Pedigree Foundation Grants Aim to End Pet Homelessness
The Pedigree Foundation recently awarded more than $825,000 in grants to 327 different shelters and rescue organizations across the country to help get more dogs adopted. To date, the foundation has provided 5,500 grants totaling more than $8 million in donations since 2008 to support this cause.
“For more than a decade, Pedigree Foundation has supported rescues and shelters in a shared mission to end pet homelessness,” said Kimberly Spina, president of the Pedigree Foundation Board of Directors. “We continue to be inspired by the amazing work from these organizations and are so proud that our grant programs can provide even more opportunities to maximize their community impact and find loving homes for dogs in need.”
The foundation’s grant efforts include Dogs Rule. Grant and Role Model Shelter Grant. The Dogs Rule. grants are two-year initiatives that could serve as a best practice for other shelters and rescues to implement. The Role Model Shelter grant provides support for a shelter to implement a best practice with the purpose of getting more dogs adopted.
Two groups received the Dogs Rule. Grant: Ruff Start Rescue in Princeton, Minn. ($50,000 in 2019 and $50,000 in 2020) and Austin Pets Alive! in Austin, Texas ($50,000 in 2018 and $50,000 in 2019).
Ruff Start Rescue’s “ComPAWtibility Match Program” aims to make the current adoption process seamless by increasing the number of foster and Foster-to-Adopt families.
“The ComPAWtibility Match Program will enhance interactions with potential fosters and adopters, as well as existing adopters, to create a supportive volunteer network,” officials said. “The multifaceted program creates more efficient foster, adoption and post-adoption processes that will lead to more successful dog adoptions and a supportive rescue community.”
In its second year, the Dogs Rule. Grant will support the second phase of Austin Pets Alive!’s Virtual Foster Program, which is designed to bring the benefits of a foster home to a kennel environment.
“This program pairs dogs that are having difficulty finding a foster home with a volunteer who is unable to house a dog themselves, but who instead serves as a ‘virtual foster’ to the dog by fulfilling all of the foster-related needs of the dog,” officials said. “The program is intended to shorten the dogs’ shelter stay and boost overall adoption rates.”
Kauai Humane Society in Lihue, Hawaii, received the Role Model Shelter Grant in the amount of $50,000.
“As the only open-admission animal shelter on the island of Kauai, the Kauai Humane Society takes in approximately 3,500 animals per year, of which more than 1,400 are dogs,” officials said. “In partnership with Austin Pets Alive!’s Maddie’s Lifesaving Academy, the goal of this project is to improve the quality of care the dogs receive in the shelter while simultaneously reducing its shelter population through positive outcomes and intake reduction.”
In addition, the Pedigree Foundation will provide more than 30 shelters and rescue organizations with program development grants to support their adoption efforts. The grants range from $5,000 to $10,000.
The recipients of these grants include: ACTion Programs for Animals in Las Cruces, New Mexico; Addison County Humane Society Inc. in Middlebury, Vt.; Agape Animal Rescue in Nashville, Tenn.; Animal Adoption Center Inc. in Jackson, Wy.; Animal Care Fund in Pittsburgh; Animal Protective Association of Missouri in Brentwood; Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge, Ill.; Berkeley East Bay Humane Society Inc. in Berkeley, Calif.; Cherryland Humane Society in Traverse City, Mich.; Friends of The Animal Shelter & Guardians of The Homeless Animals in Aldie, Va.; Friends for Life in Houston; Humane Society of Burnett County in Siren, Wis.; Humane Society for Seattle-King County in Seattle; Kentucky Humane Society in Louisville, Ky.; Kitsap Humane Society in Silverdale, Wash.; Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in New Orleans; Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation in Falls Church, Va.; Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Arlington, Va.; Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Conshohocken, Pa.; Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue & Adoption in Kennesaw, Ga.; Oshkosh Area Humane Society in Oshkosh, Wis.; Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Philadelphia; San Antonio Pets Alive! in San Antonio; Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Shelter from the Storm Animal Rescue in Madison, Wis.; Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team in Valley Village, Calif.; Texas Chihuahua Rescue Inc. in Pleasanton, Texas; The Animal Foundation Program in Las Vegas; Two By Two Rescue in Helena, Ala.; and Vancouver Humane Society & SPCA in Vancouver, Wash.
The Pedigree Foundation also awarded nearly 300 shelters and rescues with operations grants in the amount of $1,000 each to use for their greatest needs, which range from medical care to staffing or utilities.
In addition to the above grants, the foundation also contributed $15,000 for disaster relief efforts in the Bahamas where an estimated 4,000 dogs needed medical care and transportation. Through American Humane, Greater Good and Big Dog Ranch Rescue, dogs in Abaco, Nassau and Grand Island received much needed support, officials said. Pedigree Foundation also provided $100,000 in funding for 14 rescue and shelter organizations as part of the Hallmark Channel’s American Rescue Dog Show Adoption Grants.
“These collective grants would not be possible without the dedication of dog lovers everywhere who are passionate about finding dogs in need of their forever homes,” officials said. “In support of this mission, all proceeds made from Pedigree Foundation Dogs Rule. gear store will support shelter and rescue grants.”
The Pedigree Foundation was established in 2008 by Mars Petcare, maker of Pedigree food for dogs, Franklin, Tenn.