The Pedigree Foundation awarded more than US$200,000 in Innovation Grants to 10 animal shelters and rescue groups for their ideas and efforts to help find dogs new homes.
The one-time grants will fund creative projects aimed at increasing dog adoptions and will assist homeless dogs with behavior training, feeding, housing and medical support. The winning organizations are:
Central Missouri Humane Society - Columbia, Missouri
Charleston Animal Society - North Charleston, South Carolina
Dubuque Regional Humane Society - Dubuque, Iowa
Houston Humane Society - Houston, Texas
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California
Leon County Humane Society - Tallahassee, Florida
Muttville Senior Dog Rescue - San Francisco, California
North Shore Animal League America - Port Washington, New York
Washington Animal Rescue League - Washington, D.C.
West Suburban Humane Society - Downers Grove, Illinois
New shelter data casts doubt on whether the pet population and pet ownership are truly growing.
While the pandemic caused unprecedented suffering worldwide in 2020, the disruptions to dogs, cats and other pets adoption numbers may normalize in 2021.