Financial Resources for Pet Owners in Need

There are many charities and organizations that have been created to help pet owners when veterinary care becomes a financial burden or when they are unable to care for their pet. Please contact the organizations below if they fit your current situation.

RedRover Relief

RedRover Relief provides financial assistance grants and additional resources so pet owners and rescuers can care for animals who need urgent veterinary care. Visit for eligibility requirements and application. RedRover also offers financial assistance for victims of domestic violence and their pets. To learn more about this program, visit

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. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or medical treatment. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect medical needs because of the costs involved.


From GE Credit, CareCredit is a personal line of credit that offers special financing and low monthly payment options, no up-front costs and no pre-payment penalties so you can keep your pet happy and healthy.


  • Chicago: The Anti-Cruelty Society provides veterinary services to low-income pet owners in the Chicago area.
  • The Brown Dog Foundation provides financial assistance to low-income residents of Illinois, Iowa and Tennessee to help offset the cost of veterinary emergencies and treatment of chronic conditions.
  • Spay Illinois has a program called Project Families Forever that provides sliding-scale coverage for spay and neuter surgery, preventive care and, in some cases, emergency care.

Temporary Foster Homes

Blessed Bonds

BLESSED BONDS began in March of 2004 and merged with A.D.O.P.T. Pet Shelter in November of 2010. We have helped more than 900 pets of families experiencing a temporary crisis.

BLESSED BONDS is dedicated to preserving the human-animal companion bond and promoting its value.  We believe in keeping people and pets together.  Our vision is to keep pets out of the animal welfare system and in homes where they belong.

One of the top ten reasons people give up their pets is because of personal problems/medical crisis; for example, someone going into a hospital for 2 weeks or losing their home to foreclosure. This is where Blessed Bonds comes in. We offer temporary assistance to those who want to keep their animal companions but are having difficulties that interfere with their ability to meet their pets' daily needs. If you require assistance, please contact us at (630) 355-2299 or


Pet Food Banks

Irving Park Community Food Pantry

Pet Food Corner -  The mission of the Pet Food Corner is to assist unemployed and underemployed families who have trouble feeding and caring for their beloved pets. Pet Supply distribution occurs on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. C.A.R.E. and other local organizations support this area of the pantry with food and supply donations!
3801 North Keeler Avenue
Chicago, IL 60641
Phone: 773-283-6296 or toll-free: 800-521-7560
Fax: 773-283-5945

Red Door Animal Shelter CAFé

CAFé is a pet food assistance program for low income pet owners. Food pantry participants may pick up food at the shelter at any time during regular business hours as well as on the last Friday of every month, from 1-2 p.m., at the Howard Area Community Center, 7648 N. Paulina, Chicago. Participants must be willing to get their animals altered in order to be eligible for pet food assistance.
2410 W Lunt Ave
Chicago, IL

PAWS Chicago Pet Food Bank

The PAWS Chicago Pet Food Bank provides emergency assistance to families facing unemployment, foreclosure, or other financial crises, thus enabling them to keep their pets. We provide pet food and pet supplies, such as cat litter, leashes, collars, cat carriers, and litter boxes until the family is able to provide these necessities on their own. In addition, owners can receive a voucher for free spay/neuter surgeries for their pet.

Please contact the organizations listed above for the most up to date information on their programs.

Check for information on more programs.

updated August 2018