The Animal Foundation understands that pet owners can face a variety of challenges, like pet behavior issues, difficulty finding pet-friendly housing, and trouble paying for basic veterinarian bills.
This section is meant to provide useful information to help pet owners with these and other challenges.
The Animal Foundation’s Keeping Every Person and Pet Together (KEPPT) program is an owner-surrender intervention program designed to help keep pets in their home and out of the shelter. We can provide assistance to people who need help with basic needs for their pets. Whether through the delivery of basic veterinary care, pet deposit payments made directly to landlords, or pet food assistance, KEPPT aims to keep pets in their homes and out of the shelter. Find out if you or someone you know is eligible by calling 702-955-5910 or by emailing [email protected]
The Animal Foundation's pet food pantry is open for walk-ins on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 11 am and 6 pm. Please come to the front desk in our Adoptions Center to pick up food.
Pets for Life (PFL)
Pets for Life is a lifesaving program created by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to help underserved communities.
PFL ensures that families have access to pet services as well as information for their pets regardless of socio-economics; because lack of financial means does not equate to the lack of love felt for a pet. PFL offers free spay/neuter, vaccines and microchips as well as dog and cat food to underserved communities. This program is available to residents living in the 89101 area code only.
Helpful Pet Guides
Tips for Renters
There are many pet-friendly rental options in Las Vegas. You can search for pet-friendly housing on these search engines:
If you are potentially renting from a private owner, consider creating a pet resume that includes:
- Letters of recommendation from your current landlord, vet, neighbors, and trainer to show how well liked your dog is and responsible you are.
- Appealing photos of your dog and you with your dog.
- Keep a video on your phone that shows your dog’s obedience skills.
- A Canine Good Citizen certification can be very helpful, especially with larger dogs.
- Your dog’s health status, i.e. spay/neutered, current on vaccines, your vet’s name.
- Describe any arrangements you make for your dog while you’re at work (crate trained? doggy daycare?) or away on vacation.
If you have a large pit bull-type dog, print a copy of our brochure: Pitbulls: One of the Most Popular and Misunderstood Pets in America and consider getting a DNA test. Most dogs labeled as “pit bulls” are mixed breed dogs and a DNA test can yield some surprising results and change the perception of your dog.
If your prospective landlord is on the fence about your pet or pets, offer to create a pet addendum to your lease that you decide upon together.
Almost every dog behavioral or dog aggression issue can be corrected through training. A good training class is a fun, social activity that strengthens your bond with your dog and helps your dog become a well-behaved, safe, and valued family member. Following are some articles that can help you in choosing a dog trainer.
American Kennel Club
Humane Society of the United States
PALNV helps low-income families, senior citizens, veterans and the homeless care for their dogs and cats by providing pet food (canned and dry) and cat litter each month free of charge. Maximum income $1500 (single), $2800 (2 persons), plus $400 for each additional person. Clients of Helping Hands of Las Vegas Valley and Clark County's VIVO Program qualify automatically.
Over 70% of pet-owning women who find safety in a women’s shelter report that their abuser had also “injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or psychological control” according to statistics compiled by the Humane Society in conjunction with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Don’t let this happen to you and your pet! Noah’s Animal House and The Shade Tree provide temporary shelter for the pets of humans who have been displaced by domestic violence. Arrangements can be made through The Shade Tree at 702-385-0072 ext. 126.
The loss — or anticipated loss — of an animal can be emotionally devastating. Following are a few grief support resources that may help support your journey through the grief process.
ASPCA National Pet Loss Hotline – Call 877-474-3310 between 12pm and 12am daily.
The Humane Society of the United States offers a guide to Coping with the Death of Your Pet.
There are many books that address coping with the loss of a beloved pet. Here are a few that may help a grieving child: