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Midwest Region Grant Priorities

Competitive proposals must demonstrate (with statistics) a direct impact on saving the lives of animals and/or a trend toward reducing the number of cats and dogs killed in shelters. Priority consideration will be given to projects focused on helping in areas where animals are most at risk. Please refer to the priorities section below, as well as the pet lifesaving dashboard to see where the greatest lifesaving opportunities are in your community. 


We are looking for prospective grant proposals to be centered around programs or projects that reduce the number of canines and felines currently being killed in our region’s shelters.

Examples of priorities include: 

  • Impactful feline programming such as: 
    • Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Release (TNVR) programs in lieu of intake to shelters for healthy outdoor cats. 
    • Return-to-Field (RTF)/ Shelter-Neuter-Return (SNR) programs: this route provides healthy, already impounded, stray cats spay/neuter, vaccinations, and an ear tip prior to being released to the outdoor location in which they were found. 
    • Finder-to-Foster programs for kittens under 8 weeks of age 
    • Neonate foster programming 
  • Return-to-home programs that assist in reuniting missing animals with their families either in the field in lieu of intake or at your facility. Some examples include finder-to-foster programs, utilizing technology to expand and improve your current lost/found process and increasing return to owner rates, implementing neighborhood canvassing prior to impounding. 
  • Medical programs for at-risk shelter animals, such as ringworm, parvo/panleukopenia, or other conditions previously unable to be saved 
  • Shelter intervention programs for animals that do not have a probable live outcome once entering the shelter. Examples may include solutions for behavior surrenders to keep animals in homes (with support), medical stipends or in-house medical intervention for medical cases with a home, etc. 
  • Increase in live outcomes for medium to large dogs through foster programs, behavior programs, adoption programs, promotion programs or diversion programs.   
  • Increase in lifesaving through shelter collaboration or increase support between multiple organizations (please note data will need to be obtainable for all partnering organizations).

Examples of previously funded Save Them All projects:

  • Increase in transport of at-risk dogs and cats from local or regional shelters that are not yet no-kill 
  • Funding to increase enrichment and subsequently increase adoption of at-risk dogs and cats 
  • Funding to pilot programs that support TNVR in lieu of intake

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