Animal Rescue Grants

Due in part to the current housing situation and economic woes, animal shelters are seeing an enormous increase in abandoned pets. There is also a growing need for grants for animal rescue as more animals suffer neglect and even torture at the hands of desperate and corrupt individuals. Luckily nonprofit animal rescue group grants are available to help. A few of the more well-known organizations include:

  • The American Humane Association awards grants through various programs:

    • Foreclosure Pets Grant – up to $2,000 to support shelters in helping to care for the big increase in pets that were abandoned because of foreclosures.

    • Second Chance® Fund – up to and including $2,000 annually to aid shelters caring for animals that are neglected and abused.

  • United Animal Nations – Was the founder of the Lifeline Rescue Grant in 1987 to aid animals that have been rescued from conditions that are life threatening

Besides these well-known organizations, there are other animal rescue grants and foundations working to provide assistance to animals. For example:

  • Corporate Foundations – PetSmart Charities and the PetCo Foundation are two corporate foundations that aid shelters by helping to collect the donations and letting them set up adoption centers and events at the respective stores.

  • Regional and State Programs – The majority of states offer grant programs to help animal shelters.

  • Private Donations – HALO Animal Rescue – an organization that is in Arizona that does not believe in euthanasia finds homes for more than 2,500 animals that have been abandoned each year. For information on their efforts and available animals, visit their website at .

  • Specific Types of Animal Rescue Organizations. There are organizations that aid a specific type of animal and do so through community involvement, volunteering, private donations and grants. Just a few worth mentioning:

Whether you are a dog lover, cat lover, bird lover or some other lover of our feathered and four-legged friends, you can be a part of making this world a better place for them. Donate your time to a shelter or offer to help them find a grant. They’ll be glad you did, and so will you!

3 Responses to “Animal Rescue Grants”

  1. Karen Dittenber Says:

    Are there any grants for an individual to adopt or foster dogs? I have 3 dogs that are from rescues, but if I could afford more I would give them a home.
    Thank you.
    Karen Dittenber

  2. schoolgrants Says:

    Hi Karen,

    I’m sorry i’ve never seen any of those.

  3. diane wheeler Says:

    I am seeking out grants to start a aniamal rescue organization. Any ideas on where to start? I have the land for housing, I just need grants to help construct a building thanks

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