Animal Programs

Additional Spay/Neuter Info

Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. - and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. As a result, every year 4 to 6million animals are euthanized because there are no homes for them. What can you do to stop the suffering?

Spay and neuter your pet! In addition to saving lives, spaying and neutering can also drastically improve your pet's health and life expectancy. The idea that pets become fat or lazy when they are spayed or neutered is a myth. Sterilized pets lead healthier, longer lives. Spaying a female eliminates the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer. Neutering a male reduces the risk of both prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. Neutering also will make your pet more affectionate and less likely to roam, get in fights, or become lost.

List of Animal shelters by state

Veterinary Care Help

Here is a list of organizations that provide financial assistance to pet owners who are having trouble affording veterinary care. Keep in mind that each organization is independent, and therefore, have their own set of rules and guidelines as to how they distribute assistance. This means you will have to look into each one individually to determine if you qualify for assistance.

List of Animal shelters by state

State-Specific Programs

Voice for the Animals Foundation, Helping Friends ProgramSHARE Marin Humane SocietyPAWS San DiegoPAWS Los AngelesPAWS San Francisco
Max Fund
Manchester Area Network on AIDS AID-A-PET
District of Columbia
PALS - Pets Are Loving Support
Massachusetts SPCA
(Provides financial assistance for pet owners receiving services at one of its three medical centers):
Angell Memorial Animal Hospital-Boston
350 South Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02130
Angell Animal Medical Center-Nantucket
21 Crooked Lane
Nantucket, MA 02554
Angell Animal Medical Center-Western New England
171 Union St.
Springfield, MA 01105
Phinney's Friends (MSPCA)The Sampson Fund
The fund is to benefit companion animals of Cape Cod and the adjacent islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.
Michigan Humane Society
Michigan Humane Society maintains three veterinary clinics:
MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care
Veterinary Center:
7401 Chrysler Drive
Detroit, MI 48211
Rochester Hills
MHS Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care
Veterinary Center:
3600 W. Auburn Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48309
MHS Berman Center for Animal Care
Veterinary Center:
900 N. Newburgh Road
Westland, MI 48185
Shakespeare Animal
New York
NY S.A.V.E Inc.Humane Society of Lollypop Farm
Rhode Island
RIVMA Companion Animal Foundation
SPCA of Texas
Pet Project: Seattle-King County Humane SocietyFor more information visit the CDC Healthy Pets page

The Heart of Our Mission

At the heart of the National Humane Society’s mission is the idea of supporting animal shelters and the volunteers across the country that give time and resources to maintain those individual institutions. Currently there are approximately 13,600 shelters across the country serving an average of 7.6 million pets a year. Roughly 3.9 million of these animals are dogs, and 3.4 of them are cats (ASPCA findings).

Animal shelters receive animals from four major sources:

  • owners who can no longer care for their pets
  • relatives when an owner has passed away
  • stray animals
  • humane organizations and animal control agencies

Overpopulation, Safe Sanctuary and Forever Homes

In recent years, average adoption estimates range from 2.7 – 3 million animals, leaving a majority of these animals relatively hopeless. Our aim at the National Humane Society is to fund as many no-kill shelters as possible in order to save the lives of potential pets, and to continue our efforts in funding spay/neuter clinics. Dealing with the overpopulation crisis is a big picture, educational endeavor we are engaging in the national community with, but until real change can be actualized, our hope is to support the mission of shelters across the country, giving rescue pets clean, safe sanctuary until they can find their forever home.