General Resources & Programs
This section includes information on a wide variety of rescue topics and programs. If you’re looking for best practices, model programs, training opportunities, background information on almost any rescue topic you will find it here. Websites of the largest animal welfare organizations in the U.S. contain a wealth of information.
ASPCA Pro – https://www.aspcapro.org/
Geared to animal welfare professionals. Includes training, tools and ASPCAPro tips, research and resources on shelter practices. Free Shelter Medicine Consultations is just one example of the resources they provide.
Amazon Wish List – https://www.amazon.com/
This is a gift registry on Amazon.com, where shelters and rescues can set up ‘wishlists’, and supporters can buy needed donations from the list. To set up a list, go to Amazon.com, and hover over Accounts and Lists on the top right-hand side of the page to get the menu. Click on lists and scroll down to ‘Create a list’. The list allows you to include how many of each item you need and its priority. Tips for success with Amazon wishlists:
- Share your list widely – on Facebook, your website and in other communication with your supporters
- Review your list regularly and keep it up to date. Remove items you no longer need and update the number of each item you still need. For example, if dog food is something you need all the time, make it a “high priority” and update the number needed on a regular basis. Note: If the item is purchased, it will be taken off the list.
Animal Grantmakers – https://animalgrantmakers.org/
A funder affinity group focused on animal protection that is comprised of a diverse group of foundations, public charities, corporate giving programs, and individuals working throughout the U.S. and globally. The site includes an animal funding database and resources for grant-seekers.
Best Friends Animal Society – https://bestfriends.org/
Founded in 1984, Best Friends is a national leader in the no-kill movement and all aspects of animal care and rescue. The Best Friends Network of public and private shelters, rescue groups, spay/neuter organizations, and other animal welfare groups in all 50 states is the foundation of Best Friend’s collaborative approach. By joining the network, organizations can benefit from professional resources and tools, a network of regional advisors, mentorships, access to support from the entire network through the Network Partner Facebook page, and fundraising events, such as the nationwide Strut Your Mutt, which raises millions of dollars for network partners. To become a partner, read the FAQs, learn about data reporting requirements and fill out an application on the Network partner site https://network.bestfriends.org
Here are some helpful resources created by Best Friends to assist partner organizations with community engagement and program planning:
- Community Lifesaving Dashboard: a real-time, data-driven picture of lifesaving in the country’s animal shelters that informs and inspires community members to take local action for pets in need. Each shelter can provide their animal data and a narrative about the shelter for their own dedicated page within the tool.
- Gap Analysis Tool: When you input your shelter’s annual data, the tool will analyze it and pinpoint up to five programs that can help you save more lives. The recommendation report provides links to resources and opportunities to start new programs.
- 2025 Action Team: Created for members of the general public who want to be a part of the solution. Resources from the website can help you identify advocacy goals for your community (e.g., ending breed-specific legislation), form a team, and learn about strategies and act. This program has a Facebook page and a Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit.
Funding opportunities for Best Friends Network Partners: Best Friends administers The Rachael Ray Foundation’s “Save Them All” and “No-Kill Excellence” grants fund programs designed to reduce the number of cats and dogs killed in shelters.
Dogs Playing for Life (Animal Farm Foundation) https://dogsplayingforlife.com/
Offers fee-based training and technical assistance through “Shelter Enrichment Seminars” and “Mentorships” to shelter personnel and volunteers to advance skills in handling and training. The website has a downloadable brochure about the program and a free 120-page training manual.
How I Met My Dog – https://www.howimetmydog.com/
Custom matches people with their canine soulmate and assists people with rehoming their dogs, working in partnership with dozens of shelters and rescue groups in 40 states. To become a shelter partner, click on Shelter/Rescue on the homepage.
Humane Pro – humanepro.org
The Humane Society of the United States’ resource website for shelters and community leaders. It includes tools, resources, training opportunities, and events in the areas of: Laws and Public Policies, Resources by Species, Shelter Operations and Community Outreach.
Kuranda – https://kuranda.com/donate
Shelter can set up a page with Kuranda which allows people to buy (donate) beds at a reduced cost which are then shipped directly to the shelter. The shelter can choose sizes, colors, etc. for both dogs and cats. It makes it easy for someone to help, whether they are local or in some other state.
Maddie’s Fund –maddiesfund.org
One of the largest animal welfare grant makers, this family foundation is dedicated to building and sustaining a no-kill nation pet lifesaving, shelter management, leadership, shelter medicine education and foster care. Their Resource Section includes information on behavior, training and enrichment, fostering, humane law enforcement & laws, etc.)
Max & Neo – https://www.maxandneo.com/pages/suggest-a-rescue
Distribute boxes three times a year to 501(c)(3) rescues and shelters. Boxes contain Max & Neo products (collars, leashes, supplements, etc.) and organizations can specify which type of items they need (i.e., martingale collars, large collars, short leashes). Simple online application.
Pedigree Foundation https://www.pedigreefoundation.org/
On Sunday, November 26th, the Pedigree Foundation is helping to combat pet homelessness throughout the country by reimbursing dog adoption fees nationwide for the day. This Pedigree Shelter Sunday campaign is being launched in honor of the Pedigree Foundation’s 15th birthday of giving grants to help homeless dogs. Shelters can go online to find more information about the foundation’s grant programs.
Pilots N Paws – https://www.pilotsnpaws.org/
Pilots and Paws links volunteers engaged in rescuing, sheltering and adopting animals, and volunteer pilots and plane owners to arrange animal transportation, including rescue flights, overnight foster care or shelter, and all other related activities. For information and guidelines, go to their website and click on “How to Use PNP” at the top of the page. Note: There are many other national, regional or local volunteer pilot transport programs, both formal and informal.
Red Rover –https://redrover.org/
Helps animals rescued from disasters or neglect, domestic violence victims seeking safety with their pets and animals with life-threatening illnesses. They provide financial assistance to low-income families, emergency sheltering in natural disasters, puppy mills and hoarding and education programs. Red Rovers Readers education program provides educators with a curriculum and other resources to teach children empathy skills. They publish Kind News magazine (ages 8 and up) and Kind News, Jr. is (ages 5 to 7) on animal behavior, issues affecting animals, how to care for pets and how to take action to improve the lives of animals. Go here to subscribe https://redrover.org/readers/kind-news-magazine/. The cost is $10 per year (5 issues) for individuals. Classroom subscriptions are also available.
Rescue Rebuild – http://rescuerebuild.greatergood.org/
Rescue Rebuild, a program of Greater Good, is a shelter renovation program that recruits volunteers to help shelters in need and provides the expertise and the leadership to help you renovate an existing space or expand the space you have to make it more usable with projects like outdoor play areas, adoption areas, or updating kennel spaces. For a list of projects, they can help with, click on “Apply for a Renovation” on their website. Note: they do not help with new buildings.
Safer at Home with Your Pet
The Animal Harbor Shelter in Tennessee offers an online Safer at Home with Your Pet Education Series. The series includes important information such as how to read your dog’s body language which helps volunteers strengthen their bond with shelter dogs and adopters help rescued dogs settle into their new homes.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) https://www.humanesociety.org/
Runs programs and campaigns designed to ease the burden on local sheltering groups, including the Animal Care Expo, Animal Sheltering magazine, the Pets for Life project to keep pets with their families, the Shelter Pet Project to encourage people to adopt from shelters and rescues, and provides rescue groups with training and resources.
The National Humane Education Society (NHES)
Offers free humane education programs for schools, churches, clubs, libraries and other venues serving children, provides educational materials and lesson plans.
Low-cost Spay/Neuter and Veterinary Services
Abandoned Pet Project
The Abandoned Pet Project is dedicated to funding medical care for abandoned, abused, and homeless pets. The nonprofit supports a network of fosters, veterinarians, community outreach projects, and spay/neuter initiatives. Their veterinary partners span across Texas working in local communities to rehabilitate shelter animals while offering medical assistance through low-cost vaccination clinics, microchipping, and spay and neuter assistance. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bissell Pet Foundation
The Bissell Pet Foundation (BPF) is a national animal welfare organization dedicated to ending pet homelessness. In addition to offering animal welfare grants, the nonprofit partners with shelters nationwide and helps to reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues by supporting pet adoption programs and transports, and helping to fund low-cost spay and neuters, vaccinations, microchipping, and crisis and disaster response programs. To further its lifesaving impact, BPF directs spay and neuter initiatives where they are needed more. The foundation utilized a Mobile Animal Surgical Hospital in Helena-West Helena, AR. According to the organization this mobile clinic can be replicated in other locations in the future. For more information, call (616) 735-6666 or email email@example.com.
Chloe Animal Aid Organization
The Chloe Animal Aid Organization, Inc., was founded in August 2023 with a mission to assist families with the cost of pet ownership. The nonprofit is located in Nashville, GA and offers low-cost veterinary care, a community pet food bank, and low or no-cost microchipping. It also partners with local animal shelters and veterinary hospitals to run low-cost health clinics.
The mission of Emancipet is to make veterinary care affordable and accessible for everyone. The nonprofit manages an expanding national network of high-quality, low-cost clinics specializing in such services as spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and microchipping. Emancipet also offers customized training and consulting programs to animal welfare organizations nationwide and advocates for strategies and public policy that improve the lives of pets in underserved communities. For more information, call 866-441-9248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jason Debus Heigl Foundation
To address the pet overpopulation problem the Jason Debus Heigl Foundation launched the Namaste Spay & Neuter Initiative. Through this program, the foundation partners with qualifying 501(c)(3) groups to fully fund the cost of spay and neuter surgeries, including associated pain medication and any necessary vaccinations. On Namaste Days, pet owners bring their cats or dogs to pre-approved host clinics for free surgery. Shelters can apply online to organize a Namaste Spay and Neuter Clinic.
Onyx and Breezy Foundation
• Spay and neuter programs
• Rescue of animals from kill shelters
• Pet food, medicine, and supplies
• Equipment for medical facilities
• Shelters, rescues, foster groups and sanctuaries
• Pets of individuals where medical hardship is present (helping keep pets out of shelters)
For more information, email email@example.com.
SNAP (Spay-Neuter Assistance Program)
The mission of SNAP is to prevent the suffering and death of companion animals and to enrich the human-animal bond by providing accessible and affordable veterinary services including spay and neuter surgeries. The organization operates in two major Texas metropolitan areas: Greater Houston and San Antonio, with its three Spay-Neuter and Animal Wellness Clinics located in Houston, Pasadena, and San Antonio. A majority of SNAP clients live at or below the poverty level and it serves a large segment of Hispanic communities in both Houston and San Antonio. For more information, call 713-862-3863.
Spay Neuter Network
The Spay Neuter Network (SNN) operates four spay and neuter clinics, a mobile spay-neuter program, and a transport program in and around the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan area and San Antonio, TX. The nonprofit partners with more than 16 counties and 36 cities to provide free and affordable spay and neuter and essential wellness services for financially challenged pet parents. The mission of the network is to provide free and affordable high-quality spay and neuter, wellness, and vaccination services for dogs and cats in neighborhoods with little or no access to basic veterinary care. For more information, you can send an online message or call 972-472-3500.
The nonprofit STAR Group operates a Mobile Clinic that performs low-cost spays, neuters, and wellness services in the Corpus Christi area, TX. During the week the mobile clinic is located at Peewee’s Pet Adoption World & Sanctuary, 1307 Saratoga Blvd., Corpus Christi. Appointments can be booked online or by calling 361-229-8202.
Things you Can Do Right Now to get Resources for your Shelter
- Set up an Amazon Wishlist or update your current list.
- Register your organization on Amazon Smile.
- Join Best Friends Animal Society Network–start connecting on their Facebook page and reach out to your regional representative.
- Join the Bissell Foundation Partners for Pets Program to be eligible for grants in six months.
- Apply for a Maddie’s Fund Apprenticeship Program
- Apply for a Pedigree Foundation Grant
- Identify two more funding sources from this list to pursue.
- Get free educational materials on animal welfare for kids in your community from Red Rover Foundation or National Humane Education Society.
- Bookmark or subscribe to WhoWillLetTheDogsOut.org to hear about new support opportunities as soon as we do and to read stories of other shelters/rescues. You can also follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/WhoWillLetTheDogsOut) where we post inspiring graphics (which you should feel free to use for your own media), news of shelter/rescues we support, and great ideas/programs we learn of that can help save more animals.