Community Programs

Friends for Life is proud to be part of the Gilbert, and wider local East Valley, community, and we want to help where we can with programs and resources. Whether you’re in need of help with spay & neuter costs, with vet bills, or with finding new pet-friendly accommodation, we hope the information below will help.

If you need help with vet bills, we’ve seen these two posts on various social media – please investigate to see if you can get assistance with any of these! You can also apply for Care Credit – visit this link to find out more.  You can also do a Google search for “veterinary care financial assistance” and there are quite a few options to check out.

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Financial Vet Assistance

Our Low Income Spay & Neuter program assists low income families with getting their dog or cat altered (limited number per year). If your household income is $75,000 or less, you may qualify for our program. In a few easy steps, you can spay or neuter your pet, and save countless lives in the process!

How Does it Work?

Complete an application, mail it in or drop it off, and if you are approved, you will receive a voucher to spay or neuter your cat or dog. What does it cost you? Just a minimum $15.00 donation per application (cash or money order only). There is a $40 minimum donation for a 2nd tier income bracket (see application for details).

Simply take the voucher to one of our approved clinics, and let the clinic handle the rest. We will provide a list of clinics when we mail out your spay/neuter voucher. Applicants are responsible for rabies vaccination fees and pain medications if needed.

Our participating clinics provide vaccinations and pain medications at a very reasonable cost. All vouchers must be redeemed within two months. This program is organized and managed solely by Friends for Life Animal Rescue

This spay & neuter program is not available for feral cats, but please contact our shelter at 480-497-8296 for other resources. This program is for owned animals only – not available for stray dogs or cats.

Think You Qualify? Apply Today

To apply for this program, download the application then either  mail or bring the completed application to Friends for Life Animal Rescue during office hours.  Please note that Friends for Life will make every effort to issue a certificate immediately for in-person applications, and if we cannot, we will mail the certificate within 2 business days.  Applications will be evaluated for compliance with our program and certificates will be mailed. If your application is not approved, it will be returned with your donation.

 Thank you for joining our mission to prevent animal overpopulation and diminish animal suffering.

Moving does NOT mean losing your animal friends! MANY rentals accept animals of all kinds, it just takes some extra time searching.  PLEASE consider these resources if you are facing foreclosure and need to relocate, before trying to re-home your animals.

My Apartment Map is a website that will help you search for pet-friendly apartments so that you do not have to give up your best furry friends.

Gilbert Dogs will offer 50% off their dog boarding rates for families facing foreclosure, eviction, or an unexpected move (with a 60-day window for this special pricing)

PACC911 brings together the many animal welfare organizations throughout Arizona, most in Maricopa County, by uniting them and offering opportunities to work together for the greater benefit of the animals.

They aid their partners by lifting their burden with some of the challenging behind-the-scenes work that comes with animal rescue so they can do what they do best: save and rehome displaced pets in need.

Friends for Life Animal Rescue is a partner of PACC911 and we wanted to share their Resource page with you.

The following organizations in our area have TNR information and programs:

Gilbert Feral Cat Coalition:

Animal Defense League of Arizona:

Sassy Cats TNR:

Alley Cat Allies:

Foundation for Homeless Cats –

Altered Tails AzCATs – website or email or phone 602-216-1160

Feral Cat Coalition –

Facebook group: Arizona Feral and Stray Cats in Need

The DAPP vaccine protects against Canine Distemper Virus, Canine Adenovirus types 1 & 2, Canine Parainfluenza Virus, & Canine Parvovirus. Starting at 8 weeks of age, the vaccine requires 3 boosters 3 weeks apart. The 3rd booster is good for 1 year.As a core vaccine, this vaccine is both necessary and well worth the investment. Whether your vet calls it the DAPP vaccine or the DHPP vaccine for dogs, it provides the same protection. Prioritize getting your puppy the vaccine when they’re young to help protect them from these potentially fatal diseases. Dogs should receive the DHPP vaccine at 8, 12, and 16 weeks, one year later, and then 1 to 3 years after that, with consultation from your vet. Please make sure your canine family members are current on their vaccines.  For more information about this vaccine and why your furry friend needs it, you can read this article:

Friends for Life Animal Rescue offers free DAPP vaccines to the public twice per year during our Microchip-a-thons, in May and October.  For information on Friends for Life’s next vaccine clinic, please email

The Arizona Animal Welfare League offers low cost vaccines through their clinic and you can find more information here:

Altered Tails offers low cost vaccine clinics in Phoenix and Mesa.  Click the link below for more information:

The Nip and Snip Mobile Spay/Neuter clinic offers the Distemper/Parvo (5-in-1) vaccine.  Click this link for more information on scheduling an appointment:

The Arizona Humane Society offers the vaccine year around by appointment in their clinic.  You can make an appointment here:

Homeward Bound Spay Neuter Hospital, located in Chandler, offers the DAPPv vaccine and you can find their information here:

The Spay Neuter Clinic has locations in Chandler, Mesa, and Glendale and offers the Distemper/Parvo vaccine.  You can find their information here:

Arizona Spay & Neuter Clinic (Scottsdale and Mesa) offers core vaccines.  Click this link for more information:

Petco offers the Distemper & Parvo (5-in-1) vaccine, and you can find more information here:

VIP Petcare offers weekly clinics at several locations in the valley.  Click on the link below and look for a location near you to find more information and make an appointment:

Tractor Supply Co. offers PetVet clinics for vaccines.  Click on this link for more information:

Saving One Life 602-715-2700 – their website –

Heidi’s Village, a large organization in Phoenix, has a “Smitten Kitten Neonatal Nursery” (helping kittens and also puppies).  The link to request an intake is here:

Kitt’s Kitten Rescue operates at PetSmart at Stapley & 60 in Mesa, and their email is

Bottle Baby Kittens is located in Mesa, and their contact info is  THIS GROUP WILL ONLY TAKE KITTENS WHO NEED TO BE BOTTLE FED – NOT EATING ON THEIR OWN!

Kneading Kitty’s Rescue –

Calico Lady Kitten Rescue is located in Phoenix.  Email is

Kitty Kat Rescue email is LFLACK2@COX.NET and their phone number is 480-236-9453.

Litter League – Note that they ONLY serve Phoenix and West Valley – don’t submit a request if you are not in those areas.  They don’t have an official website but their info is also here:

Kitten Advocates – Website is and their email is

Jin’s Bottle Babies for orphan and abandoned kittens in Arizona. Website is

Fearless or you can email

There are also several Facebook groups: Arizona Kitten and Cat Rescue – and – Kitten Rescue AZ

If this is an injured or sick stray, The Humane Society also has a way to report an injured stray :  Their Pet Resource number is 602.997.7585, ext 3800.

For medical emergencies, you can also contact Blue Pearl Emergency Veterinary Services: