Animal Services

Improving the lives of people and pets through collaboration and grantmaking

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.

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

Give a gift of any size right now and join forces with the Area Foundation to create a larger impact in this area.

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2024 Timeline

We moved our responsive grantmaking to a multi-year process in 2021. The next open grant process will be held in 2024. Please look for the process information in late 2023 or early 2024.

Application Information

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

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.

The Animal Services grant process is coming up this year. This will be a 3-year grant commitment and the next responsive grant process for Animal Services will be in 2027.

The application will be available April 29th through June 9th, 2024. The deadline is Sunday, June 9th, but please be advised that no one at the Area Foundation is available to help you after 4:00pm on Friday, June 7th.



Application Open on website

April 29, 2024 (Monday)

Community Information Meetings

·      In-person, San Antonio Area Foundation office)

·      Virtual (Zoom link below)


May 1st (Wednesday)

9:30 – 11:00am


May 8th (Wed)

9:30 – 11:00am

Application Deadline (6 weeks)

June 9th (Sunday)

Application Review (9 weeks)

June 10th – Sep 13th

Grant payments and agreements

Week of Sep 23rd   


Please note that dates may change. To stay updated on application deadlines and requirements, please sign up for our newsletter. As always, if you have questions, please contact Gavin Nichols, at, 210.242.4720.

The San Antonio Area Foundation strives to host inclusive and accessible meetings and events that enable all individuals to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Gavin Nichols at, 210.242.4720.

Zoom Access

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 580 289 9565

The San Antonio Area Foundation offers several ways to access support during the application process in addition to Information Sessions described above.

Virtual Office Hours:

  • Program officers will be available on zoom during weekly office hours to answer questions. No appointment is needed.

Virtual office hours are:

Wednesdays, 4pm – 6pm

May 1 – June 5, 2024

Join Zoom Meeting

Meet with the program officer:

  • The Animal Services program officers are available to meet with applicants through June 7, 2024. Program Officers will provide guidance on the process and answer questions about the application but will not review or edit application drafts of the application.
  • To schedule a meeting with the program officer, contact Gavin Nichols,, 242.7420.

Animal Services grants do not support the following:

  • Endowments.
  • Capital campaigns.
  • Religious purposes.
  • Scholarships for colleges, universities and trade schools.
  • Political activities, organizations, or lobbying efforts intended to influence legislation.
  • 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.
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Past Grant Awards

2021 Animal Services
Grant Awards

Congrats to our 2021 Animal Services grantees! These are 3-year grants and will be regranted in 2022 and 2023.

2020 Animal Services
Grant Awards

Congrats to our 2020 Animal Services grantees!

2019 Animal Services
Grant Awards

Congrats to our 2019 Animal Services grantees!

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Gavin Nichols
Gavin Nichols
Senior Program Officer
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