Pets4Life Louisville 2020 Year-End Summary

The year 2020 was challenging for everyone. While the total number of clinics and pets treated was impacted by to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we are proud that we modified our clinics to a drive-up ‘appointment-only’ model and continued helping pets in spite of the challenges. We held 5 pet wellness clinics and also began new partnerships with KHS and LMAS to help pet owners with Spay/Neuter. Below is a summary of services provided in 2020.

Pet Treatment Summary:

Number of Pets Treated: 174 (147 dogs & 27 cats)

Rabies Vaccines: 126

Other Vaccines: 134 (FVRCP and DAPP)

Microchips: 65

Dewormer: 104

Flea Treatments: 130

Nail Trims: 107

Demographic Analysis:

 Pets4Life has identified the following target zip codes for services: 40201, 40202, 40203, 40208, 40210, 40211, 40212, 40213, 40214, 40215, 40216, 40217, 40218, 40219 and 40258. These zip codes are within the ‘resource desert’ with little to no vet resources available in the community. Our analysis shows the break-down of pets treated in 2020 based on zip codes:

Within Target Zip Codes Other Jefferson Co Zip CodesOutside Jefferson Co
2020 zip code break-down

In addition, our goal is to help people living in underserved communities who cannot afford veterinary care for their pets. A large percentage of our vet services were provide to households living below Federal poverty guidelines:

82% of services went to households with incomes less than $25,000 per year

18% of services went to households with incomes between $25,000 – $50,000 per year

Pets4Life Appointment Requests

Due to overwhelming demand and a backlog due to the Covid pandemic, we have a long waiting list for appointments. If your pet needs vet care before spring or summer of 2021, please contact one of organizations on our Pet Resources Page.


IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT AGGRESSIVE PETS: We are a volunteer organization and we are not equipped to deal with aggressive pets. Any dog that has ever exhibited aggressive behavior must be properly restrained and wearing a properly fitted muzzle upon arriving at the clinic. Note: We have muzzles that can be borrowed, but owner must be able to place on and off their pet.

If you’re pet has NOT BEEN Spayed/Neutered Due to very limited resources, pets need to be Spayed/Neutered before requesting a Pets4Life Appointment. If your pet has not been Spayed/Neutered, please see our Pet Resources Page for options. If you are unable to get help with one of these resources, please email and request assistance for Spay/Neuter.

If you’re pet has already been Spayed/Neutered and you would like to be put on the wait-list for a clinic in 2021, please complete the Appointment Form FOR EACH PET. (Note: if entering multiple pets, refresh the page after each submission for a blank form). CHECK YOUR EMAIL for notification when an appointment becomes available. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Note: If you are unable to complete this form, please call or text Pets4Life at 502-309-9303 and request help completing the form.

We will contact you (via email, phone, or text) to discuss an appointment in one of our upcoming clinics. Please DO NOT arrive at the clinic without an appointment because we can no longer accept walk-ins. Thank you for your understanding.

Pets4Life Fur-Real FUN-Raiser! (Ended)

The Mask Fundraising Campaign has ended. But donations are always needed and appreciated. If you would like to make a donation to help a needy pet, please use the donate button on the right of each page. Thank you for your support!

Did you know, there are tens of thousands of pets in our community that don’t have access to vet care? Pets4Life Louisville serves the eight Louisville zip codes that do not have ANY vet clinics by providing mobile vet services. With just a $25 donation, you can help a needy dog or cat by sponsoring their clinic fee, which includes exam, vaccines, microchip, nail trim, dewormer and more. And right now, Louisville’s hardest hit communities need help more than ever. With your help, we can provide these pets with needed veterinary care, and help reduce the number of pets that end up in our local shelters.

We are an ALL-VOLUNTEER organization, so EVERY dollar that’s donated goes directly to cover medical supplies to help pets right here in the metro Louisville area.

Group of cats and dogs

Your donation provides a wellness exam for a needy dog or cat with one of our volunteer veterinarians. The exam includes vet recommended services/treatments such as vaccines, microchip, dewormer, flea medications, nail trim and more. After making your donation, please complete this form to order your mask:

Important notes: 

These custom face masks are NOT medical grade masks (which are recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an infection preventative measure, i.e. grade FFP2/N95). Please DO NOT assume these face masks will prevent infection from Coronavirus. They are more about protecting others to reduce spread

These masks are handmade-to-order so it may take several weeks to receive your mask. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at

Thank you so much for your donation. You are helping people keep their Pets4Life!

Pets4Life Louisville 2019 Summary

Pets4Life Louisville is proud of the services provided in 2019 to help the most needy pets and people in our community. Working with My Dog Eats First, Metro Community Centers, Banfield Pet Hospital and Saving Sunny, we held multiple community events to help people and pets in Louisville’s under-served communities.  Here is a summary of services provided in 2019.

Number of Pets Treated: 464 (369 dogs & 95 cats)

Rabies Vaccines: 304

Other Vaccines: 340 (FVRCP and DAPP)

Microchips: 205

Dewormer: 253

Flea Treatments: 294

Nail Trims: 294

If you would like to help us help more pets, please consider donating/volunteering.  All help is needed. 

Pets4Life Angel Tree Program Results

Our 2019 Angel Tree program was a huge success and we are so grateful to everyone that participated both the host sites and donors. The gifts received will help needy pets in our communities who otherwise wouldn’t receive any vet care.  Our Angel Tree program collected important items that will help the needy pets in our community when they attend one of our Pets4Life Community Clinics. Here is a summary of the gifts received:

  • $1192.59 collected for Dog/Cat Wellness Exams
  • $150.00 in Gift Cards for Clinic Supplies
  • 240 doses of Flea/Tick Medicine
  • 27 bags of dog treats
  • 19 bags of cat treats
  • 20 fleece pet blankets
  • 6 Pet Toys
  • 1 Cat Carrier
  • 3 bags of pill pockets
  • 3 dog outfits

Thank you to our Angel Tree Hosts

We are sincerely grateful to the awesome local businesses who hosted our Angel Trees:

Barbour Lane Animal Hospital

Crescent Hill Animal Hospital

Derby City Pediatric Dentistry

Springhurst Animal Hospital

St. Matthews Animal Clinic

Pets4Life Holiday Angel Trees

This holiday season please consider giving a gift to help Pets4Life Louisville help needy pets in our communities who otherwise wouldn’t receive any vet care.  Our Angel Tree program provides important items to help the pets of needy families through the support of donors. Found in local businesses (mostly vet clinics), Angel Trees are decorated with paper tags with some of our most urgent needs. If you would like to donate an angel tree item, please bring it (unwrapped) to one of our Angel Tree host locations (see below). Here are our most urgent Angel Tree needs:

  • Walmart Gift Cards
  • Amazon Gift Cards
  • Flea & Tick Preventative
  • Dog & Cat Treats

Thank you to our Angel Tree Hosts

We are sincerely grateful to the following locations for hosting a Pets4Life Louisville Angel Tree:

Barbour Lane Animal Hospital

Crescent Hill Animal Hospital

Derby City Pediatric Dentistry

Springhurst Animal Hospital

St. Matthews Animal Clinic

No Paws on the Ground

Keep your pup happy and healthy!  If your puppy is under 9 months of age and has not had all their vaccinations, Keep their paws off the ground.  Puppies  don’t have a fully developed immune system and can easily pick up bacteria and germs from the ground that can make them very ill. If you do need to set them down, use a clean sheet or towel.

Pets4Life Louisville 2018 Summary

The Pets4Life vet-mobile has been on the road working with animal groups including LMAS, Saving Sunny & My Dog Eats First to help people and pets in Louisville’s under-served communities.  Here is a summary of services provided in 2018.

Number of Pets Treated: 392 (316 dogs & 76 cats)

Rabies Vaccines: 278

Other Vaccines: 299

Microchips: 216

Flea Treatments: 320

If you would like to help us help more pets, please consider donating/volunteering.  All help is needed. 

Pets4Life Louisville 2017 Accomplishments

Pets4Life Louisville worked with My Dog Eats First and LMAS to help provide low-cost vet treatment to under-served communities in Louisville. We provided the Pets4Life state-of-the-art vet-mobile to Louisville Metro Animal Services for use at their community rabies/vaccine clinics. Below is a summary of services provided in 2017.

Number of Pets Treated: 338

Rabies Vaccines: 292

Other Vaccines: 241

Microchips: 116

Flea Treatments: 94

Please consider volunteering or donating to help us help more pets and people. If you are a pet-related organization or business, we are open to all ways we can work together to serve Louisville pet owners in need.

Pets4Life Louisville: Saving Lives through Pet Retention

Imagine hearing a story about a woman in your community who owned three dogs but was having trouble feeding them. What if she called the local shelter herself for assistance? Upon evaluation, the shelter staff found three skinny dogs– a Pit bull, a Rottweiler and a Terrier mix.  The owner had no money for food and the dogs were living solely off table scraps. The dogs were primarily outdoor dogs. Their dog bowls were dirty and chewed up, but they all had fresh water. They had doghouses in the yard (which was mostly knee-high grass). They were far from pampered, but they were happy and loved by their owners.

“What would your community do?” 

Traditionally, the animals might have been seized from the owner and placed in the shelter, since, at first glance, the dogs might seem neglected, or worse, abused. The owner might have reluctantly brought the pets to the shelter herself, feeling she could no longer afford them. Either way, the animals end up as part of the homeless pet population, and the odds for these dogs being adopted are statistically stacked against them.

In reality, these pets could have been kept in their homes for a fraction of the cost to the community.  Pets4Life Louisville and other groups in the Louisville area are working together to keep pets out of shelters by intervening in their lives, and the lives of their owners by offering free/low cost veterinary services in areas of the city where few resources exist. 

So many animal advocacy groups are focused on rescuing pets from shelters, but preventing pets from entering shelters in the first place is a more effective way to save lives. 

We believe the human/animal bond is critical to human wellness and to the essential health of a community. Pets4Life Louisville works to save animals’ lives by connecting with owners in their own neighborhoods, listening to their concerns, understanding the obstacles they face in providing adequate care for their family pets, and doing what we can to help them keep their “Pets4Life”