Sometimes unexpected circumstances can make having a pet financially challenging. This section offers resources and tips that can help guardians get through these difficult times.
Pet food pantries
Need help feeding your pet? Below are organizations that offer a monthly Pet Food Pantry for residents of Alameda and/or Contra Costa Counties.
Please follow the links below for more information about these programs:
- Berkeley Humane Society Pet Food Pantry
Requirements: pets must be spayed/neutered; food is available for up to two pets on a first-come, first-served basis until supplies run out
- East Bay SPCA Pet Food Pantry
Requirements: proof of residency in Alameda or Contra Costa County and proof of financial need; pets must be up to date on vaccines and spayed or neutered
- ARF Foodshare
Requirements: proof of Contra Costa County residency, proof of household income, and photo identification; pets must be spayed or neutered
- Furry Friends Food Relief Program
Requirements: please check their website for current requirements
Assistance Dog Special Allowance Program
This program provides a monthly payment of $50 to eligible people who use a guide, signal or service dog to help with needs related to their disabilities.
Saving Money on Pet Care [PDF]
Offers tips and ways to save money on food, veterinary care, medications, and other pet needs.
Having Trouble Affording Veterinary Care?
Follow these tips from the Humane Society on how to pay for veterinary care for your pets. See also our low cost veterinary resources page.