Resources for Shelters/Rescues

Check back regularly as this list is updated regularly.

Resources are grouped into three categories:

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

 At the end of the list look for, “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.

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AmazonSmile is the same as 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 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

This is a gift registry on, 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, 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 ListThe 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, it will be taken off the list.


Pilots N Paws

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

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.




Animal Farm Foundation

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) Community Impact Grants and 2) Playgroup Grants. For details and to apply, click on Grants on their website.

  • Community Impact Grants: for innovators, community-changers, and those against breed discrimination. Funding covers: programs offering low-cost or free veterinary services; pairing foster dogs with people recovering from addiction; and advocacy to end breed-specific policies at pet-related facilities.
  • Playgroup Grants-fund seminars for your staff and volunteers to teach their program Dogs Playing for Life that “uses playgroups to help socialize, evaluate, and change the lives of shelter dogs.” To apply, go to


American Humane

Provides two types of grants: 1) Meacham Grant for shelter expansion or improvements; and 2) Second Chance Fund to help offset the costs of rescuing animals in select abuse and neglect cases.

  • Meacham Grant funds such projects as kennel or cattery renovation, equipment for spay/neuter, capital campaigns, equipment that improves the welfare of animals and other animal environment enrichment. Grants are for up to $4,000 per fiscal year. There are two grant periods in 2020: April 1-30 and October 1-31. See website for guidelines and more details.
  • Second Chance Fund provides grants of up to $2,000 for cases of animal abuse and neglect. Due to the overwhelming number of abuse cases, funding is awarded on a case-by-case basis.


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

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

2) emergency and disaster grants

3) Spay/Neuter Alliance Equipment grants.

To apply, go to “how to apply” under each grant category. Website includes information on other animal welfare funders, training, and tools & tips with dozens of webinars, online courses, how-to guides and other resources.

  • Anti-Cruelty Response grants are made to qualifying non-profit and governmental agencies for large-scale animal intake from cases involving abuse, neglect, hoarding, animal fighting and/or puppy mills. Companion animal cases must have a minimum of 20 animals. Requests for funding are limited to law enforcement, animal control and organizations whose involvement was requested by them. Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000.
  • Emergency and Disaster grants provide emergency funding to animal welfare organizations and government agencies for natural and human-caused disasters and other emergencies such as animal disease outbreaks. Grants are considered for organizations helping another organization in need.
  • Spay-Neuter Alliance Equipment grants: Fund organizations in ASPCA’s National Spay/Neuter Response Team (NSNRT) training program. Your organization must be a member of the team to be eligible.

Athletes for Animals (A4A)

An organization of professional athletes with a shared passion for rescuing and protecting the welfare of homeless pets nationwide that 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 $663,922 in grant funding. The grant range is $500-5,000. Grant 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

Provides grants to nonprofit and government agencies for programs designed to keep pets and owners together. Grant programs applicable to shelters and rescues:


  • Veterinary Assistance Grants: grants of up to $10,000 to assist vulnerable community members with veterinary care for pets for any type of care except for spay/neuter.
  • Safer Together Grants (pets & domestic violence victims): grants of up to $15,000 for veterinary care; animal support specialists, temporary boarding; and behavior training.
  • Disaster Relief Grants: for organizations impacted and those helping them; covers medical supplies, veterinary care, food, crates, temporary shelter/boarding, transportation, etc.

Organizations are encouraged to contact Banfield to determine eligibility before submitting a grant. Grants are reviewed monthly. Note that Banfield receives a very high volume of requests.


Binky Foundation

A private charitable organization dedicated to the protection of domestic and wild animals and their habitats. Two grant categories:

1) “First Steps” grants of $1,000 for fledgling animal welfare organizations – shelters, rescue groups, TNR programs and others

2) “Forward Steps” grants of $2000 to groups with a proven track record. Forward Steps grants are for program costs but can include equipment or improvement to a facility.

Eligibility criteria: must have applied for or obtained 501(c)(3) status; must have completed a workshop or training on running a non-profit; and must have a formal Business Plan. First Steps grants are currently being accepted. For more information, go to Grant Program on the homepage.


Bissell Pet Foundation

Provides financial support to municipal shelters, rescue groups and spay/neuter organizations; sponsors “Empty the Shelters” adoption events in collaboration with their 5000-member Partners for Pets network. They fund adoption, spay/neuter, vaccinations and microchipping. 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.


Dogs Trust 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 the technical advice and financial assistance to help them achieve their goals. They have one grant cycle per year and the 2020 deadline is March 31. Grant categories are capital build, education, adoption/fostering and spay/neuter. Read the FAQ’s before completing the appropriate application form. For details, go to Our Grants on the homepage.


Doris Day Animal Foundation (DDAF)

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. The first step is to send us 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

Provides grants to 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. Must be a 501(c)(3) organization. Grant range: $2,500 to $10,000. Have grants webinar on website.


Maddie’s Fund

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. Provides two types of grants to 501c3 organizations:  1) Education and 2) Innovation.

  • Education grants include:

1) Maddie’s® Apprenticeship Program – a blended learning experience, both direct hands-on and online to benefit from the wisdom shared by well-established innovative programs.  2020 application periods: May 11 – 18, August 10 – 17, November 13 – 20.

2) Maddie’s® Executive Leader Fellowship – an intensive professional opportunity for individuals to build skill sets in no-kill animal sheltering management and leadership through five, six-week courses.

  • Innovation grants provide up to $5,000 to either:

1) implement a new innovative program in your organization

2) take an existing program and redesign or reimagine it in an innovative way.


Onyx and Breezy Foundation

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.


Pedigree Foundation

Provides grants to nonprofit shelters and rescues to improve quality of care and adoption rates for dogs only. Since 2008, the foundation has made 5300 grants totaling $7.3 million. In 2020, Pedigree will provide up to $750,000 for the three types of grants listed below.  The deadline for all grants is April 30, 2020.

  • 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 will be made in this category. Each one will be 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 Foundation

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–spay/neuter, animal welfare, etc. – not by type of project or program. You must become a PETCO partner and submit an annual partnership report to be eligible. There is one grant cycle each year and you may submit one proposal per grant cycle. 2020 grant application deadlines: April 1-30 for Spay-Neuter organizations and July 1-Aug. 31 for Animal Welfare organizations. To become a partner, go to “Grant Opportunities” on the website, click on “Partner Login” and click “New User” and register.


Petfinder Foundation

Offers support to municipal and private agencies and Petfinder members for disaster preparation and recovery, enrichment, pet sponsorship and vaccinations. To be eligible you must be a Petfinder member that is actively posting adoptable pets on and provide data on intake, adoption and euthanasia. The deadline for each grant program is in the application form. Typically, programs are awarded monthly.

2020 grant categories and amounts are:

1) covid-19 operations ($500-$1,000)

2) cat enrichment ($100-$1,000)

3) disaster relief ($500-$10,000)

4) dog field trips/short term fostering ($500)

5) emergency medical ($100-$1,000)

6) Orvis Animal Care Grant (up to $1,000)

7) Kong toys

8) P.L.A.Y. Pet bed grants.

Organizations may receive one grant from each grant program once per year. Each category has its own criteria  To become a member and apply for a grant, click on For Shelters at the top of the homepage, then click on Apply to Join Petfinder or Apply for a Grant.


PetSmart Charities, Inc.

Funds shelters and rescue organizations who become “adoption partners” and hold events in PetSmart stores. Partner organizations are eligible for general support for vaccinations, spay/neuter expenses, staffing, volunteer support, containment & supplies.  To become an Adoption Partner, on the homepage, click on “Partner with Us” then “Adoption Partners”. Under this section you also find detailed information on the criteria and timeframes for applying for the various grant categories.




Animal Grantmakers

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

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

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. You must be a Network Partner to apply.  Proposed projects must demonstrate, with statistics, a direct impact on saving animals’ livesThe grant application process is currently closed but follow the Best Friends website to see when it re-opens. For more information go to the Network partner site and click on Opportunities.

  • Save them All Grants fund: adoption initiatives; targeted spay/neuter; Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) or Return-to-Field (RTF) projects for community cats (feral or stray cats); shelter intake prevention programs; and other projects that will directly reduce the number of cats and dogs killed. Review the priorities for your region, and contact your regional specialist beforesubmitting a grant application. Grant amountsup to $50,000, not to exceed 10% of your operating budget.
  • No-Kill Excellence Grants fund scalable, sustainable programs in no-kill communities. Network partners that have reached a 90% Save Rate can apply for a grant of up to $60,000. Priority projects include helping hard-to-place animals; meeting critical staffing and medical needs; impacting regional growth; innovating animal shelter operations with new concepts.


Dogs Playing for Life (a program of the Animal Farm Foundation)

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

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)

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)

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


Red Rover

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 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

·        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 Maddie’s Fund Apprenticeship Program to be held in May, August and November 2020.

·        Apply for a Pedigree Foundation grant – due April 30, 2020.

·        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 to hear about new support opportunities as soon as we do and to read stories of other shelters/rescues.

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