There are so many animals that need homes that it seems impossible to have enough animal shelters and rescue clubs. It is also hard for the ones that exist to keep operating if they do not have the funds. Nevertheless, there are options available with grants from various organizations that will help out by providing your non-profit organization a grant. There are plenty of funding that can be found for shelters trying to find homes for animals and wildlife rescues.
Bernice Barbour Foundation
This foundation was developed after an animal advocate that aimed to protect animal rights and to improve their lives. Up to $900,000 is given out each year to assist rescue groups and veterinary research institutes along with animal shelters. You can receive health and wellness assistance, veterinary medical assistance and even wildlife rehabilitation through this foundation.
Maddies Fund
This grant was named after a miniature Schnauzer who’s care givers wanted to name the foundation after her in support of her love. They aim to help senior pet adoptions and medical treatment for homeless pets in animal shelters. They strive to get the word out by the use of television ads to promote adoption, particularly for older cats and dogs as they tend to be the last adopted.
Animal Assistance Foundation
Assistance from this foundation is for non-profit organizations that provide animal care and shelter for animals needing a home. This grant will assist with paying for medical care and getting cats and dogs spayed and neutered. They provide assistance to keep shelters running so that the animals are safe and healthy.
These are just a few of the grants available for animal shelters to make sure that the homeless dogs and cats can see a brighter tomorrow in a loving home. Those funding wildlife rescues provide assistance to give these animals a second chance at life in a safe environment.

Whether your animal rescue or shelter is being affected by funding cuts, lack of donations or an increase in animals to care for, you can shorten the financial gaps by registering your animal shelter or rescue on AmazonSmile. When shoppers visit AmazonSmile instead of the regular Amazon site address, 0.5 percent of their eligible purchases could be donated directly to your organization by the AmazonSmile Foundation.

Shoppers still get the great Amazon products they love. Your animal rescue or shelter receives donations. It’s a win-win situation, so sign up for an Amazon Smile account now!

Is My Shelter or Animal Rescue Eligible?

If your charitable organization is in the United States or the District of Columbia, you may register for Amazon Smile if you’re a 501(c)(3) and in good standing with the IRS. You must follow the Amazon Smile Participation Agreenment and be a public charitable organization. Learn more about eligibility here.
How are the Donations Received?

Your organization must receive the donations through electronic transfer. (However, if your organization is not set up for this, Amazon Smile will hold your donations in your account anyway.) Payments are deposited quarterly if donations are $5 or more. Donations less than $5 will be kept in your account until you reach the $5 payout amount in another quarter.
Register Your AmazonSmile Account
1. Search for your charitable organization either by name or EIN number. (Pick your correct organization as several organization may have a name like yours!)
2. Create an organization administrator account, then agree to the AmazonSmile Participation Agreement.
3. Verify your email address.
4. Submit your organization’s bank account information.
5. Upload a copy of a voided check or bank statement.

Instructions for Shoppers

• Visit AmazonSmile:
• Search for your pet rescue or shelter name.
• Shop and check out.

Get the Word Out

Announce your presence on the AmazonSmile site to the public. Amazon gives you a variety of marketing tools so you can easily place a notice in your newsletter, plaster a pre-made banner on your official website, or make an announcement on your social media accounts. Most offline marketing is prohibited, and there are certain restrictions for different states. Research more about specific marketing restrictions and rules here.
A little effort may be worth great rewards. Sign up for AmazonSmile so shoppers can have the option to donate to your organization day or night, seven days a week.

Your kids probably love animals, and just might bring a stray dog or cat home with them someday. It might follow them home and they may not know what to do. This will be an excellent time to educate your kids and teens about their local animal shelters or animal rescue organization. It will teach them a valuable life lesson.
Animals like dogs and cats are numerous, and may even outnumber humans in some areas. While many of them belong to loving homes, many of them aren’t so lucky. These animals will likely end up roaming the streets until they get picked up by animal control, follow your kids home, or (worst case scenario) get hit by a car. In the case of the two scenarios that keep these animals alive, these animals will likely end up at your local animal shelter.
Teaching your kids about their local animal shelter will serve to teach them about the realities of pet ownership and responsibilities. It will show them the importance of spaying and neutering pets so the dog and cat population is down. This will cause fewer shelter animals, which will cut back on otherwise crowded shelters. It will also show your kids a more humane means of getting pets, rather than buying one from a pet store, which often relies on puppy and kitten mills, which are often inhumane.
Your local animal shelter or animal rescue organization is always there for you when their services are needed. Whether you are dropping off a stray cat or dog, or you have decided to adopt an animal, these organizations have the animal’s best intentions in mind. Whatever the case may be, you should educate your kids about these wonderful organizations. You’ll be glad you did.

Nurturing an environment at an animal shelter or rescue that is healthy and productive can be a taxing process. Staff and volunteers can have strong emotions about the things they see during a typical day at a shelter, including cases of animal cruelty, animals getting sick, and even animals dying.

There are two simple things you can do in order to help staff and volunteers cope with these painful aspects of working at a shelter or rescue.

Prep Your Team Members
Before anyone signs on to be a volunteer or a staff member, it can be helpful to let them know that they will be seeing some painful circumstances at the shelter from time to time. Some people think that shelters just feed animals until they get adopted by a loving family and live happily ever after. Don’t try to dampen the spirit of the potential team member, but be realistic as well. This can lessen the blow when unpleasant things do happen to animals at the shelter.

Celebrate the Positive Events
Whenever something positive and pleasant does happen to an animal in the shelter, be sure to recognize and celebrate it with the team. Things to celebrate might include:
• Successful births
• Birthdays of older animals
• An animal getting a clean bill of health from a vet (especially after an illness)
• A record number of animals being adopted out in a single day, week, or month
• The animals getting a new staff member or volunteer to join your team
And these celebrations don’t have to be just for the animals. Recognizing when a team member has done a good job on a project, has a birthday or anniversary, or is expecting new family members through adoption or pregnancy are all reasons to take a few moments out to say “Thank you,”, “Good job,” or “Congratulations!”

Beyond these two things you can do little more than just be there for your team. Be a solid shoulder for tears, a listening ear for frustrations, and an encouraging smile for when days do seem to be going well. And even as you do all of these things for the sake of your team members and your animals, don’t forget to celebrate and encourage yourself as well. You’re part of the team, too!

Waste and trash buildup that is left around can not only be very unattractive for the community, it is also hazardous to wildlife. So what can you do to solve this problem; cleaning up the trash, while at the same time making sure that these animals are cared for? You and your community working together can solve this issue. Imagine if you combined your efforts with your community and organized weekend trash cleanups for the roadsides, parks, and forests.
This solution would bring about a positive ripple effect, and you would see less injured animals, less trash that could harm the wildlife, and more people working to get this done. By doing this you will also make citizens aware of your animal shelter, and this in turn will bring you more business.
As an animal shelter, you can help the community to understand that wildlife matters too, and that it’s not just about animals in the shelter that were disowned. It would really be a great help if communities and shelters teamed up and took responsibility for fixing this issue. Advertise awareness for all, and encourage your community to make reports when they see stray animals on the roads. This is a big step in the right direction.

Six tips to keep your shelter a safe place to work
People who work at animal shelters care about animals and want to make sure they are healthy and safe. It is also important to to make the shelter a safe place for the humans who work and volunteer there. Below are six tips to help keep your shelter a safe place to work.

Always wash your hands
We learned about the importance of hand-washing in pre-school and those lessons still apply. Hand-washing is your first line of defense when fighting off disease. There are some animal diseases that can be transmitted to humans. Taking fifteen seconds to thoroughly wash your hands with disinfecting soap can help you to stay healthy.

Take care of your food
A shelter should have a clearly defined area for the storage and preparation of food. Animal cages should not be cleaned in or around the food preparation or storage areas. Also, food should not be kept in the same refrigerator as veterinary drugs or laboratory samples. Finally, it is a good practice to not eat in the areas where animals are housed or treated.

Treat your wounds
No one working at a shelter wants to be bit or scratched, but unfortunately it does sometimes happen. When it happens, make sure to seek proper medical attention and do not try to treat it on your own. You should also make sure to report any wounds or injuries to your management staff.

Keep your vaccinations up to date
Again, bites and scratches do sometimes happen. Animal shelter employees should receive a tetanus vaccination every ten years. Staff working with wild animals or even potentially at risk strays may also need to have a rabies vaccination.

Pay attention to OSHA regulations
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations give clear guidelines to ensure workplace safety. Some regulations, such as the proper use and storage of chemicals and placing signage when cleaning and mopping the floors, are particularly relevant in animal shelters. OSHA also has guidelines for proper disposal of medical waste such as syringes. You can review their guidelines on the OSHA website.

Always have a plan
No matter how much you do right, sometimes things just go wrong. Make sure you have a plan. Every employee should know who to contact and what to do in case of dangerous weather, fire, or other emergency situations.

One of the worst nightmares for any shelter is the outbreak of a disease within the shelter. We are entrusted to look after these animals so if they get ill under our care that is a horrible outcome.
Ringworm is one of the most common outbreak in most shelters, it spreads easily, and before you know it, most of your shelter is infected.
Fortunately, there are some simple steps that you can take to significantly reduce the chances of an outbreak in your shelter, thus ensuring that you take the utmost care in looking after your animals. Here are five of the best:
1. Diagnosing Infected Animals Quickly, & Isolating Them – This is the best step in preventing an epidemic if you have an infection in your shelter. The problem is that accurate tests are not always available. This is why it is best to adopt a ‘worst case scenario’, and isolate any potentially infected animals before they have a chance to spread the ringworm.
2. Decontaminating An Infected Environment – If you have an outbreak, then effective decontamination is essential. In some cases normal disinfectant will suffice. But you might want to go a step further, and use a broad spectrum of disinfectants to ensure that you don’t suffer any relapses.
3. Identify & Remove Exposed Animals – This is separate to infected animals, as it involves removing animals that are showing no symptoms and are not yet definitely infected. Basically, to stop the spread of ringworm as much as possible, you need to remove any animal that even might have come into contact with an infected animal. So if two dogs shared a kennel, but only one is showing symptoms, then it is best to remove them both to an isolated area.
4. Keep Newly Admitted Animals Protected – For many animals, a vaccine is available against ringworm. So to ensure that both they, and future animals are protected, try to get new arrivals vaccinated as soon as possible. This is especially important in shelters that may have already been infected.
5. Keep Everything Documented – For both ease of access, and to cover your own back, you should ensure that everything related to the ringworm outbreak, as well as what you are doing to prevent it is documented. This way you have easy access, and any authorities do too. You will know which animals are infected, which ones are exposed, and it will be much easier to control.

Taking better photos of animals involves understanding some basics about photography. These include using the right equipment, understanding lighting, and being able to catch the attention of the subject.
Use the Right Equipment
For good photography, even digital, a photographer should be working with a 35mm single lens reflex camera. The capabilities, even in automatic mode, allow far better control of factors such as timing, exposure, lighting type, and framing. Basic automatic cameras simply take a shot with a standard 22mm lens approach and automatically fire off a flash when inside. Both produce poor photos of any subject.
Make Lighting Work for You
Second, natural lighting in the morning and early evening is the best because it brings out the most color in a subject shot. Good subject photos of an animal will be fairly up close, and animals tend to behave a bit better in a natural environment than inside a kennel or artificial room. Red-eye in shots are common when a photograph is taken indoors and the flash is used. It also produces a bleached out photograph, providing a poor quality image of the animal.
Reduce Distractions
Third, the animal should be fed prior to the shot to ensure he or she is not distracted looking for food every other second. Use of a toy or calm voice commands can relax an animal enough to take a good photograph and capture the best side of the dog or cat.
With a bit of practice some amazing shots of animal shelter animals can be taken, potentially increasing the movement of animals into loving homes at a faster pace.

Off-Site adoptions can be a great way for animal welfare organizations to get their message out and to get some animals adopted. At the same time, off-site events mean a lot of work. If you’re organizing an event, you also need to consider which animals to bring and how to get those animals to the event safely.
With all that work, of course it’s mission critical that the event goes well and that you reach your goals. There are 5 things you can do to improve your odds:
1. Choose locations very carefully. Look for a location that offers lots of traffic and visibility. You will also need a location where you can manage animals easily. One way to improve your chances of finding the right venue and making the entire process easier is to form a partnership with places such as PETCO or PETsMART. Large pet stores such as these have already hosted off-site adoptions and have the resources (and venues) needed to appeal to animal lovers.
2. Get a few more volunteers than you think you need. If you get a better turnout than you expect, you will want to make sure that no potential adopters are ignored. Ask for volunteers early and choose volunteers who are great with people and enthusiastic.
3. Plan for good animal management. Animals will need to be sheltered and provided with water and possibly food. It is also essential to prevent all possible unsupervised contact with animals and to provide potential adopters with a space where they can interact with animals individually.
4. Advertise properly. Start advertising well ahead of the event to prevent impulse adoptions from people who are not ready for the responsibility. To promote the event, use social media, but also contact television or radio stations and newspapers. Often, pet adoptions are a solid “feel good” local story. Put up posters and don’t discount word of mouth advertising.
5. Keep it fun. Planning off-site adoptions can be stressful, but don’t let them see you sweat. Give animals a chance to play at the event and introduce bright colors, balloons, or even games to attract more visitors. Just keep in mind that this will require more volunteers.
There’s no way to guarantee that your big event will be a rousing success if you follow these steps, but these tips can improve the chances that you and your organization will change the lives of more pets.

Matching fur babies with their family members is a day that will change the lives of both forever. This day can come even sooner if you publicize the animal as much as possible. You can increase animal adoptions in easy, simple ways.

Online Viewing

Animal adoptions have proven to skyrocket once people can put a face to an animal and fall in love. Put each pet on your website so people can browse through and find the type of animals that interest them. Offer fun personality traits and any background information. Write attention catching, fun copy to draw people into each pet. Make sure the pet looks snazzy and that the picture showcases their personality. Besides you own website, register with This website helps thousands of pets find their soulmates each year.

Mobile Adoption Events
Getting pets in front of hundreds of hands waiting to pet them will help your adoption rates. You can set up these adoption events at any city gathering or festival to increase exposure. Hand out education material about adopting pets so people can see the benefits. Many people simply cannot resist petting a cute animal and just leaving the animal there watching as they walk away. It’s hard to turn down puppy dog eyes and a sweet kitty cat purr!

Many local television networks offer spots about adoptable pets. Dress a few of the pets up in a cute “Adopt Me” attire and parade them on television. If you’ve ever seen any of the late night talk show’s animal spots, you know they are some of the most fun and popular segments. People can see the personality of the animals and connect which leads them to coming in to visit the pet for potential adoption.


Take adorable pictures of the adoptable pets and print them on cardstock along with a playful biography. You can place these at the organization when people come to visit or you can pass the flyers out when you are out with the pets on a walk or playing outside. Ask local businesses if you can stick some of the cards in their windows or at the cashier counter so the pets get utmost exposure.