Veterinary Clinics and Pet Health Care
- Merwin Clinic in Allston – Free office visits and outpatient veterinary services. These can include routine physical exams and recommendations for how people can best care for their animals. Medications available at reduced rates. Walk-ins only.
- Angell at Nashoba Pet Care – Discounted medical care for sick or injured animals who have owners meet financial eligibility criteria or who are active military personnel. They offer pet food for emergency circumstances and $15 microchips at their adoption centers. Visit the website for eligibility information.
- Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic – Veterinary teaching clinic provides the Greater Worcester community (including Sudbury residents who receive SNAP or WIC benefits) with low-cost, preventative and primary care for companion animals, including:
- Routine wellness care
- Vaccinations and parasite screening and prevention
- Stable urgent care for: ear infections, vomiting, diarrhea, urinary and upper respiratory infections
- Diagnostic services including blood testing and digital radiology
- Basic surgeries such as: spay/neuter, small mass removal and wound repair
- SPAY MASS Referral Program – Run by the MA Animal Coalition, a nonprofit that provides a comprehensive list of low-cost spay/neuter services in the state of Massachusetts. Enter your zip code and the category of service/type of animal to get a list of providers near you.
Pet Surrender Locations
- MSPCA Angell – If you are no longer able to care for your animal, you can bring him/her to the MSPCA. Their Adoption Centers take in owned animals as well as stray cats and small mammals. If you find a stray dog, please contact the animal control officer in the town in which the dog was found.
- Worcester Animal Rescue League – WARL is a limited-intake shelter with 96 dog and 41 cat kennels. You can fill out a form to request to surrender your pet to the shelter when a kennel is available. Find the dog surrender form here and the cat surrender form here.
- Brown Dog Foundation – For families who are in financial crisis and need assistance to provide emergency life-saving treatment or medications to their pet.
- The Magic Bullet Fund – Helps families whose dogs have cancer and they cannot afford treatment.
- The Mosby Foundation – Assists with the care for critically sick, injured, abused and neglected dogs through financial support and public education. Dogs must be neutered in order to receive assistance.
- RedRover Relief – Grant program provides financial assistance, resources, and emotional support for pet guardians struggling with economic hardship when pets are in life-threatening situations. The average grant is around $250, and is intended to fill a small gap in funding that is keeping an animal from care.
Safety Planning and Fostering:
When coping with illness, homelessness, domestic violence, environmental emergencies or other challenging life circumstance, individuals may need support developing a plan and/or finding a temporary home to keep their pets safe. Do you have a friend or family member who can house your pets? If not, have you contacted area human societies and pet shelters about fostering options?
- The Second Step in Newton – Can provide individual pet safety conversations on their domestic violence hotline: 781-235-8460
- List of Pet-Friendly Domestic Violence Shelters
- Safe People Safe Pets – Works to temporarily place animals while an individual experiencing domestic abuse is leaving the home/in transition and does not have an alternative caretaker for the animal and provides. Assistance and planning to people who are thinking of leaving an abusive home with an animal, including ensuring that the animal is up-to-date on vaccinations and that the owner has all paperwork, supplies, medication, or items the animal needs. Must be working with an advocate and be leaving a domestic violence situation. Call (617) 999-3055 or email SafePeopleSafePets@yahoo.com.
- Phinney’s Friends – Volunteer organization that helps pet owners keep and care for their pets through financial assistance, supplies, and occasionally temporary foster services. Apply for financial help for veterinary costs here and for pet supplies here.
- Ready.gov – Emergency preparedness planning, including plans for pets.