Apply for a Grant

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 [email protected].

Eligibility Requirements

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 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
Cat Enrichment
Grant Amount: Grants range from $100 to $1,000

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.

Disaster Grant
Grant Amount: Grants range from $500 to $10,000, based on need

hawaiidogs_150Hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, earthquakes, severe heat or cold, and other events can devastate animal shelters and rescue groups. Our Disaster Grants provide help when a natural or man-made disaster or severe weather impacts a community.

Dog Field Trips/Short-Term Fostering Grant
Grant Amount: $500

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.

Emergency Medical Grant
Grant Amount: Grants range from $100 to $1,000

tucker2Emergency 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

KONGThe Petfinder Foundation is working with KONG to provide enrichment toys to shelters and adopters across the country. KONG joins the Petfinder Foundation in the belief that, by providing enrichment toys to shelter pets, we stimulate their minds, making them more adoptable.

Orvis Animal Care Grant
Grant Amount: Up to $1,000

louie3Orvis 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

PLAYThe Petfinder Foundation has partnered with P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle and You through the Warm Bellies Initiative to give luxury beds to shelter pets. P.L.A.Y. joins us in the belief that every pet deserves a warm and cozy place to sleep.

Petfinder Adoption Options in Action Grant (Invitation Only)
Grant Amount: Varies depending on the program being funded

aos_150Adoption 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

Play Yard Renovation Grant
Grant Amount: Up to $5,000 based on need; a contractor's bid may be requested

Play Yard Renovation Grants will be given to shelters that have completed 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 protected].

Senior Pet Adoption Grants
Grant Amount: Up to $1,000

leela3Senior 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

SAPThe Sponsor a Pet program enables 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’ profiles will allow users to donate to your organization. Your donations will be emailed to you via printable check once per quarter. You may log in to your account to retrieve donor data at any time. To enroll, please visit