PEDIGREE Foundation Invites Shelters And Rescues To Apply For Grants To Help Adoptable Dogs In Need

The 2019 Grant Cycle will Give More Than $600,000 to Help Dogs Find their Forever Homes

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Feb. 1, 2019 / — PEDIGREE Foundation announced today that its 2019 grant cycle is now open, and it will be accepting grant applications from animal shelters and rescue organizations through April 30. Over the last 10 years, PEDIGREE Foundation has given more than 5,300 grants, totaling more than $7.3 million, to support people and organizations that help dogs in need find forever homes. This year, PEDIGREE Foundation plans on giving more than $600,000 through its 2019 grant cycle.

“We are honored to enter our 11th year of supporting shelters and rescue organizations around the country who share our mission of finding loving forever homes for all dogs in need,” said Deb Fair, Executive Director of PEDIGREE Foundation. “We love seeing the innovative programs and ideas from the grant applicants that make a positive impact on the lives of adoptable dogs, and we look forward to helping make those goals a reality.”

Applicants have the option to apply for one of three grants available:

  • Dogs RuleTM Grant ($100,000) – This two-year grant ($50,000 per year) will be awarded to one organization to fund new, creative, innovative initiatives that not only help their own organizations, but also serve as best-practice models for other shelters and rescues to help them increase their dog adoption rates.
  • Program Development Grants ($5,000 – $10,000) – These grants will support activities and efforts to expand the capabilities to help more dogs adopted.
  • Operation Grants (up to $1,000) – These grants will be put toward general operating expenses, including facility and structure renovations or upkeep, veterinary expenses, transportation or any other expense that helps to increase the organization’s effectiveness.

All interested applicants are invited to join the PEDIGREE Foundation webinar on February 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM CST to learn more. We encourage those interested to review the online grant applications beforehand, and we welcome questions during the webinar. All applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax designation status to submit an application.

To apply for a 2019 grant or for more information on how you can help us help more dogs and donate to PEDIGREE Foundation’s grant programs, please visit

About PEDIGREE Foundation
Formed in 2008 by Mars Petcare, the makers of PEDIGREE® food for dogs, PEDIGREE Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs in need find loving homes by supporting the good work of shelters and dog rescue organizations throughout the country. Through no fault of their own, nearly 3.5 million dogs end up in shelters and rescue organizations every year, and nearly half of them never find a place to call home. For more information on how you can support the foundation visit

About Mars Petcare
Mars Petcare is a diverse and growing business with 75,000 Associates across 50+ countries dedicated to one purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™. With 75 years of experience, our portfolio of almost 50 brands serves the health and nutrition needs of the world’s pets – including brands PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, ROYAL CANIN®, NUTRO™, GREENIES™, SHEBA®, CESAR®, IAMS™ and EUKANUBA™ as well as The Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition which has advanced research in the nutrition and health of pets for over 50 years. Mars Petcare is also a leading veterinary health provider through a network of over 2,000 pet hospitals including BANFIELD™, BLUEPEARL™, PET PARTNERS™, VCA™ and Linnaeus. We’re also active in innovation and technology for pets, with WISDOM PANEL™ genetic health screening and DNA testing for dogs, the WHISTLE™ GPS dog tracker, and LEAP VENTURE STUDIO accelerator and COMPANION FUND™ programs that drive innovation and disruption in the pet care industry. As a family business and guided by our principles, we are privileged with the flexibility to fight for what we believe in – and we choose to fight for: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS™.

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