Targeted Spay/Neuter Grants

Zero in on areas where needs are critical


Spay/neutered catsDoes 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.

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 open and will run until funding is exhausted.  We encourage you to apply online as soon as possible:

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.
  • 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.
  • Municipalities applying for the first time:   All U.S. governmental entities applying online to PetSmart Charities for the first time are required to supply us with a copy of their Federal 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.

“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.