Shakespeare Animal Fund

Last Updated on August 21, 2023 by Hannah Stevens

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About Shakespeare Animal Fund

Shakespeare Animal Fund helps pet owners in 13 northern Nevada counties with their emergency veterinary bills, so they can stop the sufferings of animals due to accidents, sickness, and other emergencies. Most of the time people who require assistance are veterans, elderly, disabled and those in emergency situations, which means they don’t have funds to get the help their pets urgently need. Since the organization’s establishment in 2004, more than a million dollars has been raised to support thousands of animals, primarily cats and dogs. For a lot of people, their pets are their only family and their constant source of unconditional affection. No one should have to choose between feeding their four-footed family member or putting food on the table.


The Shakespeare Animal Fund provides vital funding for the community’s seniors, disabled, veterans, and low-income persons to help their pets in emergency veterinary care.


  • To ensure that every pet owner who has a sick or dying cat or dog gets the necessary medical treatment, no matter whether they have enough funds or not.
  • To make sure that no one is without food, medicine, or any other necessities in order to receive emergency veterinary care for their pet,
  • To increase the funds available when needed, in order to make sure that all procedures can be performed, including surgeries, instead of euthanasia.
  • To allow pets and their owners to be together, instead of owners being forced to leave their pets in shelters to receive medical attention.

How It Works

Shakespeare Animal Fund can be contacted through their crisis hotline (775) 342-7040 or via email at [email protected].

After the SAF coordinator has made contact with the pet owner and determined their eligibility, they are advised to choose a veterinarian.

Once your approval is granted, the Shakespeare coordinator will contact your vet to discuss the amount that the organization can pay for your pet’s treatment. The owner signs a confirmatory note after your pet has been seen. This is then returned to Shakespeare. They directly pay the veterinarian, and they never asked for payment back.

Shakespear Animal Fund is proud to serve all 13 counties in Northern Nevada (excluding Clark, Lincoln, and Esmerelda).

They assist the elderly, disabled, and those whose total income is below the current poverty guidelines. 

Emergency Examples (Including but not limited to):

  • Car accidents
  • Toxin exposure
  • Bite wounds
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Upper respiratory infections/pneumonia
  • Laceration repairs
  • Fractures
  • Abscess
  • Seizing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Straining to eliminate
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Paralysis
  • Euthanasia
  • Infections
  • Torn toenails
  • Foxtails

Please note that they do not cover routine treatment, vaccinations, or spay/neuter.

Am I Eligible for the Fund? 

To determine your eligibility, if you live in northern Nevada, please send an email to [email protected] with the following information:

  • Where do you live (the organization only serves residents of Northern Nevada), and are you in an emergency situation?
  • How many people live in your household?
  • Have you received help in the past?
  • What is the total monthly income of ALL household members?
  • Are you able to estimate the cost of veterinary care?
  • Are you 65 years old or older?
  • Do you receive government disability benefits?
  • Are you a Veteran of the United States Military?

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