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If you are struggling to keep your pet, don’t give up. You have options before surrendering.

Phinney’s Help

We are not a shelter or a vet clinic, and we don’t have an office. We are a group of volunteers who help people and their pets from our own homes.

If you are a Regular Client of Phinney’s, we can still help you. The fastest way to request our help is to email us by clicking here. If you can’t email us, please leave a detailed phone message at (617) 979.8705.

Other Resources

If Phinney’s cannot help you or help you as much as you need, don’t give up! Other organizations may be able to provide assistance. Each organization listed below has its own rules and guidelines, so explore their websites before applying. And remember that this list is for informational purposes only.




Massachusetts law requires all cats, dogs, and ferrets to be vaccinated against rabies. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources works with several nonprofit animal welfare groups to offer low-cost rabies vaccination clinics in cities and towns throughout the state:

Most clinics charge from $5 to $15 for the rabies vaccination. Microchipping, licenses, and other services are available at some clinics.

VetCo also offers low-cost vaccinations for pets at PETCO stores all over the state:

Veterinary Care
Massachusetts-based Resources

Merwin Memorial Free Clinic for Animals, Inc.

The Merwin Memorial Free Clinic provides free office visits and free outpatient veterinary services including physical exams, vaccinations, nail-cutting, and free medications for sick animals. The clinic does not schedule appointments. Service is first-come, first-served.

Website: Merwin Memorial Free Clinic for Animals
Phone: 617-782-5420
Service area: Boston area
Location: 542 Cambridge St., Allston, MA 02134
Hours: Hours of Operation (first-come, first-served; arrive at least one hour before closing)

Pet Care Assistance – MSPCA Angell

MSPCA Angell Pet Care Assistance helps pet owners with limited incomes pay for medical care for their sick or injured pets at MSPCA Angell Animal Medical Centers.
Website: Pet Care Assistance
Phone: 617-541-5028 or 5030
Service area: animals treated at MSPCA Angell Boston or Nantucket
How to apply: Call the MSPCA Angell Financial Office at 617-541-5028 or 5030

Sampson Fund for Veterinary Care

The Sampson Fund helps pay for medical care for critically ill or injured cats and dogs when their owners cannot afford the cost of treatment.
Website: Sampson Fund
Phone: 508-240-7387
Service area: Cape Cod and the Islands
How to apply: Call the Sampson Fund at 508-240-7387 or apply at a Member Hospital

Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic

Tufts Veterinary School, together with the veterinary assistant program at Worcester Technical High School (WTHS), runs a low-cost primary care pet clinic at WTHS on Skyline Drive in Worcester, MA. Clinic services include vaccinations, checkups, stable urgent care, simple surgeries, diagnostics, and dentistry, all at low cost.
The clinic serves pet owners in the Greater Worcester area who cannot afford to pay for medical care for their pets. To qualify, you must have an ID card from WIC, SNAP, the Worcester Housing Authority or another qualified Housing Authority, or a student ID from WTHS, as well as photo identification. See Tufts at Tech Financial Policies for more information.
Website: Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic
Telephone, hours, and directions: Contact Tufts at Tech
Appointments: Tufts at Tech Appointments

Wellness Waggin’ (part of Animal Rescue League of Boston)

The Animal Rescue League of Boston has partnered with Action for Boston Community Development to offer low-cost pet wellness care for residents of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.  A wellness package is offered that includes a physical, rabies vaccination, distemper vaccination, flea treatment and microchip.  Appointments are encouraged


Phone number: 857-350-8720


Fairy Dog Parents

Assistance with food, medical needs and general wellness for dogs

Lillys’ Fund (grants of $250 for pit bull-related needs)

MSPCA – Angell at Nashoba The clinic provides discounted: spay/neuter services, vaccinations, and basic veterinary care.

National Programs (Grant Programs)

The Pet Fund provides financial assistance to pet owners who cannot afford expensive surgery or medical treatment that their pets need. Assists in covering medical costs beyond the normal expenses of vaccination, spay and neuter surgeries, food and routine veterinary care.

Red Rover (formerly the United Animal Nations LifeLine Fund) helps pet owners care for their animals in life-threatening situations. and domestic violence:

Brown Dog Foundation offers pet owners in temporary financial crisis an alternative when their pets face a treatable but life-threatening condition or illness.

Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance provides financial assistance to cat guardians who are unable to afford veterinary services to save their companions when life-threatening illness or injury strikes.

Canine Cancer Awareness raises awareness of the prevalence of canine cancer, its effects and treatment options. Helps dog owners pay for veterinary care for dogs with cancer.

Cody’s Club provides financial support for dogs who need radiation treatment. Offers emotional support through a hotline and in-person group that meets monthly.

The Mosby Foundation assists in the care of sick, injured, abused and neglected dogs through financial support and public education.

Magic Bullet Fund provides financial assistance for canine cancer treatment when the family is financially unable to provide treatment.

God’s Creatures Ministry Veterinarian Charity Fund spreads God’s compassion to all animals God has made according to the scriptures. Helps with up to $50.00 toward vet bills.

The Big Hearts Fund offers financial assistance for the diagnosis and treatment of canine and feline heart disease.

The Binky Foundation

The Dog & Cat Cancer Fund

The Onyx & Breezy Foundation

Paws 4 A Cure

Pets of the Homeless provide pet food and veterinary care assistance for homeless.

Rose’s Fund

Harley’s Hope Foundation

Pet Food

Many Massachusetts food pantries and animal welfare groups offer free pet food to pet owners in need. The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) maintains a list of pet food pantries by region. MSPCA pet food pantry statewide list:
In addition, other local food pantries may have pet food available or may be able to provide it if you ask.

In some Massachusetts communities, Meals on Wheels partners with local animal welfare groups to provide pet food to homebound Meals on Wheels pet owners. If you receive Meals on Wheels and need pet food for your dog or cat, ask your meal delivery driver if Meals on Wheels pet food is available in your area. For more information visit

Southborough Pet Food Pantry:

MetroWest Pet Food Pantry

Petco Food Banks

Berkshire Humane Society
214 Baker Rd.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201

Ginny’s Thrift Shop and Food Pantry
52 Mechanic St.
Leominster, Massachusetts 01453

Lighthouse Outreach Center – Feed My Sheep Food Pantry
65 Middle St.
Fall River, Massachusetts 02723

Pet Partners of the Tri-State
West Stockbridge, Massachusetts 01266

The Pet Pantry
PO Box 333- Last Saturday of every month at Coyle and Cassidy High School
Easton, Massachusetts 02334

Pet Surrender Options

Phinney’s Friends is not an adoption agency or center, therefore do not accept surrenders except under special, pre-approved circumstances. Below is a list of organizations that accept pet surrenders under certain circumstances. Please contact these organizations directly to learn more about their surrender options.

Gifford’s Cat Shelter


MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm

Pittie Love Rescue

Worcester Animal Rescue League

Animal Rescue League Boston

Second Chance Animal Shelter

 Other Resources

Pet Financial Aid Organizations –

Pit Bull-Friendly Housing Database –

Assistance Dog Resources –

Pet Emergency Planning –

List of Sources for Vet Cost Assistance –

Pit Bull Resources –

List of Resources Compiled by Pets for Patriots –

Pet Owner Guide –

Effects of Air Pollution on Pets –