Resources and Information
Summer is HERE!
Plan ahead when enjoying summer activities with our animals. Every year pets die due to heat related illnesses. Never leave an animal unattended in the heat in a parked car! Even if your car is parked in the shade with the windows down; heat stroke can happen in minutes.
- Studies have shown that leaving the windows down has little effect on a vehicle’s internal temperature
- Within the first 15-30 minutes the temperature in a vehicle can rise over 30 degrees higher than the outside temperature. That means on an average summer day in Citrus Heights the temperature inside your vehicle is over 120 degrees!
- Dogs don’t sweat! Dogs can only cool off by panting and through the pads of their feet which makes them particularly vulnerable to high temperatures. In just a short time, your pet could suffer irreversible nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage or death.
Visit our Weather Tips page for more information
Low Cost Care Resources
Annually, thousands of unwanted cats go to shelter and end up euthanized. Reduce cat overpopulation by spaying or neutering your pet! Vouchers are currently unavailable due to COVID. Contact River City Cat Rescue for free information and low-cost options. Low-income residents can get assistance with spay/neuter costs.
Sacramento SPCA Clinic offers affordable spay/neuter services. They also offer discounts, senior programs, and We Pay to Spay, a breed specific program offering free spay/neuter services for pitbulls and pitbull mixes by appointment only. _________________________________________
A list of Low Cost Spay & Neuter Programs in the Sacramento Area can be found on the Sacramento Area Animal Coalition website.
Help with Emergency Care Costs
Emergency situations can be costly. Fortunately, there are many non-profits that assist with care, financing options available, and options for low income households and seniors.
Prescription Medication Assistance
Please talk to your vet about help with paying for your animal's prescription medications
Programs and Nonprofits
The Pet Fund
A nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care
Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Program
Provides assistance for owners of cats with Vaccine Associated Sarcoma (VAS)
Red Rover Relief
Provides grants and additional resources for pets in need of urgent veterinary care
A credit card company for healthcare, including veterinary care
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