Other Resources

Low-Cost Vaccine Clinics

Check out our schedule of free vaccine clinics for residents of our service area.

Tractor Supply Company offers clinics at numerous locations.  Find a clinic near you.  

Shot Vet offers pet vaccine clinics throughout ME and NH. Check the website for dates and locations.

Veterinary Financial Aid

CareCredit is a line of credit that can be used to cover veterinary costs. (You can use it for your own health expenses, too.) It is typically offered with a promotional period, allowing you to make convenient monthly payments without accruing interest. Visit Care Credit’s website to see which veterinarians accept CareCredit.

Scratchpay offers simple and affordable payment plans for large veterinary bills.  Apply for Scratch Pay and check your interest rate any time without affecting your credit score. Completing the application and accepting the loan terms takes just a couple of minutes and can be done from your cell phone or computer. Scratch Pay can help get your pet the care they need. If your vet has not yet signed up for Scratch Pay, ask your vet to join Scratch for free.

The American Animal Hospital Association – The AAHA offers a program among its member animal hospitals that helps to pay for veterinary expenses. Ask your veterinarian if they are part of this program.

Banfield Charitable Trust – The Banfield Charitable Trust has numerous programs including grants to help with veterinary care, food programs (like Meals on Wheels), helping homebound pet owners and owners in hospice care among others.

Red Rover – Red Rover offers financial and emotional support for pet owners to help care for animals in life-threatening situations.

The Bow Wow Buddies Foundation gives a second chance to sick and injured dogs in need.

Friends & Vets Helping Pets is here to help during difficult times.  Grants are made to individuals and families whose ability to pay is extremely limited, but also to those of somewhat more substantial means, up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, who may only need minor subsidy to meet the veterinary expenses. Financial aid is intended as a supplement to family resources.  All applicants must be prepared to show financial need.

Dylan’s Hearts is a nonprofit organization helping families struggling financially pay for veterinary care for companion animals.

Waggle.org is a pet-dedicated crowdfunding platform that partners directly with leading veterinary providers, foundations, nonprofits, corporate sponsors and pet guardians to reduce economic euthanasia in pets, thereby giving options to pet guardians and second chances to the pets they love.

There are special programs for veterinary care assistance for working dogs and service animals, such as Assistance Dogs Special Allowance Program and The Gandalf Fund.

Bankrate has a detailed guide for affording a service dog, which breaks down all the costs and provides methods for financing them.

Equine Services

The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals (MSSPA) can provide temporary assistance for Maine horses and their owners, including feed, farrier or dental services or veterinary care. Visit MSSPA’s website for more information on their grant-funded feed and care bank for those in need.

Wildlife Services

The GAHS cannot accept any wild animals. If you have found injured wildlife, or have a concern about wildlife in or near your home, please contact your Animal Control Officer, or a wildlife rehabilitator. You may also reach out to Misfits Rehab, located in Auburn, Maine, for information about wildlife concerns.

Local and regional humane societies and specialty animal welfare groups

Herp Haven Reptile Rescue and Sanctuary, Brunswick, Maine

Graze in Peace Farm Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, Durham, Maine

Seymour’s Bird Refuge, Cumberland, Maine

Animal Refuge League, Westbrook, Maine

Midcoast Humane, Brunswick, Maine

Responsible Pet Care of Oxford Hills, Norway, Maine

Friends of Feral Felines, Portland, Maine

HART, Cumberland, Maine

Animal Welfare Society, Kennebunk, Maine

Humane Society Waterville Area, Waterville, Maine

Kennebec Valley Humane Society, Augusta, Maine

Bangor Humane Society, Bangor, Maine

Franklin County Animal Shelter, Farmington, Maine

Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, Fryeburg, Maine

Maine Animal Coalition

Maine Federation of Humane Societies

New England Federation of Humane Societies