Helping Paw Fund
The Helping Paw Fund was created to provide financial assistance to people for the care of their companion animals in times of crisis or financial instability. The fund provides assistance for medical care, including spay/neuter surgeries, and behavioral consultations in East Central Illinois. Note: the fund can not reimburse for services already provided.  At this time, we can only provide support to individuals and families living in East Central Illinois.

Click the following link for more information and an application: CARE Center Helping Paw Fund Application (PDF).
Complete the Helping Paw Form application online.

Other Sources of Financial Assistance with Veterinary Costs
List of resources compiled by RedRover

Pet Columns on a variety of topics and species, by the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine

Local Resources
Animal Control, City of Urbana
Animal Control, City of Champaign
Animal Control, Champaign County (offers spay/neuter for owned cats and Pit Bull/Pit mix dogs)
Champaign County Humane Society (offers spay/neuter for owned cats and dogs)
Hospice Hearts Sanctuary
Wildlife Medical Clinic
Parkland College Veterinary Technology program
Family Service (Adult Protective Services)
Courage Connection

Health & Care
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (includes toxic plant list)
Veterinary Oral Health Council
The CATalyst Council
Alliance for Contraception in Cats & Dogs
Global Alliance for Rabies Control
Pets & Parasites (fleas, ticks, roundworms, tapeworms, etc.)
American Heartworm Society
Dog bite prevention resources from AVMA
Dog bite prevention resources from Doggone Safe
Caring for Cats from American Association of Feline Practitioners
The Indoor Pet Initiative (meeting physical and behavioral needs) from The Ohio State University
Pet Health Insurance: Compare features | Consumers Advocate 10 Best

Animal Assisted Therapy, Activities, etc.
Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society)
Therapy Dogs International

Cat Behavior and Training
ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist
Cats & Carriers: Friends not Foes video
Cat Dancer toy
Da Bird toy

Dog Behavior and Training
ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist
Using food puzzle toys
DogPyramid toy
TreatStik toy
Housetraining Basics (webinar)
Video: Teaching sit, down and stand
Video: Using positive methods to overcome perceived stubbornness
Video: Beginning exercise to teach walking on a loose leash
Walk on a Loose Leash: Choosing the Right Walking Pace and Make It Clear Pulling Doesn’t Work
Video: Introducing a head halter (scroll down to “Conditioning an Emotional Response” 2009-06-23)
Video: Teaching stay
Association of Pet Dog Trainers – resources and trainer search
Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers – resources and trainer search
“Take the Lead Safely! Leash Walking Skills Every Human Needs to Know”

Equine Primary Care, University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Society for Hooved Animals’ Rescue and Emergency

Children’s Activities / Humane Education
Orpheum Children’s Science Museum (Champaign, IL)
The Gryphon Press books
RedRover Readers
Family Paws Parent Education (dog and child safety)
Doggone Safe (dog bite prevention)

The Link Between Types of Family Violence
National Link Coalition
National Coalition on Violence Against Animals
National Law Enforcement Center on Animal Abuse

Pet Loss & Grief
C.A.R.E. Pet Loss Helpline at the University of Illinois
Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Pet Loss Support
Pet Loss Support Page

Professional Development for Humane Educators
Humane Society Academy
Certified Humane Education Specialist (CHES) Program
North American Association for Environmental Education
Association of Professional Humane Educators
Institute for Humane Education
Marlboro College – MA in Teaching Social Justice
Canisius College – online Master’s Degree in Anthrozoology