Friends of Pets

P.O. Box 240981, Anchorage, AK 99524-0981
Info Center (907) 562-2535 - mail@friendsofpets.org
Friends of Pets is a 501(c)(3) organization, staffed
entirely by volunteers and supported by donations.
Tax ID #94-3095459

Need help?

Friends of Pets can help with everyday pet problems, with financial assistance for spay/neuter services,
and with a variety of other situations.

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MEDICAL
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Diamond Animal Hospital & Emergency Services
2545 E. Tudor Rd.
24 Hours
(907) 562-8384



Pet Emergency Treatment
2320 E. Dowling Rd.
24 Hours
(907) 274-5636


ASPCA
ASPCA Poison Control
24 Hours
(888) 426-4435

 

 

We can help with these common problems...

 

I have lost a pet.

Remember these ABC's: Act quickly, Be organized, Contact as many people as possible, and Don't give up! Download our LOST! brochure for a list of suggestions.

The Alaska Dispatch News offers lost/found pet ads FREE OF CHARGE - call them at 257-4444 or visit their online ad placement page.

Craigslist postings are also free.

Post flyers in the area where the pet was found, at vet clinics, pet supply stores and any other community bulletin boards. Make sure your own veterinarian knows your pet is lost, in case your pet's ID information leads to your vet's clinic.

Visit Anchorage Animal Care & Control at 343-8122 to see whether anyone has reported finding a pet which matches this description. Use this link to file a Lost Animal Report. Bring a clear photo of your pet. Visit in person, do NOT call - only you can be certain whether an individual pet is yours. Visit every day! Check the main kennel areas, the found pets book, the DOA book, and lists of animals who may be in a restricted area of the facility due to an injury or other circumstance. AACCC also has a Lost Pet information flyer with additional suggestions.

     
 

I have found a stray pet.

If you are able to keep the pet with you safely while you are searching, make it easier for the owner to find you! Here are some suggestions:

The Alaska Dispatch News offers lost/found pet ads FREE OF CHARGE - call them at 257-4444 or visit their online ad placement page.

Craigslist postings are also free.

Post flyers in the area where the pet was found, at vet clinics, pet supply stores and any other community bulletin boards.

Contact Anchorage Animal Care & Control at 343-8122 to see whether anyone has reporting losing a pet which matches this description. Use this link to file a Found Animal report. AACCC also has a Found Pet information flyer with additional suggestions.

If you cannot keep the pet at your home while searching for its owner, please take the animal to Anchorage Animal Care & Control. This is the most likely place for the owner to check on its whereabouts. If you are interested in knowing whether the pet is claimed or adopted, ask Customer Service for the animal's ID number. You can call to check on its status as often as you like. AACCC can also send an officer to your home to get the animal if you cannot transport it yourself - call 343-8119 for assistance.

     
 

I need financial help to get my pet spayed or neutered.

FOP's Spay/Neuter Assistance Program helps residents of the Municipality of Anchorage with the cost of having a pet spayed or neutered. Visit the Programs page for information and to submit your request.

     
 

I need financial help with veterinary costs.

Click the link to download a PDF copy of our Pet Owners Financial Assistance Guide - a list of resources in Alaska and elsewhere that may be able to help.

     
 

I need help getting food for my pet.

Friends of Pets often has donated pet food available to share. We can also help point you to other resources. Call our main number at 562-2535 and leave a message (option #7).
     
 

I need help coping with grief after the death of my pet.

Friends of Pets offers a free grief information packet that can help address the common feelings associated with the death of a loved pet. Email Peg or call her at 689-7787 to request a grief packet. Be sure to give your name (with proper spelling) and complete mailing address. Your packet will arrive in 7-10 days.

     
 

I am concerned about the welfare and treatment of a pet in my neighborhood.

If you are worried that a pet you know is being mistreated or neglected, it is vital that you take action - the animal cannot seek help on its own. Sometimes issues of neglect arise because a pet owner simply doesn't know better, or is facing difficulties that impact human welfare too. If you can approach the owner kindly, you may be able to have a positive influence in the pet's life. If you are concerned that the situation is too drastic or that an owner is purposely abusive, you can report the situation to Anchorage Animal Care & Control. Call 343-8118 and choose the option to "request a check of animal welfare." You will be asked to provide some information, but you do not need to identify yourself if you prefer to remain anonymous. Please, do not leave an animal without hope of help because you are afraid to take action. Make the call today.

     
 

I need to find a rental that accepts pets.

Online resources for rental listings that accept pets include the Alaska Dispatch News, Craigslist, and other local newspapers. An internet search is the easiest way to start. Click here for our list of resources and suggestions, including a list of local apartment complexes which allow pets on approval. Remember, once you have found it, the best way to keep a pet-friendly rental is to be the kind of responsible renter and pet owner that landlords will appreciate.

     
 

I need help with pet behavior problems.

Pets are frequently surrendered to animal shelters due to behavior problems which could be solved. Call our main number at 562-2535 and leave a message in box #7 so a volunteer can call back to discuss your situation.

We've gathered a resource library on many topics that may help you keep your pet in your family by solving the real problem at hand. Our resource topics include:

Cats:
Aggression to people - Aggression to other cats - Allergies in people - Babies & Children - Chewing - Counters, etc. - Fearfulness - Feral or orphaned cats - Household destruction - Hyperactivity - Indoors or Out? - Introducing cats - Litterbox blues and spraying - Moving and travel - Nocturnal behavior - Plants and yards - Scratching - Sharing the turf

Dogs - We recommend the resources on pet care and behavior information found at the following websites:
American Humane Association
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Dog Star Daily - Dr. Ian Dunbar and associates
Patricia McConnell, PhD
Peaceable Paws Dog & Puppy Training
Positively - Victoria Stillwell
Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS
Suzanne Clothier - Relationship-Based Training
The Whole Dog Journal
Your Dog - Tufts University

For a wide selection of books and resources, visit DogWise.

We can also provide referrals to local trainers and behavior consultants.

     
 

I need to rehome my pet.

If you need to rehome your pet, it's important to understand that Friends of Pets is a group of volunteers who operate from their homes, and does not have a shelter facility to accept your pet. We are mandated to rescue at least 80% of our animals from Anchorage Animal Care & Control, so community rescues are rare except in critical circumstances like the owner's death. We do have several suggestions for you as you seek to rehome your animal companion:

(1) Adopters generally are looking for healthy animals. Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations, and has any outstanding medical problems under treatment.

(2) Run an ad in the Alaska Dispatch News (257-4444) . We recommend that you ask a rehoming fee, to screen out people who may be irresponsible or unable to afford to keep a pet, and we also have a list of screening questions that can help identify a good home. Email us or call our main number (562-2535, message box #7) for this list.

(3) Place online ads on Craigslist or other bulletin boards. Again, be thoughtful about the quality of responses you receive before you place your pet in someone else's hands.

(4) Make notices with photos of your pet, and post them at veterinary clinics, grooming shops, pet supply stores. Let your vet's office know you are seeking to rehome your pet.

(5) If you are thinking of rehoming your pet because of a behavior problem, please call us for possible solutions that may keep you from parting with your pet. Email us or call our main number (562-2535, message box #7) for information resources to address pet behavior problems.

(6) If you are thinking of leaving your pet behind when you move, we can also give you helpful tips and strategies that may allow you to relocate with your pet instead. Email us or call our main number (562-2535, message box #7) for information on moving and travel with pets.

If none of these options work, and you decide to take your pet to Anchorage Animal Care & Control, you can email us or call us (562-2535, message box #7) with the animal's intake ID number and a description. We cannot promise to save your pet, but we will definitely look at it as a possible candidate for the rescue program.

     
   

If you have suggestions to enhance this list of questions, please let us know!