Pet Care Assistance
Income eligible Windham County residents can take advantage of this program to help care for family pets. From food to flea and tick treatments to basic veterinary care, this program exists to keep all family members together in tough economic times.
Pet Food Assistance: Thanks to the generous support of our community, bags of dry dog and cat food are available to supplement what food you are able to provide on your own. Occasionally, we may have other types of pet food or cat litter. Our supply changes from month to month, based on the donations we receive. We recommend calling ahead to ensure we have what you need, before you make the trip.
Basic Veterinary Care: Flea / tick treatments, and de-wormers are available on a sliding scale to members of our Pet Assistance Program.
Vaccination clinics: Held once a month, income eligible Windham County residents can bring their animals for basic vaccinations such as rabies, distemper, or microchipping. Please check our calendar page to see when the next clinic is. Vaccinations range from $5 to $15 each.
Spay/Neuter Assistance: The clinics take place once or twice per month at the WCHS facility on Rt. 30 in Brattleboro. Family income, number of animals needing spay/neuter, and working with un-owned, free-roaming cats will be considered when determining eligibility and fees.
To qualify for the WCHS Pet Care Assistance Program, one must:
- provide proof of Windham County residency
- provide proof of limited or fixed income (SSI / Disability / pay stub)
- agree to work with WCHS to have all family pets spayed or neutered
- agree not to acquire any more pets while receiving assistance
- agree to inform WCHS if financial status changes such that assistance is no longer needed
Pet Behavior Counseling
Sometimes pets don't behave as we'd like them to! The staff at WCHS can help. We'll gladly answer any questions you have about pet behavior. And if your dog barks excessively or your cat is not using its litter box, we'll help you understand and work with those problem behaviors too.
The best way to prevent animal abuse and homelessness is to educate people, especially children, to respect animals and care for them properly. WCHS offers educational presentations to local schools and community groups. These sessions may be held at your location or at the shelter. Topics include pet care, the pet-human connection, basic training, dog bite prevention and more. A donation of money or of items from our wish list is appreciated.