Targeted Spay/Neuter Grants

Zero in on areas where needs are critical

Grant applications for targeted spay/neuter of owned pets are closed for 2014.


The application period will reopen in Spring 2015 with a revised focus and structure. To receive announcements about 2015 applications, sign up for our email notifications 

Does a particular area in your community have a particularly high shelter intake?  Are you receiving lots of complaints or requests for assistance from a certain neighborhood?   Would those “hotspots” benefit from a focused, intensive spay/neuter project?

If so, consider applying for a PetSmart Charities® targeted spay/neuter grant.   Our targeted spay/neuter grants measurably reduce the number of owned dogs or cats in specific overpopulated areas.   That result is made possible by concentrating the project’s resources – time, money, outreach, people, surgery slots, etc. --  to sterilize a significant number of the intact owned pets in the target area.  

PetSmart Charities donates up to $100,000 a year to qualified targeted spay/neuter grantees.  We currently prioritize applications for 1-year grant projects.

What we fund in 2014

Our targeted spay/neuter grant category funds projects that:

  • Concentrate on owned pets, either dogs or cats
  • Are targeted 
    • in well-defined geographic areas. You might target a neighborhood, town, city, county, census tract or ZIP code
    • OR on a specific dog type with an especially high intake at your local shelters.
  • Allow you to collect, track, and compare before-and-after data by target area and/or breed type to measure the number of lives your grant helps you save. Ideally, this means intake data from your local shelter(s). 

What we DON'T fund in 2014

Our targeted spay/neuter grants do NOT fund projects that:

  • Can’t provide measurable results
  • Can’t perform enough surgeries for impact in the targeted area.
  • Don't address a critical need in a targeted area of your community.
  • Focus on spay/neuter for pets without owners (ie those being prepared for adoption or just adopted by your organization)


How to apply

Our grant application cycle is currently closed and will re-open in Spring 2015 with a revised focus and structure.  In general, To prepare for your targeted spay/neuter grant application:

  • 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 open grant application grant periods. Our email alerts will let you know when the time is right.
  • 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.
    • If you currently have a PetSmart Charities spay/neuter grant (either Targeted Spay/Neuter for Owned Pets or Spay/Neuter for Free-Roaming Cats), please do not apply until that grant is successfully completed.
  • 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 required attachments when you submit your proposal.
  • Municipalities applying for the first time:   Any representative of a U.S. governmental entity applying online to PetSmart Charities for the first time us required to supply us with a copy of their organization's letter from the IRS. If your finance office does not have the original letter you will need to contact the IRS at 1-877-829-5500 for a copy of your “Governmental Information letter” free of charge.
  • Returning Municipalities:  If you’re a governmental entity you may need to supply us with a copy of your IRS Federal letter (US), or GST sales tax form (Canada) before you can be registered.  If you believe your organization has already supplied this documentation, please contact our tech support team for assistance.

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“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.