If you are a Petfinder member looking for grant opportunities, you’re in the right place! Below, please find all the grants we have available right now. Please note that we only award grants from programs listed on this page, and all grant requests must be submitted via a complete online application. To apply, click the Apply Now button in each grant description or click here to be taken directly to our grant application portal.
If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 520-207-0626, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each grant has its own requirements. However, to be eligible for ANY grant from the Petfinder Foundation, your organization must:
- Be a Petfinder member in good standing, actively posting your adoptable pets on Petfinder.com and maintaining up-to-date listings
- Provide your contact information and EIN or tax ID
- Be financially self-sustaining as reported on your most recent form 990
- Provide average monthly intake, adoption, and euthanasia numbers
- Participate in press releases drafted by the Petfinder Foundation
- After funds have been spent, submit an online grant report that includes receipts as well as photos and adoption stories of pets who were helped by the grant
- Petfinder members are only eligible to receive one grant from each grant program once per year
Every adoptable cat deserves enrichment to stay happy and healthy while waiting for a new home. Grant funds must be used to provide enrichment for cats, which can include indoor entertainment using products and objects, allowing cats to enjoy the outdoors safely or human interactive cat-enrichment activities.
Dog Field Trips/Short-Term Fostering Grant
The Dog Field Trip grant is used to provide funding to purchase needed supplies for your organization’s short-term foster/dog field-trip program, including but not limited to: collars, leashes, harnesses, gentle leaders, collapsible or portable water/food bowls, potty bags, “Adopt Me” vests, etc. Grant recipients are required to have completed the Maddie’s Fund Field Trip and Sleepover Foster Apprenticeship online course or 3- to 5-day hands-on training to be eligible for this grant.
For more information regarding the Field Trip and Sleepover Foster Apprenticeship, please visit Maddie’s University.
Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant
Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grants will be awarded to shelters to cover the cost of attending a Mentorship program conducted by Dogs Playing for Life. DPFL Mentorship programs help teach shelter personnel and volunteers DPFL methods for conducting safe and productive dog playgroups. The program also helps attendees advance their skills as handlers and trainers with a better understanding of canine behavior so that they can enhance the quality of life of the dogs in their care and save more lives!
Grant funds MUST be used to cover the tuition cost of attending a Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship session. Please note that your shelter will still be responsible for any travel expenses associated with attendance, including airfare/gas, hotel, food, etc.
Emergency Medical Grant
Emergency Medical Grants are intended to assist Petfinder members caring for pets who need special veterinary care in order to become adoptable. Grants from this program can be used to cover dental work, emergency surgery, etc., up to $1,000. This program will not provide grants to cover routine veterinary services such as spay/neuter, vaccines or wellness exams.
KONG Toy Grant
Orvis Animal Care Grant
Orvis Animal Care Grants are to be used to keep your adoptable dogs happy and healthy while they are waiting to be adopted.
This grant is made possible by our partnership with The Orvis Company, America’s oldest mail-order outfitter, which donates 5% of pre-tax profits every year to protecting nature, supporting communities, and advancing canine health and well-being.
P.L.A.Y. Pet Beds
Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
Adoption Options is Petfinder’s FREE animal-welfare workshop held in cities across North America. Each single-day workshop is filled with useful information for staff and volunteers of animal shelters and rescue organizations. Topics focus on the behavior, promotion and placement of homeless pets.
Adoption Options in Action Grants are available to Petfinder members who have attended an Adoption Options workshop this year and need financial assistance in order to implement the programs or practices presented at the workshop. To learn more about the conferences or to find one near you, please visit https://pro.petfinder.com/adoptionoptions/.
Play Yard Renovation Grant
Play Yard Renovation Grants will be given to shelters that have completed or are scheduled to complete play-group training seminars conducted by Dogs Playing for Life. Grant funds must be used to construct or improve play yards to bring them into compliance with DPFL’s recommendations.
This grant program is part of our commitment to enhancing shelter dogs’ quality of life by allowing them to engage in natural social behaviors. If you HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH DOGS PLAYING FOR LIFE and are interested in receiving a Play Yard Renovation Grant, please email email@example.com.
Senior Pet Adoption Grants
Senior pet adoption grants are intended to help facilitate the adoption of senior pets in the care of Petfinder-member shelters and rescue groups.
Grants up to $1,000 may be used to promote the adoption of one senior pet by funding any of the following: The senior pet’s adoption fee, transportation to an approved adopter, necessary medication for the duration of the senior pet’s lifetime, and/or the senior pet’s spay/neuter surgery.
Sponsor a Pet
The Sponsor a Pet program enables Petfinder.com visitors to contribute toward the care of homeless pets that they are unable to adopt. When you enroll in Sponsor a Pet, the “Sponsor Me” button already present on each of your pets’ Petfinder.com profiles will allow users to donate to your organization. Your donations will be mailed to you via paper check once per quarter. You may log in to your account to retrieve donor data at any time. To enroll, please visit sap.petfinderfoundation.com/.