Frequently Asked Questions
Who? Sam’s Hope is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, animal welfare organization dedicated to helping keep pets and their financially challenged families together.
What? Our organization provides pet food and veterinary assistance to pet owners with demonstrated financial hardship.
Where? We serve needy pets in Southeastern Pennsylvania, specifically Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.
Why? The economic downturn has taken a heavy toll on companion animals. Overflowing animal shelters across the country report that surrenders due to loss of jobs, homes, and simply not being able to afford food or care for the pet are at an all-time high. Due to lack of space at shelters, many healthy, adoptable pets are being euthanized.
How can I receive assistance from Sam’s Hope Pet Food Program?
Sam’s Hope Pet Food Program provides pet food assistance via food pantries and other organizations that provide food assistance in Southeastern Pennsylvania. If you live outside of the service areas of the food pantries, and are in need of pet food assistance:
- See eligibility requirements for pet food assistance.
- Fill out an application for pet food assistance.
How can I receive assistance through Sam’s Hope Veterinary Care Program?
Sam's Hope provides veterinary care assistance to financially challenged pet owners. Eligibility is limited to residents of Southeastern Pennsylvania with demonstrated financial hardship.
To apply for veterinary care assistance:
- See eligibility requirements for a veterinary care assistance
- Fill out an application for veterinary care assistance
How does Sam’s Hope raise funds?
Sam’s Hope is a non-profit organization that relies on donations and their own generated revenues to operate. We have no affiliations with national organizations and do not receive support from any government agencies. Sam’s Hope relies on the generous donations of individuals and businesses to carry out their mission.
If you would like to make a donation, please visit our "How You Can Help" page, or click on the PayPal "Donate" button on the top-right of any page.
Can I volunteer or help Sam’s Hope?
There are many ways you can help Sam’s Hope. You may host a pet food drive, make a tax-deductible donation, assist with daily operations, or spread the word on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Contact us and let us know how you would like to help. Your support is greatly appreciated!
The Sad Facts
The economic downturn is the reason behind many pet surrenders.
Approximately 6 - 8% of all pet surrenders to animal welfare organizations were due to the owner's financial inability to care for their pets.
Many pet owners believe that surrendering their pet to a shelter will result in an adoption.
Many healthy, adoptable pets are euthanized due to lack of space at the shelter.
Every eight seconds, another pet is euthanized.
Approximately 5 - 7 million pets enter shelters nationwide each year.
Approximately 3 - 4 million pets are euthanized each year. 60% of dogs, 70% of cats.
25% of dogs that enter shelters are purebred.
5 out of 10 dogs and 7 out of 10 cats in shelters are destroyed because there is no one to adopt them.
Seven dogs and cats are born every day for each person born in the US. Of those, only 1 in 5 puppies and kittens stay in their original home for his/her natural lifetime. The remaining 4 are abandoned to the streets or end up at a shelter.