Does 1 ZIP code in your community have a particularly high shelter intake? Are you receiving lots of complaints from a single neighborhood? Do your professionals know that a certain park is overrun with unsterilized pets?
If so, you might qualify for a PetSmart Charities® targeted spay/neuter grant. Targeted spay/neuter programs aim to measurably reduce the number of dogs or cats in the most overpopulated areas.
PetSmart Charities donates up to $100,000 a year to targeted spay/neuter grantees, with the possibility of a 2-year commitment. That means you could receive as much as $200,000 over 2 years.
What we fund
Our targeted spay/neuter grants fund projects that:
- Are located in well-defined geographic areas. You might target your town, city, county, census tract or ZIP code. Or, choose a neighborhood, city park, mobile-home park or landfill.
- Focus on a particular breed that has an especially high intake at your local shelters.
- Allow you to collect, track and compare data by breed or location to measure the number of lives your grant helps you save. We ask for a lot of quantifiable research, and we'll mentor you through the reporting process if you need help.
What we DON'T fund
Our targeted spay/neuter grants do NOT fund projects that:
- Can’t provide measurable results or save many lives
- Don't address a critical need in a targeted area of your community.
How to apply
Our grant application cycle is currently closed. Our next cycle will open early 2014.
To prepare for your targeted spay/neuter grant application:
- Watch our “What We Look For” webinar to determine a reasonable grant request.
- Dedicate the bulk of your budget to spay/neuter expenses. You may also include other small expenses, such as transportation, marketing materials or other expenses directly related to your project. Please contact us if you have questions about permitted expenses.
- Sign up for our email notifications. You may apply for a targeted spay/neuter grant during 2 open grant periods a year. Our email alerts will let you know when the time is right.
- Make sure we know where you are. We'll send your mail to the address listed on your most recent IRS Form 990. If you've moved, please send an updated IRS Form 8822 (PDF) to: PetSmart Charities Grants, 19601 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85027. Or email the form to us.
- Update your GuideStar profile. We'll pull some information for your application from GuideStar.
- Decide which grant is right for you. You may apply for only 1 spay/neuter grant at a time: the targeted spay/neuter grant OR the free-roaming spay/neuter grant.
- Be thorough. We review and approve grant applications throughout the open application period. To avoid delays, please make sure you've completed your application and included all attachments when you submit your proposal.
“We are excited to increase the number of spay/neuter surgeries for pets from Lamar County. We plan to measure the impact of these high numbers of surgeries on shelter intake — with the expectation that we’ll see a drop in intake over the next 2 years.”
— Valerie Rachal, research and development manager, Southern Pines Animal Shelter; Miss.