Request for Proposals:
Response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Special grants are being made available to animal welfare organizations and agencies by a collaborative of animal welfare grantmakers in order to meet the needs of pets and pet owners arising from large-scale natural or man-made disasters.  Members of this collaborative include but are not limited to: A Kinder World Foundation, Houston PetSet, Petco Foundation, Petfinder Foundation, and PetSmart Charities

These grants are available to qualified animal welfare organizations and government agencies based in the U.S. or a U.S. territory whose communities are suffering the impact of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, or Maria and whose work benefits companion animals (e.g., dogs and cats).  

Grants will also be considered for organizations that have not been directly impacted by these historic disasters but are helping another organization in need -- for example, assisting with the intake of animals from an impacted area. Applicants that are responding to disasters must have received a request from an Agency Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). Applications from organizations that self-deploy or are based outside the vicinity of the affected geographic areas will not be considered.

Application Guidelines

Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization or government agency, such as municipal or county animal control, with an animal welfare mission or direct relationship with an animal welfare entity, and a federal tax ID (EIN/Employer Identification Number)
  • This may include, but is not limited to, shelters, rescues, sanctuaries/hospice, food banks/pantries, animal hospitals/medical clinics, and social service organizations that also assist pet owners and/or displaced or homeless companion animals
  • The applicant organization must have been directly affected by the disaster or be providing/participating in direct response to the disaster at the request of an Agency Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)
  • The applicant organization must be located in or near the affected geographic areas within U.S. states or territories only
  • The applicant must be in need of immediate assistance

Funding may include the following purposes:

  • Resources, including pet supplies and food for pet owners
  • Rescue and shelter supplies and equipment
  • Sheltering or temporary boarding and fostering of rescued or at-risk animals
  • Transport/transfers/relocation of animals
  • Emergency and ongoing veterinary or medical care for animals
  • Physical and behavioral examination and rehabilitation
  • Overtime expenses for shelter staff
  • Travel and related incidental expenses for shelter staff or staff deployed to affected disaster areas to assist with disaster response for animals
  • Infrastructure repairs/rebuilding, including outside areas, kennels, outbuildings, vehicles, and equipment

In-kind donations, such as pet supplies and food, may also be available.

These grants are not provided for disaster preparedness. 

Please see individual funders’ web sites for additional opportunities.

Award Range

Grant award size will be determined based on specific needs and interest among the participating funders. 

How to Apply

Eligible nonprofit organizations may apply here:

In order to expedite your request, please make every effort to follow the online application procedure. If you have questions not addressed by the guidelines, you may contact us for assistance.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as they are received until October 15, 2017, after which time the Animal Disaster Funding Collaborative will no longer accept submissions.

Please Note

Applicants should have the following information handy for the application:

  • Your organization’s Federal Tax ID/Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Number of animals being/to be cared for as a result of the disaster
  • Animal intake and adoption numbers, if applicable
  • If your organization was asked to assist another organization in need, a copy of a government-issued letter and/or a news article describing your role in the incident

Any and all information submitted may be retained and/or shared by the animal welfare funding agencies participating in this collaborative, including but not limited to: A Kinder World Foundation, Houston PetSet, Petco Foundation, Petfinder Foundation, and PetSmart Charities.  If your request is considered for funding, one of the animal welfare funding agencies (“Funding Organization”) will contact your organization for contracting and/or additional information.  Reporting and other funding requirements are at the discretion of the Funding Organization.