There are approximately 4,000-6,000 animal shelters in the United States providing temporary care for 8-10 million dogs and cats. Sadly, 4-6 million of these animals are euthanized annually, due to a lack of available homes or people willing to adopt them. Animal shelters and non-profit organizations that support animal rights need funding for programs, education, and even building projects. Below are a few grant opportunities we selected that support animal shelters.
Albert Schweitzer lived his life with a philosophy of reverence for life, including animal life. This fund supports a variety of animal needs including protection of wild animals, enhancement of efficiency of animal shelters, and humane solutions to the pet overpopulation problem. Wildlife sanctuaries and large animal rescue groups that are accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) are given preference. Non-profit organizations in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Proposals are accepted throughout the year with grant determinations made in April and October yearly. The website indicates that funding amounts are flexible.
Animal shelters in need of a new building can look to the Mason Foundation for funding needs. This funding can be used for an initial needs assessment, which provides data to determine the size and scope of a new facility, or for schematic architectural designs. These two items can then be used to start a capital campaign for actual construction of an animal shelter. This grant does require a match. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis, and funds are awarded twice a year. Last year’s grants were $4,000 apiece.
The grants listed above are for organizations, though if you are having trouble affording your pet, the humane society has put together a listing of possible sources for individual funding. Check out the page. Additionally, they have a page with helpful information if you need help paying for your vet care.
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