Animal Services Improving the lives of people and pets through collaboration and grantmaking

animal no kill

Our Impact

Prior to 2006, San Antonio had the third highest euthanasia rate of pets per capita in the country, with 50,000 animals euthanized annually.  For 10 years from 2007 – 2017, the San Antonio Area Foundation partnered with the animal welfare community including nonprofit animal shelters, spay/neuter clinics, animal rescue organizations, and involved citizens working with the City of San Antonio to help improve the lives of people and pets through the Animal No-Kill Initiative.

Over 10 years, the San Antonio Area Foundation through its Animal No-Kill Fund and Talk About It! Program helped organize and promote adoption events, pet fiestas, low cost shot clinics and:

  • Invested in grant and program funding to local animal services nonprofits for No-Kill projects through this initiative.
  • Funded over 94,000 pets to be spayed/neutered, preventing 1,700,000 dogs/cats from being born and contributing to overpopulation of stray and free-roaming dogs and cats.

These efforts helped increase the live release rate at the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services from 11 percent in 2006 to 90 percent in 2016 and maintain a live release rate of over 90% since then.

Read: San Antonio Reaches No-Kill Goal featured on San Antonio Express-News

$M
in grants to local animal services nonprofits
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animal lives released

Application Information

Funds from our donors who have made legacy gifts specifically to benefit animals are still awarded annually to animal welfare nonprofits, continuing to honor the wishes of those donors.

Eligibility

Organizations eligible for funding meet the following criteria:

  • Nonprofit work takes place in one of the following counties: Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina or Wilson
  • Organizations exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, schools, churches or governmental bodies for a minimum of one year as of February 27, 2020
  • Minimum organization budget expenses of $40,000 in the most recent, completed fiscal year.
Timeline

Applications are accepted every two years to receive a multi-year grant. Please check back for updates on the 2021 timeline.

What we do not fund

Animal Services grants do not support the following:

  • Endowments
  • Capital campaign
  • Religious purposes
  • Individuals
  • Debt reduction
  • Indirect costs
  • Scholarships for colleges, universities, and trade schools
  • Political activities, organizations, or lobbying efforts intended to influence legislation
Additional Information
  • All grant seekers must create an account to access the online application. Please click here to create an account in our Grants Center. You will receive an email confirming you have created an account.
  • Applications must be submitted via our online Grants Center.
  • Complete applications must be submitted by the deadline. Any application that is received after the deadline will not be eligible for funding.
  • For grantees, please download and review the Media Guidelines to assist you in publicizing and referring to your grant.

Past Grant Awards

2020 Animal Services Grant Awards

Congrats to our 2020 Animal Services grantees!

View List of Grantees

2019 Animal Services Grant Awards

Congrats to our 2019 Animal Services grantees!

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2018 Animal Services Grant Awards

Congrats to our 2018 Animal Services grantees!

View List of Grantees

Media Guideline

Click to review the Media Guideline to assist you in publicizing and referring to your grant.

Online Application

Click to review the Media Guideline to assist you in publicizing and referring to your grant.

Gavin Nichols

Gavin Nichols

Senior Program Officer