How do I qualify for Pets in Need's services?

Pet owners must have proof of financial need. Proof includes but is not limited to:

  • Disability
  • Social security
  • WIC 
  • Bridge Card
  • Proof of unemployment
  • Pay stub demonstrating poverty level income
  • Inability to qualify for Care Credit**
  • Referral from a veterinarian who confirms that you cannot afford services at a regular veterinary clinic

**Care Credit is a way to finance veterinary care.  Go to to see if you qualify

Pets in Need - West Michigan has a very small budget and only operates a few days a month.  We simply do not have the time or the funds to treat any pets whose owners can find help elsewhere. Thank you for respecting our limitations!

Where is Pets in Need Located? How do I contact Pets in Need?

Pets in Need has no permanent location.  We do not have our own building. We do not have regular hours.  We borrow space from other animal service organizations. Since we need to work around the schedules of these other organizations, our schedule changes from month to month. 

THE ONLY WAY TO REACH PETS IN NEED IS THROUGH THIS WEBSITE.  Go to the "contact us" page and email your request. Our email address is:

Ways that will NOT work to reach us:

  • By phone - we have no public phone number at this time. 
  • Through our Facebook page - we cannot and do not respond to messages left on our Facebook page

Until Pets in Need has a permanent location and a regular schedule, we are very limited in the amount of requests we can fulfill.  Our dream is to be able to help everyone, everyday.  Until then, we do the best we can! 

What services does Pets in Need provide? Which services are not provided by pets in Need?

Pets in Need currently provides the following services for qualifying pet owners:

  • Dental care - this includes teeth cleaning and extractions.  Please note that this requires general anesthesia. Appropriate pain medication and antibiotic prescriptions are included.  We charge $60 for dental services.
  • Some soft tissue surgery: In general, we perform surgery that an average pet owner may be able to afford under normal financial circumstances. These include but are not limited to:
  1. Difficult or complicated spay surgeries  - this includes spaying a dog or a cat with a severely infected uterus, or who is experiencing other serious reproductive problems
  2. Soft tissue tumor removal
  3. Simple bladder surgery


  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Intestinal foreign body surgery
  • Follow up care to any surgery performed at another veterinary clinic
  • Treatment for chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, thyroid disease, chronic dermatitis and any other condition requiring frequent veterinary visits.
  • Any treatment that is beyond the financial means of the average pet owner.  For example we DO NOT PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING EXPENSIVE SURGERIES: cruciate ligament repair, luxating patella surgery, fracture repair, joint replacements or any surgery that would cost over $1,000 in private practice. 
  • Basically, if the average pet owner cannot afford it, we do not provide it. 

Someday, we hope to have a clinic with regular hours and a regular staff that can provide daily care for needy pets.  For now, we are very limited in what we can do.  We are working hard to find a way to offer more help to the many people and pets who need it