The organizations listed below represent only a small sampling of grantmakers and information sources specific to animal welfare. For a more complete listing, please visit your local network partner of the Foundation Center where you can search the Foundation Directory Online database for many more relevant funding opportunities.
Founded in 1877, the American Humane Association works to “ensure the welfare, wellness and well-being of children and animals, and to unleash the full potential of the bond between humans and animals to the mutual benefit of both.” The association runs several programs to help with emergency services and animal welfare.
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA was “the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere.” The Society aims “to alleviate the injustices animals faced then, and [they] continue to battle cruelty today.” The following pages are of particular interest to those seeking funding: ASPCA Grants and Guidelines for ASPCA Grants.
“Animal Welfare Trust’s grant program seeks to assist organizations whose work can help alleviate animal suffering and/or raise public consciousness toward giving animals the respect they so need and deserve.”
The Banfield Foundation has 4 grant programs available to nonprofit organizations. These programs are designed to support nonprofit organizations that provide veterinary assistance to pet owners and work to keep pets in homes with their families. The programs include: Veterinary Assistance Grants, Pet Advocacy Grants, Disaster Relief Grants, and Flea/Tick Grants.
BABWF is “committed to improving communities and impacting lives through unique philanthropic programs that help children and families, animals and the environment.”
Foreclosure Pets Grant (AHA)
“Grant monies… are awarded to qualifying American Humane member shelters. Grant monies must be used to offset expenses already incurred in providing direct care to animals that have been impacted by a foreclosure situation.”
A well-documented listing of foundations which fund programs for animal welfare, wildlife preservation, and related causes.
GPF champions “twin goals of increasing legal rights for animals, while decreasing the amount of their suffering, we focus resources specifically in the areas of companion animals, great apes and farmed animals.”
IFAW aims to “engage communities, government leaders, and like-minded organizations around the world and achieve lasting solutions to pressing animal welfare and conservation challenges-solutions that benefit both animals and people” through programs such as Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW), among others.
Provides “financial assistance to agencies for shelter expansion or improvements.”
Large grants are available particularly for no-kill animal welfare organizations and shelters, plus veterinary facilities for companion animals. Has information on shelter management for animal organizations.
PDF funds “initiatives that bring people and pets together for mutual benefit and support. Funding is allocated nationwide to promote and financially support service-oriented canine programs such as assistance dogs, therapy dogs, search and rescue programs or police, fire and military dogs.”
Offers assistance with local spay/neuter programs, humane education and training, and adoption of dogs and cats by local humane groups.
The PetSmart Charities mission is to improve the quality of life for all companion animals by creating and supporting programs that save the lives of homeless pets and promote healthy relationships between people and pets. See Grantsand Emergency Relief in particular.
RedRover Relief provides financial assistance grants and additional resources so pet owners and rescuers can care for animals who need urgent veterinary care. Visit the grants page for eligibility requirements and application. RedRover also offers financial assistance for victims of domestic violence and their pets. To learn more about this program, see thedomestic violence resources.
Supports two main areas of animal welfare: “1. protect[ing] endangered and threatened species by supporting conservation and research; and reduc[ing] the homelessness, mistreatment and euthanasia of companion animals by supporting adoption, training, spay/neuter and other programs and by strengthening the capacity of organizations doing this work.”
Second Chance Fund (AHA)
Provides “financial assistance, in select cases, to animal welfare organizations responsible for the temporary care of animals as they are prepared for adoption into permanent, loving homes, the program provides animal victims of abuse or neglect with a second chance at life.” Available to AHA Member Sheltering Organizations only.
“A free news and resource hub helping people help animals since 2003,” ShelterSource includes the goal of “increas[ing] funding opportunities for animal shelters and other rescue groups” as part of their mission. Site features information onFundraising for Animals (pdf), as well as an alphabetical list of Grant and Program Resources (pdf).
This site lists organizations which may provide help and services during disasters and emergencies.
North America’s leading provider of emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services and a key advocate for the critical needs of animals. See their Programs and especially their Lifeline Grants.
“Grants to support animal protection to both animal protection organizations and to individual scholars who are pursuing a course of study that might advance the goals of the Trust founders.”
Offers grants to the “scientific community including both clinicians and researchers from veterinary and human medicine” for projects “of value to cats” and with “humane considerations to any cats involved.”
Includes approximately 15,000 listings and links to over 8,000 Internet sites. Searchable by categories such as anti-vivisection, fur, farm animals, animals in entertainment, genetic engineering, and others, as well as by geographic area. Also of interest is its Grants section.