Additional Resources for Pet Owners
Reduced Price Spay/Neuter
The AWS/Cleo Fund offers a limited number of vouchers for reduced cost spay/neuter services for qualified individuals at participating veterinarians throughout central, northern and Down East Maine. Visit the Cleo Fund voucher application page to see if vouchers are currently available.
Spay Maine is a statewide online resource for low cost spay/neuter options.
Veterinary Financial Aid
CareCredit is a line of credit that can be used to cover veterinary costs. (You can use it for your own health expenses, too.) It is typically offered with a promotional period, allowing you to make convenient monthly payments without accruing interest. Visit Care Credit’s website to see which veterinarians accept CareCredit. It is accepted at the AWS Community Veterinary Clinic.
Scratchpay offers simple and affordable payment plans for large veterinary bills. Apply for Scratch Pay and check your interest rate any time without affecting your credit score. Completing the application and accepting the loan terms takes just a couple of minutes and can be done from your cell phone or computer. Scratch Pay can help get your pet the care they need. If your vet has not yet signed up for Scratch Pay, ask your vet to join Scratch for free.
The American Animal Hospital Association – The AAHA offers a program among its member animal hospitals that helps to pay for veterinary expenses. Ask your veterinarian if they are part of this program.
Banfield Charitable Trust – The Banfield Charitable Trust has numerous programs including grants to help with veterinary care, food programs (like Meals on Wheels), helping homebound pet owners and owners in hospice care among others.
Red Rover – Red Rover offers financial and emotional support for pet owners to help care for animals in life-threatening situations.
The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation gives a second chance to sick and injured dogs in need.
Friends & Vets Helping Pets is is here to help during difficult times. Grants are made to individuals and families whose ability to pay is extremely limited, but also to those of somewhat more substantial means, up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, who may only need minor subsidy to meet the veterinary expenses. Financial aid is intended as a supplement to family resources. All applicants must be prepared to show financial need.
Dylan’s Hearts is a nonprofit organization helping families struggling financially pay for veterinary care for companion animals.
Low-cost Vaccine Clinics
Petco stores offer regular low cost clinics in NH. See their list of locations and schedules.
Shot Vet offers pet vaccine clinics throughout ME and NH. Check the website for dates and locations.
Midcoast Humane in Brunswick hosts monthly low-cost rabies vaccination and microchipping clinics. Nail trimming and ear cleaning are also offered at reduced prices.
Adopting a Puppy Mill Dog
Best Friends Animal Society provides this informative handout for adopters considering bringing home a dog rescued from a puppy mill. It outlines the do’s and don’t’s of introducing your new dog to your home and the steps you can take to make the transition as smooth as possible for the pet.
LendEDU – LendEDU has a very comprehensive blog post focused on pet insurance where they provide readers with the opportunity to compare their options and find answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Pet Food Pantries
Several food pantries in Maine have added pet food to their inventory. Call first to be sure.
Local animal control officers can also offer resources on pet food shelters.
The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (MSSPA) can provide temporary assistance for Maine horses and their owners, including feed, farrier or dental services or veterinary care. Visit MSSPA’s website for more information on their grant-funded feed and care bank for those in need.
New Puppy Resources
Puppy HQ is an information destination for new puppy parents including expert insights, a new puppy guide, training tips and product reviews.
Working Dogs/Service Dog Support
Bankrate has a detailed guide for affording a service dog, which breaks down all the costs and provides methods for financing them.
Use crowdsource fundraising to ask your friends and family members for support to cover your veterinary bills. Platforms like GiveForward, YouCaring and GoFundMe let you create personal fundraising pages for your pet’s medical care. Most charge a small fee (often a percentage of funds raised).
State Animal Welfare Program
If you are concerned about the health or welfare of an owned animal in your community, contact the Animal Welfare Program in Augusta at (207) 287-3846 or toll-free 1-877-269-9200. You can also e-mail them or visit their website. Complaints received via email must contain the reporting party’s name and phone number, the name of the animal owner (if known), a physical address, a description of the animals and the type of complaint. You may also wish to contact your local police department’s animal control officer.
Local Animal Control
Most towns and cities in Maine have an animal control officer, which can be reached through the non-emergency police station phone number. Visit this site to search your town to find your local animal control officer.
Local and regional humane societies and animal welfare groups
Animal Refuge League, Westbrook, Maine
Midcoast Humane, Brunswick, Maine
Friends of Feral Felines, Portland, Maine
HART, Cumberland, Maine
Greater Androscoggin Humane Society, Lewiston, Maine
New Hampshire SPCA, Stratham, NH