2021 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the following network partners for receiving a 2021 Rachael Ray No-Kill Excellence Grant, or a Rachel Ray Save Them All Grant. Our selection committee was presented with many exceptional projects to review, and 87 of those were chosen to be funded. From utilizing their own resources to help others around them, to working hard to improve their own lifesaving efforts - the recipients display the spirit and hope in which these grants stand for. Many projects that were chosen focus efforts on cats, transfers, mentorships, and intake prevention.

No-Kill Community & Shelter Map

There are thousands of no-kill communities throughout the United States, and more are being added every month. These no-kill communities act on core values that prioritize the health and safety of pets and people in that community — and focus on saving lives through pet adoption, spay/neuter, trap-neuter-return and other lifesaving programs.

See the map below to find no-kill shelters and communities across the country.

A lifesaving tool for shelters

Use your shelter data to increase lifesaving.

What will I need before I begin using the tool?

• A full year of data divided into categories for both dogs and cats, including: 

  - Live intakes
  - Live outcomes
  - Other outcomes

• Annual operating budget (with associated year) and information about how your shelter is funded

• Basic information about your shelter operations, such as animal care, field services and fostering

• Depending on your shelter’s current save rate, you may also be asked to provide the following data so that we can provide you with more customized recommendations:

  - Animal intake type (stray or owner surrender, over-the-counter or field, etc.)
  - Reason for euthanasia (medical, behavioral, etc.)


Want to increase your shelter’s save rate? Need to identify which programs will help you save more dogs’ and cats’ lives? Use our Gap Analysis Tool. 

Though it may sound complicated, the Gap Analysis Tool is simple. It determines the gap between where a shelter’s save rate is currently and the no-kill benchmark (a save rate of 90 percent or higher). Then it identifies lifesaving programs to help close that gap.

Who should use the Gap Analysis Tool? 

The Gap Analysis Tool is perfect for animal shelter staff and volunteers who want a customized plan to help their shelter reach no-kill. The tool can also be employed by rescue groups that work with shelters in order to further support and measure the effectiveness of the collaboration.

What does the Gap Analysis Tool do? 

This tool will help your shelter increase its save rate for dogs and cats by recommending lifesaving programs and resources based on your shelter’s specific needs.

How does the tool learn about my shelter? 

Once you input your shelter’s annual data, the Gap Analysis Tool will analyze it and, based on the results, pinpoint up to five programs that can help you save more lives. You will need to provide data for your shelter’s live intakes, live outcomes and other outcomes for both dogs and cats. Depending on your shelter’s current save rate, you may also need to provide detailed data such as intake type (stray or owner surrender, over-the-counter or field, etc.) or reason for euthanasia (medical, behavioral, etc.). You will also need to input basic information about aspects of your shelter operations, such as animal care, field services and foster programs.

How can I get started? 

You will need access to the data and information about your shelter listed above. After you have gathered the necessary information, it will take about 10 minutes to complete. 

Have your data ready? Click the start button to begin.