Women’s Shelters Grant

Women’s Shelters Grant The AKC Humane Fund is proud to be the leading organization that provides financial assistance to domestic abuse shelters that accept pets. Our grants make it easier for women’s shelters to welcome pets and help break the cycle of domestic abuse. Apply for a grant and tell us how you are helping pet owners at your facility.

Qualifications & Eligibility

  • Applicant must be (A) a not-for-profit organization that provides temporary or permanent housing for victims of domestic abuse and their pets, or (B), a not-for-profit organization that provides temporary or permanent housing for pets of victims of domestic abuse and has a formal, established working relationship with at least one not-for-profit shelter for victims of domestic abuse. Applicants in category (A) are preferred.
  • Applicants representing a pet shelter (See category B above) must provide a letter of referral from at least one Shelter for Victims of Domestic Abuse that the applicant assists. The letter must be on the Domestic Abuse Shelter’s letterhead, signed by the Executive Director of the Domestic Abuse Shelter and detail the extent of the relationship between your organizations.
  • AKC Humane Fund Women’s Shelter Grants are awarded for essential operational support relating to the housing of pets or capital improvements specifically for the housing and maintenance of pets.
  • AKC Humane Fund Rescue Grants may not be used for fundraising purposes.
  • An applicant may not apply for an AKC Humane Fund Grant if it has been awarded a grant from the AKC Humane Fund twice in the five calendar year period immediately preceding the application deadline.
  • Applicants that are awarded grants must comply with a reporting process as indicated by the AKC Humane Fund.
  • Application Instructions

    Submitted applications must include the following materials, in this order:
  • Completed Grant Application form with additional sheets attached as needed to answer questions. The original form is required and must be signed and dated.
  • Financial information regarding your organization, including the most recent financial statements (preferably audited), total current budget for the last completed fiscal year and for the current fiscal year of the organization, and a list detailing the principal sources of ongoing annual support for the organization.
  • Copy of the IRS Determination Letter confirming Section 501 (c)(3) status (if applicable).
  • If you'd prefer to fill out a paper version of this grant application, please use the PDF form located here