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Has anyone else heard of this? It's the concept of helping dogs stay in their homes when owners are having difficulties, vs helping dogs after they have been surrendered or abandoned.
Sonic was part of such a program (he's from the West Indies). Here's how his group worked.
An outreach worker identifies a dog in need, contacts family in a friendly way. Offers aid and assistance (including clothing & toys for children) and essential vet care such as vaccinations, neutering, & emergency care (wound care). Also offers to take and rehome the dog at anytime, checks in with assistance on a regular basis. In Sonics case, his family got deported, and their pets were left behind. Sonic is likely living a better life than his 1st family, sad but true (they are back in Haiti).
The outreach program means more dogs get neutered, and more dogs get picked up and rehomed quickly when necessary, and more dogs keep their homes.
Does anyone do this in North America? It just sounds like an interesting concept, but I'd never heard of it until following through with this adoption.
 
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Yes, many more shelters around me are starting to do this. A lot of them will offer cheap/free vaccinations, food, and other resources to try and keep the animals in their home. However it's usually a...rescue/shelter specific thing. There aren't any state or county specific programs I'm aware of but this is becoming more popular. A lot of rescue people are realizing one of the most important parts about animal rescue is not just getting them out of the shelter, but preventing their surrender in the first place.
 
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Oh good. I'm glad to hear about it.
 

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I have heard of a couple programs here that do that.

Humane Society
http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html


A credit card company for health care:Care Credit
http://www.carecredit.com


Help owners that need urgent veterinary care, emergency vet visits or expensive surgery:
The pet fund
http://thepetfund.com/
Assistance for caretakers of disabled pets:
HandicappedPets.com
http://www.handicappedpets.com/Articles/help/

Red Rover — Relief Grants available to veterinarians to fund urgent, life-saving vet care nationwide. The typical grant is very small – $100 to $200 dollars per case. However, they also offer fundraising ideas and advice, and have also compiled a listing of other services.
Brown Dog Foundation — Founded to” bridge the gap between the cost of medical care and saving the family pet”, BDF offers grants to veterinarians usually in excess of $1,000. There are many applications, and while many grants go to in-State cases (TN), they collect funds nationally and do make some outside grants to a limited number of States.
IMOM — Formed “to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.” Working off donations, IMOM has paid out nearly $1.5 million since they opened in 1998 through 2010. They are temporarily closed but expect to open again April 15.
Buddy Care Foundation — Grants to help cover the costs of life-saving medical care. The owner must be able to pay 25% of the costs at minimum and it is advised they apply to Care Credit. There are many other qualifications to meet, as the others listed here also require.
Care Credit — Readily available and easiest to obtain of all the financing options for CCL repair surgery. They offer a full range of payment plans with low/no interest for a set period, which depends on the agreement CareCredit has with your veterinarian’s office. Pet Fund — Grants to “help companion animal owners avoid the difficult decision to put an animal down or neglect medical needs because of the costs involved.” They do not fund emergencies.
PetChance — Relatively new to the scene, PetChance.org is not designed for emergency medical needs, but is a crowd-funding site like Kickstarter, exclusively for pets. You register, create a “chance” for your pet with the details of what is needed, spread the news on your social media sites (they have a blog post to give you guidance) so they and others can come and donate. Money collected is paid to the veterinarian.
The Dog & Cat Cancer Fund — Offering grants to help for payment of treatment expenses related to canine or feline malignant cancer.

http://www.dancingdogblog.com/2009/01/grant-for-pets-surgery-dont-give-up/
http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_veterinary_care.html
http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_pet.html?credit=web_id91754962

This was my quick search.
 
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Yes. There are (at least) two exceptional programs here in southern California: Downtown Dog Rescue and Captain Care Intervention. Both can be found on FB. Both strive to help low-income families keep and care for their dogs.
 

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Wow there are some many (I like reading what they provide):
This one offers so much.
The Sam Simon Foundation: Los Angeles, California (free surgery for non-orthopedic procedures; free spay/neuter operations, including vaccinations, flea control, deworming, nail trims, and antibiotics)
This one also helps with medications:
Brown Dog Foundation: Illinois & Iowa (veterinary care assistance and prescription medications)
This one offer training classes
Nebraska Humane Society: Omaha, Nebraska (low-cost spay/neuter, pet food delivery for senior citizens receiving Meals on Wheels, training classes, grooming and boarding services)
Richmond SPCA: Richmond and the surrounding counties of Chesterfield, Hanover, Henrico and Goochland, Virgina (free and low-cost spay/neuter services, affordable pet wellness clinics, free pet pantry, free behavior support, low-cost temporary off-site boarding for pets)
This one offers fencing and housing
Friends of Mebane's Animals: (pet food, spay/neuter subsidies, veterinary assistance, fences and shelter/housing for those in financial hardship or on public assistance) Alamance County and parts of surrounding counties, North Carolina
Voices for Animals: Charlottesville and surrounding counties, Virgina (feral cat spay/neuter and vaccination; weather-proof shelters for outdoor dogs)
 
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