We know it can be overwhelming even knowing where to start to locate basic help for your pet. That's why we've put together this list that we know will help you find the right pet resources for your friend.
Furry Friends knows each and every one of these pet resource places personally.
Low Cost Spay and Neuter
Spay and Save Program
(800) 345-SPAY (7729)
Spay & Save is a program of the Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland (ASAP). Offers $10-$20 spay/neuter surgeries for cats and kittens of low-income families in the Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington and Clark counties (Includes Humane Society of Southwest Washington). Spay & Save services are by appointment only and pet owners must be able to prove that they are receiving government assistance or qualify as a low income household.
Declawing is amputation
The Paw Project educates the public about why declawing is inhumane. Many people, including animal lovers, do not realize that declawing is a surgical procedure in which the animal's toes are amputated at the last joint. A portion of the bone, not just the nail, is removed. Declawing may result in permanent lameness, arthritis, and other long-term complications. The practice, although common in the United States, is actually illegal in many countries. Great Britain's Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons goes so far as to declare declawing "unnecessary mutilation."
Read more about declawing cats here pawproject.org/
CareCredit helps you pay for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses for you, your family, and even your pets! Once you are approved, you can use it again and again* to help manage health, wellness, and personal care costs not covered by insurance. Check their web site for more information.
Dove Lewis Nonprofit Hospital
Velvet Assistance Fund
How Does the Velvet Assistance Fund Work?
- Eligible clients may apply for Velvet Assistance.
- DoveLewis staff determines who will receive help from the Velvet Fund. Help is given on a case-by-case basis.
- Before they may apply for help from the Velvet Assistance Fund, DoveLewis clients must first fill out a Care Credit application. If clients receive Care Credit, they must fully utilize this option before receiving money from the Velvet Fund.
Pet Food Assistance
Lend-A-Paw: Pet Food Assistance
If you live in Clark County and are facing hard times, the Humane Society for Southwest Washington offers the Lend-A-Paw program to provide occasional pet food assistance to those in need. To qualify, you or a child in the home must be receiving government assistance in the form of Section 8, food stamps, WIC, TANF, SSI, Medicaid, AFDC, Oregon Health Plan, or EBT. Those who qualify may receive assistance with cat or dog food one time per month. Pet food distribution is based upon availability of donated pet food supplies and is not guaranteed. Please call in advance to determine if we have food available.
The Pongo Fund
Offers dog & cat food monthly the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. Need proof of address and government issued photo id. Portland OR. Their pet food bank address is 3632 SE 20th, Portland, Oregon. Please check their web site for information and restrictions before visiting them.
Second Chance Companions AniMeals
AniMeals is one service provided by Second Chance Companions to seniors, disabled and needy individuals in Clark County Washington. We distribute pet food free of charge to Meals on Wheels recipients, individuals in assisted living and senior facilities, and area food banks. This enables individuals to keep their companion animals, providing a special quality to their lives and saving their pets from an uncertain fate.
SW Washington & Portland Metro Animal Shelters & Rescue Organizations
Other Helpful Resources
Feline Behavior Solutions
If you're having issues with your cat's behavior, Dr. Marci Koski with Feline Behavior Solutions can help. Marci is a certified feline behavior and training consultant in the Vancouver, WA / Portland, OR area who works with cats and their people to resolve cat behavior issues including house-soiling and aggression. Marci works with clients all over the US and Canada through both long-distance and in-home consultation services.