ASPCA Awards Nearly $7.4 Million In First Half of 2014
The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) today announced that it has granted nearly $7.4 million to animal welfare organizations across the country through the first two quarters of 2014. A total of 596 grants were issued to over 467 organizations in 49 states nationwide. Grants ranged from $100 through $1 million, averaging approximately $12,000.
“The creativity, dedication and passion of our grantees are the driving forces behind their life-saving programs,” said Michael Barrett, vice president of grants management at the ASPCA. “The ASPCA is proud to fund the exciting and ground-breaking work of organizations across the country who can accomplish great things with the financial support we are able to provide.”
The $7,337,371 in granted funds went to a variety of specific initiatives and goals, including:
- Increasing lives saved in shelters (243 grants totaling more than $3 million). These grants 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.
- Spay/neuter initiatives (104 grants totaling nearly $2 million). These grants supported programs aimed at reducing the number of unplanned litters of kittens and puppies born, including trap-neuter-return programs, mobile surgery vehicles and low-cost, high-volume clinics.
- Cruelty prevention and response (51 grants totaling $760,733). These grants helped organizations across the country respond to incidents of cruelty through investigations, raids, interventions and rescues from dog fighting rings, puppy mills, hoarding situations and other cruelty situations. These grants helped provide training for humane law enforcement officers, forensics experts and others who could help identify and prosecute cruelty cases.
- Reducing the number of animals entering shelters (36 grants totaling $452,745). These grants subsidized safety-net programs such as pet food banks, veterinary wellness and medical care for struggling pet owners to prevent relinquishment. We also supported return-to-owner initiatives such as ID tagging, micro-chipping and related equipment.
Since 2008, the ASPCA has granted over $74 million to over 2,400 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.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.