Free and Low-Cost Resources For Pets And Their Parents!
Pets in the Classroom Program            
The Pet Care Trust
3465 Box Hill Corporation Center D   Suite #H
Abingdon, MD  21009
Phone: 443-921-2815  ext. 114   (new phone number!)
The Pets in the Classroom Program, an educational grants program, was established by the Pet
Care Trust in 2009 to assist teachers in obtaining or maintaining classroom pets. The program is
to reach 30,000 classrooms and impact one-million children. The Pets in the Classroom program
benefits students by teaching them responsible, long-term pet care at an early age and providing
the psychological and developmental benefits associated with the human-animal bond. Studies
have shown that caring for pets has a positive effect on children, improving school attendance
and teaching children responsibility, as well as encouraging nurturing and building self esteem.
The Pet Care Trust recognizes that teachers often have limited resources to enhance their class-
rooms and curriculum. Through a simple online application process, teachers can become eligible
to receive grants of $50 to support existing classroom pets, or $100-$150 to purchase or adopt
a new pet and required equipment.


The Michigan Humane Society is offering a FREE pit bull spay/neuter program to help reduce
the number of pit bull-type dogs entering shelters. Dogs must be a pit bull-type dog, which includes
the American pit bull terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire bull terrier, the Cane Corso or the Presa Canario. Each sterilization certificate covers the cost of spay/neuter surgery, rabies vaccination for animals 4 months and older, DHLLP vaccination, heartworm testing, pre-surgical blood work for animals 5 years and older and pain medication. There are NO pet owner eligibility restrictions based on income, residence or any other criteria.
Certificates are available by contacting the Society at 


Pantry 4 Paws Pet Food Assistance Program      
28402 Five Mile Road (at Harrison, between Middlebelt & Inkster Roads)
Livonia,  MI  48154
Phone:  734-855-4077
Families in need of pet food assistance can contact this organization.  Open to Metro Detroit,
Wayne County, Oakland County and Washtenaw County.

The Western Oakland Meals on Wheels Program and the Livingston County Senior Nutrition Meals
on Wheels Program are now offering a new pet food distribution program. This program is designed
to assist some of the frail, homebound Meals on Wheels participants with food for their pets. The
service in both counties applied for and received, through the Meals on Wheels Association of America, a grant from the Banfield Charitable Trust.  The Meals on Wheels program services more
than a hundred seniors that struggle to feed their pets. Individuals and organizations wanting to contribute or initiate a pet food drive can contact Carmin Harris, Program Director at 810-632-2155.

C.H.A.I.N.E.D.  Inc.      
PO Box 2464
Riverview, MI  48193
Phone: 734-231-6312
A non-profit servicing the downriver area and S.W. Detroit offering FREE life-enhancing supplies
& services to 24/7 chained/outside dogs!  FREE treats, toys & straw, lighter tie-outs, nylon collars,
food assistance and more!  Now featuring "Diamond In The Ruff" Program....providing free fence extensions / repairs / fence inside a fence / kennels.  All services and supplies are free and donations
are never asked for.  All outside donations welcome. 

P.A.W.S. of Michigan                    
P.O. Box 2184
Riverview, MI 48193
P.A.W.S of Michigan’s Pet Food Bank program is designed to help keep pets in their family homes,
where they should be, instead of in a shelter! Due to the poor economy many people are finding
it difficult to feed themselves, much less their animals. To help keep animal companions fed and
in their homes, we accept donated pet food and distribute it to area food banks..
Distribution Locations:
The following food banks have agreed to distribute these pet food donations. Distribution times
vary as noted below, and some food banks have additional restrictions and may require you to
pre-qualify. You may want to be prepared to show proof of income, disability, social security, etc.
Wyandotte Soup Kitchen
Congregational Church
98 Superior St., Wyandotte
No email, no phone
Pick up food on Wednesdays and Saturdays 12 noon until food is gone
New Dimensions Outreach
20320 Superior
Taylor, MI 48180
Phone:  734-444-9694
Open Tuesdays at 1:00pm (paperwork required)
Hope Fund
Named after Hope, a Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix puppy who suffers from a neurological disorder,
the Hope Fund helps us pay the veterinary expenses of special needs animals – like Hope – who
are brought into our program. Often the expenses for these animals are high and ongoing. The Hope Fund helps us help those who may otherwise never get a chan

Community Sharing
2909 N. Milford  (Apollo Center)
Box 405
Highland, MI  48357
Phone:  248-889-0347
Has a pet pantry and serves Milford, Highland and part of Wixom in Oakland County.

Our Lady of the Angels Food Pantry
6442 Pelham Road
Taylor, MI  48180
Phone: 313-381-3000
Must apply and meet low-income requirements.  Pet food not always available.

Detroit Center for Animal Care
7401 Chrysler Drive
Detroit, MI  48211
Phone:  313-872-3400
Straw can be picked up Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Wednesdays
from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for dogs kept outdoors.
Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care
3600 W. Auburn Road
Rochester Hills, MI  48309
Phone: 248-852-7420
Berman Center for Animal Care
900 N. Newburgh Road
Westland, MI  48185
Phone: 734-721-7300
The M.H.S. "Keeping Families Together" program includes a series of annual low-cost vaccination
and micro-chipping clinics, a free pet food bank, and a free Behavior Help Line to help answer
your questions and address pet behavior issues.  Click on the Protect-A-Pet vaccination clinic links!

Waggin' Tails Dog Rescue / Full Bowls, Full Bellies Pet Food Program
Phone:  248-788-7050
Wayne County and surrounding areas.

Michigan Animal Adoption Network / Pet Food Assistance
Phone:  248-545-5055
Serves Pontiac, Inkster.

New Beginnings Animal Rescue Pet Food Pantry
Phone:  248-543-4070
Southern Oakland County.

Cascade Humane Society Pet Food Pantry
Phone:  517-787-PETS
Jackson County.

Humane Society of Huron Valley          
Bountiful Bowls Pet Food Program
3100 Cherry Hill Road
Ann Arbor,  MI   48105
Phone: 734-662-5585
Serves Washtenaw County, Plymouth & Canton pet parents.  See further information on the site.

Humane Society of Monroe County      
Humane Society Thrift Store
15649 S. Telegraph Road
Monroe, MI  48161
We will have both cat and dog food available. This program is for low to no-income residents
of Monroe County. You must bring proof of income (Bridge Card will work) and picture ID.
We can only provide a supplement (roughly two weeks) for up to two animals per month.
Please allow for time to complete an application. Our pet bank is available once per month
per person.  Open every other Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank                 
3131 Tremainsville Road
Toledo, OH  43613
Phone: 419-266-5607
Humane Ohio operates a non-profit, low-cost spay / neuter clinic to serve pet parents, people
caring for free-roaming cats, animal shelters and rescue groups, anywhere in NW Ohio or SE
Michigan.  Offers a special, even lower rate to people on Medicaid, Food Assistance, WIC, SSI,
Section 8 Public Housing, the Heat Assistance Program and Ohio Works First (OWF).  The Food
Bank makes pet food available to pet parents in need and to people caring for free-roaming cats
in Lucas and Wood counties in Ohio and Monroe County in Michigan. 

Pets for Patriots               
218 E. Park Ave.   #543
Long Beach, NY  11561
Phone: 877-473-8223  OR  516-670-8446
Pets for Patriots connects adult and other at-risk shelter pets with U.S. veterans, wounded soldiers
and service members to the benefit of both pet and person. To make pet adoption achievable and affordable, we provide access to ongoing, discounted veterinary care and help reduce the costs of
pet food and essentials. Military members are eligible at any stage of their careers and from all armed forces.
Michigan Humane Society Pets for Patriots Program
We’re thankful for our Pets for Patriots partnership which gives our active duty personnel and military veterans the opportunity to save even more lives by adopting from us at a significantly discounted rate, and receive discounted veterinary care at any three of our veterinary centers for the life of the pet.


According to Good Housekeeping Magazine, you can save a great deal of money by buying your pet's medicine (including shipping costs) by obtaining it from one of the listed companies below, rather than from your veterinarian. (P.S. According to Veterinary Economics magazine, drugs sold by veterinarians have a markup of 150% to 175%!)

Doctors Foster and Smith
Phone:  800-381-7179
The bill for a six-month supply of flea-and-tick meds was 30 percent LESS than the prices quoted
by the Veterinarians across the country that Good Housekeeping surveyed.  They also have supplies
for the widest range of animals, from ferrets to finches!

Phone:  888-838-2637
Prices quoted were 28 percent less.

PetMed Express
Phone:  800-738-6337
A six-month supply of heartworm medicine cost 11 percent less.  The website also has a easy-to-find special sales section.

Phone:  800-844-1427
Website:   Click on link to the right!
The six-month supply of flea-and-tick medicine cost 10 percent less here
The website also has LIVE support from a vet and pharmacist.


Website: is a guide that contains tips and information on everything related to dogs
from adoption to grooming to preventative care.


All About Animals has established a hotline for Michigan pet owners who need spay/neuter assistance. Spay Michigan is a toll-free hotline that owners can call for referrals to clinics and veterinarians across the state. The phone is answered by a live person Monday through Thursday from 10-3 p.m. and voice mail messages are returned within 24 hours!
Phone: 1-888-5SPAYHELP

Find a state-by-state guide on financial aid at:

P.A.W.S. of Michigan         
P.O. Box 2184
Riverview, MI 48193
Hope Fund
Named after Hope, a Pomeranian/Chihuahua mix puppy who suffers from a neurological disorder,
the Hope Fund helps us pay the veterinary expenses of special needs animals – like Hope – who
are brought into our program. Often the expenses for these animals are high and ongoing. The Hope Fund helps us help those who may otherwise never get a chance.

Pantry 4 Paws Pet Food & Assistance Program      
28402 Five Mile Road (at Harrison, between Middlebelt & Inkster Roads)
Livonia, MI  48154
Phone:  734-855-4077

P.O. Box 188890
Sacramento, CA  95818
Phone:  916-429-2457
Helping people care for animals during financial hardships or domestic violence.  Apply online.

The Pet Fund                 
2747 14th Street
Sacramento, CA  95818      
Phone:  916-443-6007
The purpose of the Pet Fund is to work towards a future where decisions about companion
animal medical care need never be made on the basis of cost. Perhaps most importantly,
we provide information to owners about preventative care, pet insurance programs, and financial
services which will ensure that pet owners are able to develop financial resources on their own
and avoid future emergencies through care and planning. Such information is often hard to find,
and The Pet Fund provides a user-friendly, comprehensive starting place where all of these resources can be easily accessed.

1641 Elizabeth Lane
Yuba City, CA  95993
A Nonprofit Charity that provides emergency financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians
who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companion when life-threatening illness
or injury strikes. Seniors, people with disabilities, people who have lost their job, Good Samaritans
who rescue an injured or ill cat or kitten - any of these folks may need emergency financial assistance. Also has specialized dedicated fund (Kobi's Fund) for cats with Vaccine Associated Sarcoma (VAS)
(also known as Injection Site Sarcoma). VAS is a group of cancers caused by vaccinations.  We are
not able to assist with routine exams, vaccinations, Insulin, or Spay/Neuter.

If you're in financial hardship and your pet goes to one of the nearly 3,000 American Animal  Hospital
Association-accredited clinics, you may qualify for a grant of up to $500 per year to pay for a specific

29080 Inkster Road
Southfield, MI  48034
Phone:  248-663-1953
A non-profit dedicated to finding cures and saving pets with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The primary goal of the foundation is to save pets lives by providing grants that cover the cost of life-saving or life-enhancing emergency or speciality care for pets, whose families cannot afford the cost
of treatment.  Serves Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Kent counties.

Winston Canine Cancer Foundation
390 Park Street #110
Birmingham, MI  48009
Phone: 248-644-7363
Dedicated to fighting cancer in animals

Not sure if a pet problem  warrants an actual vet visit   At, a board-certified
vet will give you up-to-the-minute advice for just $5.  Type in your question and a vet will respond within a few minutes to a few hours.  The Vet will have an online conversation with you, offering an informed opinion.  You can also get a same-day online consultation at  and get a personalized diagnosis for only $4.95.

Every day this website features one pet toy, blanket, treat or other pet product for 50% to 90%
off its original price along with free shipping!  You have to act fast--each deal ends after 24 hours!


Do you have a special pet that you think would be PERFECT to do pet therapy at a local hospital
or nursing home?  Here are some organizations you could contact:

Dr. Paws
30072 Wicklow Road
Farmington Hills, MI  48334
Phone:  248-888-7488
A statewide canine animal-assisted therapy program with over 20 locations and 200 trained members.

Fur Angels
2984 Fort Street
Lincoln Park, MI  48146
Phone:  734-285-4085
A local pet therapy group with over 40 volunteers

Paws With A Cause
4646 S. Division
Wayland, MI  49348
Phone:  800-253-7297
Local chapter for the national organization of animal-assisted therapy dogs & programs

Phone:  248-684-2460
A 20-year old organization servicing Southeast Michigan.

Paws Of Michigan
PO Box 2184
Riverview, MI  48193

Think your pooch has potential as a therapy dog?  Click on the Delta Society's Website ( to find a nearby animal-assisted therapy instructor or to learn
how to become an instructor.


Use Alternatives!

NOTE:  The Michigan Humane Society is offering a variety of free and low-cost services
in 2012 for both pets and feral animals.  Go to to find more info!

Your local Humane Society or SPCA may provide discounted vaccinations, spaying and neutering services as well as some pet supply chains that may offer discounted vaccinations.

Also, think about volunteering at your local clinic.  You might just get a discount on animal care! 
For a list of clinics in your area, visit www.pets911.

Check with your local pet store such as PETCO........many have low-cost vaccination clinics!

Buy Meds Elseware
You can save a great deal by buying online at discount websites (see top of page!), BUT drugstores
often will fill pet prescriptions and may charge as much as 2/3's less than a vet!

Get a FREE expert opinion
Before agreeing to costly treatments, you can get a free expert opinion on your pet's symptoms
at OR

Negotiate Your Payments!
Don't be afraid to be frank with your vet about your finances...some will work out reduced rates or payment plans with their clients.  Another option is CareCredit, a national program that allows pet owners to pay for treatments on a monthly basis.


The PAWS Clinic                               
21210 Goddard Road
Taylor, MI 48180
Phone: 313-451-8200
The V-SNAP is not a general low-cost spay/neuter program. It is designed to help only people
who have a demonstrated need.  Surgeries through the V-SNAP are performed at The PAWS
Clinic in Taylor, Michigan. Assistance is available only if the V-SNAP has available funding. 
Funding is through directed donations and grants.
$50 for dogs up to 75 pounds (slightly higher fee for larger dogs)
$25 for cats
Additional subsidy may be available on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of P.A.W.S. and
based on the availability of funds.  Proof of need must be provided.
Qualifications for V-SNAP Assistance:
Low income:  $10,830 a year or less for a single person or $18,310 a year or less for a family of three.
Most show last year’s IRS 1040 form.
Currently unemployed. Must show a recent unemployment check.
Government assistance: Social security, Welfare, Medicaid, Bridge card.
Must show proof of assistance.

See below for the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance OR visit for the FREE "Roaming
Cat Spay/Neuter Program" as well as other occasional programs!

Alliance for Spay-Neuter and Pet Rescue (multiple locations)

Michigan Humane Society
Offering a variety of free and low-cost spay and neuter programs in 2014.

Humane Society of Huron Valley 
3100 Cherry Hill Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 
Phone: 313-662-4365  

All About Animals
25408 Mound Road
Warren, MI
Phone: 586-435-6930

Long Lake Animal Hospital                                                  
Phone:  248-689-8899                                                               

Silver Lake Animal Rescue League                                     
Phone: 248-545-6583  ext. 5                                                 

The Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter are offering vouchers for pets to be spayed or neutered
AND receive needed vaccinations AND have the insertion of a microchip identifier at participating
local veterinary clinics!  The vouchers are only $35 for a male pet and $45 for a female pet.....a REAL BARGAIN!

Downriver veterinary clinics participating are Downriver Animal Hospital in Wyandotte, the Lincoln
Park Veterinary and VCA of Allen Park.  Vouchers are on sale now and the supply is limited.  To purchase one, call the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter at 313-943-2697.  After buying the voucher, contact one of the participating clinics to schedule an appointment for the pet. 


Vaccine Wellness Clinic
VCA Southland Animal Hospital           
20224 Eureka Road
Taylor, MI  48180
Phone:  734-285-7500

The Michigan Humane Society is offering low-cost shots and micro-chipping to those who are low-income OR laid-off.  $3 for shots and only $10 for microchipping.  Go to
To qualify, you must have proof of Unemployment Compensation, a Medicaid or Medical Assistance
card, FIP, Social Security Disability, a Bridge Card or the WIC program.


State Bar of Michigan
Provides information and resources about the practice and study of Animal Law
as well as current legislation   

Animal Legal and Historical Center
Animal Law archives compiled by the Michigan State University College of Law

Southeastern Michigan Animal Rights Team  (S.M.A.R.T.)
A local network for activists campaigning against cruelty to animals.


Dog Behaviorists show how to fix everything from housebreaking to barking at

Cat owners can get the same help at


The latest trend is networking sites for animals!  Create a pet profile on  
and you can meet other animal lovers like you! and provide a place where you can not only share pictures
of your pets and meet fellow animal lovers but also get info about breeds, health and food recommendations and where you can find vets near you!


Detroit Dog Park
Corner of 17th Street and Rose Streets  (adjacent to the Michigan Central Station)
Detroit, MI 
No special permit or license is required to use the free park, but pet owners are asked
that the dogs who use the park should be up-to-date on vaccines. 
Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. 

WOOFhaven Dog Park                
Civic Center Park
Woodhaven, MI  48183
Phone:  734-362-2913
A NEW dog park called WOOFhaven has opened in Woodhaven and is located at Civic
Center Park. The 2-acre, off-leash park features 2 separate areas; one for large dogs and
one for small, young and elderly dogs. Woodhaven residents can get a year membership
for $25 and non-residents can purchase a pass for $35. Each additional dog is $5.  Open
year round from dawn to dusk. 

Farmington & Farmington Hills Dog Park          
(former site)  William Grace Elementary Site
Shiawassee, east of Middlebelt
This dog park will open in June for citizens of both cities however, there will be a mandatory
orientation session for dog owners wanting to use the dog park.  Registration is required by
visiting the Costick Center, 28600 Eleven Mile, east of Middlebelt, during business hours or
by calling the Costick Center at 248-473-1800. 

Brownstown Twp. Dog Park             
21313 Telegraph Road (behind the Township Hall)
Brownstown, MI 
Those who use the park must complete an application, which is available in the water department
at Brownstown Township Hall.  Dog owners must show a copy of each dog's current
rabies vaccine certificate and proof of bordetella, distemper and parvovirus vaccines. 

Canton Dog Park / Preservation Park               
500 N. Ridge Road
Canton, MI
Phone:  734-394-5310
The 5-acre, off-leash dog park is on Denton Road, just north of Cherry Hill Road and across from
Canton Fire Station No.3.  The park provides separate sections for large dogs (20 lbs. or more)
and small breeds (less than 20 lbs.).  Hours are from dawn to dusk. Dog park memberships are
$25 a year for residents or $50 for nonresidents.   Memberships include up to three dogs per
household and requires a current dog license for each dog and an up-to-date copy of vaccinations. 

Behnke Memorial Dog Park                                                        
300 N. Groesbeck Hwy.                                                                
Mount Clemens, MI      

Anne Fracassa Memorial Dog Park                                            
Located inside Burdi Park                                                             
South of 12 Mile, just west of Van Dyke                                 
Warren, ,MI                                                                                           
Phone: 586-574-4557

Clinton Twp. Dog Park                                                                   
40700 Romeo Plank Rd.                                                             
(Clinton Twp. Civic Center)                                                       
Clinton Twp., MI                                                                         
Phone: 586-286-9336

Saline Dog Park (at Mill Pond Lake)
Located at the end of W. Bennet Street and Mills Road
Saline, MI 
Phone: 734-429-3502

Chippawassee Park
Midland, MI
Phone: 989-837-6930

Cascades Humane Society
1515 Carmen Drive
Jackson, MI
Phone: 517-787-PET

Lincoln Hills Golf Course
2666 W. 14 Mile Road
Birmingham, MI 

Lyon Oaks Bark Park                                                                    
52221 Pontiac Trail                                                       
(between Wixom and Old Plank Roads)                                 
Lyon Township, MI
Phone: 248-437-7345

E-Z Dog Park & Training                                                              
230 Norlynn Drive (near Brighton)                                              
Howell, MI                                                                                  
Phone: 810-229-7353        

Pleasant Ridge Dog Run                                                                              
Near I-696 & Grand Trunk RR
Pleasant Ridge, MI
Phone: 248-542-7322

Canine to Five
3443 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 
Phone: 313-831-DOGS
Every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon through April, pooches and their people are invited
to kick up their heels at the indoor dog park.  Guardians can chat over a cup of coffee while their
pups get a workout.  Admission is $5 per play session.  Make sure you bring proof of vaccinations
and play nice!

Me & My Shadow Swim & Fitness Center for Dogs
29885 Ford Road
Garden City, MI
Phone: 734-525-9500

Orion Oaks Dog Park
Off Joslyn Road, south of Clarkston Road
Orion Township, MI
Phone:  248-858-0906  OR 248-625-0877
Cost:  $7 daily motor vehicle pass for Oakland County residents or $12 daily for nonresidents, $30 annual pass for Oakland County residents or $46 for nonresidents.  14 acres for the dog  park with expansive fenced-in fields that allow ample room for dogs to explore.  Scattered picnic tables for their owners.  AND a dog-only swimming area on the 90-acre Lake Sixteen!  Free plastic clean-up baggies provided at the park.

Wayne County Parks and Recreation Department / Hines Dog Park
At Hawthorne Ridge Park on Hines Drive, just west of Merriman
Westland, MI
Phone:  866-664-4637
A liability waiver and registration form must be filled out before entering the dog park.  Registration
is limited and there is a fee for membership.

The Canine Corral Dog Park  (located at the Pet Emporium)                                                      
4940 Ann Arbor-Saline Road                                                   
Ann Arbor, MI
Phone:   734-929-6533

Paw Run Recreational Area
North Territorial Road
Ann Arbor, MI
Phone: 734-929-6533

Olson Dog Park
Dhu Varren and Pontial Trail
Ann Arbor, MI

Swift Run Dog Park
Ellsworth & Platt Roads
Phone: 734-994-2780


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COMMUNICATIONS / Financial Assistance

Michigan Pet Fund Alliance  (formerly Oakland County Pet Fund "Fur e-tails")
2210 Lancaster
Bloomfield Hills, MI  48302                  Ask about the FREE "Roaming Cat Spay/Neuter Program"
Phone: 877-FUR-PALS


Did you spend big money on what you thought was a purebred puppy, but now you're
having doubts? Go to for a DNA test for your dog.


SkyArk Inc.
PO Box 1553
Buena Vista, CO  81211
Phone:  719-395-8686
Air transportation & airlift services during disasters & desperate crisis situations for animals.


ASPCA Pet Health Insurance
Phone:  866-909-2281
Save 80% on your vet bills and choose any licensed vet in the U.S. and Canada.  Plans start
at $8.99 a month for dogs and $6.99 a month for cats.


There are rehabilitation experts scattered around the state and you can see a list of licensed rehabilitators at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at
call your local DNR office.  You can also check the Web site of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. Website:

Please see the "Travel Resources" Cool Link for more info on traveling with your pet!

This page was last updated: September 1, 2017