If you’re owned by a cat, this is one list you’ll want to print out and keep near the phone. In an emergency, when the internet is down, or if you simply need assistance with your feline friend from a real, live person, these 5 phone numbers should be in the Rolodex of every cat owner:
Pet Poison Helpline: 855-764-7661
In an emergency every second counts. Did your cat just eat something poisonous? Call your veterinarian or Pet Poison Helpline immediately. The sooner a cat poisoning is diagnosed, the easier, less expensive, and safer it is to treat your pet.
Pet Poison Helpline is a 24-hour animal poison control service available throughout the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean for pet owners and veterinary professionals who require assistance with treating a potentially poisoned pet. They have the ability to help every poisoned pet, with all types of poisonings, 24 hours a day. There is a $49 fee for this service, that could potentially save the life of your cat.
Spay/Neuter Helpline: 1 800 248 SPAY
Irresponsible breeding results in the abandonment and euthanization of thousands of cats each year. North Shore Animal League America’s SpayUSA is a nationwide network and referral service for affordable spay/neuter. Developed in 1993, for over 20 years SpayUSA has helped hundreds of thousands of people nationwide obtain low cost, quality spay/neuter services. Anyone who needs assistance finding affordable spay/neuter services can benefit by using the SpayUSA referral service.
Animal Legal Defense Fund: (707) 795-2533
Do you suspect your neighbors are abusing their pet? Are you having issues with your landlord or tenants over a companion animal? Do you want to report a veterinarian that you believe is operating unethically or illegally? Here is the number to call. The Animal Legal Defense Fund can help with landlord-tenant disputes, veterinarian issues, neglect, and any form of abuse.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. ALDF accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are punished for their crimes, supporting tough animal protection legislation and fighting harmful animal protection legislation, and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law.
Emergency Disaster Information Line: 1 800 227 4645
Provided by the American Humane Association, this number provides support and relief information for pet owners living in areas affected by disasters including earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, fire and more. While not an official “hotline,” this number is manned by live persons able to direct pet owners in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.
Pet Travel Hotline: 1800 545 USDA
If you plan on traveling by plane with your cat, a quick call to this number will ensure you are prepared for any bumps in the road where your cat is concerned. Run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, this hotline provides travel resources, licensed pet transporter contact information, rules and regulations, and also assists those that believe their animal was treated inhumanely during travel.
In addition to these national helpline and hotline numbers, make sure you’ve got the numbers for your local veterinarian, nearest emergency veterinarian, and your local animal control services handy, too.
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