Misty, the 10-year-old Golden Retriever who inspired the Senior Dogs Project

The Senior Dogs Project
..........."Looking Out for Older Dogs" ...........

"Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog."
Sydney Jeanne Seward


Resources for Rescue and Financial Assistance
All Pets Wellness Foundation All Pets Wellness Foundation was founded by a group of dedicated animal advocates to provide funds to care for sick and injured pets whose owners cannot afford the treatments. Often animals are put down or suffer needlessly because their owners cannot afford expensive surgery or other medical treatment. Companion animal owners must often make the difficult decision to put an animal down or surrender them to a local shelter because of the costs involved. Thousands of animals are sent to shelters and euthanized each year, many because of treatable medical conditions. The Foundation makes compassionate veterinary care available to owners and non-profit organizations that otherwise would not be able to provide LIFESAVING CARE for their pets. The All Pets Wellness Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, charitable, nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that no pet is denied lifesaving medical treatment because of its owner's inability to pay.
IMOM (In Memory of Magic)

Mission statement: 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.

IMOM has many different programs to help people with special needs dog, such as blind or diabetic dogs. Find out more by perusing the IMOM index page.
PO Box 282
Cheltenham, MD 20623
Phone (866)-230-2164 Fax (301)-599-1852

Red Rover

Formerly "United Animal Nation," this Sacramento, California-based nonprofit was founded in 1987 and changed its name to RedRover to better reflect its work to bring animals from crisis to care and to strengthen the common bond between people and animals, says President and CEO Nicole Forsyth.

  • RedRover Responders. Our volunteer team shelters and cares for animals displaced by natural disasters and reconnects them to owners. We also shelter and care for animals rescued from puppy mills, hoarding cases and other significant abuse situations. (Formerly Emergency Animal Rescue Service)
  • RedRover Readers. We help children explore the bond between people and animals through stories and discussion. We encourage children to share information about animals, reflect on the roles of animals in their communities and determine our collective responsibilities towards them. (Formerly Humane Education Ambassador Readers)
  • RedRover Relief. We provide guidance and financial assistance to help pet owners, Good Samaritans and animal rescuers obtain urgent veterinary care. We provide assistance with boarding, transportation and veterinary care to help domestic violence victims escape abusive environments. (Formerly LifeLine Grant Program)
  • RedRover Reporters. We encourage people to watch for and report situations of abuse and neglect. We offer financial incentives to encourage witnesses of animal cruelty to come forward.
The Grey Muzzle Organization

The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide.

Actors and Others for Animals
(serving the Greater Los Angeles, CA, area)
Actors and Others for Animals is a Southern California community-based organization serving the greater Los Angeles area. Among other services, the organization provides financial assistance for emergency medical procedures for those of limited income.
SF Aid for Animals
(serving the San Francisco, CA, area)
San Francisco Aid for Animals was founded by five local veterinarians concerned because pet guardians were requesting the euthanasia of their pets when they could not afford to pay for treatment. The organization gives $350 grants to 60 San Francisco veterinarians, who in turn must match that amount, using it to cover the cost of care for an animal the veterinarians identify as belonging to a needy family. SF Aid for Animals is a project of the San Francisco Veterinary Meical Association and is financially sponsored by Community Initiatives.
Sue Freeman¹s Guide

(Los Angeles, CA, and surrounding area list of agencies)
Sue Freeman¹s Guide to Rescue Cats website contains a list of pet financial-assistance resources in Los Angeles and the surrounding area.
Pets In Need

(Redwood City, CA, area)
Pets In Need, Redwood City, CA, provides assistance to low-income individuals for veterinary care on a funds-available basis. Other more comprehensive veterinary care is available at area facilities through the Crockett Memorial Fund, and Pets In Need will supply information abaout this program to those who require it. Pets In Need offers 100% free spaying and neutering for pets of any California resident. There is no income requirement.
Pet Aid Colorado
(Denver, Colorado)
PetAid Colorado, a 501(c)(3), was created to support education, scholarship, and service programs that improve animal health and welfare in Colorado. The involvement of veterinarians makes the foundation unique, allowing it to make the broadest impact on animal health and to offer services and insights that no other group can. In short, the foundation exists to make Colorado a better place for animals and people. One of its main purposes is to act as the safety net for underprivileged and at-risk pets throughout Colorado.
Nantucket MSPCA
The Nantucket MSPCA offers a number of subsidy programs that provide financial assistance to pet guardians.
(New York City)
NY SAVE, Inc., serves the pets of New York City residents living in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island by providing funds to low-income pet guardians whose pets need emergency veterinary care.
Jake Brady Memorial Fund (Ohio) The is dedicated to providing funding for corrective, suitable, and life-saving medical treatment for companion animals of families in need. Ensuring the ability to receive quality treatment and provide for the well being of companion animals will always be our primary objective.
Volunteer Services For Animals (VSA)
(Rhode Island)
Volunteer Services For Animals (VSA) is an organization of volunteers dedicated to animal well-being and the promotion of the human-animal bond through programs of education, advocacy, and assistance. VSA provides financial assistance to pet guardians for veterinary care.
Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association The website of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association has several financial assistance programs.
The Acme Foundation, Cobb, CA Sometimes pets are the only "family" some individuals have. The Acme Foundation helps qualified recipients (especially the elderly) pay vet bills at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists, a veterinary clinic in San Leandro, CA and Clearlake Veterinary Clinic, which serves Lake County, CA
Pet Samaritan Fund
Pet Samaritan Fund provides financial assistance to individuals unable to afford medical care for their pet(s).
Humane Society of the US
(National and by state)
Many more listings -- both national and by state -- are offered on the HSUS site: Humane Society of the US Listing of agencies offering financial help
Breed-specific Financial Assistance
General Note:

If you have a specific breed of dog, contact the national club for that breed. In some cases, these clubs offer a veterinary financial assistance fund.

Bernese Mountain Dog http://www.behaf.org/
Corgi http://www.corgiaid.org/

Corgi Aid has set aside funds specifically for the needs of senior Corgis. http://corgiaid.org/FundingGuidelines/eldercare.php

Doberman (special needs) http://www.doberman911.org/

Great Pyrenees


Labrador Retriever

If you need help with expenses for a rescued Labrador Retriever who requires medical attention, you can apply to Lab Med.

Labrador Lifeline helps with medical expenses for any Lab, regardless of age, when the need for assistance is clearly established.

Pit Bull/Staffordshire Terrier http://www.pbrc.net/fund/financial.html
Weimeraner Any senior citizen (age 65 and up) who adopts any Weimaraner 8 years of age or older from Tri State Weimaraner Rescue, Inc., will be entitled to a free senior panel blood test once a year on their adopted Weimaraner, for the life of the dog. The rescue will pay for your Weimaraner to have a full senior panel done once a year in order to insure the dog's health.


Disease- or Condition-Specific Financial or Other Assistance

Help for Blind Dogs

First, there is http://www.blinddogs.com/. Then there are a number of ways to contact groups dedicated to helping blind dogs:

There is the blind dogs e-mail list. To subscribe to the list, send E-mail to:


Put the word "subscribe" in the subject line, and your name in the body of the message. After subscribing you will be asked to write an introduction to the list. A great, supportive group of folks.

Here is the address of the webpage on which you can list blind dogs in need of new homes and find links to other resources for help with blind dogs:


Blind Dog Rescue Alliance is a small group of volunteers spread throughout the United States (with a couple in Canada) dedicated to advocating for blind and visually- impaired dogs by rescuing them from shelters, facilitating their adoption, helping blind dog owners with information and advice, and generally educating the public to realize that "blind dogs see with their heart." The organization was formed in 2009, although members have many years of experience in rescuing and living with blind dogs. The website lists visually impaired dogs available for adoption and offers substantive information about living with a blind dog. In cases where dogs have lost their sight due to old age, the group is particularly helpful in offering guidance and support to their families.

Diabetic Dogs

Diabetic Pet Fund:

Help and Information re Deaf Dogs

Deaf Dog Education Action Fund has a list of organizations that have proven their willingness to help deaf dogs. There is also other useful information pertaining to deaf dogs on the website.

Help for Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dog Partners
More Information on Financial Assistance Handicapped Pets

Humane Society of the US Listings of agencies offering financial help

Information and Resources for Cat Guardians and Rescuers
Please visit the Web sites (use the highlighted links) of the named organizations to find out more about these assistance programs. Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Programs provides financial assistance for emergency medical care for cats.
1641 Elizabeth Lane
Yuba City, CA 95993
Fax: 888-301-4264

Kidney Disease
Cats in Crisis Mesa Fund

Cats -- Heart and Thyroid
Cats in Crisis Stripes Fund

Cats --Neurological conditions and mobility impairments
Cats in Crisis Gillie Fund

Other Information and Resources for Rescuers

Help Finding Foster Care or Adoption for Companion Animals of Military Personnel

Guardian Angels for Soldiers' Pets
Supporting military service members, veterans, and their beloved pets to ensure the pets are reunited with their owners following deployment or emergency hardship.

Funding for Organizations

If you are a rescue organization and have taken in a special needs animal, you may be able to apply for financial assistance for that specific animal to:


The Grey Muzzle Organization -- The Grey Muzzle Organization improves the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit groups nationwide.


Need to get an animal to her new home in another state? One of the agencies on this list may be able to help.

Project BREED Directory

An invaluable aid for all animal advocates and animal care professionals, the two volumes of the Project BREED (Breed Rescue Efforts and Education) Directory provide nearly 3,000 contacts for rescue of over 100 breeds of dogs. For information call (301) 428-3675.

Why People Do Rescue

If you haven't had a chance to read it, we highly recommend an article by Linda Smith that appears on the Dog Owner's Guide website entitled "Why People Do Rescue." It paints a picture of the reality anyone in the rescue world needs to know in order to be both effective and humane. And while you're at it, you might want to take a look at some of the other articles on the Dog Owner's Guide website. There is good coverage on a variety of interesting topics.

Kids and Dogs

We like the information presented on the Chesapeake Bay Retriever Rescue website concerning relationships between kids and dogs. It's practical and insightful, and relevant both to people in rescue who are trying to place a dog, and to a potential adoptive family wondering whether a particular dog is "good with kids."