Animal funds

California Animal Welfare Funders Collaborative awards $60,000 to local shelters

19 California organizations will receive funding to improve dog and cat rescue in their communities

The California Animal Welfare Funders Collaborative (CAWFC) recently awarded nearly $300,000 in grants to 19 organizations to have the greatest impact possible on people and their pets across the state.

CAWFC, a unique donor model, including the Annenberg Foundation with the support of Wallis Annenberg PetSpace,Best Friends Animal Society, California Community Foundation, California for all animals, Maddie® Fundsand Michelson Foundation for Found Animalscombine their funds each July to really make a difference.

“California for All Animals is proud to be part of a partnership-focused collaboration with organizations to find community solutions to keep pets in their homes whenever possible,” Allison Cardona, state director of California, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. “By looking beyond the animal in the shelter to the underlying issues that brought them there, many of which we have perpetuated, we will broaden our reach to the higher goal of prevention. Working together statewide allows us to put aside the band-aids and reach the building blocks. »

The California Animal Welfare Space Leaders Group focused on awarding organizations statewide that have demonstrated a desire to preserve the human-animal bond. Efforts by these organizations include starting or improving initiatives to help keep pets and people together. The funding round started earlier this month and will end in June 2023.

“The Annenberg Foundation and Wallis Annenberg PetSpace are honored to be part of the California Animal Welfare Funders Collaborative,” said Gabrielle Amster, director of Wallis Annenberg PetSpace. “By working together, we can help more pets and pet owners, and reach deeper into the areas of need in our communities.”

A total of $60,000 in grants was awarded to organizations in Southern California. This included:

  • $20,000 to the City of San Bernardino Department of Animal Services for resources to support their Return to Owner Program
  • $15,000 to Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA for microchips
  • $15,000 to the Ramona Humane Society for resources to support homeownership programs
  • $10,000 to the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control for veterinary welfare and support for pet owners

“We are proud to continue this important work with our partners to enrich the lives of companion animals and the programs that care for them,” said Brett Yates, CEO of Michelson Found Animals. “This collaboration has been an incredible resource for the animal welfare community and allows us to continue to support companion animals in all aspects they come across with our communities.”