Need additional help? Check below for more info.
Pets.findhelp.com is a first-of-its-kind platform for pet owners to find and access pet food banks, affordable veterinary care, and other support. Salt Lake City's free and low-cost pet services are just a click away.
Purple Paw Program- Nuzzles and Co's pet sheltering program for domestic violence survivors in Peoa, UT
National Domestic Violence Hotline- Advocates available 24/7 to talk confidentially to anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship
Utah Domestic Violence Coalition- Provides free and confidential support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence. Connects survivors to resources 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465).
Pet Food & Supply Assistance
Ruff Haven Pet Pantry- We provide pet food pick up twice a month at our facility at 1370 S. 400 W., Salt Lake City, UT 84115. We will also provide delivery twice a month to homebound individuals.
Weigand Homeless Resource Center- Ruff Haven has set up a pet pantry at the Weigand Center, which is a walk-in pet pantry. No appointment is needed. Those in need can walk into the center anytime during their open hours and request items, including pet food, leashes, collars, toys, litter, and other items. Please note they are closed from 11 AM-1 PM for lunch, and 5 PM-6:30 PM for dinner.
Crossroads Urban Center- Walk-in food pantry, which also supplies dog and cat food. Open Monday-Friday 9 AM- 5 PM. For more information about the Downtown location call 801-364-7765. For more information about the West Side location call 801-935-4079
Humane Society of Utah- Pet Retention Program intended to provide assistance and resources to pet owners who wish to keep their pet(s) but are experiencing hardship.
Salt Lake County Animal Services Pet Crew Pet Pantry- SLCOAS is doing regular drive-up pet food pantries, providing dog and cat food for pick up. To find out the next pantry date please contact their main phone number during operating hours. You can also follow their Facebook page HERE for more information.
Financial Aid For Pets
CareCredit- Credit card to help pay for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses for you, your family, and even your pets! Once you are approved, you can use it again and again to help manage health, wellness and beauty costs not covered by insurance. Based upon credit approval.
iCare Credit- Made for pet owners without insurance coverage or cash available to pay at the time of service. You apply and then they let you know what iCare providers are in the area for your pet
Scratchpay- Scratch Plan is a client financing solution providing access to simple, transparent payment plans for financing costs associated with veterinary care, dental work, vision, and more! Apply at Scratchpay.com from any internet-connected device and receive a plan decision instantly. Applications are risk-free, and finding a payment plan will never impact your credit score.
Brown Dog Foundation- Provides financial assistance for veterinary treatment, must already have a veterinarian in order to apply. You apply through their website and they outline the steps that you can expect to be taking throughout.
Pets of the Homeless- Provides emergency medical care for people experiencing homelessness or who are unsheltered. If your pet experiences illness or injury, please call 775-841-7463. Case managers are available to take new cases M-F 9am – 3pm PST.
Bow Wow Buddies- Provides financial assistance for veterinary treatment, must already have a veterinarian in order to apply. You apply through their website and they outline the steps that you can expect to be taking throughout.
The Pet Lifeline Financial Assistance Program- The Pet Lifeline Program was created with the goal of helping sick pets get the medical attention they need. Through our program, we provide pet financial assistance to low-income pet owners who are having trouble paying expensive vet bills.
Red Rover- Nationwide program preserving the human-animal bond by providing financial assistance, resources and support to low-income individuals and survivors of domestic violence and their pets, so families can escape together and stay together
Additional resource list- Provided by Best Friends Animal Society
Additional resource list- Provided by Humane Society of Utah
Low Cost Veterinary Services
Humane Society of Utah- The Humane Society of Utah's state-of-the-art clinic has full-time licensed veterinarians. In addition to the medical services provided for all shelter animals prior to adoption, the Humane Society of Utah Clinic offers affordable health and population control options for the community including spay/neuter surgeries and low-cost vaccinations and microchipping.
Second Chance for Homeless Pets- Provides free and low-cost vaccinations and microchips. Appointment required.
MedVet Salt Lake City- If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, you may come directly to our hospital – no referral is needed. Our veterinary emergency hospital is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Midvalley Animal Clinic- Midvalley Animal Clinic is proud to serve Salt Lake City, UT and surrounding areas. They are dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary medicine along with friendly, compassionate service. They believe in treating every patient as if they were our own pet and giving them the same loving attention and care. They are a group of highly trained, experienced animal lovers who are devoted to giving their patients the best care possible.
Salt Lake Spay and Neuter- Salt Lake Spay and Neuter is dedicated to providing low cost spay and neuter procedures to help maintain the pet population, keep unwanted pets out of shelters, and prevent health and behavioral problems down the road. n addition to spay and neuter services for your cats, dogs, and rabbits, we also offer vaccinations, microchipping, and Heart Worm prevention.
Additional low cost clinic resources- Provided by Humane Society of Utah
Search "pet friendly rentals" on the Internet in your local area. Here are several websites which may be helpful in your search:
My Pit Bull Is Family- My Pit Bull is Family manages the nation’s largest database of dog inclusive rentals along with a robust Community Partner database – through these two programs they are able to provide services to families in need and keep pets at home. Our team focuses on having conversations with property management companies, conducting pet policy research studies, building relationships in the community and providing resources to keep families together.
Emotional Support Animals (ESA)- Want to register your pet as an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)? Click HERE for more information about the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and what rights you may have under the law. Please note the only thing required to have your companion animal certified as an ESA is a letter from a physician or other medical provider, or a mental health service provider. Almost all of the registries and websites online are fraudulent and your landlord may deny those letters.
We know of two legitimate websites to obtain an ESA letter, where you will speak with a licensed therapist via a phone interview. ESA Doctors and Pettable.
Your landlord may not require additional paperwork, require to speak with your doctor, or anything other than the letter required by law. Click HERE to see the differences between Service Animals, ESAs, and Therapy Animals.
If you feel you have been discriminated against or your landlord is violating ADA laws regarding assistance animals please contact the Disability Law Center to file a complaint.
If you received an eviction notice related to having pets in your home, you can contact Utah Legal Services, who may be able to represent you at your eviction hearing.
HUD's Interactive Tool provides persons with disabilities with information about their fair housing rights related to requests for assistance animals.
The following motel and hotel chains allow pets. Some may have an additional pet fee in addition to their daily rate.
Animal Shelters and Rescues
CAWS Rescue- CAWS is a no-kill, volunteer and foster-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is working with the community to help animals. As Utah’s oldest animal rescue group, their ongoing rescue, foster, education and adoption programs help animals whose time is up at shelters, those who are abandoned, and as resources allow, those whom their owners can no longer keep.
Humane Society of Utah- The Humane Society of Utah is the largest open-admission animal welfare organization in the state. They welcome any companion animal that can legally be admitted and work to find each pet a new loving home.
Salt Lake County Animal Services- Largest no-kill municipal shelter in Utah, serving the citizens and pets within the Salt Lake County Metro Townships, Bluffdale City, Holladay City, Midvale City, Millcreek, and Salt Lake City.
Pet Sitting & Rehoming
Rover- Whether you need in-home dog or cat boarding, pet sitting, dog walking, or day care, Rover connects pet parents with people who’ll treat their pets like family.
Care.com- Finding quality pet care that you can trust doesn't have to be so hard. Care.com is here to help you find the care you need for your pet. Compare caregiver profiles, read reviews from other pet parents, and search by experience or pay rates to find the match you have been looking for.
The following pet-focused Utah Facebook groups allow private rehoming or requests for temporary foster care from individual parties (if using a private foster home not associated with an organization we strongly recommend using a contract to protect the owner, caregiver, and pet. You can find a sample contract HERE):
Humane Society Private Pet Rehoming- Finding a new home for your pet will likely take time, patience, and effort. However, it will be significantly less stressful for the pet to stay out of the unfamiliar surroundings of the shelter, where anxiety and fear are natural reactions that make adoption more challenging. No one knows your pet better than you, and best of all, you will be able to choose your pet’s new home.
Ruff Haven Private Pet Rehoming- As a responsible pet owner, you can rehome your pet yourself and save them the stress of entering an animal shelter. You know your pet better than anyone, and you can find a new loving home for your pet with the resources on this page. Ruff Haven encourages you to look into alternative solutions to keep your pet, if possible, before making the decision to rehome them. This service is offered as a courtesy and best option before surrendering your pet tto a local shelter or rescue.
Rehome by Adopt-A-Pet- Rehoming your pet should be easy and stress free both for you and your pet. The experts at Adopt-a-Pet.com, the largest non-profit pet adoption website, have created a simple, reliable, free program to help you place your pet from your loving home directly to another.