ASPCA Provides More than $14 Million in Grants in 2014The nearly 1,300 grants support life-saving efforts, animal welfare programs nationwide
NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that it awarded close to $14.5 million in the form of 1,288 grants to 844 unique animal welfare organizations in 2014. This included nearly $1.5 million to partners throughout Los Angeles, more than $1 million to the New York State Animal Population Control Program and more than $1 million to the ASPCA Partnerships program, including work with new communities in Albuquerque, N.M. and Charlotte, N.C. Additional grantees included municipal and private shelters, rescue groups, sanctuaries and other animal welfare organizations in all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
“Last year was particularly exciting for the ASPCA, as many of the grants we awarded in 2014 went toward establishing groundbreaking, long-lasting partnerships with organizations throughout the country that will allow us to save many more animals’ lives in the future,” said Michael Barrett, vice president of grants management at the ASPCA. “We have already seen tremendous success with these programs, and look forward to continuing to work with these communities to combat animal cruelty and homelessness in 2015 and beyond.”
Highlights of the $14,465,663 granted to organizations across the country:
- Grants toward increasing lives saved in shelters (518 grants totaling more than $5 million) supported adoption events and foster programs, medical care and vaccinations, shelter enrichment and behavioral programs, training of veterinary students and animal welfare professionals, and organizational capacity-building efforts.
- Grants toward spay/neuter initiatives (225 grants totaling more than $3.7 million) supported programs aimed at reducing the number of unplanned litters of kittens and puppies born, including mobile surgery vehicles and low-cost, high-volume clinics.
- Grants toward cruelty prevention and response (107 grants totaling nearly $2.5 million) helped organizations across the country to address the needs of animals in crisis.
- Grants toward reducing the number of animals entering shelters (74 grants totaling more than $860,000) subsidized safety net programs such as pet food banks and veterinary wellness and medical care for struggling pet owners. The ASPCA also supported return-to-owner initiatives such as ID tagging, micro-chipping, and related equipment.
Since 2008, the ASPCA has granted over $80 million to shelters, rescues and other animal welfare organizations across the country. To learn more about the ASPCA’s Grants Program, interested animal welfare professionals can visit www.aspcapro.org/Grants.