Community Pet Program

Supporting Underserved Communities and Owned Pets in Need

U.S. Community Pet Program Grants

Applications for the 2015 Community Pet Program grant cycle have officially closed. The next grant cycle dates will be announced in early 2016.  Canadian organizations, please navigate to the bottom of this page

The PetSmart Charities® Community Pet Program (U.S. only) provides grant funding to assist owned cats and dogs in underserved communities with

  • free, accessible spay/neuter surgeries
  • free basic preventative care
  • intensive, positive outreach
  • a tightly defined target area

This kind of project has proven to produce significant impact for pets in poverty and the people who love them.

There are approximately 23 million pets living in poverty in the U.S. today. Of those, an estimated 80% are unaltered and 70% have never seen a veterinarian (Pets for Life data). Compare that to U.S. households overall, where about 20% of pets are unaltered (PetSmart Charities 2014 U.S. Shelter Pet Report). These pets in poverty are the most likely source of the pets entering local shelters.

By providing a year of free basic veterinary services (spay/neuter and preventative care) to the underserved target area -- using focused and positive outreach -- you will help create a healthier community for those pets, their families, and their neighbors.

What does an underserved community look like?

  • It is systemically poor: (Visit city-data.com for valuable population data)
  • median annual income below national poverty level
  • high percentage of residents living at or below poverty level
  • relatively high unemployment rate, compared to state average
  • Residents have little or no access to important services:
    • human health services
    • family food and supplies
    • affordable/accessible veterinary services
    • pet food and supplies

Use the PDF iconCommunity Assessment Tool to help you define underserved areas near you.  Then you can narrow down to an appropriate small target for your proposed grant project.

What will the grant fund?

As part of a qualified grant application, the PetSmart Charities Community Pet Program will consider, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • minimum of 500 free spay/neuter services for owned dogs and cats
  • free preventative care: vaccinations, flea control, de-wormer
  • marketing and outreach expenses
  • related items, based on the project

See sample budget for examples of possible project elements.

How to measure success

  • increased percentage of altered pets in the area
  • decreased shelter intake for zip code containing your target area
  • increased access to spay/neuter and preventative care services

Other measurements of impact may be appropriate to your project.

Tools to help you plan your project

We encourage you to view the Community Pet Program webinar recording for information about the program and what a successful project looks like.

We have created the following tools and resources to help you plan your project and application:

  • Program details, parameters, and tips for a successful application

                   Overview & Tips: Planning Your Application

  • Worksheet to help you identify underserved areas near you and then narrow down to a small project target

                   Sample Community Assessment

                   Template Community Assessment

  • Quick tool to estimate the number of intact pets in your proposed target area

                    Intact Pets Calculator

  • Complete project budget with sample project elements, including what PetSmart Charities might fund

                    Sample Project Budget

                    Budget Template

                    Staffing Considerations

  • Required commitment letters for key contributing organizations or clinics

                    Sample Partner Letter

                    Sample Clinic Letter

As an additional reference, the HSUS/PetSmart Charities Pets For Life Toolkit is a valuable resource regarding positive outreach for underserved communities, including outreach/preventative care events.

How to apply (U.S. only) 

Applications for the 2015 Community Pet Program grant cycle have officially closed. The next grant cycle dates will be announced in early 2016.

Decide which grant is right for you. You may apply for either a Community Pet Program Grant OR a targeted free-roaming cat spay/neuter grant.

  • Please make sure that your application is complete. Answer all questions and upload all required documents.
  • Note for current grantees: If your current PetSmart Charities grant will end after these applications have closed, you are eligible to apply during this application period which ends July 7th. As we review your new application, one of our considerations will be the status of your existing project.
  • If you are a municipality or tribal authority, please read the Instructions for Municipalities and Tribal Authorities before applying.

 

Canada Spay/Neuter Grants for Owned Pets

Applications for the 2015 Community Pet Program grant cycle have officially closed. The next grant cycle dates will be announced in early 2016.

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 of Canada targeted spay/neuter grant. Our targeted spay/neuter grants measurably reduce the number of owned dogs or cats in specific overpopulated areas.  This approach concentrates 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 of Canada grants up to $100,000 a year to qualified targeted spay/neuter grantees. We currently prioritize applications for 1-year grant projects.

Our targeted spay/neuter grant category funds projects that:

  •  concentrate on owned pets, either dogs or cats
  •  are targeted to
    • Well-defined geographic areas, such as a neighborhood, town, city, county, postal code.
    • OR
    • A specific dog type with an especially high intake at your local shelters.
  • allow you to collect and compare data before/after data for your target to measure the number of lives your grant helps you save. Ideally, this means intake data from your local shelter(s).

How to apply

Applications for the 2015 Community Pet Program grant cycle have officially closed. The next grant cycle dates will be announced in early 2016.

In general, 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.

If you are a municipality or tribal authority, please read the Instructions for Municipalities and Tribal Authorities before applying.