Homeless People with Animal Companions

Useful resources

Pets of the Homeless is a national organization which has useful information about resources available to people with animals. 

The following is a link to shelters within the US and Canada where it is possible to stay with an animal companion.  But check the currency of the information.


Possible financial help for sick pets

The Brown Dog Foundation

They write they say no more than yes.  But they are an organization dedicated to helping families who find themselves in a temporary financial crisis at the same time their pet requires life-saving treatment or life-sustaining medications.  A one-time benefit committed to ensuring we help maintain and strengthen the bond between pets and their families during times of unexpected financial crisis. 

Various proofs are required to support any application e.g. low or no income, proof of ownership, vet records and proofs of 2 rabies vaccinations, a photo of pet and family member. 

See more at:  http://www.browndogfoundation.org

The Pet Fund is a possible source of financial assistance but has many applications to process.  This is not the place to look for funds to solve a medical emergency.

Magic Bullet Fund
This organization only works with dogs who are diagnosed with cancer.  Check if what you need help with is covered.  You can only apply if you have: 
  1. 1040 from most recently filed tax return
  2. Last month’s bank statement

For more information and application form see http://themagicbulletfund.org


Some organizations require a prior application to have been made for CareCredit card for Veterinary care.  For some people homeless with income CareCredit may be a possible way to take care of veterinary bills.  See http://www.carecredit.com

Sonoma County Animal Services


Check here for lost dogs, for spay and neuter services

Apply here http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Health/Animal-Services/License-Your-Dog/ for a dog license which you must have if you have a dog.  The license for spayed and neutered dogs cost less than unfixed dogs.

Sonoma Animal Services

1247 Century Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95403  phone: 707 565 7100

Tues-Saturday 12-5 closed Sundays and Mondays