Alternatives to Surrender
HSH is here to help pet owners in our community identify a wide range of resources to help you keep your cat or dog in your home. Please select from the menu below for more information about available resources.
Pet Food Banks
We recommend calling ahead to make sure the pet food you need is available.
Humane Society of Harlingen Pet Pantry 1106 Markowsky Ave, Harlingen, TX 78550 (956)425-7297
Food for Hunger WME
1115 S Maryland St, Alton, TX 78573
San Benito Food Pantry, Inc
2007 E Expressway, San Benito, TX 78586
Low-Cost Veterinary Care and Spay/Neuter Services
- HSH Monthly Public Wellness Clinic
RGV Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic
Texas Wellness Spay and Neuter Clinic
Banfield Pet Hospital - McAllen
Banfield Pet Hospital - McAllen North
Brownsville Spay/Neuter Clinic
The Country Vet
Pet Health Online Resources
- Best Friends Vet Access App for Telemedicine
Best Friends Animal Society Resources on Dog Health
Best Friends Animal Society Resources on Cat Health
Options for Heartwork Prevention for Dogs
Options for Flea and Tick Prevention
Financing for Veterinary Costs
Organizations That Provide Credit and/or Loans
Care Credit Veterinary Financing
This healthcare credit card gives you the flexibility to pay for pet medical bills ranging from routine appointments to emergency surgeries.
Apply for a payment plan and scratchpay will pay your vet bill immediately. You can pay them back in 30 days without interest, or over a 12 to 24-month period with a personalized interest rate based on your financial profile.
Online payment platform that makes it easy for veterinarians to offer payment plans. There is no credit check or credit reporting - you just negotiate a payment plan with the business.
United States Department of Veteran Affairs
If you’re a veteran with a service dog, the VA will cover the cost of veterinary care (doesn’t cover unrelated costs such as over-the-counter medications, food, treats and non-sedated dental care).
- Friends and Vets Helping Pets
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.
- Paws 4 A Cure
This organization helps cats and dogs regardless of breed, age, or diagnosis. Pet “parents” with limit ability to pay for care may qualify for assistance with vet bills.
- The Pet Fund
Helps pet owner pay for non-basic, non-urgent care for chronic conditions, heart disease, and cancer.
- Diabetic Cats in Need
Offers financial aid for insulin, helps find new homes for unwanted cats with diabetes, and starts local rescue programs to help diabetic cats get adopted.
- Magic Bullet Fund
Financial Assistance for cats and dogs with cancer. For those financially unprepared to pay for their dog’s or cat’s cancer treatment. This nonprofit aims to close the gap.
- The Mosby Foundation
Working to help neglected, sick, and abused dogs since 2003. Dog owners can apply to have procedures and treatments covered. However, the foundation cannot help with vet bills already accrued.
- The Onyx and Breezy Foundation
Helping dogs and cats live happy lives through funding for spay and neuter programs, rescuing animals from kill shelters, support for cancer research and much more.
- Hope Mending Hearts Foundation
Financial assistance grants so pet owners, Good Samaritans and rescuers can care for animals who need urgent veterinary care.
- Red Rover Relief Grants Pet Assistance, Inc
In event of an emergency, this organization offers immediate financial assistance for veterinary care. RedRover responds to applications within two business days.
- American Humane Society - Second Chance Fund
Aid Specific to Cancer
- Stymie Canine Cancer Foundation – APPLICATION BY VET
- The Riedel & Cody Fund – MUST APPLY ONLINE
- Live Like Roo – MUST APPLY ONLINE
Aid Specific to Mobility
- Handicapped Pets Foundation
Provides dog wheelchairs
- Red Flyer, the Handicapped Pets Community
Loans refurbished wheelchairs
Crowd-Funding Veterinary Costs
Tips for finding pet friendly rentals
- Military Pets: Animal Placement during Deployment
- Dogs on Deployment, temporary foster homes for pets during deployments
- Pact for Animals, Military Foster Program
- Escaping Domestic Violence Grant Assistance
- Pit Bull Insurance and housing resources
Local Training & Behavior Resources
Online Training & Behavior Resources
Lost Pet Assistance
Finding Rover - Pet Facial Recognition
Next Door - Connect with your neighborhood via social media
Groups & Pages on Facebook:
Rehoming Your Pet Assistance
- Rehoming assistance websites:
- Helpful resources:
Additional Assistance (Kittens, Disaster Preparation)
Help for Found Kittens
Additional Rescue Organizations in the RGV
Ana’s Safe Haven
Cinderella Pet Rescue
Forgotten Friends Texas Rescue RGV
Recycled Rovers and Friends
Brownsville Animal Defense
Facebook Rehome Groups
Rehoming your pet straight from your home to another home is always the best option for the pet. This prevents your pet from ever having to enter the shelter system, an experience that can be stressful to the pet and increase the risk of disease transmission.