Resources for Shelters/Rescues

We update it regularly as we identify additional resources.  Resources are grouped into three categories: 

  • Online and in-kind contributions
  • Grants 
  • Information and resources  

At the end of this page you will find, “Things you Can Do Right Now to get Resources for your Organization.” These are actions you can take right now to connect with organizations that can support your work.

If you have questions or need assistance, you can email Patty at pattyL@WhoWillLettheDogsOut.org or contact us whowillletthedogsout@gmail.com

ONLINE & IN-KIND DONATIONS

AmazonSmile

https://www.amazon.com/

AmazonSmile is the same as Amazon.com except that when people purchase through the site, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.  For details and to register your organization to receive donations, go to amazon.com and enter Amazon Smile in the search box. Once you have added your organization to the list, be sure to tell all your supporters and ask them to designate your organization when they shop Amazon.

Amazon Wish List

https://www.amazon.com/

This is a gift registry on Amazon.com, where shelters and rescues can set up “wish lists” and supporters can buy needed donations from the list. To set up a list, go to Amazon.com, hover over Accounts and Lists on the top right-hand side of 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 Wish Lists:

  • Share your list widely – on Facebook, your website and 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 ‘high priority’ and update the number needed on a regular basis. Note: If the item is purchased, I will take it off the list.

Chewy Wishlist

https://www.chewy.com/g/shelter-partners

Chewy’s Shelter and Rescue Network Program provides support for shelters and rescues including a Wish List, promotion of adoptable pets, and referral commissions for new customers.

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.

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.

GRANTS

Animal Farm Foundation

https://animalfarmfoundation.org/

Dedicated to ending breed discrimination toward pit bull type dogs, provides grants to improve the shelter system and address owner-pet accessible housing. Provides two types of grants: 1) Removing Breed Labels Grant: Amount: $1000, by invitation only; email grantsandawards@animalfarmfoundation.org for consideration; and 2) People and Pets Together Grants: Grant window not open yet for 2022. For more details and to apply, click on Grants on their website.

American Humane

https://www.americanhumane.org/

Provides two types of grants: 1) Meacham Grant for shelter expansion or improvements up to $4,000; Note: Meacham grants will not be awarded in 2022; and 2) Second Chance Fund to help offset the costs of rescuing animals in select abuse and neglect cases; Note: Due to overwhelming demand, funding is awarded on a case-by-case basis.

American Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

https://www.aspca.org/

ASPCA, one of the nation’s largest animal welfare grant makers, has three types of grants for shelters and rescues: 

1) Anti-Cruelty Response Grants: Made to law enforcement, animal control and organizations they request to help them for large-scale animal intake from cases involving abuse, neglect, hoarding, animal fighting and/or puppy mills; Grants also available for companion animal cases with a minimum of 20 animals.

2) Emergency and Disaster grants: To animal welfare organizations and government agencies for natural and human-caused disasters and other emergencies such as animal disease outbreaks.

3) Spay/Neuter Alliance Equipment grants. Funds members of their National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) training program.

Note: Comprehensive website includes information on other animal welfare funders, training, tools, and how-to guides. 

Athletes for Animals (A4A)

https://athletesforanimals.org/

An organization of professional athletes with a shared passion for rescuing and protecting the welfare of homeless pets nationwide. A4A provides grants to shelter and rescue groups for spay/neuter/vaccination funding, adoption, enrichment and retention programs, community outreach & education efforts and extraordinary vet expenses. Since 2013, A4A has awarded $917,916in grant funding. Grant range:$500-5,000. Applications are considered semi-annually with deadlines on March 15 and September 15. To apply, go to “About Us” on menu; click on Apply for Grants.

Banfield Foundation

https://www.banfield.com/

Provides grants to nonprofit and government agencies for programs designed to keep pets and owners together. Organizations are encouraged to contact Banfield to determine eligibility before submitting a grant. Note that Banfield receives a very high volume of requests. Grants categories: 

  • Community Care Grants:  Provide funding and medical supplies to nonprofit organizations and local/state government agencies that provide veterinary care through on-site, mobile, or pop-up clinics. Applications are accepted quarterly in January, April, July, and October and awards are announced the following month.
  • Safer Together Grants (pets & domestic violence victims): Grants are awarded to a domestic violence shelter or to a nonprofit housing the pets which has a formal established relationship with at least one nonprofit domestic violence shelter. Grants cover veterinary care; animal support specialists, temporary boarding; and behavior training. 2022 spring grants postponed. Check back in the summer. 
  • Veterinary Medical Equipment Grants: Up to $15,000 to nonprofit animal organizations and local/state government agencies to purchase veterinary medical equipment for on-site animal shelter veterinary clinics, low-cost veterinary practices, mobile veterinary units, disaster relief vehicles, etc. Applications are accepted quarterly in February, May, August, and November and awards are announced the following month.
  • Disaster Relief Grants:  for organizations impacted and those helping them; covers medical supplies, veterinary care, food, crates, temporary shelter/boarding, transportation, etc. Requests may be submitted at any time.

Binky Foundation

https://binkyfoundation.org/

The Binky Foundation seeks to encourage new groups, in addition to having a passion for helping animals, to understand the hard truth that running a successful animal welfare group is also a business. Applicants must have completed a workshop or training on running a non-profit and must have a formal Business Plan. Binky provides First Steps grants of $1,000 for fledgling animal welfare organizations – shelters, rescue groups, TNR programs and others. Forward Steps follow-up grants are provided at the Foundation’s discretion to First Steps grant recipients that have demonstrated the value and efficacy of its business plan, and success in striving for a sustainable model.  

2022 grants:  First Steps grants are currently being accepted. For more information, go to Grant Program on the homepage.  Note:  The Foundation has very detailed eligibility requirements and guidelines.

Bissell Pet Foundation

https://www.bissellpetfoundation.org/

Provides financial support to municipal shelters, rescue groups and spay/neuter organizations for; adoption, spay/neuter, vaccinations and microchipping. Note: Organizations must join the Partners for Pets (P4P) program six months before applying for funding and have 501(c)(3) status and be in operation for at least 1 year prior to applying. The grant cycle opens sporadically, typically in spring and fall; watch their website for 2022 deadlines.

Dogs Trust USA

https://www.dogstrustusa.org/our-goals/home-usa/

Dogs Trust USA is an affiliate of Dogs Trust, a leading U.K. dog welfare charity. Drawing on their expertise in shelter design, education and dog behavior, their goal is to support rescues and shelters with technical advice and financial assistance. Grant categories are capital build, education, adoption/fostering and spay/neuter, including innovative approaches that can serve as models. The first 2022 grant cycle focused on 21 priority states and closed on March 1. Note: Later in 2022, DogsTrust will launch a new program open to all U.S states. Monitor the website for further details. 

Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF)

https://www.dorisdayanimalfoundation.org/ 

DDAF is a national nonprofit founded in 1978 by performer Doris Day to help animals and the people who love them.  DDAF provides grants for: spay/neuter programs, special needs programs, senior care programs, medical expenses for senior animals, rescue and placement of senior animals, and pet food pantries. Grant amount: up to $5,000. To be invited to submit a grant,  send a letter of introduction (LOI). LOI’s are accepted the first month of each quarter (January, April, July, and October. For guidelines and FAQs go to Grants on the homepage.  Note:  DDAF does not fund capital campaigns.

Grey Muzzle Organization

https://www.greymuzzle.org/

Provides grants to 501c3 organizations to exclusively help senior dogs, including improving foster and adoption programs, reducing owner surrender, medical care and expenses, hospice care, rehoming and therapy dog training with an emphasis on program sustainability.  Grant range: $2,500 to $10,000. 2022 applications will be accepted from Tuesday, February 15 to Wednesday, March 16.  See the website for the 2022 grants webinar and FAQs

Maddie’s Fund

https://www.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. Grants are administered by Best Friends Animal Society.  

2022 grant programs

1) Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) grants: a new grant to support the operations of BIPOC-led government agencies or nonprofit animal welfare or veterinary medicine organizations that primarily deal with dogs and/or cats and/or their people. Grant range: $5,000-$50,000. 2022 grant window: March 14-31. 

2) We Foster Challenge: Animal shelter and/or rescue organizations are invited to participate in a contest to win grant awards. Registration period: February 28-March 7. See details under “Grant Opportunities” on their website. 

Onyx and Breezy Foundation

https://www.onyxandbreezy.org/

Small family foundation that provides grants to shelters and rescues for spay and neuter programs, food, medicine and supplies, helping dogs of veterans suffering from PTSD, puppy mill rescues and disaster relief.  Go to Requesting a Grant on the homepage for FAQs and the application. No deadline is listed for 2022 grants.

Pedigree Foundation

https://www.pedigreefoundation.org/

Provides grants to nonprofit shelters and rescues to improve quality of care and adoption rates for dogs only. Since 2008, the foundation has made 5800 grants. The grant window for 2022 is not yet open.  The three types of grants awarded in November 2021 were:

  • Dogs Rule grants: For new, creative, and innovative initiatives that could serve as a best practice model to help increase dog adoption rates. Two grants were made in this category, ach one a two-year, $50,000 per year for a total of $100,000.
  • Program Development grants: 35 grants of $5,000-$10,000. Priority areas are transportation, programs with matching funds and foster expansion programs. Capital campaigns will not be funded.
  • Operation grants: 175 grants of up to $1,000 each will be made for general operating expenses. Priority given to shelters and rescues with annual revenue less than $200k

Applicants are encouraged to submit applications for more than one grant, however, only one grant will be awarded in a grant cycle.

PETCO Love (formerly PETCO Foundation)

https://www.petcolove.org/

Provides grants to foster-based nonprofits, animal control agencies, SPCA/humane societies and other nonprofits that operate out of a sheltering facility, in addition to disaster assistance and pet food bank support. Grants are made by type of organization–for example, spay/neuter or animal welfare—not by type of project or program. Applicants must become a PETCO partner and submit an annual partnership report to be eligible. Each program has one grant cycle each year and rescues or shelters  may submit one proposal per grant cycle. 2022 grant categories and deadlines: 

  1. Spay-Neuter-only organizations (March 1-31); 
  2. Animal Welfare organizations July 1-Aug. 30; and 
  3. Petco Love Stories (formerly Holiday Wishes) -deadline to be determined. 

See the website for details and an informational webinar. To become a PETCO partner, go to “Grant Opportunities” on the website, click on “Partner Login”, click “New User” and register.  

Petfinder Foundation

https://petfinderfoundation.com/

Provides support to municipal and private agencies and Petfinder members through 12 grant categories. Must be a Petfinder member and actively posting adoptable pets on Petfinder.com and provide data on intake, adoption, and euthanasia. To become a member and apply for a grant, click on “For Grantees” on the homepage. This section also includes numerous Grant Resources.

2022 grants: 

Note: Organizations may receive one grant from each grant program once per year. Each category has its own criteria.  

1. Bar Dog Wine Grants:  Support day-to-day operations of No-Kill animal groups, including supplies, food, vaccines, and other needs. 2022 applications awarded monthly in February, March, April, May, and June until funds expended. (In 2021, awarded 42 grants totaling $27,000.)

2) Cat Enrichment: Grant range: $100-$1,000. Awarded monthly until funds used. In 2021 awarded 30 grants totaling $20,000.

3) Disaster Relief Grant range: $500-$10,000. In 2021, awarded 31 grants totaling, $103,000.

4) Dog Field Trips/Short Term Fostering: Amount: $500 for purchase of supplies; must complete Maddie’s Fund or other training course. In 2021, awarded 14 grants totaling $7000.

5) Dogs Playing for Life Program Mentorship grants: Amount: up to $1,000 for tuition for one staff member. In 2021 awarded 10 grants totaling $10,000.

6) Emergency Medical: Grant range $100-$1,000; see website for list of procedures covered. In 2021, awarded 41 grants totaling $31,000.

7) Kia Pet Adoption: Grants up $1,000; Awarded monthly until funds depleted, based on the number of pets posted on Petfinder.com. 

8) Kong toys:  Grants awarded quarterly.

9) P.L.A.Y. Pet bed grants: Awards 10 Chill Pads monthly to specific geographical regions. See the application for more details.

10) Play Yard Renovation grants: For members that have completed in-person play-group training seminars or mentorship conducted by Dogs Playing for Life; grants for construction or improvement of play yards to bring them into compliance with DPFL’s recommendations.funds depleted.

11) Senior Pet Adoption Assistance:  Up to $1,000 awarded monthly until funds are depleted. In 2021, awarded 35 grants totaling $31,000.

12) Sponsor a Pet: This program lets you fundraise through Petfinder. By clicking “Sponsor” on a pet profile, visitors can donate toward that pet’s care.

PetSmart Charities, Inc.

https://petsmartcharities.org

Funds shelters and rescue organizations who become PetSmart adoption partners”,  and adopt out over 100 dogs and cats through PetSmart stores in a 12-month period. Grant categories include: 1) adoption prep, 2) transportation (of at least 1500 pets in one year); 3) disaster assistance; and 4) the new Sustainable Low-Cost Veterinary Care. This new program is by invitation only and provides multi-year grants to establish, modify, or expand nonprofit veterinary clinics that deliver low-cost veterinary care through financially sustainable clinic models. To become an Adoption Partner, on click on “Partner with Us” Under this section you also find FAQ’s and the Partner Resource Center.

Purina

https://www.purina.com/about-purina/partnerships/animal-welfare-grants

Purina provides pet food donation and grant requests from 501(c)(3) tax-exempt pet welfare organizations* that promote pet welfare to support growth in the areas of capacity building, capital improvements and program and spay/neuter funding outside of an event. *Note: Organizations must be located within 50 miles of their St. Louis headquarters or one of their manufacturing locations

Rachel Ray Foundation (RRF)

https://www.rachaelrayfoundation.org/

RRF is a private foundation launched in 2016 funded by proceeds from the sale of Rachael Ray™ Nutrish®. RRF provides two types of grants that are administered by the Best Friends Animal Society: 1) Save them All (up to $50,000); and 2) No Kill Excellence (innovative, scalable programs, up to $60,000).  As of February 2022, both grant cycles are closed. Check the website for updates on the next cycle. You must be a Best Friends Network Partner to apply. Contact the Best Friends regional specialist before submitting a grant application.

OTHER INFORMATION AND RESOURCES 

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. The grant application process is currently closed but follow the Best Friends website to see when it re-opens. 

Dogs Playing for Life (a program of the 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.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)

https://www.humanesociety.org/

Description: 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)

https://www.nhes.org/

Offers free humane education programs for schools, churches, clubs, libraries and other venues serving children, provides educational materials and lesson plans.  

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. 


Things you Can Do Right Now to get Resources for your Shelter

1. Set up an Amazon Wishlist or update your current list.
2. Register your organization on Amazon Smile.
3. Join Best Friends Animal Society Network – start connecting on their Facebook page and reach out to your regional representative.
4. Join the Bissell Foundation Partners for Pets Program to be eligible for grants in six months.
5. Identify two more funding sources from this list to pursue.
6. Get free educational materials on animal welfare for kids in your community from Red Rover Foundation or National Humane Education Society.
7. 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.
8. 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.

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