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Pedigree Foundation Selects 337 Pet Shelters and Rescues as 2017 Grant Recipients


Since 2008, the Pedigree Foundation has provided more than 5,000 grants to organizations that make a difference in improving the lives of dogs and finding them loving forever homes. This Giving Tuesday—a global day of giving back, which is celebrated on Nov. 28 this year—the Pedigree Foundation will continue supporting these organizations by awarding $574,978 in grants to 337 pet shelters and rescues.

"Pedigree Foundation is proud to support shelters and organizations that share our mission to help find loving homes for shelter dogs in need," said Bo Segers, president of Pedigree Foundation board of directors. "This year, we're continuing our efforts by supporting 337 shelters and rescue organizations as they work to make a positive impact on the lives of adoptable dogs and prospective pet parents."

Pedigree Foundation has awarded more than $6.7 million to support the people and organizations that help dogs in need. This year's grant recipients include:

Innovation Grants (ranging from $10,000 - $25,000)

  • Humane Society of Summit County in Twinsburg, Ohio was awarded $25,000 to create and launch the Play Yard Program, an innovative canine enrichment initiative, which will allow more dogs to play in small groups, allowing them to work through behavior enrichment and be showcased for adoption.
  • Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Philadelphia was given $15,000 to support its Lifeline to Rescue program, a comprehensive intake diversion effort in partnership with ACCT that offers newly homeless dogs immediate rescue placement at PAWS at the time they are surrendered.
  • Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge Inc. in Oakland, N.J. was granted $10,000 to support its Paws-in-Hand program, an innovative approach to share the positive impact of adoptable pets with special needs children in the community. Dogs who are eligible for this program work with behaviorists as part of their community therapy visits with the goal of getting them adopted.
  • SPCA in Dallas was awarded $20,000 to provide a Foster Care program for shy and anxious animals with the goal of rehabilitating them through fostering for placement into permanent forever homes.

Program Development Grants (ranging from $5,000 - $10,000)

  • Animal Care of NYC in New York was given $5,000 to provide advanced technology to showcase its animals up for adoption, specifically its larger mixed breed dogs, in a more inviting way through interactive touch screen kiosks.
  • Animal Rescue, Inc. in New Freedom, Pa., was granted $9,792 to expand its Senior Dog Rescue program, which supports abused, abandoned and senior puppy mill dogs and prepares them for adoption.
  • Bassett Hounds Rescue of Southern California in Whittier, Calif. was awarded $10,000 to support its Hound Haul transfer program, saving these dogs from possible euthanasia at shelters they were located in.
  • Berkeley East Bay Humane Society in Berkeley, Calif. was awarded $10,000 to support its medical program's surgery packs, which support medically needy dogs from municipal shelters who are often at high risk for euthanasia.
  • Delaware County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Media, Pa., was given $10,000 to support the expansion and renovation of its Adoption Center, which will improve the adoption experience for families.
  • Golden Retriever Rescue of the Rockies in Arvada, Colo., was granted $10,000 to renovate its Isolation/Treatment room to take in more dogs who may require this type of area for their safety.
  • Honor Sanctuary Inc. in Bradenton, Fla., was awarded $7,905 to develop a self-sustaining Behavior Training program by providing basic obedience training, making dogs more adoptable.
  • Humane Society for Seattle-King Co. in Bellevue, Wash., was given $10,000 to continue its Life-Saver Rescue in-bound transfer program, relocating dogs from high occupancy shelters.
  • Humane Society of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau, Mo., was awarded $10,000 to complete an Intensive care/Isolation unit that will provide special house and care for sick/injured animals and reduce the spread of disease and the number of days a dog stays in the shelter before adoption.
  • Humane Society of Tennessee Valley, Inc. in Knoxville, Tenn. was granted $10,000 for its spay/neuter and dental program and clinic, which will shorten adoption time and improve adoption numbers for dogs.
  • Kentucky Humane Society in Louisville, Ky,. was awarded $10,000 to expand its Saving Kentucky's Shelter Dogs project by increasing the number of at-risk dog transfers from municipal shelters, placing them for adoption and empowering shelter partners to increase the number of dogs they save in their communities through behavioral support from KHS training support.
  • Lawrence Humane Society, Inc. in Lawrence, Kan., was given $10,000 to support the construction of indoor dog meet-and-greet rooms in their new shelter.
  • Paris Animal Welfare Society, Inc. in Paris, Ky., was awarded $10,000 to support its Satellite Adoption Center program for dogs more difficult to adopt with reduced adoption fees and partnership locations to showcase adoptable dogs.
  • PAWS Chicago in Chicago was given $10,000 for its transport program to rescue and provide medical care for dogs at southern shelters so that they can become more adoptable.
  • San Antonio Pets Alive in San Antonio was granted $10,000 to fund medical supplies and travel prep for the new wing of its Transport Program that focuses on air transport.
  • Stop the Suffering in Newark, Ohio was awarded $9,281 to expand its transfer program from Southern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and West Virginia shelters to the Cleveland area to get more dogs adopted.
  • Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter in Negaunee, Mich., was given $10,000 to support the building of its new state-of-the-art animal shelter.
  • Vancouver Humane Society in Vancouver, Wash., was granted $10,000 to support its Puppy Foster Care Project to train, equip and manage volunteers who provide foster care to young puppies who may need simple medical care, special feedings and behavioral socialization.
  • Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee was given $10,000 to continue its Benchwarmers program, which provides increased marketing for dogs who have been in its shelters for more than 14 days and offers reduced adoption fees.
  • Young at Heart Pet Rescue, Inc. in Palatine, Ill., was awarded $10,000 to enhance its Club Grand Paw Senior-to-Senior program that places older dogs with older adopters and provides reduced adoption fees plus care and oversight of their adoption through weekly homes visits and phone calls with trained volunteers.

In addition, 313 shelters and rescues across the country will receive unrestricted awards of $1,000 each to use for their greatest needs.

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