Imagine you’re between jobs or struggling to make ends meet. Suddenly, your dog or cat gets hit by a car and needs surgery. Your savings are gone, your credit cards maxed out, and your beloved pet in pain. What choice would you make?

For 32 years, our Pet Care Assistance program has successfully provided pet food, supplies and veterinary care assistance to low-income seniors living in Marin. Over the past two years, we’ve seen a 30% increase in desperate calls from pet guardians with urgent pleas for help. So many members of our community find themselves financially-stretched or working through other setbacks while struggling to pay for veterinary bills and supplies for their beloved animal.

On July 1st, Marin Humane is launching a bold initiative called the Marin Humane Pet Safety Net to ensure no one in Marin has to make such a heartbreaking choice. We envision Marin Humane to be a first resource instead of a last resort. The Marin Humane Pet Safety Net will provide veterinary care, vaccinations, nutritious food, and other services to pets of low-income residents by creating a lifeline that will connect animals in need with local veterinarians and other vital services.

To ensure pets of individuals experiencing financial challenges receive the care they deserve, and also improve our levels of support for low-income seniors, Marin Humane is asking our partners to support our new Pet Safety Net program.

A goal of the Pet Safety Net is to make service readily accessible to participants; to achieve this, Marin Humane will work with veterinarians throughout Marin County to provide care directly to those in need. Nutritious food will be available through Marin Humane or at a convenient Pet Food Express retail location.

Participants will also have access a variety of Marin Humane programs including behavior consultations, training classes, emergency boarding, and housing security deposit to give pets the greatest chance of remaining with their guardians.  Their benefit could be used for a security deposit or emergency boarding.

We want to do everything possible to keep pets healthy and keep them with their guardians who love them.

For more information or questions, please contact Annie Humphrey at 415-506-6255 or ahumphrey@marinhumane.org.