Pet Assistance and Resources

We are frequently contacted by citizens who love their pets but who may be struggling with financial means to provide for their companions or others who may need access to resources or services to address behavioral concerns.  Please refer to the following list of local and national resources in your search for financial assistance or services that support the human-animal bond and keep pets with their families.

 Although the City of Rochester does not provide any direct financial assistance for veterinary expenses or pet care, we are able to provide limited food assistance and other supplies, as donations allow. For more information, contact or at (585) 428-7274.

Lost A Pet     Found A Pet     Rehome A Pet 

We are proud to introduce Finding free and low-cost pet services in Rochester is now just a click away.pets.findhelp Logo changes the game for pet owners, many of whom previously thought their only option was to give up a loved pet to a shelter. Human Animal Support Services has created this free, first-of-its-kind platform to make accessing pet support services easy.









  • Also contact your local veterinarian


  • Pet Supplies Plus in Greece - Low-Cost Vaccinations 
    (585) 621-0890

  • Petco - Affordable Vaccination Services
    Find a store near you:

  • Rochester Community Animal Clinic
    985 Bay Street, Rochester, NY 14609
    (585) 288-0600

  • FREE Seasonal Rabies Clinics
    All dogs, cats, and domesticated ferrets 4 months old or older are required by New York State Law to be vaccinated against Rabies. Please contact your local county's Department of Health for their vaccination schedule.

  • City of Rochester Animal Services 
    Monthly clinics at the Animal Services Center
    Annual clinic at The Fast & The Furriest® event (first Saturday in June)
    Free Rabies and DAP-P vaccination clinic, Free Microchips, and Free ID tags 

  • Affordable Veterinary Care Options to Support You and Your Pet (blog)


  • Rochester Hope for Pets 
    A core piece of their mission is to provide grants toward veterinary care to pet owners during times of financial need, with a focus on emergency and critical care. To be considered for an award, pet owners must complete an application and have an official estimate provided by a veterinarian. Payments are made directly to the veterinary care provider.
    (585) 532-7406 

  • ALL 4 PETS WNY Their mission is to provide a one-time grant of money to pay for medical care for pets whose caring, responsible owners are not able to pay for the care that will bring their pet back to health due to low income, personal crisis or disaster. Payments will be made directly to the medical care provider.
    (585) 727-5142




My Pit Bull Is Family

My Pitbull Is Family is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to end housing and insurance discrimination. They have the largest database of rental properties that welcome ALL pets, breeds, and breed types.


For years, PetRelocation has been guiding pets and their people through the complicated process of moving, happily reuniting them in their new homes.

Air Animal

If you are moving and will require that your pet travel by air, Air Animal can handle all the details ensuring a stress-free experience for you and your pet.


Dogs On Deployment

Dogs On Deployment connects those in active duty, reservists, National Guard, veterans, and first responders with volunteers who will care for their pets while that have services commitments.

Pets For Patriots

Pets For Patriots, a RAS partner, offers free memberships to U.S. veterans and provides members who adopt from RAS with a pet gift card, discounts on vet care and pet supplies, and post-adoption follow-up calls. RAS offers members free adoptions on eligible pets.


  • RedRover Relief provides financial assistance grants and additional resources so pet owners and rescuers can care for animals who need urgent veterinary care. Visit for eligibility requirements and application. RedRover also offers financial assistance for victims of domestic violence and their pets. To learn more about this program, visit

  •  Eusoh helps adopters save on veterinary bills. Eusoh is a community health sharing plan that reimburses pet owners' medical, wellness, illness and routine care expenses.

  • Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Programs provides financial assistance for emergency medical care for cats.

  • Care Credit is a credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. 

  • The Pet Fund is a nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care.  






 Pets for Life

Rochester's Pets for Life program provides free spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, identification, supplies (leashes, collars, crates), veterinary care, and other pet resources for City of Rochester residents living in zip code 14605. Similar supportive services are also provided in other zip codes. Contact (585) 428-6738 to inquire.

Pet Safety Net ProgramSafety Net screenshot

Due to the the shelter being at full capacity, we are unable to accommodate this program at this time. We will certainly resume when space allows. You can also call The Humane Society of Rochester at Lollypop Farm at (585) 223-1330 to see if they can assist. 

If you are facing crisis and need short-term housing for your pet, RAS may be able to help. Our Pet Safety Net Program provides temporary homes for pets whose owners are facing hardship. Pets of qualified program participants will be placed in a homes with a short-term foster caregiver until the situation is stable and a reunion can occur.





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