The AVHS Pets in Crisis Program will assist with basic healthy pet care of dogs and cats when the pet owner resides within the city limits Auburn and is temporary incapacitated and is unable to provide normal care for their pets, due to an unforeseen medical emergency. This program is not designed for pet boarding. The program’s purpose is to enrich and maintain the human animal bond and keep loved pets in their homes or with their families whenever possible. The program will 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.

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 more than 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, please contact us. 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/programs@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 click the button Application for Pets in Crisis. Complete the fillable application, print and submit an application to AVHS.

If you need assistance with veterinary medical care, please click the button below for AVHS Public Veterinary Assistance Fund.