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Help for Cash-Strapped Pet Owners

March 30, 2011 by Tails Magazine in Lifestyle with 0 Comments

Note from the Mayor’s Alliance
By Steve Gruber, Director of Communications

These days, many pet owners are finding it harder than ever to stretch the family budget. And while New York City offers pet owners a tremendous choice of pet-related services, for many pet parents, simply providing for basic needs, such as food and veterinary care, is a challenge.

But a tough economy doesn’t necessarily mean that pet owners have to sacrifice adequate care for their pets. Instead, pet owners in New York City can look to alternative sources to provide for their pets’ well being.

For example, did you know that many food pantries for humans also stock pet food? Thanks to the efforts of the Animal Relief Fund (ARF), New Yorkers who need help providing food for their pets can find it at a number of local food pantries. To locate one near you in New York City or on Long Island, visit ARF-NY.org.

If providing your pet with adequate medical care poses a challenge, consider asking your veterinarian for a hardship discount or an extended payment plan. Or seek out well-respected, affordable medical service providers, such as the Humane Society of New York’s veterinary hospital (http://www.humanesocietyny.org/about/services.php). For pet owners who receive public assistance, the ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinics (http://www.aspca.org/aspca-nyc/mobileclinic/) provide free spay/neuter surgeries for their pets. And low-cost microchipping for dogs and cats is available at Mayor’s Alliance microchipping clinics throughout the year.

To learn about more possibilities in New York City for free and low-cost pet care, visit www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org.

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