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5 Phone Numbers Every Dog Owner Should Have Handy

If you’ve got a dog (or, is it that the dog has you?) this is one list you’ll want to print out and keep near the phone. In an emergency, when the internet is down, or if you simply need assistance with your dog from a real, live person, these 5 phone numbers should be in the Rolodex of every dog owner:

National Animal Poison Control Center: 1 888 426 4435. In an emergency every second counts. The National Animal Poison Control Center is a 24-hour manned emergency hotline sponsored in part by 36 different companies. While there is sometimes a charge for consultation, this call could save the life of your dog.

Spay/Neuter Helpline: 1 800 248 SPAY. Irresponsible breeding results in the abandonment and euthanization of thousands of dogs each year. SPAY USA is a national referral service that helps connect pet parents with free or low cost spay and neuter services in their area. With partnerships at over 950 programs and clinics nationwide, they eliminate finances as an excuse for not spaying or neutering your pets.

Animal Legal Hotline: (707) 795-2533. Do you suspect your neighbors are abusing their dog? Are you having issues with your landlord or tenants over a companion animal? Do you want to report a veterinarian that you believe is operating unethically or illegally? Here is the number to call. The Animal Legal Defense Fund can help with landlord-tenant disputes, veterinarian issues, neglect, and any form of abuse.

Emergency Disaster Information Line: 1 800 227 4645. Provided by the American Humane Association, this number provides support and relief information for pet owners living in areas affected by disasters including earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, fire and more. While not an official “hotline,” this number is manned by live persons able to direct pet owners in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.

Pet Travel Hotline: 1800 545 USDA. If you plan on traveling by plane with your dog, a quick call to this number will ensure you are prepared for any bumps in the road where your dog is concerned. Run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, this hotline provides travel resources, licensed pet transporter contact information, rules and regulations, and also assists those that believe their animal was treated inhumanely during travel.

In addition to these national helpline and hotline numbers, make sure you’ve got the numbers for your local veterinarian, nearest emergency veterinarian, and your local animal control services handy, too.

Do you have another can’t-live-without-it resource for dog owners? Comment below!

11 Responses to 5 Phone Numbers Every Dog Owner Should Have Handy
  1. Jockopfw
    March 18, 2014 | 10:58 pm

    Doggy lawyers? Really? You people are silly.Does your dog have a will? They are smelly, four legged animals.

  2. Mary Blackburn
    March 7, 2014 | 12:42 pm

    it might be useful to add the phone # of your pet’s microchip company as well…

  3. Dee
    March 7, 2014 | 12:07 am

    I would include my Vet’s number, the number of the Emergency Vet ( North Star) and Home Again .

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  5. Irish Carlisle
    February 27, 2014 | 4:17 pm

    Excellent information. Thank you so much!!!

  6. Gaylene Smith
    February 26, 2014 | 10:44 pm

    I immediately took the time to log these numbers into my phone, along with my vets number. It was mentioned to me that it would be a good idea to look up Vet emergency numbers along the routes of National travel when one vacations with their animals. This would be a nice 24/7 service to have, like 911.

  7. sandy riddle
    February 26, 2014 | 9:47 pm

    Thank You

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  9. Lenore Reynolds
    February 26, 2014 | 5:50 pm

    Thank u so much for these numbers. Will be telling friends and family about them.

  10. Katherine Scarlett
    February 26, 2014 | 4:40 pm

    Thank you so much for this info. Important, perhaps vital. :)

  11. Kathy Hartlieb
    May 13, 2013 | 10:36 pm

    I am really happy to have these numbers, Because I wouldn’t have
    known where to go to find them. Thank you, good job and I hope
    that there are other people who copy these down too.

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