If you are struggling to keep or care for your pet, help is available. Our goal is to keep families together and prevent animals from entering shelters.


If your pet is sick

There are several low-cost vet clinics that make treating common health issues affordable. If your pet has an upper respiratory infection, eye/ear infection, skin condition, worms/fleas, or other basic issue, you don't have to surrender them to a shelter. A vet visit may be all they need to get well and back to normal.

If your pet needs to be spayed/neutered

Unwanted litters can easily be prevented, and there are many other reasons spay/neuter is good for your pet and good for the community. Low-cost spay/neuter is available at several Philadelphia clinics:

If you need food or basic supplies for your pet

Pet pantry events are offered throughout the month in various locations to serve low-income pet owners. These events provide free food and supplies in an effort to keep cats and dogs in their loving homes. Please check the links below for dates, locations, and eligibility guidelines.

If you need to rehome your pet

Many services are available to help you find a new home for your pet rather than take them to a shelter. You will have peace of mind that your pet is going to a new adopter committed to caring for them, shield them from the danger and stress of a shelter, and leave space in the shelter for pets who truly have nowhere else to go.

If you have another issue

Help is available for dog and cat behavior problems, housing issues, financial troubles, and many other challenges facing pet owners. Contact the Community Pet Help Desk to receive friendly, knowledgeable support aimed at helping you keep your pet as part of your family. Email helpdesk@phillynokill.org or call 484-466-2913.