You're working hard to earn every dollar. Use these tips, tools, and inspiration to help stretch them even further.
Tips and Guides
- Tips for Animal Care Facilities Facing Economic Hardship compiled by The HSUS
- Animalsheltering.org's Marketplace has discounts on everything from insurance to printers to veterinary supplies.
- Trouble Affording Your Pet? and Trouble Affording Veterinary Care? provide comprehensive lists of funding sources for pet owners from The HSUS
- Reach out to Puppy Friendly Pet Stores. These stores have pledged not to sell puppies or support puppy mills and may be willing to provide discounts or space for an adoption event.
- Cat Lady Takes on IRS—and Wins by Animal Sheltering magazine. Another great reason to obtain a 501(c)(3) status. The court discussed the right of fosters to deduct expenses they incurred while caring for a rescue group’s animals.
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Other Ideas for Saving Money
- Contact your local pet store, big box store, grocery store, pet food and toys manufacturers for discounts on food, litter, toys and other supplies. Most stores aren’t able to use ripped bags and instead of throwing them away, can donate them to rescue groups and get a tax deduction for doing it.
- Amazon.com wish lists
- Check your city and county for surplus equipment sales – not just from upgraded offices, but also rehabilitation centers, halfway houses, police departments (confiscated items can be donated after they are no longer needed as evidence).
- Ask your local hospital to donate infant eye medication, as well as used medical equipment.
- There also other options (called crowdfunding) to raise funds for vet bills including YouCaring, CrowdFund Critters, Razoo, FirstGiving and Indiegogo.