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We have compiled a list of resources for many areas of pet ownership and care including: pet care guides, financial planning and aid, and locating local animal organizations and support

 

Below are online resources for pet care, financial assistance, and finding local pet organizations. Use these as a starting place and contact local organizations as well to find the best support for what you need. 
When feeling overwhelmed or lost, local rescues, humane societies, and vet clinics are great organizations to contact with any questions about your pet, pet care, and support available in your area.

 

PET CARE GUIDES

Pet Care "How to Guides" and information on how to address common pet problems from animal experts and veterinarians

https://resources.bestfriends.org/?_ga=2.77462801.543496728.1575568684-379642952.1575568684

GUIDE FOR SELECTING A BIRD

DOG AND CAT ADOPTION

Comprehensive pet adoption guide for dogs and cats. Addresses how to select a dog/cat, how to find local rescues, adoption checklists, training, and transitioning the animal to your home

https://www.petfinder.com/pet-adoption/dog-adoption/the-pet-adoption-guide/

PETCO GUIDES

Pet guides for dogs, cats, fish, small mammals, reptiles, and birds

https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostore/c/new-pet

DOG TRAINING

Facts and information on dog training

https://www.angieslist.com/research/pet-training/

ANIMAL BEHAVIORS AND TRAINING

Guide to different types of animal training and behavioral support

https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/behavioral-help-your-pet

 

PET CARE BUDGETING

Resources for pet care cost planning

YEARLY DOG BUDGETING

DOG AND CAT COSTS


Comprehensive cat and dog budgeting and financial planning guide. Gives average costs across breeds and medical procedures

https://www.thesimpledollar.com/pet-cost-calculator/


FISH AND AMPHIBIANS

Guide for financial planning for an aquarium for fish and for some amphibians

 https://www.petcoach.co/article/aquarium-costs-what-it-takes-to-run-a-healthy-successful-fr/

REPTILES

Initial and general pet care costs for a variety of reptiles 

SMALL PETS

 

FINANCIAL AID AND ASSISTANCE

Pet Care financial Aid

Comprehensive list of pet financial aid-related organizations: https://www.humanesociety.org/resources/are-you-having-trouble-affording-your-pet

Pets with Disabilities & Pet insurance

Financial resources for pets with disabilities and information on pet insurance: https://www.handicappedpets.com/financial-aid-for-pets/

Financial Assistance Guide

Suggestions for financial hardship, emergency aid and shelter resources, fundraising information, information on financial resources, and suggestions for future planning: https://www.thepetfund.com/for-pet-owners/financial-assistance

Seniors with Pets

Financial Aid by State

Comprehensive list of pet financial-aid organized by state: https://www.thesimpledollar.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-financial-aid-for-pets/

Pet Food Shelves

General information on pet food shelves and how to locate one near you: https://www.petful.com/animal-welfare/pet-food-pantries-help/

 

ADDITIONAL RESOUCES

Finding a local rescue: 

Finding a local vet clinic:

  • Google "vet clinics in my area for (insert your type of pet)"

  • Contact animal rescues and humane societies for recommendations

  • Ask family, friends, neighbors for recommendations

  • Use online search tools such as: http://www.mypet.com/vet-finder.aspx

Finding a local trainer:

  • Google "animal trainers in my area for (insert your type of pet)"

  • Contact animal rescues, vets, and humane societies for recommendations

  • Ask family, friends, neighbors for recommendations


Other useful websites:

 

PETS IN THE LITERATURE

Research articles related to the benefits of pet ownership, benefits of interaction with companion animals and therapy animals, and adaptive pet strategies

Cherniack, E. P., & Cherniack, A. R. (2015). Assessing the benefits and risks of owning a pet. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 187(10), 715–716. https://doi.org/10.1503/cmaj.141020

Chowdury, E. K., Nelson, M. R., Jennings, G. L. R., Wing, L. M. H., & Reid, C. M. (2017). Pet ownership and survival in the elderly hypertensive population. Journal of Hypertension, 35, 769–775. https://doi.org/10.1097/HJH.0000000000001214

Dykens, E., Schwenk, K., Maxwell, M., & Myatt, B. (2007). The Sentence Completion and Three Wishes tasks : windows into the inner lives of people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 51(8), 588–597. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2788.2006.00937.x

Hall, S. S., Macmichael, J., Turner, A., & Mills, D. S. (2017). A survey of the impact of owning a service dog on quality of life for individuals with physical and hearing disability : a pilot study. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12955-017-0640-x

Matchock, R. L. (2015). Pet ownership and physical health. Co-Psychiatry, 28(5), 386–392. https://doi.org/10.1097/YCO.0000000000000183

Mcnicholas, J., Gilbey, A., Rennie, A., Ahmedzai, S., Dono, J., Ormerod, E., … Dono, J. (2005). evidence and issues. 331(NOVEMBER), 1252–1254.

Winkle, M., Crowe, T. K., & Hendrix, I. (2012). Service Dogs and People with Physical Disabilities Partnerships : A Systematic Review. Occupational Therapy International, 19, 54–66. https://doi.org/10.1002/oti.323