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Financial Resources for Cats
Caring for cats has tons of rewards, but it’s not without its costs–actual, monetary costs. We understand that even when you do all you can for cats, funding your efforts can be tough at times. Like anything worth doing (and caring for felines is definitely worth it!) there are ways to make it happen. We have lots of ideas on how to ease the financial burden so you can get back to what you do best–loving cats!
Cat Colony Financial Help
Kitties gotta eat—but there are plenty of ways that you can get your hands on free or discounted cat food. The same goes for shelters, you can often find ways to get the supplies you need on a budget.
Help with Cat Food
- Check for surplus food at your local shelter or even at a food bank or food pantry.
- Ask your local market or pet supply store to donate broken packages or dented cans. Some retailers will also donate out-of-date products, which are still good for a few months longer than the sell-by date.
- Ask local veterinary clinics if they have surplus or just-out-of-date premium pet foods that they are willing to donate.
- Hold a cat food drive. Publicize the event, and try to get places like your workplace and other clubs you belong to involved. Also work with local high school or volunteer organizations to see if they’re interested in holding a drive. And you can ask local markets and pet supply shops if you could put out a bin to collect cat food donations.
Help with Building Winter Outdoor Shelters
- Ask for scrap lumber from building supply stores or contractors, you can sometimes get this for free.
- Look for used dog shelters at garage sales or on Craigslist. They can easily be made into cat shelters with a little insulation and a smaller door.
- Host a shelter building party with other caregivers! Split the cost of supplies, and make even more cozy cat homes.
We have an incredible network called Feral Friends that is full of organizations and individuals with community cat expertise, as well as veterinarians who provide low-cost spay/neuter services. Request a list of Feral Friends in your area!
When the worst happens, emergency veterinary care can be pricey. Thankfully, these national organizations provide funds to those in need.
- CareCredit: CareCredit offers a revolving line of credit for veterinary expenses.
- Cats in Crisis: This is a great organization that assists individuals and humane organizations care for cats with chronic or emergency medical conditions through financial and fundraising assistance.
- Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program: This program gives financial assistance to cat and kitten guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions in life-threatening situations. Currently accepting applications for VAS grants only.
- Red Rover Relief: This program provides financial and emotional support to Good Samaritans, animal rescuers, and pet owners caring for animals in life-threatening situations.
- There are dozens of low-cost but high quality animal clinics around the country. Many of them are non-profit and are affordable. Most offer spay & neuter as well as vaccination but also, there are quite a few who offer wellness services. Because there are so many and new clinics opening every year, please google or bing, or other search, for affordable or ‘low-cost’ veterinary clinics or spay & neuter animal clinics. Also, some local animal shelters or government pet services can refer you to a program or affordable veterinary option.