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.

"Helping people help pets".  To better the lives of sick, injured and abused companion animals. We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.

Provides financial aid for life threatening emergencies.


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.

Temporary Foster Homes

Blessed Bonds

BLESSED BONDS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization 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. We are almost 6 years old and help out in  the Chicagoland area.

One of the top ten reasons people give up their pets to animal shelters is because of personal problems/medical crisis. Researchers have concluded that "availability of temporary accommodations for pets during times of personal crisis may reduce relinquishment."

Blessed Bonds offers temporary assistance to persons who want to keep their animal companions but are having difficulties that interfere with their ability to meet their pets' daily needs.
P.O. Box 129
Palos Park, IL 60464

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

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

Check for information on more programs.

updated June 2013