Get Help

If you are struggling to keep your pet, you have options before surrendering them. Contact Phinney’s Friends or one of the organizations listed below to see if we can help you keep your beloved companions.

Phinney’s Friends’ Help

NOTICE REGARDING REQUESTS FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE:

Our Emergency Program is temporarily closed. We can help you with an emergency vet bill only if you have a dog with diabetes or if you are already a registered client of Phinney’s Friends.

 

The fastest way to request our help is to email us at phinneysfriends@gmail.com

Need help with your pet? Click here for instructions on how to email your application for financial help to us, except if you have a fostering or boarding need. If you need help with fostering or boarding, Click here for instructions on how to email your application for fostering or boarding help to us.

If you are unable to email, please print the appropriate form below and fax it to (617) 979-8705.

PF APPLICATION FOR FINANCIAL HELP PFEmergencyQuestionnaire (PDF Format)

PF APPLICATION FOR NON-VET OR BOARDING HELP PFFosterQuestionnaire (PDF Format)

Other Resources

If Phinney’s cannot help you or help you entirely, don’t give up! Other organizations may be able to provide assistance. Also, please note that Phinney’s Friends does not provide any warranties or promises regarding the services provided or the quality of service of any organization set forth on the list below. This list is being provided for informational purposes only.

Please keep in mind that each organization listed below has its own rules and guidelines, so explore their websites before applying.

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Vaccinations
  • Veterinary Care
  • Pet Food
  • Pet Surrender Options
  • Other Resources

SPAY/NEUTER

See http://www.massanimalcoalition.com/resources/spay-neuter/

VACCINATIONS

Massachusetts law requires all cats, dogs and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources works with several nonprofit animal welfare groups to offer low-cost rabies vaccination clinics in cities and towns throughout the state: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/animal-health/rabies-control-program/rabies-clinics.html

Most clinics charge from $5 to $15 for the rabies vaccination. Microchipping, licenses, and other services are available at some clinics.

VetCo also offers low-cost vaccinations for pets at PETCO stores all over the state: https://www.vetcoclinics.com/

 

VETERINARY CARE

Massachusetts-based resources

Merwin Memorial Free Clinic for Animals, Inc.
The Merwin Memorial Free Clinic provides free office visits and free outpatient veterinary services including physical exams, vaccinations, nail-cutting, and free medications for sick animals. The clinic does not schedule appointments. Service is first-come, first-served.
Website: Merwin Memorial Free Clinic for Animals
Phone: 617-782-5420
Service area: Boston area
Location: 542 Cambridge St., Allston, MA 02134
Hours: Hours of Operation (first-come, first-served; arrive at least one hour before closing)

Metro Action Clinic/Alliance for Animals
The Metro Action Clinic provides affordable veterinary medical services to inner-city pet owners.
Website: Metro Action Clinic: Medical Services and Fees
Phone: 617-268-7800
Service area: Boston inner city
How to apply: Call the Alliance for Animals at 617-268-7800

Pet Care Assistance – MSPCA Angell
MSPCA Angell Pet Care Assistance helps pet owners with limited incomes pay for medical care for their sick or injured pets at MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Centers.
Website: Pet Care Assistance
Phone: 617-541-5028 or 5030
Service area: animals treated at MSPCA Angell Boston or Nantucket
How to apply: Call the MSPCA Angell Financial Office at 617-541-5028 or 5030

Sampson Fund for Veterinary Care
The Sampson Fund helps pay for medical care for critically ill or injured cats and dogs when their owners cannot afford the cost of treatment.
Website: Sampson Fund
Phone: 508-240-7387
Service area: Cape Cod and the Islands
How to apply: Call the Sampson Fund at 508-240-7387 or apply at a Member Hospital

Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic
Tufts Veterinary School, together with the veterinary assistant program at Worcester Technical High School (WTHS), runs a low-cost primary care pet clinic at WTHS on Skyline Drive in Worcester, MA. Clinic services include vaccinations, checkups, stable urgent care, simple surgeries, diagnostics, and dentistry, all at low cost.
The clinic serves pet owners in the Greater Worcester area who cannot afford to pay for medical care for their pets. To qualify, you must have an ID card from WIC, SNAP, the Worcester Housing Authority or another qualified Housing Authority, or a student ID from WTHS, as well as photo identification. See Tufts at Tech Financial Policies for more information.
Website: Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic
Telephone, hours, and directions: Contact Tufts at Tech
Appointments: Tufts at Tech Appointments

Fairy DogParents
Assistance with food, medical needs and general wellness for dogs
www.fairydogparents.org

Lillys’ Fund (grants of $250 for pit bull-related needs)
http://lillytheheropitbull.com/pit-bull-resources/pit-bull-grants

MSPCA – Angell at Nashoba The clinic provides discounted: spay/neuter services, vaccinations, and basic veterinary care.  https://www.mspca.org/angell_services/nashoba/

 

National programs (grant programs)

The Pet Fund provides financial assistance to pet owners who cannot afford expensive surgery or medical treatment that their pets need. Assists in covering medical costs beyond the normal expenses of vaccination, spay and neuter surgeries, food and routine veterinary care.
www.thepetfund.com

Red Rover (formerly the United Animal Nations LifeLine Fund) helps pet owners care for their animals in life-threatening situations.
www.redrover.org/redrover-relief-grants and domestic violence:  www.redrover.org/redrover-relief-domestic-violence-resources

Brown Dog Foundation offers pet owners in temporary financial crisis an alternative when their pets face a treatable but life-threatening condition or illness.
www.browndogfoundation.org

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance provides financial assistance to cat guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.
www.fveap.org

Canine Cancer Awareness raises awareness of the prevalence of canine cancer, its effects and treatment options. Helps dog owners pay for veterinary care for dogs with cancer.
www.caninecancerawareness.org

Cody’s Club provides financial support for dogs who need radiation treatment. Offers emotional support through a hotline and in-person group that meets monthly.
www.dogdoggiedog.com/pwcAcodysclub.htm

The Mosby Foundation assists in the care of sick, injured, abused and neglected dogs through financial support and public education. www.themosbyfoundation.org

Magic Bullet Fund provides financial assistance for canine cancer treatment when the family is financially unable to provide treatment. www.themagicbulletfund.org

God’s Creatures Ministry Veterinarian Charity Fund spreads God’s compassion to all animals God has made according to the scriptures. Helps with up to $50.00 toward vet bills. www.all-creatures.org

The Big Hearts Fund  offers financial assistance for the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease.
www.bigheartsfund.org

The Binky Foundation
www.binkyfoundation.org

The Dog & Cat Cancer Fund
www.dccfund.org

The Onyx & Breezy Foundation
www.onyxandbreezy.org

Paws 4 A Cure
www.paws4acure.org

Pets of the Homeless provide pet food and veterinary care assistance for homeless.
www.petsofthehomeless.org

Rose’s Fund
www.rosesfund.org

Top Dog Foundation “Bentley Grant”
www.topdogfoundation.org

Harley’s Hope Foundation
http://www.harleys-hopefoundation.org

 

PET FOOD

Many Massachusetts food pantries and animal welfare groups offer free pet food to pet owners in need. The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) maintains a list of pet food pantries by region. MSPCA pet food pantry statewide list: http://www.mspca.org/programs/animal-protection-legislation/massachusetts-food-pantries.html
In addition, other local food pantries may have pet food available or may be able to provide it if you ask.

In some Massachusetts communities, Meals on Wheels partners with local animal welfare groups to provide pet food to homebound Meals on Wheels pet owners. If you receive Meals on Wheels and need pet food for your dog or cat, ask your meal delivery driver if Meals on Wheels pet food is available in your area. For more information visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org

Southborough Pet Food Pantry:
508-485-2147
www.southboroughfoodpantry.org/petfood.html

MetroWest Pet Food Pantry
www.metrowestpetpantry.org

Petco Food Banks
www.petco.com/petco_Page_PC_foundationfoodbank_Nav_1483.aspx

Berkshire Humane Society
214 Baker Rd.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
413-447-7878
http://Berkshirehumane.org/pet-food-b

Ginny’s Thrift Shop and Food Pantry
52 Mechanic St.
Leominster, Massachusetts 01453
888-530-6779
http://www.ginnyshelpinghand.org/

Lighthouse Outreach Center – Feed My Sheep Food Pantry
65 Middle St.
Fall River, Massachusetts 02723
774-644-7142
http://www.myfallriver.org/content/lighthouse-outreach-center

Pet Partners of the Tri State
West Stockbridge, Massachusetts 01266
518-781-0362
www.petpartnersberkshires.org

The Pet Pantry
PO Box 333- Last Saturday of every month at Coyle and Cassidy High School
Easton, Massachusetts 02334
www.helpfeedpets.org

 

PET SURRENDER OPTIONS

Phinney’s Friends is not an adoption agency or center, therefore do not accept surrenders except under special, pre-approved circumstances. Below is a list of organizations that accept pet surrenders under certain circumstances. Please contact these organizations directly to learn more about their surrender options.

Gifford’s Cat Shelter
www.giffordcatshelter.org

MSPCA
www.mspca.org

MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm
www.mspca.org/adoption-centers/nevins-farm-adoption-center/

Pittie Love Rescue
www.pittieloverescue.org

Worcester Animal Rescue League
worcesterarl.org/programs-resources/surrendering-a-pet/

Animal Rescue League Boston
www.arlboston.org/surrender-an-animal/

Second Chance Animal Shelter
www.secondchanceanimals.org/

OTHER RESOURCES