Grants for Animal Welfare Organizations (Animal Sheltering & Adoption Organizations)

Petco Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Sep 26, 2019 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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The Petco Foundation

Since 1999, we’ve invested millions in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research and numerous other lifesaving initiatives—always investing wisely in organizations with the most lifesaving impact. In partnership with animal welfare organizations and 1,500 Petco stores across the country, we help bring pets together with loving families every day.

About our investments

As one of the nation's largest funders of animal welfare causes, we hold a responsibility and obligation to invest funds wisely in organizations that achieve their mission and vision. Therefore, success, accountability, and prudent use of funds are important to our grant analysis and follow-up process. We have an expectation that animal welfare organizations continually endeavor to achieve a high standard of doing more, and are determined to save as many lives as possible with our investment.

Grants For Sheltering and Adoption Organizations

Organization Type: Our applications are categorized by organization type instead of by type of project or program. It is important that you read the organization type definitions carefully prior to filling out an application and that you apply using the correct application for your organization.

Please read the descriptions below and select the most appropriate category for your organization:

  • Animal Control agencies & non-profit organizations responsible for animal control sheltering.
    • This application is available to governmental agencies or nonprofit organizations that are providing animal control sheltering per local ordinance. Your organization should apply under this application if:
      • You are a government agency, department or division providing animal control sheltering; or
      • o You are a 501c3 nonprofit organization and you are providing animal control sheltering as a service
  • SPCA/humane societies and other non-profits that operate primarily out of an animal sheltering facility.
    • This application is available to nonprofit organizations such as SPCAs, humane societies and other similar types of nonprofit organizations that operate primarily from a building or facility for sheltering animals until adoption. 
      • Organizations applying under this application may also perform significant other functions like spay/neuter surgeries and veterinary clinic services in addition to the primary service of placing animals up for adoption.
      • IMPORTANT: If your organization provides animal control sheltering via contact as a substantial part of your operations, please select the application for organizations responsible for animal control sheltering.
  • Non-profit organizations that are primarily foster-based rescues.
    • This application is available to nonprofit organizations that are providing adoption and various other services for animals in need. Your organization should apply using this application if: 
      • You are a 501c3 nonprofit organization;
      • A primary service of your organization is temporarily caring for animals in need for the purpose of finding them new homes; and
      • Your organization is primarily a foster-based organization (meaning the great majority of the animals are cared for in foster homes).

For the organization types listed above, there is one grant cycle available during each year. Applicants may submit one proposal per grant cycle. For organizations receiving multi-year funding, all installment payments must have been completed before submitting a new application. For organizations that have received funding in the past, all outstanding follow-up reports (including all annual reports for multi-year grants) for previous awards must be completed before submitting a new application. 

Lifesaving Impact Award/Plan

If your organization serves a significant number of animals (at least 2,500 annual intake), you may apply for a lifesaving impact award. Lifesaving impact awards are grants of $100,000 or more and/or multi-year awards. Lifesaving impact awards are very limited and the process to request such award is more extensive. The amount of such award that your organization is seeking should be directly related to the number of animals that your organization serves, the percentage impact that our investment will make on your lifesaving efforts and many other factors.  Lifesaving impact awards may be submitted for any purpose provided that your lifesaving impact award is expected to result in an increase in your lifesaving percentage or other significant positive impact for the animals of your community. 

Lifesaving impact awards may be submitted for a variety of purposes, such as capital improvements, staffing and resource building, equipment needs, medical care, etc.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The following organizations are eligible to apply:
    • Animal Control agencies and non-profit organizations responsible for animal control field support and sheltering services.
    • Non-profit organizations responsible for animal control sheltering services but not field support (via contract or otherwise).
    • SPCA/Humane Societies and other non-profits that provide care and adoption services for animals in a sheltering facility.
    • Non-profit organizations that are primarily foster-based rescues.


  • The Petco Foundation prefers to fund requests where our investment will increase lifesaving programs and not merely fund  programs that continue the status quo. 


  • We are unable to support individuals, organizations outside the United States, or non-profit organizations whose primary mission is not related to companion animal welfare.
  • If your organization is primarily one of the types listed below, please do not fill out an application at this time. We advise you to visit our website for the appropriate application period.
    • Spay/neuter clinics;
    • Community cat support and TNR organizations;
    • Service and therapy animal organizations.