Grant Opportunities & Rescue Info

Grant Opportunities


Maddie’s Fund Pet Foster Care Stimulus Grant

Application window opens April 13 and closes April 17. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, foster care is being embraced like never before. The Pet Foster Care Stimulus Grant is designed to assist shelter and rescue organizations in providing the best care possible to the animals in foster care and help manage your population through foster care. It will also help reinforce foster care as a standard practice for animal sheltering as we move forward. 

This grant opportunity will provide funding to support foster care programs with food, medical care, supplies, staff time and more. Grants of up to $20,000 will be available as follows. Click here for more information.


ASPCA COVID-19 Emergency Relief Request For Proposals

The ASPCA is inviting grant proposals from animal welfare organizations negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic crisis under the recently announced ASPCA Relief & Recovery Initiative. To provide support to counter these challenges,  the ASPCA is accepting grant proposals for general operating or program expenses to help meet budget shortfalls and support essential life-saving services for animals such as safety net, adoptions and foster programs, and veterinary services, which are proving to be crucial animal welfare services in this crisis. A minimum of $2,000,000 is available for grants made under this program. Learn more.


Petfinder Foundation

COVID-19 Operation Grants are available to adoption organizations that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Grant funds can be used to purchase cleaning supplies, food, vaccines, or anything else you may need in order to continue caring for your adoptable pets.

Grant amounts range from $500-1,000. Apply here.


Petco Foundation

Petco Foundation COVID-19 Response Disaster Grant. Open to municipal organizations and large organizations with animal control sheltering functions located in the U.S. All requests for support should be submitted through their online application portal. Learn more.


The PEDIGREE Foundation

The PEDIGREE Foundation offers general disaster relief and operations grants. See the grant guidelines here.


Financial Relief for Nonprofits

The Chronicle of Philanthropy announced today that the COVID-19 stimulus bill expected to clear Congress on Friday will include relief for nonprofits. The National Council on Nonprofits indicates that all taxpayers (ie. your donors) can deduct up to $300 in cash giving on their 2020 tax returns (previously only those who itemized their taxes were able to make charitable deductions). 

Also, nonprofits who employ 500 people or fewer will be eligible to apply for a loan to cover certain costs, such as payroll, health insurance costs, and facilities costs. Organizations who keep their employees working during this time may have the loan transitioned into a grant, so that the money does not have to be paid back. Please read this article for more details and consult your organization’s financial manager.


CARE Act Information

If your organization is exploring how the CARE Act can help you and your employees, Independent Sector has created a site that breaks down the eligibility requirements and application process.


Rescue & Shelter Information




GivingTuesday Day of Action – May 5

GivingTuesday, the groundbreaking global generosity movement, announced #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. Learn more.


Houston Pets Alive! Veterinary Resources

Houston Pets Alive! is continuing to provide the rescue community with veterinary services, including spay and neuter surgery. For more information and to schedule appointments, contact


Houston Humane Society

The Houston Humane Society opened a second location for vaccines in order to continue to provide the best care for more patients. They’ve made changes to have little to no contact with the clients, adding an online check-in feature and using pick-up tools to hand clients any paperwork.

An appointment is required for all clinic services. For an appointment, call 713-433-6421 or visit their website here.


Special Pals Rescue Boarding & Resources

Special Pals’ boarding service offers a safe place for every rescued animal to rest before the next step of their journey toward adoption. Reserve kennel space for your group and ensure your rescued animals always have a place to go before placement. Daily kennel rates are $10 with discounts available for reservations of 30 days or more. Email to reserve space for your rescue group. Special Pals is located at 3830 Greenhouse Rd. Houston, TX 77084.

Need Supplies? Ask Special Pals! If your rescue group or foster network is in need of food, bowls, leads/collars, or any other supplies, Special Pals is happy to give and share! Email and let them know what you need.


Second Family Pet Services

Second Family Pet Services offers safety, security and socialization for pets and works with many rescue groups. In addition to boarding services, they also offer pictures, videos, temperament testing, accurate bio writing and ongoing communications. They can also help with networking animals to rescues and transporting animals to a veterinarian or transport location. They are skilled and experienced with medical cases. Daily rates are $15. Call 832.527.4993 to reserve space. Second Family Pet Services is located at 8410 Furay Houston, TX 77016.


American Pets Alive!

The American Pets Alive! COVID-19 Animal Shelter Preparedness Guide offers a framework to ensure that shelters are proactive in preparation throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more.

In addition, American Pets Alive! (APA!) has indicated that new studies are showing that COVID-19 cannot live on/in the fur of animals very long so there is low risk of transferring from one person to the next. APA! has created recommended protocol for intaking an animal that is known to be coming from a home where someone has tested positive. Learn more.


How I Met My Dog

How I Met My Dog traditionally custom matches rescue and shelter dogs with adopters, however they will now also be using their matching technology to assist all shelters and rescues in finding much-needed foster homes for the dogs in your care. 

  • Register Your Rescue
    Please go to, (if your organization already has an account, just login) and load as many dogs as you’d like. Their Shelter Survey takes approximately 4 min per dog and the service is free to shelters and rescues.

  • Check “Also Available for Foster”
    If the dog you’re adding is available for foster and adoption, be sure to check “Also Available for Foster” under “Considerations.” 

  • Add “Also Available for Foster” to Existing Profiles
    Any dog already active on their site can now be marked as available for foster by clicking “edit dog profile” from your dashboard and checking “Also Available for Foster” under “Considerations.” 


Hearts Speak

Hearts Speak knows how hard everyone is working to balance both human health and animal lifesaving as information about COVID-19 rapidly evolves. Their hope is that a collection of 35 graphic overlays (transparent PNGs for you to place over photos or incorporate into designs) — promoting foster, adoption, social distancing with furry friends, and more — will help ease any burden and make fast-paced communications and messaging to your community just a little bit easier. Learn more and download.

Hearts Speak has also created a communications and marketing guide for shelters, amid COVID-19. To learn more and download, click here.