Above & Beyond

Keeping friends together.

Client Dominic and his dog, Bella. Photo courtesy of Hunter Freeman.

For many seniors, their pets are their only companions. But low-income seniors often have trouble affording even the most basic pet care essentials like food and litter. And sometimes they just need some help walking their dogs, changing their kitty’s litterbox, or taking their best friend to the veterinarian. That’s where our Pet Care Assistance program comes in.

The Pet Care Assistance program is the largest part of our Community Engagement program. We help more than 225 low-income seniors (and more than 300 of their companion animals) and others in need with pet food deliveries, transportation to the vet, dog walking, pet grooming, litter box maintenance, and emergency boarding of pets in the event of a hospitalization. Networking with other service organizations in the county allows us to coordinate assistance to the growing number of older adults in Marin.

The Pet Care Assistance program is funded entirely by donations and grants and supported by more than 20 program volunteers. Donations from the public, whether they come in the form of pet food and supplies or financial contributions, are a vital part of the program. Volunteers with our Pet Meals on Wheels program then deliver these donated supplies to clients of the Pet Care Assistance program and others year-round.

Please contact us to learn more about the Pet Care Assistance program.

Can the Pet Care Assistance program help me?

The Pet Care Assistance Care program is geared toward Marin County residents who are low-income seniors and others in need. For people who don’t qualify for the program, we have information about financial assistance for pet guardians and emergency veterinary assistance.

Read about our Pet Care Assistance Program policies.

How can I help the Pet Care Assistance Program?

You can make a financial donation, but purchasing food to be donated directly to the program is the most effective way to help. Purchase food now through GOODdler to be delivered directly to the shelter.