Caring for Your Pet During Tough Financial Times

A little creativity and research can go a long way.

With a little creativity and research there are ways to continue caring for your four legged family members. No one wants to consider letting go of their loved ones, but sometimes we struggle financialy and wonder if we can provide the loving care they deserve. But before you even considering giving up, take a look at these resources. They may provide the additional support you need to get you through some tough time periods or spark some creative approaches to provide the care your furry family members need.

Living Arrangements

Pet Friendly Housing from MyApartmentMap

Need to consider new housing arrangements? Concerned that you can't take your pet with you? Check out MyApartmentMap with the largest list of currently available pet friendly housing. The inability to find pet friendly housing is one of the leading causes of cat & dog abandonment.

Temporary Relocation

If you're unable to take you pet with you immediately. Ask friends and families if they will care for your pet while you search for a suitable home where you can take them.

Financial Support

Care Credit

A credit card designed to specifically cover health, beauty and wellness needs including veterinary costs.


A non-profit organization dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.


Meals on Wheels Loves Pets

Check with your local Meals on Wheels. They have a "We All Love Our Pets" initiative. Grants are available to local Meals on Wheels agencies to provide pet food to clients.

Save Our Pets Food Bank

Provides a directory of unaffiliated pet food assistance programs throughout the United States.

Medication & Veterinarian Care

Talk to your Vet

Don't be afraid to discuss your financial situation with your Vet. They may be able to recommend some more affordable alternatives in medications and veterinary care that your pet currently needs.

Gimpy Dog Blog

Check out this website for resources on providing financial assistance for dogs with special medical needs.

On-line Pharmacies

Considering ordering medications from on-line pharmacies where the cost may by cheaper.

Cut Costs in Other Areas

All in the Family

Asks all members of the family to put money into a "Pet Savings Jar" to help pay for your pet's food and medicalc care. All members of the family should help contribute to the wellbeing of your pets.

Cut back on luxury items

Cut back on treats, toys, regular gooming visits. Focus on providing the primary care your pet needs and save these special treats for a future date. If you need a dog sitter, consider working our a plan with a friend, taking turns pet sitting instead of paying for these services.