Grants

Best Friends Network partner regional grant priorities

Regional Grant Priorities

We have identified the types of projects that will have the largest impact on lifesaving in each region. Grants aimed at directly reducing shelter deaths will be given top priority. These are the focus programs in each region:

Pacific Region – AK, CA, OR, WA, HI

Grants aimed at directly reducing shelter deaths will be given top priority. With 10 percent of the country's known shelter deaths coming from Southern California alone, the current priority is to reduce the number of lives lost as quickly as possible. We welcome all grant applications, but please be aware that programs not centered on reducing shelter deaths are less likely to be funded.

Mountain West Region – ID, MT, WY, NV, CO, AZ, NM

We are prioritizing funding projects from municipal shelters, private shelters with contracts, or rescue groups and clinics that directly support their municipal shelters and clearly help reduce shelter deaths.

We strongly encourage network partners within Arizona, the Las Vegas area, New Mexico, and Idaho to consider applying. Projects with a shelter/neuter/return component, those that focus on big dogs, and positive outcomes for cats are of special interest. Shelter intervention and coalition projects are also encouraged, provided that impact is clearly demonstrated.

Great Plains Region – ND, MN, SD, IA, NE, KS, MO

Projects that increase live shelter outcomes or directly decrease shelter intake. Programs that reduce shelter intake would be programs such as targeted spay/neuter programs or owner surrender intervention programs. Increasing live shelter outcomes could include:

  • Increased adoptions
  • Increased animals pulled from the municipal shelter
  • Shelter transport programs
  • Animals transported in from other communities
  • Shelter/neuter/release programs for community cats that reside in the city shelter or similar programs

South Central Region – TX, OK, AR, LA

We are looking for programs that most directly relate to lifesaving either through increasing live shelter outcomes or by directly decreasing shelter intake. Programs that reduce shelter intake would be programs such as targeted spay/neuter programs or owner surrender intervention programs. Increasing live shelter outcomes could include:

  • Increased adoptions
  • Increased animals pulled from the municipal shelter
  • Shelter transport programs
  • Shelter/neuter/release programs for community cats that reside in the city shelter or similar programs

Midwest Region – WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, WV

Programs that enable the increase of live outcome for pets in municipal shelters such as:

  • Return to owner
  • Microchipping
  • Targeted spay/neuter of at risk pets
  • Diversion before impoundment
  • Counseling to keep pets with their families, foster programs
  • Robust adoption campaigns partnering with multiple local rescues and entities

We are also interested in programs that are targeted at live outcome for medium and large dogs (foster, behavior, adoption promotion, diversion) and programs designed to save cats in the community to include cats in the municipal shelter (community cats, TNR, SNR, barn cats).

Northeast Region – ME, VT, NH, NY, PA, MA, RI, CT, NY, DE

Programs that:

  • Increase live shelter outcomes (adoption, transfer out of shelter, rescue group pulls)
  • Create community-cat/return-to-field programming with measurable reduction of shelter death
  • Create collaborative programs to directly reduce shelter death

Mid-Atlantic Region – KY, TN, NC, VA, DC, MD

Programs that:

  • Increase live shelter outcomes.
  • Support return-to-field/community cat programming.
  • Measurably reduce shelter intake.
  • Focus on collaboration between organizations to strategically reduce shelter deaths.

Southeast Region – MS, AL, GA, SC, FL

Programs that:

  • Increase live shelter outcomes.
  • Support return-to-field/community cat programming.
  • Measurably reduce shelter intake.
  • Focus on collaboration between organizations to strategically reduce shelter deaths.

If you have any additional questions on regional grant priorities, please contact your Network specialist