Apply for a Grant

If you are a Petfinder member looking for grant opportunities, you are 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. If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at 520-207-0626, or email us at

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Sign up to be notified of new grant opportunities by email. To accomplish our mission of preventing the euthanasia of adoptable pets, we concentrate our work in three core areas: Quality of Life, Disaster and Emergency Response, and Sponsor a Pet.

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


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

DisasterHurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, earthquakes and other events can devastate animal shelters and rescue groups. Our Disaster Grants provide help when a natural or man-made disaster hits a community.


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 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

QUALITY OF LIFE Dog and Cat Food Grant (Invitation Only)

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Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Grant (Invitation Only)
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 play groups. The program also helps attendees advance their skills as handlers and trainers, with a better understanding of canine behavior so that they can enhance quality of life for the animals as well as save more lives!

Grant funds MUST be used to cover the tuition cost of attending a Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship session (for up to two attendees from one organization). Please note that your shelter will still be responsible for any travel expenses associated with attendance, including airfare/gas, hotel, food, etc. If you are interested in receiving a Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship grant please email
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, the senior pet’s spay/neuter surgery . Please contact with any questions.

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

phoenix_cropPlay 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

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

12088181_858435867588097_8954444038832408058_nAdoption 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 in 2016 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

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.

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.

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.

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.