Pets in the Classroom Program
The Pet Care Trust
3465 Box Hill Corporation Center D Suite #H
Abingdon, MD 21009
Phone: 443-921-2815 #114
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
nd 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.
NOTE: Many food banks now offer pet food as well. If you are already applying for help
from one, or if you just need pet food, ASK them! Find the latest listing of food pantries at www.pantrynet.org.
MULTIPLE COUNTIES SERVED
MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY
Detroit Center for Animal Care
7401 Chrysler Dr.
Detroit, MI 48211
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
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
Berman Center for Animal Care
900 N. Newburgh
Westland, MI 48185
Pet Pantry Program:
The Michigan Humane Society’s Pet Pantry program assists hundreds of qualifying low-income families in the metro Detroit area. MHS provides dog or cat food at no charge to owned pets in
an effort to keep animals in their current homes.
How to Qualify
If you need temporary assistance in providing food for your pets, you can visit one of our Animal
Care Centers in Detroit, Rochester Hills, or Westland to register for the program. Hours vary by
Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinics
The Michigan Humane Society Protect-A-Pet clinics offer low-cost, age-appropriate vaccinations against Distemper, Parvovirus, Rabies and other deadly diseases as well as low-cost micro-chip-
ping for dogs and cats of pet owners.
MHS for Military aims to connect companion animals in need of homes with veterans and active
duty service personnel to create new families.
The program includes the following:
1. Fee-waived adoptions on any pet, including kittens and puppies, for any qualified adopter
2. MHS’s adoption package includes pet sterilization, age-appropriate vaccines, de-worming
3. Discounts on veterinary care for the first year, valid at all 3 MHS locations
Opportunity to activate additional benefits through the Pets for Patriots program (information
provided at time of adoption)
To participate in the MHS for Military program, customers must bring the following at time
1. Proof of honorable discharge / DD 214 / DD 256
2. Veteran’s designation on state ID
3. Driver’s license (or State of Michigan ID card) with current address.
4. Veterinary records for any current pets or provide vet’s phone number.
5. All members of your household-MHS prefers (and in some cases requires) that all
members of the household meet and are comfortable with the pet.
6. Any canine family members-MHS prefers (and in some cases requires) dog-to-dog
meetings between your current dog(s) and potential new canine family members.
The MHS for Military discount is available at off-site or special adoption events provided all
adoption requirements are met. Check out our Facebook page for the most up-to-date listing!
The fee-waived adoption is non-transferable, and any adopted pets must reside with the veteran
or active duty adopter.
CancerCare®’s Pet Assistance and Wellness (PAW) Program
Phone: 800-813-HOPE (4673)
CancerCare, the leading national nonprofit organization providing free, professional support
services to anyone affected by cancer, is continuing to support pet owners affected by cancer
with the CancerCare Pet Assistance & Wellness (PAW) Program. The PAW Program helps people
living with cancer in active treatment and their loved ones care for their cats or dogs during the
emotional, physical and financial challenges of cancer treatment. CancerCare recognizes that
pets are an integral part of a cancer patient’s support network and developed this program to
address the distinct needs of people with cancer who share their home with a cat or dog.
This national program is comprised of the following core services:
• Limited financial assistance to qualified patients who are both owners of a cat or dog and
in active treatment to offset expenses, including pet food, pet walking/sitting, boarding fees, veterinarian expenses, medications and lab fees
• Educational programs and materials focused on caring for pets throughout the cancer
journey, to cover topics such as how to care for one’s pet during cancer treatment, guidance
on how to reduce one’s risk of infection from pets, as well as finding local support programs
• Free counseling and case management services for both people with cancer and their loved
DETROIT & METRO DETROIT
Pantry 4 Paws (Pet Food Assistance Program)
28418 Five Mile
Livonia, MI 48154
APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED TO PICK UP FOOD - NO WALK-INS PLEASE!
The Pantry 4 Paws Pet Food Assistance program offers temporary assistance to those
pet owners that have fallen on a challenging time - no animal should go to sleep hungry
at night! Our program is confidential and the requirements are simple and easy to follow.
Schools, churches, scouts, local retailers and pet owners have all donated to the Pantry
4 Paws so that hundreds of animals per year are kept fed with a healthy, consistent diet.
Tail Waggers also prides themselves on providing food to other rescue organizations –
all over the State of Michigan – so that they, too, can feed animals that are in need! This
program in intended to provide temporary, supplemental assistance for up to six months.
If your circumstances have not changed, a month-to-month extension will be considered.
Tail Waggers reserves the right to ask for proof of need. See the website page to see the
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 com-
panions fed and in their homes, we accept donated pet food and distribute it to area food
banks. If you require assistance obtaining food for your pet, please email us at
The PAWS Clinic
Taylor, MI 48180
The PAWS Clinic provides high-quality, affordable spay and neuter services to our community.
We are located in the heart of the Downriver area of Wayne County, Michigan,easily accessible
from all areas of metro Detroit. Surgeries are performed Monday-Thursday each week.
Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit
Dearborn, MI 48120
Adoption & Education Center:
Dearborn, MI 48126
Pet owners in need can pick up free dog or cat food from the Friends for Animals
of Metro Detroit shelter in Dearborn.
Bubble Puppy Grooming
2505 W. Jefferson
Trenton, MI 48183
A dog grooming business that also has a pet food pantry!
Lenawee Humane Society
705 W. Beecher
Adrian, MI 49221
Lenawee Humane Society now hosts a Pet Food Bank to help keep pets in their homes
and out of the shelter. Stop in during normal business hours with a valid driver’s license
or state ID. Our store associate at the front desk will be happy to assist you.
The Hope Clinic also offers low-cost spaying/neutering for owned dogs and cats.
Macomb Humane Society
11350 22 Mile
Utica, MI 48317
We are thrilled to announce that we have opened a Pet Food Bank for pet owners in Macomb
County. This is a community resource intended to keep pets with their families and out of
shelters by providing pet food for those in need.
HOPE CHURCH OF MONROE
HOPES CLOSET is a free clothing ministry out of HOPE CHURCH of MONROE serving Monroe
County. We offer clothing, personal hygiene products, baby needs, pet foods, and emergency
food services. Requirements: county resident with a need!
Humane Society of Monroe
Monroe, MI 48162
If you or someone you know is in need of help through our Pet Food Bank, all that is needed
to sign up is an ID, a bridge card or other proof of low income, and a minimal amount of paper-
work to be filled out at your first visit. Please also have an idea of your pet's weight as this in-
formation is needed to provide the correct amount of food to each participant.
P.O. Box 405
Highland, MI 48357
Duck Lake Center
5061 N. Duck Lake
Highland, MI 48357
The Pet Pantry is housed within the building of Community Sharing Outreach Center. However,
it is independently run with its own volunteers and donations. Financial donations are used to
purchase food and carefully allocated to pay local veterinarians when a family's pet really needs help.The Pet Pantry at Community Sharing works within specific guidelines to be certain that
every family receives their fair share of food & services for their pet.
New Beginnings Pet Rescue
Royal Oak, MI 48073
This program is intended to provide temporary, supplemental assistance for up to three (3)
months. You may re-apply in three months if your circumstances have not changed and your application will be reviewed. Proper identification is required each time food is picked up.
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, home-bound 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 prog-
ram 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.
Humane Society of Huron Valley
3100 Cherry Hill
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
The public is welcome and encouraged to schedule an appointment at our full-service non-profit veterinary clinic. Besides the great care and compassion, another great reason to use the HSHV Veterinary Clinic is that your visit directly supports the care of animals in our shelter. And because
our mission is to keep pets with their families, we try to keep prices affordable.
Bountiful Bowls Pet Food Program:
Because funds are limited, the program should supplement your monthly supply of pet food and
not be the sole source of food for pets. You should expect to purchase food for your pets in add-
ition to receiving the program food to meet their full nutritional needs.
1. Food for the program is donated to HSHV by the generosity of our community partners;
therefore, we can not guarantee that food is always available.
2. Applicants must provide proof of Washtenaw County or Plymouth residency.
3. Proper identification will be required each time food is picked up.
4. Recipients cannot acquire more animals while participating in this program and will not
be allowed to adopt from HSHV. Food will be provided for up to 5 animals.
5. Monthly food pick up is on Sundays from noon-3 pm.
6. Lost food buckets will be replaced at a charge of $5 a bucket.
7. Membership may be revoked at the discretion of HSHV.
8. This program is intended to provide temporary, supplemental assistance for up to 6 months.
You may re-apply in 6 months if your circumstances have not changed.
9. All animals in the household must be spayed or neutered.
Initially designed to give survivors of domestic violence a safe place for their companion animals
while seeking shelter for themselves, today HSHV’s award-winning harbor program helps families
in other urgent housing situations with no other options, including house fires, natural disasters,
and owners experiencing a medical emergency. If you’re a local resident experiencing an emerg-
ency such as relocation after a house fire or natural disaster, need help during a personal medical emergency, or need temporary housing for your pet(s) due to a domestic abuse situation, please
contact us. Housing is space dependent, and may not always be available. If housing is available,
we will harbor your pet(s) for up to 14 days. HSHV also provides sterilization and vaccination for
all harbored animals as a requirement of the program.
Pet Pals Mutual Aid
Pet Pals is a mutual aid effort in Washtenaw County for our human friends with companion
animals and we welcome any and all who may be in need of assistance and/or community
to keep their animals healthy, happy, safe and with full bellies.
NATIONAL FUNDING ORGANIZATIONS
2950 Busch Lake Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33614
Frankie’s Friends is a non-profit foundation dedicated to finding cures and saving pets
with cancer and other life-threatening conditions. We help save pets’ lives by providing
grants to assist with the cost of life-saving 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. Frankie’s Friends assists families who demonstrate substantial
financial need and whose pets, with treatment, have a good prognosis for return to a
good quality of life. A portion of the treatment costs are also covered by the pets’ fam-
ilies with a requested discount from the veterinary hospital treating the pet. We fund
treatment only. We do not fund initial examinations, diagnostic testing, spays or neuters, euthanizations, primary or preventative care.
Joshua Lewis Animal Cancer Foundation
P.O. Box 750486
Forest Hills, NY 11375
The JLACF has two missions:
To raise money for the treatment of cancer in animals where pet owners are unable to
afford the cost of therapy; and
To raise awareness about the advances that have been made in the field of Veterinary
Oncology. With your help, we can bridge the gap between what is financially feasible
and what is medically possible.The JLACF transitioned from a being a standalone
foundation to partnering with Frankie’s Friends, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
dedicated to finding cures and helping pets with life-threatening illnesses, including
The Pet Fund
Sacramento, CA 95818
The Pet Fund works ONLY on non-basic, non-urgent care.
There are four categories of care:
1. Basic care (spay and neuter procedures, dental, vaccinations, etc.)
2. Non-basic, non-urgent care (cancer treatment, heart disease, etc.)
3. Urgent care (diagnostic testing, broken leg, etc.)
4. Emergency care (life-threatening injuries or illnesses)
The Pet Fund works only on non-basic, non-urgent care. This category includes medical
needs such as cancer treatment, heart disease, chronic conditions, endocrine diseases,
eye diseases, etc. We receive hundreds of requests daily from pet owners needing help,
and we typically have a wait-list for assistance. Eligible pet owners can apply for a one-
time grant which must be for already adopted animals whose medical needs match our
care category and wait list time. Pet owners must reside in the United States.
BROWN DOG FOUNDATION
6500 Ambrosia Lane #1725
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Brown Dog Foundation --Provides assistance for one-time life-saving medical treatments as
well as for short-term help with the cost of life-sustaining medication for dogs and cats.
The Brown Dog Process:
STEP 1: The family completes our "apply for assistance" survey online.Some answers will
generate an Auto-Denial Email that is delivered to the family's email account immediately.
For those that require review by our Case Manager(s), a response will be emailed to the pet
owner within 12 hours.
STEP 2: If the family pre-qualifies for assistance, the second step is for the family to complete
our online Application for Assistance which requires documentation to be compiled and sub-
mitted for review against our guidelines.The case manager will either Qualify the Case or Deny
the Case at this point. An email is generated to the pet owner within 12 hours receipt of the ap-
STEP 3: If the case qualifies for assistance, a Case Manager will contact the Veterinary Clinic
by email requesting additional information. It is important for the Veterinarian to read the accompanying letter and complete the Veterinary Form entirely.
STEP 4: Once we have the family's information and the Veterinarian's information, our Case
Manager will review all documentation against the Guidelines approved and set forth by the
National Board of Directors.
STEP 5: A Letter of Commitment or Letter of Denial is generated on Brown Dog's letterhead,
signed by our Board President and delivered via email to the pet owner and Veterinarian.
Deaf Dog Education Action Fund / Emergency Medical Support Fund
P.O. Box 2840
Oneco, FL 34264-2840
To be used (when funding is needed and other financial support is not available) to help offset "extraordinary" medical expenses incurred by the owners/fosters of newly-placed deaf dogs.
DIABETIC CATS IN NEED
P.O. Box 21
Minot, ME 04258-0021
The heart of our mission is to keep diabetic cats in their original, loving homes, regardless of
the income level of their caregivers. We support diabetic cats in their original, adoptive, shelter,
and rescue homes; help to re-home unwanted diabetic cats; and help to educate caregivers on
the appropriate treatment of diabetic cats.
Financial Assistance for Diabetic Cats:
DCIN helps with the insulin and other diabetic supply costs of certain cats, both to help facilitate
their re-homing and to help them stay in their original homes. On occasion, DCIN may help with treatment costs when cats have diabetes-related health problems that require veterinary
Compassionate Assistance Program:
DCIN's current financial assistance program is the Compassionate Assistance Program (CAP).
With this program, there is little up-front information required from the caregiver and there will
be no administrative follow-up on the cat or caregiver. What the program does is provide one-
time assistance with certain insulins and other supplies (including testing supplies if the care-
giver desires) to low-income caregivers. It also provides guidance to feline diabetes educational
information and sites on the Internet, hoping to get the caregivers on the road to "appropriate treatment" for their cats.
The Ian Somerhalder Foundation
The ISF Emergency Medical Care Grant for Animals provides financial assistance to animal
welfare organizations, agencies, and in some cases individual rescuers, responsible for the
care of animals recovering from abuse, neglect or injuries suffered from a traumatic event.
The purpose of this grant is to provide animal victims a second chance by alleviating their
rescuers of the financial stress of treatment so they can focus on facilitating the animal's
adoption into a permanent, loving home.
These emergency grants are given throughout the year with no application deadline dates.
ISF will award up to a maximum of $1000.00 USD per grant application. Due to the over-
whelming number of animal need cases, this grant can only be offered to a select number
of recipients each year and they will be awarded based on: availability of grant funds, elig-
ibility of applicant, and medical urgency. Once submitted, receipt of your grant application
will be acknowledged via email. Award decisions are able to be made within one week. When
approved, please allow up to two weeks from the time of first contact for grant money to be
WHO MAY APPLY?
Animal Shelter Agencies (both public and private) in the United States & Canada. Rescue
groups with 501(c)(3) status operating in the Continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii &
Canada. In specific cases, individuals, living in the United States & Canada, who have pri-
vately rescued an animal within the last three months.
7410 Sawyer Circle, Unit 3
Port Charlotte, FL 33981
We have helped disabled pets in shelters and rescues with donated wheelchairs and support
over the years. Donated wheelchairs are saved specifically for 501 (c) 3 rescue’s and non-for-
profit rescue organizations worldwide.
LEGAL RESOURCES FOR PET LOVERS
State Bar of Michigan
The Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan provides education,information and
analysis about issues of concern through meetings, seminars, this site, public service pro-
grams, and publication of a newsletter. Membership in the Section is open to all members
of the State Bar of Michigan.
Animal Legal and Historical Center
Michigan State University College of Law
648 N. Shaw Lane
E. Lansing, MI 48824-1300
On this site you will find a comprehensive repository of information about animal law, inclu-
ding: over 1200 full text cases (US, historical, and UK), over 1400 US statutes, over 60 topics
and comprehensive explanations, legal articles on a variety of animal topics and an internat-
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