first set of vaccinations. Participants will also receive a certificate for a free health examination by a veterinarian of the participant's choice.

Springer for Seniors
Springer for Seniors is a program sponsored by the English Springer Rescue America organization. This program matches older Springer Spaniels with seniors across the US. The organization waives the normal adoption fee of $250 and provides support for the new owner.

Pets for Seniors
Peoria, IL
Organized in late 1999, this group of volunteers specializes in matching senior humans (age 62 and older) with senior pets.

The Hinsdale Humane Society
Hinsdale, IL
A 53-year-old not-for-profit agency dedicated to the care and adoption of unwanted and abandoned animals and the offering of humane education programs to prevent suffering and neglect. There Friends for Life Program places animals six years of age or older with seniors 65 years of age or older at no charge.

Indiana Petite Paws Rescue Angels
Northwest Indiana
Rescuing toy dogs from Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. Focusing on the rescue of the Yorkshire Terrier, but no paw too small. Offering a "seniors for seniors" program. Volunteers and members available statewide.

Nike Animal Rescue Foundation
Northern CA
Northern California-based program that matches seniors (over 62 years of age) with senior dogs (over 6 years of age).

North Shore Animal League
Port Washington, NY
Special services and fee-free adoption are offered by the North Shore Animal League via their "Seniors for Seniors" program.

Humane Society's S.A.I.N.T. Program
Goshen, NY
Matches senior citizens with senior companion animals carefully and with concern for the well-being of all.
E-mail Diane Novack:

7 Bells Sanctuary
Cole Camp, MO
A senior dog rescue that operates a program called "Senior Pets for Senior Homes." The program sends senior dogs out into the field to visit senior care centers. The senior adults in the care centers become acquainted with the dogs, and the dogs become familiar with medical equipment and not fearful of it. The group's goal is to encourage permanent adoption of the pets into senior homes or homes with a low-energy lifestyle.

The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs
Cleveland, OH
Has a "Senior Dogs for Senior People" program available.

Senior Mutt Match
San Diego, CA
The mission of Senior Mutt Match is to help promote the adoption of senior dogs (ages five and older) from shelters and rescue groups in the San Diego community. They educate the San Diego community in general and senior citizens specifically, about the wonderful benefits of adopting a senior dog.

South East Dallas Humane Society
Dallas, TX
Has a "seniors for seniors" program that waives their customary adoption fee and all veterinary fees. Spay/neuter, heartworm testing, de-worming, vaccinations, and any necessary veterinary medical attention are all included for free.

Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue
Boston, MA
Has a program designed to bring rescued Senior Boston Terriers and Seniors together in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. To allow more senior people (60 years of age or older) to adopt the senior dogs (6 years of age or older), the placement fee is reduced for those who qualify. All of the rescued Bostons are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested and all known medical conditions are addressed and treated as appropriate before placement. All of our placements are done by application.

Informational contributions by:
Association of German Shepherd Rescuers, Inc.
The Senior Dogs Project

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