What if I Can No Longer Afford to Care for My Pet?

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Resources for Your Pet – Averting a Financial Crisis

Are you struggling to take care of your pet?  We have all experienced hard times at one point or another in our lives.  It can be really scary to lose a job or get behind on bills.  We spend a lot of time worrying and wondering where our next meal will come from and how the kids will get a new pair of shoes.  It’s even worse when one of our loved ones has a medical emergency.  So what happens to our pets when hard times hit?  Oftentimes pet parents feel completely helpless when they are unable to provide for their pets during times of crisis.  In some families, the pet is the last one on the totem pole. Sometimes pet parents even have to consider giving up their pet because they simply cannot afford to treat their pet.  This is such a terrible position to be in.  It breaks our hearts to learn of pets that end up in the shelters simply because their family has arrived at a difficult place in life.  Well, this doesn’t have to be the case.  There are resources out there to help you provide for your pet during those difficult seasons of your life.  We have compiled a list of resources so you are prepared during times of crisis.  Take a look!

Ashley’s Angel Fund (veterinary care assistance)
www.ashleyfund.org/
Humane Alliance: Asheville (spay/neuter assistance)
www.humanealliance.org
Watauga Humane Society: Boone (spay/neuter and microchip assistance)
www.wataugahumanesociety.org
Animal Protection Society of Durham: Durham (pet food assistance)
http://www.apsofdurham.org/
Community Partnership for Pets: Flat Rock (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
http://www.communitypartnershipforpets.org
Wayne County Humane Society: Goldsboro (spay/neuter assistance)
http://www.goldsboro-wchs.org
The Humane Society of the Piedmont: Greensboro (pet food assistance)
www.hspiedmont.org
Planned Pethood Spay and Neuter Clinic: Greensboro (spay/neuter assistance)
www.hspiedmont.org/spay.html
Madison County Animal Shelter: Marshall (spay/neuter assistance)
www.madisoncountync.org/-shelter.html
POP-NC: Multiple Locations (spay/neuter assistance)
http://www.pop-nc.com
AnimalKind: Raleigh (spay/neuter assistance)
http://www.animalkind.org
SPCA of Wake County: Raleigh (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
http://www.spcawake.org
SNAP-NC:Statewide (spay/neuter assistance)
http://www.snap-nc.org/
Animal Compassion Network: Skyland (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
http://www.animalcompassionnetwork.org/
Haywood Animal Welfare Association: Waynesville (pet food, spay/neuter assistance)
http://www.hawapets.org
Forsyth County Animal Control: Winston-Salem; Forsyth County (pet food assistance)
www.co.forsyth.nc.us/AnimalControl/animeals.aspx
Forsyth Humane Society: Winston-Salem (spay/neuter and vaccination assistance)
www.forsythhumane.org

Wishbone Canine Rescue: (provides a list of more options for medical care)                       www.wishbonecaninerescue.org/financial-assistance-and-medical-resources-for-your-pet.html

 

More tips:

  • Apply for Care Credit. This is a credit card that provides low interest rate and low monthly payments.
  • Invest in health insurance for your pet. There are options out there for every budget. A little extra money out of pocket each month now can save you thousands in the long run.
  • Build a rapport with your veterinary doctor. If you utilize the services of the same veterinary clinic, they will be more apt to work with you by setting up a payment plan with you or even reducing their fees if you find yourself in need of their services while experiencing financial difficulty.
  • Set aside a little savings account for your pet. By putting away a few bucks each month, you will be in a better position to take care of your pet should a medical emergency arise.
  • Do some independent research of your own. There are many fine organizations out there that are set up specifically for the purpose of helping pets and their families during financial crisis.
  • Build rapport with other pet related companies. Oftentimes, it’s not what you know but who you know.  Volunteer, donate and join organizations that support pets such as shelters and rescues.  Not only are you putting out good karma in the community but you are putting yourself in the position of educating yourself as a pet parent and becoming aware of the resources within your community.

Another source for help:  12 Programs to help pay for your pet’s care

Whew!  That’s a lot of information – I know.  I hope you will find this helpful and gets you in planning mode.  There’s no time like the present.  Share this with your friends and family.  We all need a little reminder that sometimes when it rains, it pours.  Don’t be caught without a financial medical umbrella for your pet; he’s counting on you.

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