Foundation set to award grants to animal shelters and dog rescue groups

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Paw Prints Humane Society of Sedona, Inc. in Sedona, Ariz. created the Mobile Adoption Vehicle to house at-risk animals in Northern Arizona. Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Eatontown, N.J. focused on dogs with behavioral issues with the creation of their Dog Behavioral Department. In California, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Monterey developed a program that pairs at-risk children with dogs who are then taught basic skills, giving both the dogs and children a gratifying experience.

According to mars.com, as a part of the PEDIGREE Foundation Innovation Grants, each charity was awarded between $10,000 and $25,000 grants to put their prize-winning plans into action. The time has come again for charities and non-profits to gather to invent creative programs to encourage dog adoption.

Interested dog shelters and dog rescue groups must fill out an application stating a program objective, detailed strategy, projected budget and measures of success. The applications for 2012 were released two weeks ago.

Groups must sign up before 4 p.m. on June 29. For more information on applying, visit www.pedigreefoundation.org.

To apply for a grant, visit the aforementioned website and click on the “Apply for a Grant” link. Non-profits with 501(c)(3) credentials must first create a pre-qualifying account before they apply for Innovation Grants. Grants will be awarded in the fall of 2012.

For the third year in a row, the PEDIGREE Foundation hopes to decrease the number of homeless dogs in the country. Unfortunately, according to PEDIGREE’s website, more than four million dogs are placed in shelters and breed rescue organizations each year and about half of them never find a home.

Whether you are planning to apply for a grant or just want to help animals in need, it is a perfect opportunity to save a dog’s life. The PEDIGREE website makes it easy to donate. All it takes is a click of the mouse, a few pounds on the keyboard and some lucky dogs will be on their way to finding homes of their own.

If you are looking to adopt a dog, the website also provides an easy way to find a dog near your home. Using your zip code, you can search nearby shelters for dogs waiting to be adopted. If you are searching for a specific breed, age or sex, you can also enter that into your search. If you are looking to get a new dog, check your local shelter. These dogs deserve a better life and, who knows? You may just find your new best friend.

Samantha Wood | @bostonu14 | Blog
Boston, MA Samantha is a journalism student at Boston University who hopes to pursue a career in the health magazine field. She is interested in both nutrition and cooking, especially vegan cooking. She became a vegan while in college and has remained that way ever since. She created a blog to document her efforts and it has become a collection of vegan recipes, restaurants and nutrition information. Samantha hopes to develop her photography skills as well so she can take appetizing photos of all her recipes. She loves chocolate (the vegan kind of course) and dogs, as well as California, where she hopes to live someday.

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