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

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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

in grants to local animal services nonprofits
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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.

Media Guideline

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

Past Grant Awards

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Gavin Nichols

Senior Program Officer