Financial or domestic assistance

Families sometimes find themselves facing hardships that affect how and if they can continue to care for their pet. The resources listed below may help pet owners address these challenges.

If you're unable to find assistance through these resources and are no longer able to care for your pet, please review the process for surrendering your pet to Animal Humane Society.

Financial assistance

Helping Hands for Pets
For Western Wisconsin residents.

Minnesota Humane Society
Offers assistance to people living in Minnesota with veterinary expenses due to injury or illness.

My Pet Child
Lists national and local organizations that provide financial assistance for veterinary bills.

North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center
Provides pet food and basic supplies.

People and Pets Together
Provides pet food and basic supplies.

Pet Lifeline Financial Assistance Program
Provides financial aid to pet owners who are struggling to pay their vet bills. 

Veterinary Partners
Organizations that provide financial assistance for veterinary bills.

Domestic violence

Minnesota Alliance for Family & Animal Safety (MNAFAS)

Minnesota Domestic Violence Crisis Line

Red Rover
Provides pet-related resources and financial assistance for victims of domestic violence

Foster homes for active and retired soldiers and veterans

Dogs on Deployment
A foster resource for active military

Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet
Assists and supports active duty service members, wounded soldiers, and veterans, and their companion animals or assistance service canines.



Greater Twin Cities United Way

Connecting people to local resources during times of hardship.

Avivo Village

A pet-friendly shelter for adults experiencing unsheltered homelessness in Hennepin County.

Simpson Housing Services

Simpson Housing Services is a Minneapolis, Minnesota nonprofit dedicated to housing, supporting and advocating for people experiencing homelessness.

St. Paul Opportunity Center

St. Paul Opportunity Center is an integrated one-stop location connecting adult men and women to critical services to improve their health, income, housing stability and overall well-being. 

The Listening House

The Listening House is a daytime shelter for people experiencing poverty, homelessness, and loneliness.

Temporary pet housing at AHS

An AHS pilot program that supports people facing housing displacement with temporary care for their pets. Services are available by referral through:

Services are also available through social service agencies in Dakota County, Washington County, and Hennepin County.

Senior citizens

Senior LinkAge Line
Free information and assistance service for seniors living in Minnesota.

Low-cost veterinary care

Low-cost veterinary care is provided by several organizations.

If the information on this page doesn't address your pet emergency, please contact our Pet Helpline at 952-HELP-PET (952-435-7738) or send us a message


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