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 and maintain a live release rate of over 90% since then.

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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2022 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 annually 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.

Applications are accepted every three years to receive a multi-year grant. Please check back for updates on the 2024 timeline.

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
  • 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.
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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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