Assistance Resources for Pet Owners

The lists below offer educational & informational websites, and organizations which can assist you with the challenges of pet ownership (such as animal behavior help, financial assistance with vet care, information for rehoming by owner, regional animal welfare agencies--including pet pantries, temporary housing for pets, and crisis support agencies for humans).

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Animal Behavior
Association of Professional Dog Trainers How to Choose A Dog Trainer
Certification Council for Professional Dog Training How to Choose a Dog Trainer
ASPCA Behavioral Help for Your Pet
Internet Animal Trainer Databases (note: to be fair to all Virginia Beach pet-related businesses, we cannot recommend specific businesses to patronize. Instead we try to guide you to informational resources that help you find the assistance you need.)
Association of Professional Dog Trainers Online searchable database of dog trainers, by zip code
Certification Council for Professional Dog Training Online searchable database of dog trainers, by zip code
General Animal Behavior Educational Websites
ASPCA Dog Behavior Issues
ASPCA Cat Behavior Issues
Jackson Galaxy Cat Behavior Issues
Meow Foundation Cat Behavior Issues
Whole Dog Journal Dog Health & Behavior Solutions
Center for Shelter Dogs Dog Behavior Issues
Cornell Feline Health Center Cat Health and behavior issues
Best Friends Animal Society Dog-Separation Anxiety


Animal Welfare Agencies

Organization Shelter Rescue Low-cost vet Dogs Cats Exotic Pets Pet Pantry
3040 Holland Rd., VIrginia Beach  23453
x   x x x x x
Chesapeake Humane Society
123 N. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake 23320
x   x x x x x
Norfolk SPCA
916 Ballentine Blvd., Norfolk 23504
x   x x x x  
SNIP (mobile spay/neuter)
757-622-7382, extension 3
    x       x
Suffolk Humane Society
3119 Kings Highway, Ste. P, Suffolk 23435
x   x x x x  
Isle of Wight Humane Society
P.O. BOX 273, SMITHFIELD, VA 23431
  x   x x x  
No More Chasin' Tails Spay & Neuter Clinic
1 Court House Dr., Newport News 23608
    x x      
Eastern Shore SPCA
26528 Lankford Highway, P.O. Box 164, Onley 23418
x   x x x x  
Feline Hope (mobile spay/neuter)
    x   x    
Portsmouth Humane Society
4022 Seaboard Court, Portsmouth, VA 23701
(757) 397-6004
x   x x x    
Hope for Life
610 Jack Rabbit Rd. Ste 3, Virginia Beach 23451
x     x x    
Norfolk Animal Care Center 5
585 Sabre Road, Norfolk, VA 23512
(757) 441-5505
x   x x x    
Chesapeake Animal Services
2100 S. Military Hwy., Chesapeake
(757) 382-8080 ext. 1
x   x x x    
Peninsula Pet Pantry
(757) 243-1170

Crisis Support

Crisis Intervention
Samaritan House
2620 Southern Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
24/7 HOTLINE: 757-430-2120
Shelter for victims of domestic abuse, violence; may allow pets into shelter (contact to confirm)

Red Rover
Our emergency care funding preserves the human-animal bond by providing financial assistance, resources, and support to low-income individuals and survivors of domestic violence escaping abuse with their pets.

Emergency Housing/Sheltering

Human Housing

Judeo-Christian Outreach Center

1053 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Provides food and housing assistance to humans in need of transitional and emergency housing
Union Mission Ministries 5100 East Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23502 (757)627-8686 Emergency Shelter for Men, Single Women and Women with Children
Barrett Transitional House 2129 Vincent Ave, Norfolk, VA 23504 (757)624-6990 Long term transitional housing program for single and single pregnant women
Virginia Beach Community Development Corp. 2400 Potters Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454 757-463-9516 Housing and financial support for low-income veterans
PIN Housing 1164 Millers Lane, Suite A, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 757.962.3567 Transitional housing for homeless
Vetshouse Inc. P.O. Box 62963, Virginia Beach 23466 (757) 306-1000 Program for homeless veterans with transitional housing

Pet Fostering Programs

Dogs on Deployment Foster network for miltary service members who need temporary housing for their pet
Guardian Angels for Soldiers' Pets Foster network for miltary service members who need temporary housing for their pet
PACT for Animals Foster network for miltary service members or hospitalized pet owners who need temporary housing for their pet
Pets for Patriots Turnkey program to help you place your most adoption-challenged dogs and cats with military veterans.
Chesapeake Humane Crisis Boarding Center Emergency Shelter

Owner Rehoming

Animal Farm Foundation

Recommendations for effective adoption marketing

Websites for pet adoption/rehoming


Vet Care Assistance

Veterinary Partner website General veterinary information  Basic educational information about pet health.
Best Friends Animal Society How to find a good veterinarian for your pet.
Financial assistance for veterinary care:
Below is a list of charitable foundations & organizations that may provide financial assistance with veterinary care. Some are income- or need-based; some may be targeted for treatment of specific medical issues.
Organization Description
AVMF Veterinary Care Charitable Fund AVMA program that provides funding to member veterinarians for treatment of pets of owners-in-need
IAADP's Veterinary Care Partnership (VCP) Program An emergency veterinary care fund to help IAADP Members and their service dogs in the USA  
Brown Dog Foundation For those who have no money immediately available for the care of cats and dogs that are sick or injured and would respond to treatment.
Dylan’s Heart Must be requested through your attending veterinarian for a life-threatening or critical injury or illness with a favorable outcome with care and the owner must be on a form of government aid.
Friends & Vets Helping Pets For applicants in financial need for their pet’s curable diseases such as tumors, broken bones, ambulatory care, expensive medication or post-surgical prosthetics.
The Magic Bullet Fund Cancer-specific help for families with dogs that have cancer, but can’t afford treatment.
The Mosby Fund For vet-confirmed critical situations that are non-basic and non-urgent.
Onyx and Breezy Fund Assistance with financial aid for medical treatment, medication, pet food, and spay and neuter surgeries with proof of low income/need.
Paws 4 a Cure Helps dogs and cats with injuries and illnesses, grants tend to be small and do not exceed $500.
Pet Assistance Inc. Helps long-time pet owners with financial aid for urgent or life-threatening emergencies only.
The Pet Fund The Pet Fund works only on non-basic, non-urgent care such as cancer treatment, heart disease, chronic conditions, endocrine diseases, eye diseases, etc.
Pets of the Homeless A resource center for pet food assistance, wellness clinics, and emergency veterinary care.
Prince Chunk Foundation Emergency Care for cats and dogs (possibly other pets in the future). Low-income individuals or those experiencing financial crisis are encouraged to pre-apply.
Red Rover Provides grants around $200 for situations where urgent care is needed for a pet
The Reidel & Cody Fund Waggle crowdfunding for veterinary care
The Shakespeare Animal Fund Small grants of between $50 and $100 typically to people on a fixed income or with annual incomes below the federal poverty guidelines
Voice for the Animals Foundation Their Helping Friends Program helps seniors, people with disabilities, terminal illnesses or fixed incomes take care of their pets.
Frankie's Friends Charitable Pet Foundation Provides grants to assist with the cost of life-saving or life-enhancing emergency or specialty care for pets whose families cannot afford the full cost of treatment
Oscar's Cause Provides financial assistance for vet care
CareCredit Line of credit for health care expenses including veterinary expenses
Paws in Need Provides financial assistance for vet care; including pet euthanasia. For Hampton Roads pet owners.
Animal Resources of Tidewater Provides financial assistance for vet care; including pet euthanasia and hospice care. For Hampton Roads pet pwners.