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Mountain West Region Grant Priorities

Competitive proposals must demonstrate, with statistics, a direct impact on a reduction in the number of cats and dogs killed in shelters. Proposals without shelter data will not be considered. Priority consideration will be given to projects focused on helping in those areas with the largest lifesaving gaps and programs supporting Community-Supported Sheltering. Please refer to the pet lifesaving dashboard to see where the greatest lifesaving opportunities are in your area. 

In the Mountain West region, we are looking for programs that:

Priority will be given to community programs that focus on collaboration between organizations to strategically save more lives in key shelters with existing gaps in lifesaving (under 90% save rate), and programs supporting Community-Supported Sheltering

  • Programs that provide advancements in medical prevention protocols and increasing quality of life & survivability within vulnerable shelter populations:  
    • Creation of panleukopenia or similar treatment programs 
    • Parvo and distemper prevention and programming 
  • Collaborative projects that directly reduce shelter deaths: 
    • Transfer and transport programs 
    • Shelter-to-shelter collaboration programs to increase visibility of adoptable populations 
  • Robust cat programming: 
    • Return-to-field (RTF)/shelter-neuter-return (SNR) cat projects: providing healthy impounded stray cats spay/neuter, vaccinations, ear tipping and returning to the outdoor location they were found) 
    • Lifesaving neonatal (under eight weeks) kitten programming 
      • Finder-to-foster kits, “Leave kittens where they are” programming, Wait 'til 8  
    • Trap-neuter-vaccinate-return programs, as a preventative measure in lieu of intake  
  • Creation of programs that provide services in focused communities which will show a reduction in owner surrender and increased pet retention: 
    • S/N Voucher programs 
    • Microchip/vaccination programs 
    • Facilitation of RTO 
    • Pet-friendly housing assistance 
    • Behavior/training support to divert surrender 
  • Projects focused toward significantly increasing lifesaving for at-risk large dogs: 
    • Creative fostering programming  
    • Surrender prevention/return to home  
    • Behavior programming  
    • Transfer/transport programs with organizations willing to increase their medical or behavior support for large dogs 

Examples of previously funded Save Them All projects:

  • A rescue group provided pre-built “kitten kits” to multiple area animal welfare agencies to use as neonatal kitten intake intervention tools, both in shelter and in the field. 
  • A humane society with municipal contracts used funds to increase the number of SNRs in their servicing community and expanded their cat ringworm and panleukopenia wards. In addition to improving the number of cats they could save, they also used funds to expand these services for cats from two other neighboring animal shelters. 
  • Funding pilot programs that support TNVR in lieu of intake 

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