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Access Veterinary Care

Works with clients to find a care plan that fits their financial situation.

6225 – 42nd Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55422

Phone: 763-390-4050

Website: myaccessvetcare.com

Animal Humane Society

Offers a full range of medical and preventative care, spay/neuter and specialty surgeries, and dental services on a sliding fee scale.

845 Meadow Lane N, Golden Valley, MN 55422 and 1159 University Avenue W, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Phone: 763-489-7729

Website: animalhumanesociety.org

Banfield Pet Hospitals (through PetSmart)

Offers a free first office visit and consultation.

Phone: 866-816-9963

Website: banfield.com

Como Park Animal Hospital

Como Park Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary clinic that accepts Care Credit. They offer 24-hour emergency services.

1014 Dale St. N., St. Paul, MN 55117

Phone: 651-487-3255

Website: comoparkanimalhospital.com

Dr. Marie Louderback

Dr. Louderback visits senior living facilities to treat pets in their homes for very low cost.

Phone: 651-261-5808

Website: mnscasd.org

MARS Veterinary Services

A low-cost veterinary clinic affiliated with Midwest Animal Rescue & Services, providing quality care at an affordable cost.

4112 – 83rd Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55443

Phone: 763-463-9391

Website: facebook.com/marsvetservices

Mission Animal Hospital

A full-service hospital with affordable fees, to keep pets and families together.

10100 Viking Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Email: info@missionah.com

Phone: 952-938-1237

Website: missionah.org

Natural Pet Health

Provides compassionate, mobile veterinary care. Exams are $50.

247 County Road B West, Roseville, MN 55113

Phone: 651-397-6180

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Website: natural-pet-vet.weebly.com


Some Petco stores host low-cost clinics that offer vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, heartworm testing and feline leukemia testing. Contact your local Petco for more information.

Website: petco.com

Pet Poison Helpline

Animal Poison Control Center hotline with a $59 per incident fee. Available 24/7.

Phone: 855-764-7661

Website: petpoisonhelpline.com

PetVet Preventative Clinics

Provides affordable veterinary clinics located inside Tractor Supply Co. stores with locations throughout Minnesota. State-licensed veterinarians administer high-quality vaccines and microchips with no appointment and no office visit fees.

Website: petvet.vippetcare.com

Street Dog Coalition

An organization that provides free veterinary care to the pets of people who experience homelessnessor are at risk of becoming homeless. They have monthly clinics partnering with People and Pets Together pet food shelf in Minneapolis. Services offered include: Vaccines, heartworm testing and addressing minor medical procedures. TSDC also provides MN SNAP spay/neuter vouchers. First-come, first-served.

Contacts: Stefan Knep & Katie Cartledge


Phone: 763-269-0083

Website: thestreetdogcoalition.org

ValueCare Veterinary Clinic

Offers affordable veterinary care at two convenient locations.

1515 E. 66th St., Richfield, MN 55423 and 202 N. Chestnut St., Chaska, MN 55318

Phone: 952-217-4365

Website: valuecarevet.com

VCA Pet Hospitals

Offers a free first scheduled exam and accepts Care Credit.

Phone: 1-800-VCA-PETS

Website: vcahospitals.com


VeTouch provides basic veterinary medical care to the pets of low-income and no-income residents of the inner Twin Cities to promote urban community health and enhance the welfare of people and animals in Minnesota. Pet owners must qualify for services based on financial need or disability. VeTouch clinics are held on the first Sunday of every month from 3 to 7 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Services offered include: wellness exams, distemper and rabies vaccines, diagnosis and treatment of parasitic disease, education on zoonotic diseases, behavior education, nutritional support and referral for more involved veterinary care.

Phone: 612-284-7293

Website: facebook.com/VeTouch

Walmart — VetIQ

VetIQ offers individual services and bundled service packages. Their Community Clinics and permanent Wellness Centers all provide transparent, up-front pricing with no office visit fees.

Website: vetiqpetcare.com

Helping Hands

Hudson, WI

Phone: 715-781-8505

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Website: helpinghands4pets.org

St. Croix Animal Friends

Hudson, WI

Phone: 715-749-3763

Website: scafshelter.org


For residents of St. Croix, Pierce or Polk Counties of WI

Phone: 715-808-4384

Website: pawswi.com

Arnell Memorial Humane Society

Amery, WI

Phone: 715-268-7387

Website: arnellhumane.org

Wisconsin Humane Society

West Allis, WI

Phone: 414-323-6163

Website: wihumane.org

Animal Humane Society

Animal Humane Society provides a compassionate and caring euthanasia and cremation service for those who can’t afford the same service at a private-practice veterinarian. Veterinary technicians certified in lethal injection euthanasia perform each procedure. When the time is right, contact Animal Admissions Center to discuss your needs. Animal Humane Society also hosts pet loss support groups.

Phone: 763-412-4969

Animal Care Foundation of Minnesota

Subsidized veterinary care for pets belonging to qualifying persons. An application is required in order to qualify.

Email: acfcoordinator@gmail.com

Phone: 763-529-5060

Website: animalcarefoundation.org

Brown Dog Foundation

Financial aid for families in a temporary financial crisis at the same time that their pet requires life-saving treatment.

Website: browndogfoundation.org

Care Credit

Credit card service that offers financing and low monthly payment options for vet care.

Phone: 800-677-0718

Website: carecredit.com

Diabetic Cats in Need

Provides financial assistance to low-income cat owners with diabetic cats.

Phone: 234-738-3246

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Website: dcin

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance

Emergency financial assistance to cat and kitten owners who are unable to afford veterinary services for treatment of Vaccine-Associated Sarcomas.

Website: fveap.org

Frankie’s Friends

Provides financial assistance grants to family-owned pets in need of lifesaving emergency or specialty vet care whose caregivers cannot afford the cost of treatment.

Phone: 888-645-7387

Website: frankiesfriends.org

Magic Bullet Fund

Provides assistance for cancer treatment in dogs. Application required.

Website: themagicbulletfund.org


One-time grants (up to $200) to pet owners experiencing financial hardship. Limited number of grants available. Application required.

Website: mypetchild.com

RedRover Relief Grants

Financial assistance grants for pet owners, good Samaritans and rescuers whose animals need urgent veterinary care.

Website: redrover.org

Shakespeare Animal Fund

Grants for elderly, disabled and low-income owners for emergency veterinary care.

Website: shakespeareanimalfund.org

The Mosby Foundation

Nonprofit organization specializing in paying medical expenses for sick, abused and neglected dogs.


The Pet Fund

Financial assistance for low-income pet owners unable to afford non-basic, non-emergency veterinary care. Must have written cost estimate from a veterinarian.

Phone: 916-443-6007

Website: thepetfund.com

Feeding Furry Friends

8625 Monticello Lane N., Maple Grove, MN 55369

Email: feedingfurryfriendsmn@gmail.com

Website: feedingfurryfriends.org

Merrick Food Shelf

Pet food is available the second and last Monday of every month from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

1740 Van Dyke St., St Paul, MN 55109

Phone: 651-287-2088

Website: merrickcs.org

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People and Pets Together

Helps to keep pets and their caregivers together by providing pet food and supplies to families in need. The food shelf is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

3755 Bloomington Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407

Phone: 612-722-9998

Website: peopleandpetstogether.org

My Pit Bull is Family

At North Minneapolis Pet Resource Center we believe that access to pet food and supplies should not prevent someone from having the companionship of a pet. Our program supports community members without income or residency requirements and our team of community based volunteers are able to supply our neighbors with pet food & supplies thanks to our amazing partners & your generous donations!

Tuesday & Thursday 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1401 N 44th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55412

Phone: 763-273-0710

Website: mypitbullisfamily.org

Animal Humane Society

Provides microchipping, nail trims and anal gland expression at the St. Paul and Woodbury locations on the first and third Sunday of each month. The same services are available at their Coon Rapids and Golden Valley locations on the second and fourth Sunday of each month.

Phone: 952-435-7738

Website: animalhumanesociety.org

Chuck & Don’s

Nail trim clinics hosted at participating Chuck & Don’s stores. Find your local store and schedules.

Website: chuckanddons.com

Shear Elegance Pet Grooming

Shear Elegance likes to help out in these hard economic times by offering very low prices to groom your pet. Your pet is a part of your family, and their health and well being is always taken into account when you bring them to Shear Elegance. They groom rabbits, too! Open seven days per week.

1469 White Bear Ave., St. Paul, MN 55106

Phone: 651-528-1157

Website: shearelegancepetgrooming.com

Minneapolis Animal Care and Control (MACC)

No-Cost Kenneling for Victims of Domestic Violence. Since 2010, MACC has been a proud partner with the Minnesota Alliance for Family & Animal Safety (MNAFAS). MACC, along with the assistance of the Minneapolis Police Department, provide temporary, no-cost kenneling of pets for victims of domestic abuse. This program provides free pet kenneling to individuals who are trying to leave a violent domestic relationship, but who are afraid to because of concerns for their pets’ safety.

Phone: MNAFAS (952-646-6563) or 311 (612-673-6222)

Website: dayoneservices.org

A Rotta Love Plus

Rott ‘n’ Pit Ed Treat your dog to a fun training class just for pit bulls and Rottweilers! Led by ARLP volunteer Jen Laskewitz, Rott n’ Pit Ed is a free eight-week basic obedience class for pit bulls and Rottweilers who are being fostered by an ARLP volunteer, or who have “graduated” the foster program and been adopted. Rottweilers and pit bulls who are not ARLP alumni may enroll in the class for a set program donation.

Email: train@arottalove.org

Website: arottalove.org

Animal Humane Society Behavior Helpline

This helpline will answer behavior questions about your pet and might help you resolve an issue that will keep your pet at home with you. Please call the Animal Humane Society Behavior Helpline with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s behavior. Animal Humane Society Training and Behavior staff will provide you with action steps and resources. The helpline is available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

Phone: 763-489-2202

Website: animalhumanesociety.org

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How much does it cost to spay a dog in MN? ›

Also included:
Dog Spay or Neuter (29.9 lbs. & under)$100
Dog Spay or Neuter (30 to 49.9 lbs.)$115
Dog Spay or Neuter (50 lbs. & over)$130
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Can I get help with the cost of spaying my cat? ›

Need help with the cost? If you receive benefits, you may be able to get some help with the cost of having your cat neutered, so contact your local RSPCA branch to find out. Other charities, such as Cats Protection, may also be able to help.

Do Assistance Dogs have to be neutered? ›

Working guide dogs need to keep their minds on the job at all times. No flirting, fighting or seeking a mate. For these reasons all working guide dogs are neutered.

How much does it cost to spayed a dog? ›

While there are a lot of variables, spaying will typically run $50–$500. Costs at the low end of that spectrum are typically subsidized through a public agency. "There are many low-cost spay and neuter clinics around the country to help make the process more accessible to all pet owners," Moore says.

What can I use instead of a dog cone? ›

Store-Bought Dog Cone Alternatives:

Soft Collars. Flexible Fabric E-Collars. Inflatable E-Collars. Onesies or Clothing.

How old should dogs be to be spayed? ›

When should I spay my female dog? We recommend waiting until your dog is at least over 6 months and likely even older for larger dogs. The benefits are much more pronounced in larger dogs, but there is not a lot of difference for lap dogs.

Can I get a voucher to get my cat neutered? ›

If you receive benefits, are on a pension or low income, you can get low-cost, and sometimes even free neutering. This can be in the form of neutering vouchers or at subsidised neutering clinics - details below.

What is the C4 scheme? ›

The 'C4' scheme, established in 2002, is a joint initiative by major animal charities working in Greater London to tackle the problem of too many cats. There are thousands of unwanted, neglected and stray cats in London, yet their plight could have been easily been prevented by neutering.

How can I neuter my cat without surgery? ›

Non-surgical sterilization for dogs, cats and small animals — Calcium chloride dihydrate solution is a chemical sterilant for male animals that is administered via intratesticular injection. It can be obtained through a compounding pharmacy or in pre-measured doses that can be mixed onsite.

Can an intact male dog be a therapy dog? ›

In addition to many pet dogs in the U.S., dogs who act as service animals are often gonadectomized; Assistance Dogs International, an accreditation organization, requires that service dogs be spayed or neutered in its training standards (8).

Are male or female dogs better service dogs? ›

Generally, both males and females make excellent service dogs. Some handlers prefer one gender over another, but the only time it really matters is if a larger dog is needed in order to perform weight-baring tasks. In cases like that, the boys tend to be a safer option.

Why should I wait to neuter my dog? ›

Early neutering can cause orthopedic, behavioral, immunologic, and oncologic (tumor) problems in dogs, leading to a shortened lifespan and increased health issues.

What are the benefits of not spaying a female dog? ›

Spaying young females significantly increases the risk of osteosarcoma (bone cancer), a common cancer in larger breeds with a poor prognosis. #2: When female dogs are spayed before puberty, distinctly female disorders rise. The risk of recessed vulva, vaginal dermatitis, and vaginitis increases.

Does insurance cover spaying? ›

No, most pet insurance plans do not cover the cost of preventative treatments including neutering your pet. However, there are pet wellness plans available to you which are also known as preventative care plans, that many provide some reimbursement for spaying and neutering.

How long does it take for a dog to heal after being neutered? ›

With proper care, the healing process will take approximately two weeks. Most pet parents are surprised to find out how quickly their male dogs recover from this safe and effective procedure.

Should dogs sleep with cone on? ›

Yes – dogs can sleep, eat, drink, pee, and poop with a cone on. In fact, the stricter you are with the cone (officially called an Elizabethan collar or E-collar for short), the quicker your dog will get used to it.

Can a dog wear a onesie instead of cone? ›

If your furry companion is on the smaller side, a “onesie” may be a good choice. Made of soft, stretchy fabric, this bodysuit covers cats and dogs beginning at the neck, along the body and over the hindquarters. There are holes for the legs and tail to pass through.

How do you stop a dog from licking a wound without a cone? ›

Alternatives to the “cone of shame” are inflatable collars, soft E-collars and neck brace collars. Try covering the wound with soft fabric secured by medical tape to prevent licking. Keep pets busy with other fun things to distract them from licking wounds.

Should you let a female dog go into heat before spaying? ›

Q: Should I let my dog have a heat before I spay her? A: Medically, it's better to spay your dog before their first heat. It greatly reduces the risk of mammary tumors. People who wait to spay their dogs until after their second heat greatly increase the risk of mammary tumors in their pets.

What happens if you neuter a dog too late? ›

Many dog owners with intact senior pups often wonder when it is too late to neuter an older dog. The simple answer to this question is that it is never too late to neuter a dog. Even if your intact dog has already developed behavioral issues, a late neuter can still decrease their chance of developing prostate disease.

What happens if you spay a dog too early? ›

Spaying your dog too early can result in health problems later on since her hormones should have some time to work. Early spaying can increase the risk of hip dysplasia, torn ligaments, bone cancer, and urinary incontinence.

Can neutered cats still mate? ›

Although neutering greatly reduces sexual interest, some experienced males may continue to be attracted to, and mate with females. Male urine odor is particularly strong and pungent.

Can I neuter my cat at 2 years old? ›

Male cats should be neutered at six months which is usually the time when they become sexually active, however, they can be neutered at any age thereafter. If a cat is neutered after he reached 12 months of age, beware that you may not enjoy the full behavioural benefits of neutering.

Can I get my cat neutered on universal credit? ›

Criteria for assistance with neutering.

The current list of means tested benefits is: Income Support, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Pension Credit, Income Based Employment Support Allowance (ESA), Income Based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), Working Tax Credits and Universal Credit.

Does Blue Cross neuter dogs? ›

Blue Cross animal hospitals

We offer free neutering to pet owners who are eligible for our veterinary care.

Can I get my cat spayed for free UK? ›

Cats Protection and PDSA

We work closely with PDSA to support low cost neutering for the cats of owners on a qualifying benefit through their PetAid hospitals. Please visit the PDSA website to find your nearest hospital.

How much does it cost to neuter a cat in London? ›

Our prices for castrating your male cat or dog range from are £109.5 to £350, which includes pre-surgery consultation, the actual operation, painkillers and cone for your pet, and suture removal post-op. Whether you end up neutering your pet is of course, a personal decision for you as the owner of your pet.

What happens if I don't spay my cat? ›

It is not uncommon for unspayed cats to suffer from ovarian cysts and uterine infections due to constantly fluctuating hormone levels. Spaying your cat will reduce the risk of mammary cancer as she ages. Spaying your cat will not impact her ability to grow and does not cause your cat to get fat.

Is there an alternative to spaying? ›

Females: A hormone-sparing option that sterilizes a female dog involves conducting a hysterectomy (also called ovary-sparing spay or partial spay) by removing the uterus and leaving the ovaries intact. It is important to remove all the uterus to ensure that stump pyometra does not occur.

Can cats be neutered without removing balls? ›

Many male cats still have the appearance of having testicles due to the way the surgery is performed. Only the testicles are removed. The multi-layer sheath that surrounds the testicles is left as well as the scrotal skin.

Can 2 Intact dogs live together? ›

The short answer is yes, 2 intact male dogs can live together when they have a responsible owner. What is this? However, depending on each of their personalities, they may or may not live in harmony together.

Do unneutered male dogs go into heat? ›

Now you know: Male dogs don't go into heat. But that doesn't make their sexual maturity any less challenging for them or for their pet parents. Be sure to talk to your vet to discuss how to deal with your dog's behaviors, especially if he hasn't been neutered.

Can a neutered dog still lock with a female? ›

Can a Neutered Dog Still Lock with a Female Dog? Yes, a neutered dog can still lock (have sex with) with a female dog, as the neutering procedure only removes a dog's testicular sacks. While neutered dogs cannot impregnate a female dog and therefore make babies, they can most certainly still have sex.

Do cops use female dogs? ›

Do they use only males, or do they also use females for police service dogs? Males and females both make excellent police service dogs.

Why do female dogs hump? ›

Whether you call it humping, mounting or thrusting, the behavior is natural in male and female dogs. For some dogs, it is a response to arousal. For others, it can just be a way to exert dominance and show that they're the top dog in the house.

Does dog's personality change after neutering? ›

Neutering is a reasonably safe process; however, you can expect sharp changes in your dog's attitude right when you bring them home from the procedure. These side effects can range from increased aggression, depression, anxiety, or even clinginess; however, they only last for a short amount of time.

Why do neutered dogs live longer? ›

Austad and Hoffman say spayed and neutered pets live longer, healthier, happier lives because they have fewer behavioral issues and they are less susceptible to infections, degenerative diseases, and traumatic/violent causes of death.

Do fixed dogs live longer? ›

Will my dog live longer? On average dogs who are spayed or neutered live one and a half years longer than those who are not. Typically, dogs who are not fixed live to be about 8 years of age, where fixed dogs average about nine and a half years.

Can you spay a dog in heat? ›

While most vets prefer to perform the surgery while your dog is not in heat, they can do so even when she is. The procedure involves the complete removal of her ovaries (and commonly, the uterus) to ensure that she can no longer become pregnant.

How is a female dog spayed? ›

The surgery consists of making an incision just below the umbilicus (belly button) and removing both the ovaries and uterus, or just the ovaries depending on your veterinarian's technique. Many veterinarians use absorbable sutures so that you do not have to return to have them removed.

Should I spay my dog? ›

Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life.

Spaying prevents uterine infections and decreases the incidence of breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.

What's the difference between spayed and neutered? ›

Ovariohysterectomy, or the typical “spay”: the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus are removed from a female dog or cat. This makes her unable to reproduce and eliminates her heat cycle and breeding instinct-related behavior. Orchiectomy, or the typical “neuter”: the testes are removed from a male dog or cat.

Can spayed dogs still mate? ›

Well, for those of you who are afraid to neuter your pet because you're sad he'll never have a chance to mate, you can nix that excuse off your list. The take home message here is that your neutered dog can still have sex.

Do female dogs hump when coming into season? ›

Often, during courtship, females in heat mount and hump their male “suitors.” Female dogs also commonly mount and hump other females when one or both are in heat.

Should female dogs have a litter before being spayed? ›

​Shouldn't a female cat/dog have a litter before being spayed? Allowing a female cat or dog to produce a litter does not have any benefits to the animal. Animals who go through heat cycles and pregnancy are at higher risk for uterine and mammary problems, including mammary cancer, which can be fatal.

Which type of spaying is best? ›

Traditional Spay. While veterinary experts agree on the benefits of laparoscopic spay, they have different views on which method provides the best protection to the patient. Adam says laparoscopic spay remains safest because there's less trauma to tissues, less risk of infection, and less bleeding.

Can you neuter a dog yourself? ›

As this is a surgical procedure, it is only legally preformed at a veterinary clinic. Home removal constitutes animal cruelty and can kill a dog due to blood loss or infection.

What happens if you neuter a dog too late? ›

Many dog owners with intact senior pups often wonder when it is too late to neuter an older dog. The simple answer to this question is that it is never too late to neuter a dog. Even if your intact dog has already developed behavioral issues, a late neuter can still decrease their chance of developing prostate disease.

Why do dogs get fat after getting fixed? ›

Answer: The loss of estrogens and androgens (sex hormones) from neutering dogs and cats causes a decrease in metabolic rate, thus their energy needs are lower. Neutering a pet is linked to an increased risk of unhealthy weight gain and obesity if there is no change in diet or feeding plan at the time of surgery.

Why do neutered dogs live longer? ›

Austad and Hoffman say spayed and neutered pets live longer, healthier, happier lives because they have fewer behavioral issues and they are less susceptible to infections, degenerative diseases, and traumatic/violent causes of death.

What happens if you don't spay your female dog? ›

They can get an uterine infection, called pyometra, that requires emergency surgery. If this condition is untreated or surgery is not done as soon as possible, the infection gets into the bloodstream and becomes fatal. Female dogs that aren't spayed can also get mammary tumors.

Can a neutered dog still lock with a female? ›

Can a Neutered Dog Still Lock with a Female Dog? Yes, a neutered dog can still lock (have sex with) with a female dog, as the neutering procedure only removes a dog's testicular sacks. While neutered dogs cannot impregnate a female dog and therefore make babies, they can most certainly still have sex.

Does spaying a dog calm them down? ›

Can Spaying or Neutering Make a Dog Less Hyper? The short answer is that no, your dog isn't likely to be less hyperactive after getting spayed or neutered. It won't change their personality much, if at all. Each dog has its own positive and negative social habits.

Why you should not spay or neuter your pet? ›

Research shows that spay-neuter can increase the risk of joint disorders and certain cancers. The likelihood of negative health outcomes varies widely between breeds and sexes. Decisions about whether to spay-neuter should be reached through informed discussion with a veterinarian.


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