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The purpose of the AVHS Pets in crisis program:

1.       To assist in basic healthy pet care of dogs and cats living in the City of Auburn, Washington when an owner is an Auburn resident. This program is available only when an owner’s temporary incapacitation and inability to provide normal care to their pets due to an unforeseen medical emergency. This program is not for pet boarding.

2.       To enrich and maintain the human animal bond and keep loved pets in their homes or with their families whenever possible.

3.       To reduce the possibility of loss or unwarranted euthanasia due to the inability of pet owners to care for their pet during a time of their urgent medical need.

If you need assistance with veterinary medical care please see the AVHS Public Veterinary Medical Assistance Fund.

The AVHS Pets in Crisis Program provides three kinds of care:

Type 1: Short term urgent care

These pets will be without their owners for 0-5 days due to a human health emergency. These animals will be in the care of AVHS.

Type 2: Intermediate term urgent care

These pets will be without their owners for 6-60 days due to a human health emergency. These animals may be housed at a partnering organization.

Type 3: Permanent urgent care

These pets will be without their owners for >60 days due to a human health emergency. These animals will be rehomed through AVHS adoptions.

If you or a loved one needs this resource, animals can be transferred to family members with the owner’s consent if possible.


For additional information regarding care assistance through the AVHS Pets in Crisis Program, please contact the Special Programs Coordinator at 253-249-7849/klanaghan@auburnvalleyhs.org.

Please note*** This program is ONLY available for emergency animal care.

To apply for assistance with care of a pet through the AVHS Pets in Crisis Program, please complete and return this request to AVHS.