A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to help keep Pets with their Families during periods of temporary, unforeseen financial hardship. Pets belong with their families, not alone in a shelter.
Helping Owners with Pet Expenses [HOPE] is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to assisting pets in our community whose owners are experiencing temporary, unforeseen financial hardship.
HOPE's mission is to prevent family pets from being surrendered to over-crowded shelters, or even euthanized due to their owner's short-term inability to provide food or emergency veterinary care.
The HOPE Pet Food Pantry is located at 844 Munson Avenue (in the lower level of the Bay Area Pet Hospital building) in Traverse City. Financial contributions and gifts of pet food and supplies may be made through the hospital staff during business hours. Please feel free to phone the Pet Food Pantry line to schedule a pick-up for large pet food donations.
All prospective Pet Food Pantry clients must be approved via HOPE's application process (see the "Applications" tab) prior to receiving pet food assistance. Pantry hours for clients are by appointment only.
Emergency veterinary cost assistance applications (see the "Applications" tab) are evaluated by HOPE's Board of Directors. Payments for approved medical care are made directly to the veterinary practice treating the pet.
HOPE assists families in Antrim, Benzie, Kalkaska, Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties in Michigan. If you live outside our local area, please refer to the "Links" tab for helpful references to agencies serving other communities.
HOPE is an all-volunteer organization with no paid employees. One hundred percent of all donations directly benefit pets in need.
As we begin our 6th year of aiding local pet families, we are proud that we have assisted hundreds of animals who could otherwise have gone hungry, been surrendered to shelters, or even been euthanized. Instead these dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, and even a goat, live at home with their human families. We couldn't have provided aid to these much-loved pets without you - the generous, caring people and businesses in our community, our HOPE partners.
Please consider making a donation today to help us continue our mission.
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