10 Best Animal Welfare Grant Programs

Guide to the 10 Best Animal Welfare Grant Programs

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There are many grant programs that award funds to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that are involved in the promotion of animal welfare. Here are 10 well-known programs that are currently offering grants to support animal welfare:

Albert Schweitzer Animal Welfare Fund

The Albert Schweitzer Animal Welfare Fund awards grants that support a variety of causes, such as humane education, prevention of pet overpopulation, and promoting humane treatment of animals in a shelter setting. Funding amounts vary and are decided on a case-by-case basis. Applications for grants are due in April and October of each year.


The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) offers several different grant opportunities to provide assistance to nonprofit animal organizations. Available award programs include adoption and shelter program grants, equine fund grants, spay and neuter grants, animal cruelty grants, and emergency/disaster grants. Most grants range from $500 to $10,000 per award.

The Bissell Pet Foundation

The Bissell Pet Foundation awards grants to offset spay and neuter fees, subsidize adoption fees, and provide foster care. National awards range from $1,000 to $10,000. Awards for organizations in the greater Grand Rapids area range from $1,000 to $45,000. Applications are accepted twice each year.

The Doris Day Animal Foundation

The Doris Day Animal Foundation awards grants that support a variety of causes such as spay/neuter programs, senior care, special needs programs, and pet food banks. They place a specific emphasis on senior pet programs. Grant applications are accepted throughout the year and awards are made on a quarterly basis. Award amounts are generally $5,000, but on occasion, they can be less or sometimes higher amounts.

The Laura J. Niles Foundation

The Laura J. Niles Foundation offers grants to organizations that support canine health research, search and rescue, animal protection, and animal adoption. The grant range is broad and begins at $2,000 and can go as high as $50,000. Grants can even be higher and are awarded on a case-by-case basis.

The American Humane Association

The Meacham Foundation Memorial Grant is offered by the American Humane Association to fund building improvements, equipment purchases, and capital campaigns that directly affect shelter animal welfare. Grants of up to $4,000 are awarded each year to 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies. The American Humane Association also offers a Second Chance grant program for agencies and rescue groups that provide temporary care for neglected animals. The Second Chance awards are capped at $2,000 per fiscal year per organization.

The Pedigree Foundation

The Pedigree Foundation offers grants to animal shelters and animal rescue organizations that have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. The group had awarded over $5 million through its grant program. Applications for the Pedigree Foundation grants are due in late June.

The Petco Foundation

The Petco Foundation offers two grant award cycles each year for organizations involved with animal sheltering and pet adoptions. A variety of groups such as animal control agencies, humane societies, and other nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grant funding through the Petco Foundation. Award amounts vary.


PetSmart offers a variety of grant programs to animal welfare organizations that promote pet adoptions, spay and neuter programs, and emergency/disaster relief. As the leading funder in helping pets in North America and across Canada, PetSmart Charities has awarded more than $290 million in grant support since 1994. Individual award amounts vary on a case by case basis.

The William and Charlotte Parks Foundation

The William and Charlotte Parks Foundation offers grants to animal welfare organizations. Grant funds may be used for studies, projects, operating expenses, or shelter construction costs. They may not be used for spay/neuter programs or for wildlife rehabilitation. Awards range from $5,000 to $10,000 per recipient.

Additional Information

There are many more grant programs concerned with animal welfare. A number of these programs are concerned with providing welfare grants for animals in a specific state or locality, or animals of a certain type (i.e. equine, canine, or feline award programs).