NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that it has granted $8.9 million dollars to animal welfare organizations across the country through the first half of 2013. A total of 847 grants were issued to 636 organizations in 49 states nationwide.
“The ASPCA is dedicated to providing grant support to local organizations across the country that strive to better the lives of the animals in their community,” said Michael Barrett, vice president of grants management at the ASPCA. “There is a tremendous amount of work to be done in the fight toward ending animal cruelty, and no one can do it alone. It is an honor to contribute to the programs that are bringing us that much closer to this goal.”
Highlights of the $8.9 million dollars granted include:
- 379 grants totaling $3.3 million to support shelter outreach programs such as adoption events, capacity building, and other initiatives to increase live release rate; and to support shelter intake reduction initiatives, such as microchipping, tagging, and safety net programs for pet owners;
- More than $2.4 million to support approximately 170 spay/neuter programs;
- $950,000 toward relocating at-risk animals from areas of low demand to areas of high demand, increasing the likelihood of adoption;
- More than $1.1 million to support anti-cruelty efforts, raids and interventions, disaster and emergency response, and projects to improve the welfare of farm animals; and
- Approximately $750,000 through 100 grants to equine groups for emergency hay and feed, equine cruelty response and seizures, and the rehabilitation of retired racehorses.
Since 2008, the ASPCA has awarded more than $58 million to animal welfare programs in the United States. To learn more about the ASPCA’s Grants Program, interested animal welfare professionals can visit www.aspcapro.org/Grants.