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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: We believe that the special bond between pet and owner should never be broken because of a financial or medical crisis; that no pet will ever be surrendered, abandoned, die at home or be euthanized solely because its owner could not afford urgent or emergency veterinary care. Furthermore, we want to help end 'economic euthanasia' and 'economic amputation'...the removal of a limb solely because an owner cannot afford to have the limb plated or pinned.

Target demographics: people and their pets

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2400 Callers

Geographic areas served: ALL STATES

Programs: emergency veterinary grants for pets of people in financial need, common sense advice and education regarding sick and injured pets

Community Stories

153 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Meghan K.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I found out that my kitty had severe infections in her mouth and needed surgery, Pet Assistance Inc was one of three organizations that replied to my request for assistance. Neyoni was scheduled to have surgery the first week of April; however, her infections were worsening quickly so I moved the surgery up. I contacted Pet Assistance, Inc about the sudden change in plans and they were very kind to pay their portion of the bill the day of the surgery. Thank you so much for making it possible to care for my kitty during this unexpected time. Having to pay out-of-pocket was equal to a month's worth of rent, so I am beyond grateful for the kind generosity!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A PET ASSISTANCE volunteer taught me how to TNR my first cat at the age of 20. This is an amazing rescue group who has accomplished tons of miracles over the years. Thank you for your service all over the United States.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m so pleased that Pet Assistance helped our precious Tuffy by providing assistance with vet expenses. Our Tuffy had been in pain unbeknownst to us because of a urethra obstruction. Although, The Cleveland Veterinary Hospital did a great job helping Tuffy, I still struggled paying the bill and Pet assistance was willing to help. I appreciate Ruth and the Pet Assistance team.

Sarah Z.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so grateful to Pet Assistance for helping us care for our sweet Bella! Bella was in need of a costly surgery and they helped reduce the cost of our bill so that we could have the procedure done as soon as possible. Ruth was also very responsive and supportive throughout the entire process, it was clear that they truly cared about Bella's health and well-being.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My brother and I want to express how grateful we are for finding Pet Assistance, Inc. His 15+ year old cat, Breezy had to have surgery, a mass removal level 1. Pet assistance came to our help. They responded quickly to our request and worked with me to get all the information necessary to assist us with paying for his surgery. They are wonderful people to work with, positive and supportive. I am glad that I found them on the internet and would recommend them to anyone needing assistance with paying for treatment for their pets. We cannot thank them enough. Breezy is doing great and thanks them also.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first heard about Pet Assistance from a neighbor who they approved for a grant, and I’m so glad I did! I can not thank Pet Assistance enough for their help with my dog Sophie. Not only did they help reduce the cost of my bill, they were so very supportive and gave me excellent advice for the future. Thankfully, I was able to pay the bill after everything I learned. They were so professional, attentive, and kind through out the whole process. Thank you Pet Assistance!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog Bo swallowed a large bone and needed a procedure to remove it, being a college student I didn’t have the ability to afford it especially because she needed it immediately! I contacted Pet assistance early morning and they respond back to me within hours and was so friendly and really cared about Bo’s well being. Thank you Pet Assistance for saving her!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My bestfriend gave me the name of this place Pet assistance I called and spoke to Ruth who was so helpful and considerate she tried to find me help with my 2.5yo male cat Grayson who was having urinary issues and needed to have pu surgery I started a GoFundMe and raise most of the money and pet assistant stepped in and helped me pay the balance owed.We are forever grateful for them being here to help save our boys life. Thank Ruth and pet assistance for all your help!!

2 Robert B.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

Like most of the world 2020 was hard. Covid brought unemployment to our doorstep right when one of our furbabies became ill. Our Lilly needed medical testing but our checkbook was unable to accommodate. We were stressed and heartbroken not knowing what to do next. Lilly's bloody noses were getting worse and we were at a loss. Pet Assistance came to the rescue. Not only did you assist us financially but also with helpful suggestions and such kindness during a difficult season. When we are back on our feet this will certainly be an organization to which we will donate! Pet Assistance not only helped a sweet animal but a beloved pet which in turn made all the difference to our family. We will be forever grateful to Pet Assistance.

Patricia A.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I reached at to Pet Assistance Inc after being turned down by other organizations. My 16 month old puppy need orthopedic surgery on both knees totaling of $6k . We were doing only the worst of two due to finances and having no luck getting help. Molly was very quick to respond with a letter saying Cruzer was approved for assistance. I did my part and then scheduled surgery. I followed Molly’s instructions to a “ T” and sure enough they paid the vet. I am furever grateful to Pet Assistance Inc for their quick response in a very caring and professional manner. Cruzer gives you five paws up. Thank you again

2 LaQuisha M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last month, my 10 month old kitten got sick all of sudden. I contacted Ruth at Pet Assistance. She was able to raise several hundreds of dollars in my time of need. Ruth was caring and compassionate during that time. Thank you for your compassion and your help during a VERY difficult time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A big THANK YOU to everyone at Pet Assistance for your generous gift to my fur baby which really helped. You truly make a difference for us animal lovers and I am extremely grateful! "Baby" is still recovering from surgery. I am so thankful that you folks helped us!
For anyone wondering if this is a legit foundation, they sure are. My fur baby, "Baby", broke her femur and need surgery and her original vet quoted me an arm and leg. I finally found a vet who was willing to do payment plans prior to doing surgery and this foundation was able to help me with some of the down payment, which I am truly grateful for.
I hope I will be able to give back sooner than later so I can also help other pet lovers in need. I’ve included pictures of her being miserable when it first happened and now as she is recovering.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so incredibly grateful for Ruth and Pet Assistance, Inc. she helped us do more research to find a more affordable vet for a surgery that was needed and would have been fatal if Maci didn't receive it. She suggested many many options and even other non-profits to help us. Maci had the surgery and we were able to afford it without needing Pet Assistance to help us pay! We will always be grateful for Ruth and Pet Assistance, Inc.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful that I found Pet Assistance, Inc. They helped me with an emergency surgery for my kitty, Fluffy. She had an abscessed tooth and severe swelling of her left cheek. Ruth was great to work with and was very responsive to my request.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t express with words how grateful we are to the organization and Ruth for making this possible. Our boy Toto got suddenly sick and hospitalization was needed urgently to lower level of toxins. Toto was so sick and depressed. I was having the worst time, I didn't know what was going to happen to him and also I had no way to cover vet's bill after the 5 days he was admitted. Luckily things starting getting better, vet called with updates as he was responding to treatment and Ruth was amazing and reached out immediately after I emailed Pet Assistance, Inc. with my urgent request. She was so kind and also provided me with a lot of information. Couple days later as I was at vet to pick up Toto and got a bill over 1K, I called Ruth and she promptly reached out to Vet's office and covered $250 from my bill. Their assistance was seriously vital. They do really care about pets and their families.
All I can say is our Toto means a world for me and my daughter. Toto is now home and we are taking good care of him, evolution has been beautiful and we sure have a long way to keep enjoying our furry companion.

lynmargsum

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say
enough about pet assist and the assistance they provided to me and my pup. Louie was blind from diabetic cataracts , being that I’m a nurse this was devastating not being able to help my own dog . I may not be low income but I did not have 4000.00 for the surgery . I contacted Pet assist and Ruth was so kind , understood my situation and contributed to Louie’s cause.
Louie was so depressed from his blindness , I saw an instant change after surgery .
I got my puppy back !
Thank you pet assist for helping Louie get his sight back and his personality ! We are forever grateful.

JC S

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pet Assistance is an amazing organization that helped us save the life of our beloved German Shepherd, Severus. Without the help of people Ruth and organizations like this one, we never would have been able to afford the surgery Severus' needed to live a long, healthy, and happy life. We're so very grateful and cannot speak highly enough about how wonderful they were to us. Even in the midst of her own health issues, the founder Ruth kept in touch with us and got prompt payment directly to the University performing the operation. She's an angel, no doubt! Thank you, Pet Assistance and thank you Ruth!

Cindy Decker M.

Client Served

Rating: 1

Pet Assistance Inc informed me I was awarded a $275 grant towards my pet's vet care of over $700. I notified PAI that I was taking my pet to the vet today using their grant. Throughout the day, PAI called my vet's office harassing the staff and demanded to know why the vet wasn't going straight to surgery versus trying a non-invasive way to resolve my pet's need.

After the entire procedure was complete and it was time to pay the bill today, PAI refused. PAI spoke to me on the phone and it was one of the rudest experiences I have ever had. PAI said they might pay the bill in a couple of weeks or a month. Unfortunately, my pet suffers. My vet said my pet cannot get the sample cultured until the bill is paid.

I can't believe an organization dedicated to helping animals would knowingly let a pet suffer. A pet who the organization agreed to help.

Please help me get the funding to pay the vet bill so my pet can return to health and a normal quality of life.

I have 25 years of non-profit experience and I have never encountered such a disreputable action from a non-profit.

I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND USING PAI OR TRUSTING THEM TO HOLD TO THEIR WORD.

Comments ( 2 )

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Pet Assistance Inc. 11/27/2020

When the health of our beloved pet is in danger emotions can run very high. At Pet Assistance Inc., we never take the health and welfare of any animal lightly. PAi. can only make grants within the boundaries outlined by our organization's bylaws. We only award small grants, and the owner must always make a financial contribution. The owner's contribution is defined before a grant is offered. Typically, PAi grants are awarded for urgent care and emergency surgery only, and diagnosis analysis is the responsibility of the pet owner. In this case, the pet owner and veterinary hospital were trying to avoid surgery, and so PAi made an exception and agreed to pay for part of the cat’s diagnostic tests. We have fulfilled this grant as promised. However, the owner is still obligated to make their financial contribution as agreed. Posting a poor review does not excuse her from this obligation, nor shift the responsibility for her cat’s health to us.

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Pet Assistance Inc. 11/27/2020

When the health of our beloved pet is in danger emotions can run very high. At Pet Assistance Inc., we never take the health and welfare of any animal lightly. PAi. can only make grants within the boundaries outlined by our organization's bylaws. We only award small grants, and the owner must always make a financial contribution. The owner's contribution is defined before a grant is offered. Typically, PAi grants are awarded for urgent care and emergency surgery only, and diagnosis analysis is the responsibility of the pet owner. In this case, the pet owner and veterinary hospital were trying to avoid surgery, and so PAi made an exception and agreed to pay for part of the cat’s diagnostic tests. We have fulfilled this grant as promised. However, the owner is still obligated to make their financial contribution as agreed. Posting a poor review does not excuse her from this obligation, nor shift the responsibility for her cat’s health to us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for the assistance received. Our old boy needed emergency eye surgery to kill the eye given extreme elevated pressures we couldn’t control. After an expensive ER visit we were short. Ruth quickly replied to us and the organization helped with half the cost. Pepe is doing amazing post surgery ( the source of his pain and issues ) and we are supper thankful to have given him the help he needed given the assistance !! You guys are amazing. Thank you so much for what you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pet Assistance, Inc. has been such a wonderful organization to work with! They so generously contributed to my dog Pippa's eye surgery and I could not have done this without them! Working with them throughout the process was such a pleasure and I'm so thankful for this great organization and members.

Melanie L.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since COVID my husbands hours had been cut and I was on workers compensation. Of course our 6 month old lab / pit mix Poppy had an emergency. We took her to the emergency vet and they concluded she had an intestinal blockage. They gave us 3 options 1 surgery would be $4500. 2 sign her over to a rescue and release our rights to her or option 3 put her to sleep. We tried to get care credit, etc but we were denied. After a long night we took Poppy home to figure out what to do. I was online emailing organizations begging for help. In the mean time we found a vet that would do surgery for $1500. I was continually emailing organizations begging for anything. I put a note on Facebook asking my friends for help and in 35 minutes they came up with $965. In the mean time I received a phone call saying Per Assistance would help us with her bill. They called daily after surgery to check on Poppys progress. She is back 100% to her normal self. It would have never been possible without this great organization and people that run it!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a 1 yr old kitten named Jules that needed to have surgery on his knees. I am on disability and wasn’t able to come up with all of the money for the prosedures. Thankfully the doctor discounted the surgery and due to the donation of Pet Assistance who was able to donate the last $100 I needed he has completed his first surgery and is recovering peacefully at home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Look at Orangie. Just knocked out. I was sitting at the edge of the couch in front of the black bag. I get up and see him like that. Doesn’t he look so comfortable compared to what he looked like before when he was sick and about to die? But thanks to organizations like Pet Assistance, Inc. They made it possible for Orangie to be asleep comfortably next to me, right NOW. Pet Assistance gave me light when I could no longer see in my darkness. I will forever be grateful to you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As 5 month old Daffy Roo has to get her eye removed, the surgery cost a lot and we couldn’t be more grateful for the contribution Pet Assistance Inc helped with. Thank you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the many wonderful things about this organization is that it has an incredible resource of data gathered over the 47 years of its existence. Ruth keeps records of every animal/person the organization has assisted with vet bills. Every time someone comes to Pet Assistance with an estimate that will cripple a family, she looks into her database and finds a vet located within driving distance who will do the work for considerably less. She has contacts all over the country and, as you can see from all the other reviews, she is an incredible help to those in financial need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pet Assistance is a unique, much-needed service and Ruth treats every case with thoughtful care and consideration. She assesses all details of each situation and in doing so provides valuable advice and support to pet owners in need. And if Ruth determines that financial aid is warranted, she even helps to negotiate the best price and "vets" the vets to ensure the best outcomes. I am extremely proud work with Ruth and to be part of this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I emailed atleast 5 places in panic because I thought Kitty was going to die. I took him to a vet and they said he had a slight blockage but gave 2 shots said if not better by morning bring him back. Kitty hadnt peed at all I was so scared. This was all new to me I never had a sic pet. That next morning Kitty was worse they told me they was booked and I cant come and to find somewhere else. But they was the only near low cost clinic. It was then I got on googled and emailed every place I could find. And PET ASSISTANCE emailed me back. Actually they the only ones emailed me back. And I only sent a simple sentence asking for help. The person messaging me was the best. Showed so much concern and care. With no hesitation they told me when I get to the clinic to email them and they will assist. Omg that melted my heart. However a few hours later Kitty showed signs of feeling better it was like a miracle cause Lord knows I aint have a dime to spare lol. As I monitored I then email PET ASSISTANCE and told them how much I appreciated the help but was no longer needed. The person was still so concerned about Kitty asking about the food meds and follow ups, assuring he was ok and that if I needed help in the future they was available.
Yall if your pet is in need of help or even if you need advice or hope email them. Anyone donating to this organization I appreciate you all. Please continue to bless this organization because they definitely are helping save lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Pet Assistance helped us save HMF Superdog after a terrible fight with another family dog. He's doing great, thanks to Ruth and the other kind folks who helped. =) HMF Superdog is a therapy dog for a family with PTSD and auto-immune issues, and he's finally back to work after weeks of healing.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ruth is wonderful. Our dog was diagnosed with pyometra. She needed treatment right away. We called a few other places but unfortunately it didn't work out, and were not very helpful. We called pet assistance and got Ruth. She is the reason my dog is here today. She went above and beyond for our dog. I am thankful we got in touch with her, she made it all happen. I truly can't put into words how thankful my family and I are. I can never thank her enough. She is amazing at what she does.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Pet assistance Inc. saved my dog’s life. He had Nasal aspergillosis. Most cases of nasal aspergillosis are invasive meaning that the fungus destroys the delicate bones of the sinuses.This is the kind my dog Eddie had. This fungus causes the dog to sneeze often and hard. It causes nasal pain, bleeding from the nose, reduced appetite, visibly swollen nose, and long-term nasal discharge from a nostril. This fungus eventually eats into the brain and is terminal. Eddie was a mess. After he had his procedure to remove the fungus the vet said Eddie’s case was one of the worst she had ever seen. If Eddie didn’t have this procedure he would have had to be euthanized because his quality of life was not good. I cannot thank Pet Assistance Inc enough. Not only did they assist financially, but they were emotionally supportive. I have my dog, he is healing but he is clearly much happier. Thank you so much Pet Assistance Inc.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

November 2019, already having financial difficulties, I lost my job. I tried to keep my spirits up and focus on securing new employment. During this time, I exhausted the savings I had left, and maxed out most credit cards to handle food, medical, utilities, and other expenses. You can imagine the panic when my little fur boy got sick and I had no money to get help for him.
I have a wellness plan for him, and my other fur babies that allows me to take them to a vet to be seen and diagnosed, but it doesn’t cover treatment. Prince had been diagnosed with stones that were preventing him from urinating. I was told that if this wasn’t fixed, his bladder could rupture, and he could bleed to death internally. My heart was in a panic. I had enough left on my credit card for them to insert a catheter to drain his bladder, and to cover an antibiotic, but was told that this was a temporary fix.
I was advised to look for charitable organizations that might help me. I applied for assistance to a number of places, but PET ASSISTANCE INC was the ONLY one to respond, and their response was speedy!
I also found a low cost vet to take him to. I couldn’t afford the treatment plan there either, so I had to just bring him a couple days straight to have a catheter inserted to drain his bladder. Pet assisted Inc told me to have the treatment plan sent to them, and they would pay the vet.
Fortunately before they had to pay, Prince was able to urinate on his own. Between them draining and irrigating the bladder with antibiotics, and the antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and change in diet he got better. I’m grateful for the fact they they were about to jump in and help me and my boy during such a desperate time!❣️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A huge valentine to Pet Assistance. I made a blind effort online to find someone for help, sight unseen. I found it in Pet Assistance, the only one who responded to my application. My 15-18-year-old cat Cherry Blossom had stomatitis surgery and Pet Assistance covered the cost. I am still monitoring her condition 2 weeks following surgery (January 29, 2020 - February 14, 2020) but that is a separate issue from Pet Assistance generosity. I cannot express enough gratitude to this organization for its kindness. The first photo shows Cherry Blossom on March 13, 2019. The other photo shows her on February 4, 2020, resuming the daily (never missed a day even with surgery) hall walks. If your pet ever needs a friend look no further than Pet Assistance, Inc. Please, if you are able, please donate to this organization so they can continue to help others.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ruth from PAI was very understanding and compassionate towards my situation. Lily is my 10 year old Cocker Spaniel who needed to have ear surgery due to a chronic infection. PAI was able to assist me with payment and showed great concern for Lily. I could not have done it without their help! Lily and I thank you for your generosity and empathy. Lily is doing well and is in the recovery stage. Here are some pictures of her! Thank you PAI!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello Friends, my story goes back a few years and continues to this very day. I have been out of work since July 2017, needed Surgery which finally happened in May 2019. In that time span I lost 3 cats in a six month period. Without work, emergencies are impossible for me on my small Social Security Income, and needless to say I blame myself for their loss. So when I noticed a lump, a month or so ago on my Big Andy's cheek (white & tan cat) I was beside myself. I searched the internet for help and organized a GoFundMe Campaign for his surgery. The good Lord sent me some wonderful people including Pet Assistance, Inc., CT. The surgery went well and Andy is now on his way to a full recovery. HOPEFULLY, this very morning another beloved cat of mine Suzy (tabby) passed away in my arms. She had been struggling with Asthma. Suzy and Andy where friends from the very beginning when I rescued her from the street. I hope this does not sadden him too much so that he may continue to heal properly. Through my deep sadness of losing Suzy, I am still so grateful to all that helped my Big Andy. God Bless and Happy Holidays. Rachel - El Cajon, California

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a disabled veteran. My family has experienced a lot of hardships with disability affecting everyone including our pets. Ruth was the first one to respond one night when I was waiting and wondering what I was going to do. I will forever be grateful for her organization help. I have a little different service animal. He happens to be a cat named Dewey. He picked me when his mother carried to our home to have her Litter. He would always come and sit in my lap when I was struggling with our problems. He got sick with urinary blockage problems and it didn't look good. We were able to try surgery and it seems to be working Thank God. This veteran will always be thankful for Pet Assistance. Please support this worthy organization.

The Ping Family

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello my name is Santos my baby’s name is Nymeria and we are SOOOO thankful for the support we got from Pet assistances !! They are amazing they helped us when literally no one else would. After some reasonable questions to be sure we qualified and needed help they accepted me. I able to Get Nymeria that help she needed. I’m forever grateful for them and I will make sure to do my part and help just as they helped us.
Ps. I added a picture of our family (mom ,brother , and silly cousin

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very grateful for Pet Assistance, Inc. My McCoy was able to get the required surgery he needed to remove two masses from his legs. One of the tumors was large and started affecting his walking. I am a single mom and finances are very tight. I could not afford the surgery all on my own and the help I received was greatly appreciated. They were very supportive and caring from the beginning to the end. McCoy is resting and healing up. We are both looking forward to be able to take our walks again. This all would have not been possible without PAI.

Linda Knowles P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My cat, Riley needed emergency abdominal surgery. I had spent most of my money already with xrays, labs, etc. As everyone knows, Vet costs can add up so quickly. I was panicking that I wouldn't be able to help my baby. I was so worried. I applied to Pet Assistance for help. They were not only extremely nice, but they came through quickly with the money I needed. I am so appreciative. My Riley is like my child and he was suffering. They helped me so much.
Riley had his surgery. He is home and doing well. I don't know what I would've done without their help. To know that there is an organization out there that can help your pet when they are in trouble is just so wonderful. Please keep up the good work. Our pets are so important to us. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Louie our family cat ran away from home and came back a week later with a foxtail thorn deeply embedded in his eye. After spending almost all we had in our savings on a few surgeries to remove the foxtail, Louie's eye still ruptured. He needed another surgery to remove his eyeball to protect him from pain and infection that would kill him. Unfortunately we did not have enough money to pay for louie's next surgery. we are so grateful to PET ASSISTANCE INC and our case worker Kathy. Not only did they help pay for most of louie's next surgery they were so kind and supportive. PET ASSISTANCE INC truly saved our Louie. Thank you is just not enough for Angels like them. Thank you so much from Louie and Our family .

Client Served

Rating: 5

My chocolate Lab Piper all of a sudden had no use of her hind legs, her vet after an emergency visit and $300 said she had to have surgery $1500 additional and scheduled her surgery sent use home with antibiotics. I unfortunately just lost my mom and out of work the vet wanted cash that day no exceptions!!! My dog had to have surgery or she'd Die!!! The only thing I have left in my life is my dog so with no where to turn I found Pet assistance, Inc and they reached out to their contacts in my area with their resources they got back to me with in minutes with a local foundation and kept in touch with me making sure Piper was going to get her surgery as well as the emotional support that I so needed . All this was after hours but not once did that ever come up. I call her my Angel . I was turned down and my calls not returned emails not answered for 2 days it was my last attempt to find some help to save my dog when my Angel answered me and that second she made me feel like it was going to be ok she was not going to sleep until she found the assistance I needed . Words can not explain how thankful I am for the help and support I received from Pet Assistance !!!!! thank you

Client Served

Rating: 5

My pug Max was diagnosed with advanced glaucoma is his left eye. I researched many nonprofits organizations for assistance since in my case I had lost my job and needed Max to be taken care of. I reached out to Pet Assistance Inc and got a quick response back and told them my situation. They were eager to help with my situation and brought a great relief to Max and myself by assisting in some of the funds needed to extract his eye that was giving Max pain and pressure. I can't thank them enough and Max sure does appreciate all they have done.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had Zeus since he was a kitten, he is now 5. I found him late one night hiding and in a lot of pain, as soon as morning came i took him to the vet to find out that he had a dislocated hip and needed an extensive surgery that was much more than I could possibly afford. With the generosity of Pet Assistance, Inc, I was able to pay enough to get him into surgery. It has now been almost 5 weeks and he is doing amazing and will hopefully be able to go outside and enjoy the sunshine this summer. Thank you to this amazing organization! My life would not be the same without my little buddy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 14 year old cat wasn't eating, so after 2 days, I took him to the vet. He had a bad infection in his mouth/gums and needed surgery to remove some of the bad teeth. I live on a very limited income (Social Security) and was very worried about how I was going to pay for his surgery. The clinic manager at my vet suggested I apply to Pet Assistance, Inc. to see if I qualify for financial assistance.
I am so deeply grateful that Pet Assistance, Inc. approved me for a grant to help pay for Junior's surgery. They not only helped us out financially but the woman who handled my case showed her concern about my cat too. We stayed in touch as we prepared for the surgery and after it was done. Thanks so very much to Ruth Pearl, a woman who cares deeply about owners & their pets.
Frank & Junior

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I would like to thank Ruth from pet assistance inc. organization. Our dog Naiya had a surgical procedure that was unexpected after she was brought to the vet just for a spaye, microchip and vaccines. A $250 procedure ended up being quoted to $2003.13. My fiance and I didn't know what to do. On Saturday morning he called pet assistance inc. and spoke to Ruth. Ruth is such an amazing person. Ruth was very helpful and very passionate about animals. We really appreciate this organization so much. Thank you all for everything!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have have the honor and privilege of working with, and watching Ruth spend many hours reviewing countless pleas for help with their beloved pets. Each case she takes personally and her genuine passion for helping people is endless. I am proud to not only volunteer for her, but also to call her my friend.

Chris - New Milford CT

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot thank Pet assistance enough for their offer to help with Missy’s mastectomy surgery. Missy is a well behaved trained and spayed female with mammary tumors growing and active around her teats. Missy had tumors on both sides and had her left side operated on first and the vet recommended to wait a few months for the right side to be done. After all was done, Missy’s procedure was just a little less then an hour and did not require much of the funds. I hope you can reuse the $125 granted for Missy’s surgery to help another pet in need. Thank you again.. Missy and her Mom

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, I owe Pet Assist my life! Because That is what it would end up costing me if Pet Assist hadn't of answered my need for VeterInary funds to save my precious little doggie "Partner"recently. I am certain I cannot live without my little itty bitty guy! So when he fell quite ill to a degree it became necessary to get him a doctor's help, I reached out for help and a wonderful lady named Ms. Ruth answered with real concern. Pet Assist paid for all the diagnostics and hospital fees without hesitation. "Saving pets lives is REALLY what they do" at Pet Assist. I am forever grateful to this awesome organization. Thank you Pet Assist and a huge thank you to their exceptional Volunteer, Ms. Ruth for all her help and kindness.

Thank you very much,
Lavonne and Poppy

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We would like to thank Pest Assistance, Inc for their help, we so greatly appreciate you and all your help with Odin, Odin was in need of emergency medical surgery in order to have his left eye removed, and we had reached out to several other services for help, but no-one was able to help us, we told by others to turn our family pet into the shelter because we were not able to find help, Pet Assistance jumped right in to help and we were able to get Odin the emergency medial attention he needed. Thank you for your help and reaching out to us after to find out how Odin was doing!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My cat 'Fin' had an allergic reaction to the food he had been fed for 7 1/2 years suddenly. He vomited for 2 days with diarrhea for 2 days. He lost his appetite, and lost a severe amount of weight. My Veterinarian clinic told me he should have an ultrasound and blood work. I found out about Pet Assistance by my Vet. Pet Assistance didn't help me with my 752.00 vet bill, due to what they stated is that it has already happened, and that they only pay for treatment before it happens. That didn't make sense to me, since I wasn't prepared for Fins allergic reaction in advance, and I had to respond in an emergency. I am on SSI and SSDI, and I couldn't afford Fins veterinary bill. Even though Pet Assistance declined to help me, Ruth has followed up with Fins ongoing treatments of force feedings that I had to complete 4x per day at home, by offering me advice, and being concerned over Fins well being, and being in constant contact with me via email. Fins has finally recovered, Im so relieved! The veterinarian wasn't so sure he would recover. He's returned to sleeping on my bed at night, being very energetic, and playing with my other cat , Wolf. He happens to have bladder stones, as found out by the ultrasound he had to have. I'm hoping Pet Assistance will help me with that bill. Heres my wonderful cat Fin, when I took a picture of him when he was sick, as I was wanting pictures of Fin in case I lost him.

Yvonne S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ruth was kind enough to make a donation towards the vet bill of our beloved Ms Kitty. I am forever grateful to this organization for they really came though for us! Thanks to their help, Ms Kitty is on the mend! Thank you!!!

Nikki M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very thankful for the support of Pet Assistance, Inc. I needed emergency assistance due to my dog having this rare disease called Myasthenia Gravis, which caused a secondary problem, Megaesophagus. From there, Jakobi got aspiration pneumonia and this was all within a 2 week timeframe after diagnosis. I contacted them historical and all over the place, and without hesitation, they were able to assist me with one of Jakobi’s hospital stays and I am greatly appreciative of it. Jakobi is doing so much better now!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ruth at Pet Assistance helped me with my male cat urinary surgery quickly. He is now alive and well. I am so greatful this charity helped me financially with the $1300 surgery. It was a life threatening emergency surgery or euthanasia. He was blocked three times in a week even after catheter was placed overnight, and in a lot of pain he was collapsing. We were blessed to have Pet Assistance work with our vet for Calvin our family cat. He is in recovery with prescription medicine and a new vet diet.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently had my 11 yr old Lab diagnosed with cancer. She needed to get surgery right away to have the best prognosis. I contacted Pet Assistance Inc and Ruth was nice enough to donate $150 towards Sandy's surgery even after her surgery took place. I was informed that this is usually not the case but an exception was made. This is a charity with heart and they definitely deliver when it comes to concern and kindness. It is also wonderful that they are looking out for older dogs as well. We will be forever grateful for their help. Sandy is recovering from the surgery and is progressing well. Thanks again Pet Assistance.

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Jerrell B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my dog, Leela, first went down from 2 ruptured disks in her back, I was devastated. I didnt know what to do. I'm new to being a disabled doggy dad. I love my baby girl very much and she is as important to me as any human child. I was calling around, looking for funding to help get her back surgery when I came across this organization. When I called, Ruth answered, and she listened to me and tried to find out what was wrong. Remember, this is week 2 of her injury. She sat with me, listening to my problems like a therapist. Offering me hope and guidance. She sent me every article and website she could find to offer more assistance. She even called a few vets to find a cheaper surgery. In the end, we had to go with acupuncture because I couldnt raise the additional funds from other sources for her back surgery but Ruth wasnt done helping me. She talked with me about the acupuncture and is currently funding 3 sessions for Leela that appear to be working tremendously. She has worked with me every step of the way and this company deserves the recognition!

Beth S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog Precious who has been with me for 10 yrs. started getting bumps on her leg, I thought they were bites from fleas or misquitoes. Suddenly one of her mammary glands swelled up, not having transportation I had to wait until I could find a ride. Things got worse and being on a fixed income I was concerned with the charges from the Vet (they do not do time payments) but knew I had to get her in somewhere. I researched online and found Pet Assistance, Inc right away. I filled out the form and kept it on my computer until I was sure I could get her to the vet and needed the help. Ruth was extremely quick in corresponding when I had sent emails while waiting, and to the need when I did get her to a Vet. This was a big help and relief off my shoulders. Although we still have a way to go, the load was lighter financially and it was a big help. Ruth's caring attitude was a comfort.
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pet Assistance is a wonderful organization that helped me when my dog Foxy was in need of an emergency splenectomy. I’m a senior citizen on a fixed income. Without the help from Pet Assistance I would’ve been able to afford the surgery. I’m forever grateful to the loving people at Pet Assistance!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Blanca and I are so grateful for Pet Assistance. If not for this organization I don't know where my FurBaby would be. She is my Little companion that makes my day, every day. No matter how bad my chronic pain is, she makes it all better. When I took her to the vet. the Dr. told me she had Bladder stones and should be spayed. This was a very expensive procedure for me being on a fixed income. I filled out an application and Ruth Pearl contacted me. She contacted my vet. and helped my Blanca with the procedure needed to make Blanca all better. Thank God for Pet Assistance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Houdini had been gaining weight rapidly his food intake was the same as was the type of food so I could not understand why he was 20 pounds over his ideal weight. His breed is prone to several weight issues so I started trying to find help to get him diagnosed the bloodwork is very expensive. After endless months of applying for help and even with him being my physiological service dog I almost gave up. I saw a review for Pet Assistance Inc I wrote to them with our story and even with it being a weekend I got the email of Hope we had been looking for. There were no questions about why I could not pay for the Vet just kind words saying they wanted to help us and THEY DID!! With there help Houdini is started on the right path to wellness. Without there help I don't know how much longer he would I'd lived. They are truly kind selfless people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My baby Trouble had a large bladder stone that needed to be surgically removed. I tried desperately for a month to save my money so I could pay for the nearly $800 procedure. It was extremely difficult to do considering I live paycheck to paycheck. I was desperate and terrified. Trouble has been my best friend for 10 years and I don't know what I would do without him. I had to turn to someone who could possibly help Trouble. I found Pet Assistance, Inc. through a quick google search. Once I filled out the application, a very kind caseworker named Aileen contacted me and was able to help with Trouble's surgery. Aileen was extremely kind and helpful every time I spoke with her. She made an extremely stressful time for me a little bit easier. Last minute, Trouble ended up not needing surgery due to the fact that he passed the bladder stone on his own. Even when the plans changed last minute, Aileen was extremely understanding. She was just as excited and grateful as I was to find out that Trouble didn't need surgery after all. I would strongly recommend this organization to anyone who's pet in need of urgent care that their owner can't afford on their own. This organization is run by amazing people with a big heart. Thank you so much to Pet Assistance, Inc. for everything!

1 Terri Z.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My sweet 15 yr old Tinkerbell had a swollen face one morning. I'm in a panic. Take her to the vet and she needs dental surgery asap to clean and extract some teeth that had calcifications and just all around bad. Being on disability and low income there was no way I was able to afford even half of the surgery. Luckily, my daughter could help with the initial appointment and gave me the contact information for Pet Assistance Inc (My daughter's cat had just had to have surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her mammary glands and Pet Assistance Inc stepped in and helped her as well) and they came through within two days to cover a major portion of the surgery. Without them, I don't know what I would have done. My Tinkerbell, Trinket(2) and Misty(12) (all cats) are my babies.

My Tinkerbell is back to her sassy old self. Running with her 2 yr old sister, doing her sneak attacks, crunching on treats and most importantly, the cat food in her dish is disappearing. Thank you so much Pet Assistance Inc. You are amazing in what you do.

Terri Zinthefer
Milwaukee, WI

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Puppers, my 12 year old Chihuahua had an infected uterus. Her stomach was swollen and hard as a rock. I could not find a place to do surgery right away that I could afford. Pet Assistance found us an inexpensive hospital and even paid part of the bill. Pet Assistance, we love you! Thank you!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I wish I could report something good about this organization. Maybe they help some people out but I will tell you who they suggested I euthanize, a kitten. Our kitten was rescued from a barn who was in bad shape, he was malnurished, full of parasites, and covered in flea's. He began to thrive after seeing the vet and being on high protein foods. He fell sick with an upper respiratory infection and soon developed pneumonia. Apparently, because of this and him being hospitalized recently, I was told to "cut my losses". This baby has not had a chance to live. He does not know what autumn looks like, has not seen snow, has not had any firsts. We have raised money for him but potentially need a boost, not to be told to euthanize him. I will never donate to rescues again, over the years I have been lucky to never need help with a rescue so I donate regularly, never again

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ruth was amazing to say the least. I was turned down for help by everyone but Pet Assistance stepped up and quickly. I was humbled by how quickly they helped me. My dog was attacked and needed help immediately an within a day Ruth called and helped pay my bill. I know that people reach out all the time this was my first time ever asking and this organization was a life saver for me and my fur baby. I want to say thank you to Ruth personally and give them the credit they deserve. Others turned me down some would not even consider but Pet Assistance never judged they just stepped up. The application process was easy and Ruth truly cared and checked on us right away. Ruth eased my mind that with her help my Sookie was going to be able to get the care he needed. God Bless this organization they truly care about our fur babies.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog Sophie is approximately 10 years old. Before she came to live with me she was used as a puppy mill by an apartment breeder that never invested any of the money she made from the puppies into Sophie's health care. That woman abandoned both Sophie and Sophie's daughter Bella with me when I dog sat for her. It wasn't until the dogs were staying with me that I found out about Sophie being used as a puppy mill. I got the dogs vaccinated and micro-chipped then started saving to get the dogs spayed. Then I discovered that Sophie had a large mammary mass. In just a few months it doubled in size and a few new small mammary masses appeared so we went to see the vet. Her vet recommended that we remove the mammary masses and send them out for histopathology asap. I am disabled and on social security so saving up takes time which we didn't have. I only had $200 saved at the time of the appointment but the estimate was for $366 - $487. So I started searching the internet for help and found Pet Assistance Inc. Ruth got back to me quickly and was able to help with some of the bill. The vet only accepts cash or check so Ruth got in touch with the vet's office and made arrangements to send a check so there were no worries on the day of surgery.

Sophie's surgery went well although the planned surgery was changed to remove just the large mammary mass and send it out for histopathology and wait for the results before we remove the smaller masses and spay her. The results have come in and the mammary mass was not cancer. It was benign. So we will be moving forward with her second surgery as soon as she is healed from the first. We would not have gotten this far without help from Ruth at Pet Assistance Inc.