If you are low income and face veterinary expenses

Reach out to us on our Help Line: (650) 424-1901

Please note this number is not a 24-hour emergency line. Palo Alto Humane does not function as a veterinary clinic or an animal shelter. For assistance regarding Pet Help, contact animalsupport@paloaltohumane.org

Spay and Neuter Fund

Palo Alto Humane’s Spay and Neuter program provides critical funding to underwrite surgeries for homeless animals and those from low-income households. For details, click here.

Organizations You Can Contact for Assistance

We highly recommend reaching out to as many organizations as possible, since grant amounts may be limited, and each organization’s funding will vary based on funds raised and requests in the pipeline.

Providing a one-time grant of money to help pay for life saving medical treatment for pets whose caring, responsible owners are not able to pay for the care that will bring their pet back to health due to low income, personal crisis or disaster. Payments will be made directly to the medical care provider.

Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society
The Animal Cancer Therapy Subsidization Society is a registered charity in Alberta, Canada that is devoted to making cancer treatment for pets a reality. The Lucky Moffat Memorial Fund (in loving memory of a very special dog) was developed by ACTSS to ensure that all pets, can receive cancer therapies, regardless of their owner’s income.

The Brodie Fund
Offers financial assistance (through grants) to families who have pets fighting cancer.

Brown Dog Foundation
Offers financial assistance to families of pets with cancer that cannot afford entire treatment.

Canine Cancer Awareness
Offers veterinary care for dogs with cancer whose families are financially unable to provide treatment.

Cause FourPaws
Provides assistance for acutely ill or injured animals and created by the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, recipients are asked to pay 20% of all fees and provide 20 hours of community service at a Cause Four Paws local charity partner. Arizona only.

Companion Bridge
The Companion Bridge mission is to provide a loving and supportive community for people to connect share and assist one another on behalf of their companion animals. The Companion Bridge purpose is to address, educate, and provide online space to raise funds for people with either special needs companion animals or animals requiring significant financial medical attention that would otherwise be euthanized.

Diabetic Cats in Need
Provides one-time grants to low-income owners of diabetic cats.

Dylan’s Hearts
Our goal is to provide families struggling financially with the funds necessary to move treatment forward in emergency or critical situations for the animals.

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP) (Meow Cat Rescue)
Seniors, people with disabilities, people who have lost their job, Good Samaritans who rescue a cat or kitten—any of these folks may need financial assistance to save a beloved companion. The Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions when life‐threatening illness or injury strikes. See the Kobi Fund for Vaccine Associated Sarcoma (VAS) only.

Fetch a Cure, Companions in Crisis
Provides financial assistance to families unable to bear the cost of the life-saving treatments for pets diagnosed with cancer.Serves ONLY the state of Virginia. Also see the Felicia Fund which provides assistance in Washington DC.

For the Love of Alex Inc
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to the care and rescue of domestic animals with a primary goal of funding life-saving medical care for animals in need. Works with reputable veterinary hospitals to establish funds for families who are unable to afford veterinary care for their beloved pet.

Frankie’s Friends
Helping to save pets’ lives by providing grants to assist with the cost of lifesaving or life-enhancing emergency or specialty care for pets whose families cannot afford the full cost of treatment. Special funding may be made available to support the care of certified working dogs as well as rehabilitation of sick or injured wildlife.

Guardian Angels for Soldiers Pet©
Assists active duty service members, wounded warriors, veterans and their beloved companion animals or assistance service canines through various programs.

Handicapped Pets Foundation
The Handicapped Pets foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the health and wellbeing of elderly, disabled, and injured pets. We donate wheelchairs to pets in need.

Harley’s Hope
Financial assistance is offered as resources allow assistance with major or emergency veterinary care. Qualified candidates must complete the application.

International Association of Assistance Dog Partners
A non-profit, cross-disability organization representing people partnered with guide, hearing and service dogs.

Karma Sue
KarmaSue’s mission is to provide education, counseling, and financial support to Coloradan families that have companion animals living with cancer in an effort to honor the human-animal connection.

Land of Pure Gold Foundation
Gives grants of up to $1000 for cancer treatment of WORKING dogs (e.g., service dogs).

My Pet Child
My Pet Child is a project where you can find a list of non-profit organizations and veterinary hospitals that offer financial support to pet owners who are facing financial difficulties.

Paws 4 A Cure
Paws 4 A Cure is an all-volunteer 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance throughout the United States to those who cannot afford veterinary care for their beloved furry family members. Paws 4 A Cure helps dogs and cats with all illnesses and injuries. Paws 4 A Cure does not discriminate against breed, age, or diagnosis.

Pet Assistance, Inc.
PAI provides emergency veterinary subsidies to pet owners in financial need. Grants are only given for pets that have a good prognosis, unless the knowledge we gain from the treatment or surgery may help future animals in need.

Pets of the Homeless
Pets of the Homeless is the only national animal organization focused completely on feeding and providing emergency veterinary care to pets of the homeless.

Red Rover Relief
The Red Rover Relief program provides financial and emotional support to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations and resources to help victims of domestic violence escape abusive environments with their pets.

Roses Fund for Animals
Rose’s Fund recognizes that it takes more than love to save a life, and all animals deserve a chance. They will financially assist, to the best of their ability, pet owners and Good Samaritans who have an animal with a good prognosis for a healthy life but are at a financial loss.

SAGE Compassion for Animals
Sage Compassion for Animals prevents suffering and euthanasia by providing financial assistance to families with companion animals in medical crisis.

Shakespeare Animal Fund
Assistance offered to those residing in the Northern Nevada/Lake Tahoe area. Offers assistance primarily to those on fixed incomes or with annual incomes below the federal poverty guidelines. It is a one-time grant.

STARelief and Pet Assistance
STARelief and Pet Assistance is a national 501c3 organization based in Stamford, CT. STARelief’s programs are designed to save pets’ lives, assist families in need, reduce the number of pets entering shelters, and advocate for responsible pet ownership.

Stymie K9 Cancer Foundation
The Stymie Canine Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit foundation that raises funds for families in need of financial support for the cost of cancer treatment for their dogs and cats.

The Magic Bullet Fund
Magic Bullet Fund helps people who have made room in their homes and hearts for a canine or feline companion, but do not have the financial resources to provide cancer treatment.

The Mosby Foundation
The Mosby Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable purposes, to assist in the care of critically sick, injured, abused, and neglected dogs through financial support and public education.

The Murphee and Sugar Angel Foundation
Founded to alleviate financial strain on pet owners who care for critically ill animals.

The Onyx and Breezy Foundation
For medical care, spay/neuter, medications, etc., for either individuals or nonprofits.

The Pet Fund
The Pet Fund is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care.

The Pie Fund
The Pie Fund was created to make quality veterinary care available to companion animals in the northeast when their people cannot otherwise afford it.Focusing on pets with cancer, grants are made in cases where medical intervention has a good probability of increasing the length or quality of time that people and their animals have together, and where there is genuine financial need.

University of Georgia Annie’s Oncology Support Fund
Annie* inspired great acts of love and heroism and to assure that those qualities live on by helping others fight this terrible disease and maintain a good quality of life for their beloved pets. (*Annie was a beloved family canine companion.)

If you have a specific breed of dog, contact the national club for that breed. In some cases, these clubs offer a veterinary financial assistance fund. Here are a few websites for groups that provide financial assistance for specific breeds:


Doberman (special needs)

Great Pyrenees

Labrador Retriever

Labrador Retriever

Pit Bull/Staffordshire Terrier


Care Credit
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care, CareCredit, the leader in patient/client financing, has helped more than 3 million patients/clients get the treatment or procedures they needed and wanted. With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget.

Scratch Financial
The world’s simplest patient financing solution. Simple, friendly payment plans with no surprises.

For Lost Pets or Animal Emergencies

Palo Alto Humane cooperates with these local animal shelters and facilities:

Animal Control for Palo Alto, Los Altos, and Los Altos Hills is provided by the Palo Alto Police Department and can be reached via dispatch at (650) 329-2413.

Pets In Need is the shelter contractor for the city of Palo Alto and Los Altos and handles lost and found, adoption, licensing, and outreach programs. They can be reached at (650) 496-5971.

East Palo Alto residents should contact Peninsula Humane Society at (650) 340-7022

Mountain View residents should contact Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority at (408) 764-0344.

Wildlife issues should be directed to Peninsula Humane Society at (650) 340-7022, Pets In Need at (650) 496-5971, or Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority at (408) 764-0344.

To learn about first steps in attending to injured wildlife (when these locations are  not available), visit the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley.

United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency
(formerly South Peninsula Veterinary Emergency Clinic)

601 Showers Drive

Mountain View, CA 94040

(650) 494-1461

Adobe Animal Hospital
4470 El Camino Real
Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 948-9661

South Bay
15965 Los Gatos Blvd.
Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 357-8000

Emergency Animal Clinic of San Jose
(United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency) 

5440 Thornwood Drive
San Jose, CA 95123
(408) 578-5622

North Peninsula Veterinary Emergency Clinic
227 N. Amphlett Blvd.
San Mateo 94401,
(650) 348-2575

Sage Redwood City
24 Hour Emergency Vet & Specialty Hospital
934 Charter Street
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 417-7243

United Emergency Animal Clinic
(United Veterinary Specialty & Emergency) 

905 Dell Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 371-6252

Pets in Need
3281 E. Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 496-5971

Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority
3370 Thomas Road
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 764-0344

City of San Jose Animal Care & Services
2750 Monterey Road
San Jose, CA
(408) 794-PAWS (7297)

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
12 Airport Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 340-8200

VIP Pet Care Services
Offers canine and feline vaccinations, microchipping, blood and fecal testing, flea and tick control, ear mite treatment, deworming, and heartworm prevention at mobile clinic locations. Services are provided by a state licensed veterinarian without an examination fee.

Pets in Need
3281 E. Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 496-5971

Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority
3370 Thomas Road
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 764-0344

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
12 Airport Boulevard
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 340-8200

Actors and Others for Animals

Animal Health Foundation

AniMeals Helen Woodward Animal Center – For seniors, disabled or ill pet owners.

PALS: Pets Are Loving Support – For seniors, disabled or ill pet owners.

PAWS/LA: Hollywood – Pet food and supplies, veterinary care assistance, grooming, spay/neuter, veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners, and other services.

PAWS San Francisco – For seniors, disabled or ill pet owners.

Pets Are Wonderful Support: San Diego – For seniors, disabled or ill pet owners.

SEAACA: Downey – Veterinary care assistance, spay/neuter, and vaccination assistance.

SHARE Marin Humane Society – For seniors, disabled or ill pet owners.

San Francisco SPCA Vet Services—Financial Programs – For seniors, disabled or ill pet owners.

Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation: Walnut Creek – Pet food, spay/neuter assistance, and emergency veterinary assistance.

Voice for the Animals Foundation, Helping Friends Program – For seniors, disabled or ill pet owners.

Actors and Others for Animals: North Hollywood – Pet food and spay/neuter assistance.

Animal Health Foundation

AnimalSave: Green Valley – Pet food and spay/neuter assistance.

AniMeals Helen Woodward Animal Center – For seniors, disabled or ill pet owners.

Bad Rap: San Francisco – Pit bull-specific assistance for finding rental housing and insurance.

Cat People: Bakersfield – Cat food/litter, spay/neuter assistance, and vaccination assistance.
(661) 327-4706

Cats in Need (of Human Care): Southern California locations – Spay/neuter assistance.

Friends of Long Beach Animals: Long Beach – Spay/neuter assistance.

Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley: San Bernardino – Low-cost spay/neuter.

LA Animal Services: Los Angeles – Spay/neuter,vaccination and microchip assistance.

Marin Humane Society: Novato – Pet care assistance to low-income seniors, persons living with HIV/AIDS and those receiving hospice services.

Mercy Crusade’s Spay and Neuter Clinic: Oxnard – Spay/neuter and vaccination assistance.

Mountains’ Humane Society: Lake Arrowhead – Pet food and spay/neuter assistance.

Napa Humane: Napa – Spay/neuter assistance.

Pasadena Humane Society: Pasadena – Spay/neuter assistance.

Pet Assistance Foundation: Multiple Locations, Southern California – Spay/neuter assistance for dogs, cats, and rabbits.

Pets Are Wonderful Support: San Diego – Pet food/litter, pet supplies, veterinary assistance, animal transport, temporary foster program, veterinary care assistance programs for senior, disabled or ill pet owners.

Riverside County Department of Animal Services: Riverside – Spay/neuter assistance.

Sacramento SPCA: Sacramento – Pet food and spay/neuter assistance.

Santa Cruz SPCA: Santa Cruz – Pet food and spay/neuter assistance.

Helen Woodward Animal Center: Santa Fe – Pet food.

Sequoia Humane Society: Eureka – Spay/neuter assistance.

Spay Neuter Animal Network (SPAN): Ventura – Spay/neuter assistance.

SPCA for Monterey County: Monterey – Pet food, spay/neuter and vaccination assistance.

The Sam Simon Foundation: Los Angeles – Spay/neuter and vaccination assistance.

Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation: Walnut Creek – Pet food and spay/neuter assistance.

VET SOS: San Francisco – Free veterinary care and supplies for pets of the homeless.

Bay Area Cats: Resources—Learn what to do to help community cats

Cat Resource Center: A Community for All Things Cats—Request assistance in helping community cats

Santa Clara County

Pets in Need
3281 E. Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 496-5971

Humane Society of Silicon Valley
901 Ames Avenue
Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 262-2133

San Martin Animal Shelter
12370 Murphy Avenue
San Martin, CA 95046
(408) 683-4186

San Mateo County

Pets In Need
873 Fifth Avenue
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 367-1405

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
12 Airport Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 340-8200

Santa Clara County

Pets in Need
3281 E. Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 496-5971

Humane Society of Silicon Valley
901 Ames Avenue
Milpitas, CA 95035
(408) 262-2133

San Martin Animal Shelter
12370 Murphy Avenue
San Martin, CA 95046
(408) 683-4186

San Mateo County

Pets In Need
873 Fifth Avenue
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 367-1405

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
12 Airport Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 340-8200

Shelters in Northern California: other counties

Alameda County

City of Berkeley Animal Shelter
2013 Second Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 644-6755

Berkeley East Bay Humane Society
2700 9th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710-2606
(510) 845-7735

Fairmont Animal Shelter
2700 Fairmont Drive
San Leandro, CA 94578-0247
(510) 667-7736

Hayward Animal Control & Shelter
16 Barnes Court
Hayward, CA 94544-1425
(510) 293-7200

East Bay SPCA
8323 Baldwin Street
Oakland, CA 94621
(510) 569-0702

Valley Humane Society
273 Spring Street
Pleasanton, CA
(925) 426-8656

Amador County

Amador County Animal Control 
12340 Airport Blvd.
Martell, CA
(209) 223-6378

Butte County

Butte Humane Society
2579 Fair Street
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 343-7917

Calaveras County

Calaveras County Animal Control
891 Mountain Ranch Road
San Andreas, CA 95249
(209) 754-6509

Contra Costa County

Antioch Animal Shelter
300 “”L” Street
Antioch, CA 94509
(925) 779-6989

Contra Costa Humane Society
P.O. Box 1355
1008 Oakhill Road
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 284-8449

Tony La Russa’s Animal Foundation
P.O. Box 30215
2780 Mitchell Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
(925) 256-1273

Contra Costa Animal Services
651 Pinole Shores Drive
Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 374-3966

Contra Costa Animal Services
4849 Imhoff Place
Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 646-2995

El Dorado County

El Dorado Humane Society
484 Pleasant Valley Road
Diamond Springs, CA 95619-9100
(530) 642-2738

El Dorado County Animal Control
2301 Coolwater Creek Road
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 621-5795

Lake Tahoe Humane Society – S.P.C.A.
P.O. Box PET
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158
(530) 577-4521

Humboldt County

Sequoia Humane Society
6073 Loma Avenue
Eureka, CA 95503
(707) 442-1782

Lassen County

Lassen County Animal Shelter
472-000 Johnstonville Road North
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 257-9200

Lassen County Humane Society

P.O. Box 1575
Susanville, CA 96130
(530) 257-4555

Marin County

Marin Humane Society
171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
Novato, CA 94949
(415) 883-4621

Mariposa County

SPCA of Mariposa County Mariposa
5599 State Highway 49 N
P.O. Box 671
Mariposa, CA 95338
(209) 966-5275

Mono County

Mono County Animal Control
P.O. Box 476
Bridgeport, CA 93517
(760) 932-5630
(Administrative Offices on Jack Sawyer Road)
Bridgeport Animal Shelter
197 Jack Sawyer Road
Bridgeport, CA 93517
(760) 932-7404
Whitmore Animal Shelter
Benton Crossing Road (1/4 mi east of Hwy 395)
Bridgeport, CA 93517
(760) 935-4734

Napa County

Napa Humane
P.O. Box 695
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 255-8118
Spay/Neuter Clinic
3265 California Blvd.
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 252-7442

Nevada County

Grass Valley Animal Control
556 Freeman Lane
Grass Valley, CA 95949
(530) 477-4630

Nevada County Animal Control
950 Maidu Avenue, Suite 280
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-1471

Nevada County Animal Shelter
(Managed by Sammie’s Friends)
14647 McCourtney Road
Grass Valley, CA 95949
(530) 471-5041

Placer County

Auburn Shelter Placer
11251 B Avenue
Auburn, CA 95603
(530) 887-5520

Placer County SPCA
150 Corporation Yard Road
Roseville, CA
(916) 782-7722

Humane Society of Truckee–Tahoe
10961 Stevens Lane
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 587-5948

Sacramento County

Sacramento County Animal Care & Regulation
Bradshaw Animal Shelter

3839 Bradshaw Road
Sacramento, CA 95827
(916) 368-7387

City of Sacramento Animal Care Services
2127 Front Street
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 808-7387

Sacramento SPCA
6201 Florin-Perkins Road
Sacramento, CA 95828
(916) 383-PETS (7387)

San Francisco County

The San Francisco SPCA
2500-16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-6589
(415) 554-3000

Animal Care and Control
1200 15th Street (at Harrison)
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 554-6364

San Joaquin County

Delta Humane Society
4590 S. Hwy. 99
Stockton, CA 95213
(209) 466-0339

Stockton City Animal Shelter
1575 S. Lincoln
Stockton, CA
(209) 937-8274

City of Tracy Animal Shelter
370 Arbor Road
Tracy, CA 95376
(209) 831-4364

Santa Cruz County

City of Capitola Animal Shelter
420 Capitola Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010-3318
(831) 462-5678

Santa Cruz SPCA
2685 Chanticleer Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(831) 465-5000

Shasta County

Haven Humane Society
7449 Eastside Road
P.O. Box 99-2202
Redding, CA 96099-2202
(916) 241-1653

Siskiyou County

Siskiyou Humane Society
1208 N Mount Shasta Blvd.
Mt Shasta, CA 96067-9070
(530) 926-4052

Siskiyou County Animal Control
550 Foothill Drive
Yreka, CA 96097
(530) 841-4028

Solano County

Solano County Animal Control & Shelter
2510 Clay Bank Road
Fairfield, CA 94533
(707) 487-1356

SPCA of Solano County
2200 Peabody Road
Vacaville, CA 95687
(707) 448-7722

Benicia-Vallejo Humane Society
1121 Sonoma Blvd.
Vallejo, CA 94590
(707) 645-7905

Sonoma County

Sonoma Humane Society
Healdsburg Center

14242 Bacchus Landing Way
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 280-9632

Petaluma Animal Shelter & Adoption Center
840 Hopper Street
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 778-7387

Rohnert Park Animal Shelter
301 J. Rogers Lane
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(707) 584-1582

Humane Society of Sonoma County
5345 Highway 12 West
Santa Rosa, CA 95407
(707) 542-0882
(707) 284-1198

Sonoma County Animal Shelter
1247 Century Court
Santa Rosa, CA 95403-1043
(707) 524-7100

Pets Lifeline Animal Shelter
19696 8th Street East
P.O. Box 341
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-4577

Stanislaus County

SPCA of Stanislaus
4733 Yosemite Blvd.
Modesto, CA 95357-0503

Stanislaus County Animal Services
3647 Cornucopia Way
Modesto, CA 95358
(209) 558-PETS

Sutter County

Sutter County Animal Control Services
200 Garden Hwy.
Yuba City, CA 95991
(530) 822-7375

Pet Lifeline
3241 Industrial Dr.
Yuba City, CA 95993
(530) 755-1437

Tulare County

Valley Oak SPCA
29016 Highway 99
Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 651-1111

Tuolumne County

Humane Society of Tuolumne County
10040 Victoria Way
Jamestown, CA 95327-9700
(209) 984=5489

Yolo County

Yolo County SPCA
P.O. Box 510
Davis, CA 95617
(530) 758-7722

Yolo County Animal Services
140 Tony Diaz Drive
Woodland, CA 95776
(530) 668-5287

Yuba County

Yuba County Sheriff’s Animal Care Services
5245 Feather River Blvd.
Olivehurst, CA 95961
(530) 741-6478

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