According to the Humane Society, around 3.4 million dogs and cats are euthanized annually in animal shelters because they are not adopted. Most are healthy animals that simply can not be placed into homes. But this number used to be as high as 12-20 million animals a year in decades past. The valuable work of animal rescue organizations and spay and neuter programs has contributed to this decline.
21% of dogs and cats now living in American households were adopted through shelters. 78% of dogs and 88% of cats are now spayed or neutered. The increase in shelter adoptions and the lower birth rate of unwanted puppies and kittens has made great strides in solving the problem of unwanted pets. But for many, this positive movement is not enough. And organizations are working hard every day to try to bring the number of animals euthanized in American shelters down to zero.
Many organizations offer grant funding to shelters and rescue programs. These include humane societies, pet owner groups, private foundations and corporations that work in the pet industry. Grant programs support a wide range of activities that improve the welfare of sheltered animals and seek to support efforts that foster and place animals into loving homes.
American Humane Society
The American Humane Society offers 3 grant programs, all of which support the work of animal shelters and rescue organizations. To contact the AHS, call toll-free 1-800-227-4645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meacham Foundation Memorial Grant – This grant offers direct support to animal shelters to improve the quality of care given to sheltered animals. Grants are awarded up to $4,000. Funding can be used to purchase equipment and to renovate facilities.
Second Chance Fund – This fund supports animals who have suffered abuse or neglect. Grants of up to $2,000 per agency are available to pay for medical expenses to treat and rehabilitate animals.
Red Star Emergency Grant – This program provides emergency support to animal shelters. Recent grants have ranged in size from $500 to $2,000 and have helped shelters damaged by storms and delivered emergency support to a sheriff’s department to save 30 neglected horses.
American Kennel Club
The AKC currently funds organizations that work with disaster relief, animal welfare organizations that work with specific breeds of dogs and women’s shelters that allow pets. It also offers several scholarship opportunities. For additional information about the AKC’s Humane Fund, contact Daphna Straus by calling 212-696-8243 or by emailing email@example.com.
Animal Assistance Foundation
This foundation only supports organizations and efforts inside the state of Colorado. It handles requests for grants twice each year with deadlines in April and September. Its five areas of focus are overpopulation, operational optimization, adoption, cruelty prevention and innovation. If your group is based in Colorado or helps animals in that state, do not hesitate to call 303-744-8396 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the program.
Animal Farm Foundation
This foundation targets its support efforts to programs that work specifically with pit bulls. It seeks to overcome stigmas that make it harder for pit bulls to find homes through adoption. In addition to rescue and re-homing efforts that date back to 1985, it offers six grants that support shelters and rescue organizations focused around breeds considered to be pits.
Adoption Marketing Award – $1,000 grant available for marketing and PR to increase the number of pit bull adoptions accomplished by your organization.
Kennel Enrichment Grant – $3,000 grant amounts are issued to shelters and rescues to expand and maintain functioning enrichment programs. Funding can be used to provide toys, treats and other equipment and supplies.
Spay Neuter Grant – Reimburses spay/neuter programs $50 per dog for each surgery conducted on considered to be a pit bull.
I Am An Individual Grant – Supports organizations with $2,500 grants to support efforts that specifically benefit pit bull adoptions.
Community Dog Training Grant – Provides $150 for each pit bull completing either an AKC Canine Good Citizen or APDT Canine Life and Social Skills training program.
Your Program, Your Ideas Grant – This grant is open to other programs not handled by the other initiatives that support equal treatment and opportunities for pit bulls.
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 and is the first such humane organization in the United States. In addition to its many advocacy efforts, it offers a number of grant programs that support shelters and non-profit organizations focused on animal welfare. For questions concerning its grants programs, email email@example.com.
Animal Relocation Grants – Grants range in size from $1,000 to $5,000 and fund costs of transportation, purchase of a transport vehicle and veterinary services necessary for animals to become eligible for transport.
ASPCA Equine Fund – Provides grants of $500 to $4,000 to organizations that work with horses and other equine species. Focus of the program is to reduce suffering of animals who have been displaced or are victims of animal cruelty. The program also provides funding for seizures and emergency support.
ASPCA Partnerships – The ASPCA provides support, training and grant funding through partnerships with local organizations nationwide. Partnerships focus on saving lives and increasing spay and neuter programs.
Emergency and Disaster Response Grants – The ASPCA provides an ongoing process for groups that respond to disasters and provide the basic needs of animals in emergency situations.
Grants to Fight Animal Cruelty – Funds organizations that work to reduce animal cruelty across the United States. Provides assistance to seizures and investigations and also to outreach and advocacy programs, as well.
Grants for Animal Shelters, Animal Control, Non-Sheltering and Spay/Neuter – Provides support to shelters and clinics.
DogTime Grant Program
This San Francisco based website offers information and support for animal lovers. It offers two types of grants that support the web marketing needs of rescue organizations. Contact DogTime about either grant program by calling 415-830-9300.
DogTime Technology Grant – This grant will provide everything necessary for your rescue organization to launch its own website. Grant requests for technology grants are handled monthly. The technology package is valued at $155.
DogTime Annual Grant – This is an annual one time grant for $500 available to animal rescues. It is also a technology-based grant.
Greg Biffle Foundation
This foundation was created in 2005 by NASCAR driver Greg Biffle and his wife Nicole. It raises funding through the sale of racing memorabilia and the annual NASCAR pet calendar. The Biffle family has three rescue dogs and participates in foster programs. Since its inception, the foundation has provided over 500 individual grants to no-kill shelters, spay and neuter efforts and humane societies. Applications are due annually by August 31. Grant amounts are awarded up to $5,000 each. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Humane Society of the United States
The Lowell Fund provides grant support to organizations that focus on large, mixed-breed dogs and older dogs who have been abandoned or are in other needy situations. The fund seeks to support efforts that help the hardest dogs to place in adoptions and who are most likely to become euthanized. Funding can be used to pay for transport, spay and neuter programs, placement services, training, public education and veterinary services. Organizations must be in operation for at least one year to apply for the grant. Those with very few resources are most likely to receive the grant. If you are interested in the Lowell Fund, file your application online to be considered for grant support.
Oxbow Cares Rescue Support
Not all pets that need rescue support are dogs and cats. Oxbow Animal Health is a provider of pet products for non-traditional pets like Chinchillas, Gerbils, Guinea Pigs, Hamsters, Rabbits and Rats. They offer an annual rescue grant that distributes $18,000 in cash and products to support the work of organizations that rescue these small animals. The application is available online at the provided link. Your submission must be postmarked between June 1 and August 31. For additional information, contact Oxbow at 1-800-249-0366.
This foundation was created in 2007 by the Pedigree Brand of dog food products. It supports efforts that adopt dogs through two types of grants. Innovation Grants seek to fund creative solutions to increase the number of dog adoptions. Grants range in size from $10,000 to $25,000 and are available to programs and projects. Applications are handled yearly with a deadline of June 30. Operation Grants are available to pay for any basic operational costs of shelter or rescue programs. These grants are $1,000 per organization. This funding can be used for any purpose that makes dogs more adoptable including facilities, medical and transportation expenses. Applications are handled year round and are based on need.
This foundation’s primary mission is to support efforts that find homes for adoptable pets and reduce euthanization. It provides four major grant programs to Petfinder members.
Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery – Petfinder’s Disaster Fund springs into action when natural or man-made disasters strike shelters and rescue organizations. Grant amounts vary based on the individual needs of each disaster situation.
Care of Shelter Pets – This program provides a number of types of support to shelters including training programs that increase adoption efforts and assistance with vaccinations. This program also oversees the donation of toys, pet beds and other products that benefit shelter animals.
Rescue U – The Rescue U program provides two types of grants. The Shelter Base Grant is issued in $500 amounts to expand volunteer programs. The Renovation Grant generally range in size from $25,000 to $50,000 and provide funding and volunteer support for major shelter renovation projects that improve conditions for pets and staff.
Sponsor a Pet – This program allows shelters to solicit private donations on each pet page listed on Petfinder. Donations are collected and distributed quarterly.
This big box retailer of pet supplies supports programs that focus on homeless pets. It offers a large number of grant programs that focus on animal shelters, spay and neuter clinics and adoption programs. For additional information, contact PetSmart Charities by email at email@example.com or by calling 1-800-423-7387.
Audit Grants – Assists organizations with funding to pay for their first audit. Grants are issued up to $10,000 or 75% of the total cost of the audit process.
Canadian Agencies – Offers access to the three spay and neuter programs to Canadian agencies.
Conference Sponsorship – Offers funding to organizers of training conferences that focus on animal welfare professionals.
Emergency Relief – Provides support for agencies responding to natural disasters and emergency seizure and rescue operations. Also provides emergency pet transport for single pet victims of abuse and neglect through the Rescue Waggin’ transport program.
In-store Adoption Partnership – Forms partnerships between individual stores and local organizations to create and promote in-store adoption events.
Rescue Waggin’® Partnership – Provides transport of animals from areas with low demand for adoption to areas with higher demand for adoption. Works with shipping and receiving shelters.
Spay and Neuter Programs – These programs provide funding for low-cost spay and neuter events, catch and release programs that work with feral cats and provide equipment grants for start-up and expansion of service costs needed by spay and neuter organizations.
Regina B. Frankenberg Foundation
This private foundation was endowed by the estate of Regina Bauer Frankenberg. It provides national support to endangered wildlife programs and animal shelters and organizations working with companion animals. Applications are due annually by July 1 with foundation support issued by the end of the year. Applications must be submitted through the online process. Contact the foundation for more information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.