2021 Program Development Grant Recipients

These grants support shelter and rescue activities that expand the operational capacity of the organization to increase dog adoption with a focus on transport, foster, behavior and matching initiatives.

Organization City State Amount
Animal Protective Association of Missouri! To support its transport program and reduce the number of animals likely to be euthanized at rural partner shelters. The funds will cover care and staffing to continue coordinating transports and capacity-building for APA’s partners. St. Louis MO $15,000
Animal Rescue Mission! To increase the number of dogs rescued and adopted by expanding ARM’s behavioral modification and medical care capacity to find homes for more formerly homeless, abused and neglected dogs. West Hollywood CA $15,000
Angel’s Retreat! To support a transport program that targets an area where on average 31% of animals who enter municipal shelters are euthanized each year. Angel’s Retreat has partnered with shelters, rescues and a transport company to move dogs out of this area and to its rescue to save lives and provide needed medical care. West Chester PA $12,000
Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter Inc. To assist in providing ongoing in-house medical care for all its shelter animals, including antibiotics, vaccinations, testing, parasite control, and spay and neuter surgery so that they become healthy and are ready to be adopted. Baltimore MD $7,500
Chemung County Humane Society & SPCA! To support expanding the Chemung County SPCA’s animal transport program by covering the transport crate fees. This will help meet the demand for adoptable dogs in the region and support source partners in their efforts to help bridge the gap between their communities’ imbalance of high animal population and low demand. Elmira NY $9,600
Friends of Pima County! To expand FOP’s ability to provide case management services to reach more medium and large dogs in need of behavior support. Funds will be used to underwrite the training, education development, expert assessment and enrichment items that are key components in overcoming the underlying behavior challenge. Tucson AZ $15,000
Friends of Homeless Animals! To help difficult-to-adopt dogs with its Diamond Dog Program, a holistic approach that includes early interventions to prevent or lessen issues that can make for difficult adoptions. The program aims to improve the dog/adopter matching process and support adopters through transition after the adoption. Aldie VA $15,000
Hart for Animals Inc. To rescue “COVID-19 drop-offs,” dogs adopted during the pandemic that are now being returned to shelters or abandoned. The funds will support rescuing, sheltering, preparing for adoption and finding permanent homes for abandoned dogs dropped off at HART or relinquished to the county shelter. McHenry MD $11,262
Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County Inc. To support continuing transport from HAWS’ transport partners, provide support to the originating shelters, and enable HAWS to accept and treat more senior dogs, heartworm positive dogs and orthopedic cases. Waukesha WI $15,000
Humane Society for Seattle/King County! To support its SPOT (Supporting Pet Owners in Transition) temporary foster program for dogs as well as community services to help bring people and pets together and keep them together. The goal is to reduce pet surrender by providing alternatives for pet owners facing economic hardship. Bellevue WA $15,000
Kitsap Humane Society! To help more dogs be successfully adopted by ensuring robust foster care opportunities. This will be achieved by increasing foster recruitment, adding foster options for those who are away during the day, enabling adoption directly from fosters and providing behavior training for fosters. Silverdale WA $15,000
Lucky Dog Animal Rescue! To create a streaming platform for training for increased foster and adopter support and fewer returned animals, as well as communications during disaster relief. Being able to stream events featuring animals in need will facilitate lining up adopters, fosters and other rescues willing to help. Lucky Dog will be able to capture multiple sources of video feed, integrate them into a live program, and livestream them to further its mission and share its needs. Arlington VA $15,000
Muddy Paws Rescue! To continue developing its Pack Portal for foster parents using the Salesforce Experience Cloud platform. This will allow fosters to directly manage their own data, as well as the data for the dogs in their care. Once the portal is complete, new foster applicants will gain access to the portal immediately following their initial application and complete their entire onboarding process as securely authenticated users within the portal. Long Island City NY $15,000
Neenah Animal Shelter! To increase post-adoption success and reduce return-to-shelter rate by proactively intervening with pre- and post-adoption support to address concerns such as house training, attention-seeking behaviors, leash reactivity, anxiety, resource guarding and others. Neenah WI $15,000
Oklahoma Humane Society! To support a relocation program that addresses pet overpopulation, especially in rural communities, by transporting animals to states in need of adoptable pets. The program has a goal of transporting at least 30 dogs per week to a state where they will be easily adopted. Oklahoma City OK $15,000
Pet Tender Angels! To increase training and support the larger number of dogs abandoned since the pandemic began, particularly for behavioral or medical reasons. Increasing available training from one to three hours per week will help give more dogs a better chance of being adopted and reduce the average length of stay at the facility. Landrum SC $5,200
Polk County Humane Society! To support the Polk County Puppies Program, which will cultivate five qualified fosters for litters of puppies. PCHS will empower puppy foster homes by providing them with the tools to foster litters until they can be safely adopted. Foster families will be provided with information, supplies, support, vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries to prepare the litter for adoption. Puppies will be in foster from one to eight weeks. Bolivar MO $14,825
Providence Animal Center! To support the TAILS (Transporting Animals Into Loving Situations) program and save dogs that would otherwise be at risk of euthanasia. The TAILS network includes 60 shelter partners across the country. The program provides rescue, veterinary and behavior care, ultimately placing dogs in loving, forever homes. Media PA $15,000
Safe Animal Shelter of Orange Park! To further develop its Pups-at-Work (PAWs) program, a behavior modification program in which SAS works with local State correctional facilities. The program aims to modify dogs’ behavior prior to adoption and allows for better matching by observing behavior outside the shelter facility. Additionally, it provides extra space at the shelter to intake more dogs for adoption. Middleburg FL $15,000
Souris Valley Humane Society Inc. To transport heartworm positive dogs from overcrowded municipal shelters in Oklahoma and from indigenous reservation shelters in North Dakota so they can be cared for and adopted into families. SVAS hopes to save 53 adoptable dogs, allowing them a future in a forever home with a maximum seven-day length of stay in shelter. Minot ND $15,000
The Animal Foundation! To support enhanced foster field trips and initiatives for difficult-to-adopt dogs. Expanding on learnings from a 2020 grant, The Animal Foundation will increase dog foster field trips, expand foster recruitment and promote these dogs more widely and more frequently to increase adoptions. Las Vegas NV $15,000
Vanderburgh County Humane Society Inc. To support a canine transport program, transferring dogs from more crowded, under-resourced shelters. Last year the program almost quadrupled the number of dogs & cats transferred in from other shelters compared to 2019. Vanderburgh County Humane hopes to increase transfers in by 25%. Evansville IN $15,000
Women’s Humane Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals! To develop, launch and evaluate a pilot project to increase the adoption of dogs that are frequently overlooked due to behavioral “flaws.” The program includes training, providing dogs with one-on-one time and attention, and activity during their stay in the shelter. The program also teaches and develops the animal handling skills of volunteers and staff to ensure their safety. Bensalem PA $15,000
2nd Chance Pet Adoptions Inc. To provide medical care dogs need before transport, rather than after, putting an earlier end to illnesses and injuries they may come in with. This program improves the quality of life for transport dogs before they begin their journey north. Raleigh NC $14,920

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