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A Safety Net for Pets – and the People Who Love Them.

At the Animal Protective Foundation, we believe no one should ever have to give up their beloved pet because they can’t afford pet food, veterinary care, or other costs related to the health and well-being of their companion animals.

Yet members of our community find themselves financially stretched or facing other setbacks while struggling to afford care for their companion animals. Apollo’s story in the video below, is the perfect example of how the Pet Safety Net will fill in the gap, providing temporary assistance, to prevent suffering for the most vulnerable animals.

The Animal Protective Foundation’s Pet Safety Net will provide help with veterinary care, vaccinations, nutritious food, and other services to pets of Schenectady County guardians facing financial hardships. Our hope is to expand beyond Schenectady County in the future if we are able to secure sufficient support.

Assistance will be provided to pets whose guardians are experiencing documented hardships such as unemployment, disability, low-income seniors, or other challenges that prevent them from providing essential care for their beloved pets. This is a hand up – not a hand out – and all funds are paid directly to veterinarians and other providers to ensure the funds are used to care for pets.

We will require participants to demonstrate financial need and contribute what they are able toward the pet’s care. The Pet Safety Net is not intended to provide ongoing care. It will only provide assistance for immediate needs.

Based on our success, we also hope to create free quarterly community clinics to offer preventive veterinary care and supplies to pet guardians in need.

Our goal is to raise enough funding to establish a two-year pilot program that will enable us to establish a network of veterinarians and others who will work with us to care for these pets. Services can only be delivered on a funds-available basis, so we will depend on upon the generosity of animal lovers in our community to get the Pet Safety Net off the ground and sustain it in future years.

Donate HERE to support the Pet Safety Net Program.

The APF Pet Food Pantry will also provide assistance to support families in need. Visit our Amazon or Chewy wish lists to view the items we need. All brands of wet and dry foods for cats and dogs are accepted.

For additional information on how you can support the Pet Safety Net program,  contact Cassandra Metke at or 518-374-3944, ext. 122