Resources & Links
how you can be prepared to protect your pets when disaster strikes
Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA)—has
educational materials to assist veterinarians, animal owners,
and others interested in the well-being of animals to prepare
for animal safety in the event of a disaster
Society of the United States (HSUS)—Disaster
Preparedness for Pets
Animal Disease-Quarantine & Isolation
Johnson County, Iowa Emergency Preparedness Information
Red Rover (formerly Emergency
Animal Rescue Service [EARS])—began
filling the “who is there to help the animals void”
over 15 years ago, responding to wild fires, floods, earthquakes,
tornadoes and hurricanes. When Red Rover arrives, trained volunteers
shelter and care for animals displaced by other crises, such as criminal seizures and hoarding cases, in the United States and Canada.
Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)—issues
and policy statements
Best Cat Food: Safe and Healthy Formulas for Your Feline Friend
Best Dog Food: It's All About Quality Ingredients
of Pet Animal Groups—searchable
archives and instructions for joining chat groups and listserves
that focus in specific disorders (e.g., CRF, FIV, IBD, CHF,
Equine Wellness Magazine
and Tick Products—what
you should know
to help you care for elderly, disabled, or injured pets
Integrative Veterinary Care Journal
Virtual Veterinary Center—from
on-line veterinary journals to genetics by species to
clinical vetmed by area to animal diseases, viruses,
and parasites to diagnostic testing and lab protocols
Veterinary Resources & the Electronic Zoo—one
of the most complete animal sites on the web, period
Nutritional Assessment Guidelines for Dogs and Cats—from the American Animal Hospital Association
Oncology Guidelines for Dogs and Cats—from the American Animal Hospital Association
Pain Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats—from the American Animal Hospital Association
Pet Diabetes Easy Reference List—Diabetes in Pets is NOT a Death Sentence!
Senior care guidelines for dogs and cats—from the American Animal Hospital Association
for Nature Research—founded
in 1977 by Machaelle Small Wright, the centers focus
is co-creative science: the study of reality and
how it works from natures perspective and by humans
and nature working together in a peer, balanced partnership
& Alternative Veterinary Medicine—holistic
veterinary medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal medicine,
homeopathy, nutritional therapy, and other alternative modalities
Little Big Cat—to help you keep your cats and dogs healthy and happy by preventing and resolving behavior, nutrition, and health issues through holistic, “mind-body” methods.
Holistic Pet Center—provides
details on holistic care, referrals, and products
Canine CPR—The ABCs are Airway, Breathing, and Cardiac compression
Canine Diabetes—make the best treatment decisions for your dog
Deaf Dog Education Action Fund—Every year thousands of dogs are killed simply because they are deaf
alphabetical index of descriptions of canine conditions from
Addison’s Disease to Wobbler Syndrome
Owners Guide Topic List—follow
the link to Health and Veterinary Information. From hot spots
to arthritis to heartworm disease
Help Your Dog Fight Cancer—Every day, 10,000 dogs are diagnosed with cancer
Pet Health Insurance
North American Pet Health Insurance Association—an independent source to help those interested in insurance for their pets determine what pet insurance should be providing
Animal Poison Control Center—the
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
compilation of toxic plants, drugs, and information about
making your home poison safe
Sources of Financial Aid for Veterinary Health Assistance
How about these ideas...
• get online and search for variations of "veterinary financial aid" (that's where we found all of these!)
• ask your employer for a salary advance
• make yourself a Go Fund Me crowdfunding page
• use a credit card (ask for a higher credit limit or a cash advance)
• ask if your local animal shelter or humane society has a veterinary assistance fund (Johnson County Humane Society does)
• borrow from your life insurance policy, vacation savings, kids' education fund, or retirement program
• Make your plea to friends on Facebook
• ask family, friends, neighbors, etc. for a $30 loan
• have a garage sale or pawn some of your belongings
• ask your bank about loans, second mortgages, etc.
• get a part-time or temporay job
Care Credit—A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget. But it’s 21% interest
Pet Owner Aid, Spay/Neuter Resources, and Rescue Group Assistance
Affording Vet Care?—good
ideas from HSUS
American Animal Hospital Association AAHA Helping Pets Fund—veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship
Assistance Dog United Campaign—Operated in association with The Assistance Dog Institute, this nonprofit helps people with disabilities find funding to purchase service dogs. Phone: 800 284-DOGS (3647)
Big Hearts Fund—cardiac condition related care for cats and dogs
Brown Dog Foundation—bridging the gap between the cost of medical care and saving your pet
Canine Cancer Awareness Org
Cats in Crisis— helping individuals and humane organizations care for cats with chronic or emergency medical conditions through financial and fundraising assistance
ChipIn—allows individuals to create a page to raise funds for veterinary care
Cody’s Club—When facing radiation for your companion animal, this group may be able to make a tough decision easier. Cody’s Club provides financial support for those who face radiation treatments on a limited income, and also emotional support services in the form of a hotline and in-person group that meets monthly.
Diabetic Pets Fund
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance (FVEAP)—to help cats with Vaccine Associated Sarcoma (VAS), also referred to as Injection Site Sarcoma (ISS).
Friends & Vets Helping Pets—Financial aid is intended as a supplement to family resources. All applicants must be prepared to show financial need. Funds treatments for curable (lifesaving, not life-prolong) diseases such as tumors, broken bones, ambulatory care, expensive medication, or post-surgical prosthetics such as a K-9 cart, etc.
Handicapped Pets—wheelchairs, products, sservices and support for disabled, injured, and aging pets.
God’s Creatures Ministry—helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help.
Handipets Haven—for posting information about disabled, injured or elderly animals in need of homes or financial assistance for medical care
Ian Somerhalder Foundation—veterinary medical emergency grants
The Magic Bullet Fund—helps people who have a dog with cancer but cannot afford treatment costs.
Modest Needs—you can INSTANTLY change the life of a low-income family by clicking 'Learn More or Invest Points' and authorizing Modest Needs to make the grant of your choice. If you do, we'll fund that application instantly.
The Mosby Foundation—nationally recognized for caring for dogs in need.
Onyx & Breezy Foundation—to help each animal reach tomorrow
Paws 4 a Cure—dedicated to helping families that are in need of non-routine veterinary financial assistance for their dog or cat
The Pet Fund—financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care
Pet Assistance, Inc—for you and your pet in times of a medical crisis
Pit Bulls Against Misinformation—the grants to cover costs of LIFE SAVING veterinary care for owners who are otherwise unable to pay. Dogs of any and all breeds and mixes are welcome and encouraged to apply.
RedRover Relief—Helps homeless or recently rescued animals suffering from life-threatening conditions that require specific and immediate emergency veterinary care. We strive to serve Good Samaritans and rescue groups who take in sick or injured animals. In certain cases, LifeLine can also assist senior citizens and low-income families pay for immediate emergency veterinary care.
Rose's Fund—for situations where the pet or found animal has a good chance of being well, but the owner or Good Samaritan can’t afford it, this fund will help cover the cost
The Semper Fi Fund—Grants unite injured service members with service dogs, and ensure the dogs are properly trained and continually cared for despite the financial difficulties that often arise while an injured service member is transitioning back to civilian life and dealing with physical rehabilitation.
STARelief —to provide life-saving pet food, veterinary care, emergency boarding and foster care to individuals and families in need.
Violet's Friends—financial assistance for urgent or critical veterinary care, surgeries, therapies or mobility solutions that are too costly for pet parents
Wag! Community Pet Surgery Donation Program—to help dogs in need
Walkin' Pets.com—recognizes a caretaker of handicapped pets that need some special attention, and a little extra help
Breed-specific Assistance Programs
Yes, you can eat
low on the food chain (vegetarian or vegan) in Iowa City!
Check out the Happy
Cow for local places to go. Many restaurants
are willing to leave the “animal” out. Just ask
your server. Explore! Check out these favorite:
Santa Barbara based pro-animal, educational organization dedicated
to raising awareness about cruelty-free living and the importance
of compassion to all animals
eco-friendly fashions; non-leather footwear; cosmetics; and
guide to kind living, ranging from companies to charities to
out their policy on animal-derived ingredients—it’s
strict. This is a great site for learning about animal testing
for consumer product “safety”
mission is to provide high quality cleaning products that are
absolutely safe for your family, pets and the environment, made
with replenishable ingredients
Milwaukee-based company that specializes in environmentally
friendly products. Shipping for orders up to $99.99 is only
out the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’
online guide to products not tested on animals, including cosmetics,
personal care and household products. Get your own free pocket-sized
Meyer’s Clean Day—Ahhhh,
the lemon verbena cleaning supplies...
body care; cleaning products; clothes; books; and more (like
cruelty-free glue and correction fluid!). They’re vegans
(all eight of them) and they don’t carry products manufactured
under oppressive labor conditions.
out their list of companies; vegan cooking tips and recipes;
health and fitness; book reviews and recommended reading; and
the shopping guide
is a one-stop shopping destination for all things vegan—more
than 1,200 items (like nail polish and remover). And they list
Tests on Animals?—credible
answers for a cruelty-free world from NAVS, the National Anti-Vivisection
Society. Another great site on alternatives to using animals
for product testing. They have published Personal Care for
People Who Care, every year since 1995 and it continues
to be a classic.
Stuff for Humans
cat stuff is displayed by coat color
listing of sites offering cat stuff
barks, all byte! Make your cat a free web page now.
Kt gold, white gold, sterling silver, agate cat cameos, even
& Fees—sterling and gold pet jewelry, animal
awareness ribbon and keepsake jewelry, too.
wondered where the “Real men admit they love cats”
and the “Cats know all and reveal nothing” tee-shirts
as art. She likes cats.
of the profits go to help pets in need. All sorts of stuff,
including animal-friendly books for children.
sniff is worth a thousand purrs.” Just go there!
and crafts, cat symbolism, too..
way cool. Just go there.
of stuff, but check out the carved gemstone cats
Catalog for Feline Fanciers—housewares,
collectibles, jewelry, yard/garden, clothing...
do capture the spirit of the animal kingdom. Life size to
of all kinds, all over. Check out the scrimshaw cats.
collection of statues, jewelry, cards, bumper stickers...
cat lover’s emporium, even plus-size clothing
Cats by Mail
prints, clocks, crafts, jewelry...very cool
inspired by nature. Cool companion animal styles
jewelry that’s fun to wear
Stuff for Animals
is the Cat Faeries site with pretty (and healthy) things
for cats and people. Wonderful toys, flower remedies, cards,
corrugated cardboard scratchers, and many toys...be sure to
check out the office cats
descriptions, show calendars, breed rescue...
the beds, tents, sofas, condos, kitty gyms, and hideaways
Foster & Smith Pet Catalog—full
line of veterinary supply products...
makes stellar collars and martingales
to help you care for elderly, disabled, or injured pets
carpet trees, posts, condos, rustic and contemporary styles
Design Cat Furniture
prices on a full line of veterinary supply products
metal and plastic ID tags, and embroidered collars and
the cat toys (check out Bird on a Wire!), and even a cool
feline walking jacket (special halter)
line of veterinary supply products...
for all species, pet travel tips, photo contests...
easy, and great prices
prices guaranteed, products for all species
by the Lake—a
specialty shop for d*gs and cats
discounts, products for all species
15,000 items at wholesale prices, products for all species