The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has announced grants totaling nearly $7.4 million to animal welfare organizations across the country.
Awarded during the first two quarters of the year and ranging in amount from $100 to $1 million, grants were made to more than 467 organizations in 49 states, including 43 grants totaling $3 million to organizations working to increase the number of animals saved in shelters through support for adoption events and foster programs, vaccinations, shelter enrichment and behavioral programs, training for veterinary students and animal welfare professionals, and organizational capacity-building efforts.
In addition, the organization awarded 104 grants totaling nearly $2 million in support of spay/neuter initiatives, including trap-neuter-return programs, mobile surgery vehicles, and low-cost, high-volume clinics; 51 grants totaling more than $760,000 to help animal welfare organizations respond to incidents of animal abuse and cruelty; and 36 grants totaling nearly $453,000 for programs aimed at reducing the number of animals entering shelters, including safety-net programs and veterinary wellness programs.
"The creativity, dedication, and passion of our grantees are the driving forces behind their life-saving programs," said Michael Barrett, the organization's vice president of grants management. "The ASPCA is proud to fund the exciting and ground-breaking work of organizations across the country who can accomplish great things with the financial support we are able to provide."