ASPCA Awards $7.6 Million to Animal Welfare Nonprofits

The New York City-based has announced 2012 grants totaling more than $7.6 million to animal welfare organizations across the country.

The grants include support for a range of projects and initiatives, including $3.5 million for shelter outreach programs, more than $2.1 million for spay and neuter programs, and $490,000 in support of anti-cruelty rescues, raids, and investigations. The organization also awarded $811,000 for other anti-cruelty efforts, including grassroots initiatives, humane farming, education for humane law enforcement, and disaster and emergency response; $268,000 to equine groups for emergency hay and feed, veterinary care, and capacity building; and $96,000 for equine cruelty response and seizures.

Altogether, the ASPCA made 828 grants to 619 organizations in forty-nine states, representing a 127 percent year-over-year increase in the number of grants awarded.

"The ASPCA is pleased to assist the life-saving efforts of local animal welfare organizations across the country," said ASPCA vice president of grants management Michael Barrett. "We are continuously inspired by the dedication and perseverance of our grantees on behalf of animals in need, and are honored to be a part of their work."

"." American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Press Release 07/17/2012.