Pedigree petfood brand's Pedigree Foundation is now accepting 2012 grant applications from nonprofit, tax-exempt animal shelters and dog rescue groups.

Pedigree's Innovation grants are awarded to animal shelters and dog rescue groups that demonstrate innovation and out-of-the-box thinking for raising awareness, volunteerism, donations and dog adoption. The grants range from US$10,000 to US$25,000.

Interested groups can apply at www.pedigreefoundation.org by clicking on "Apply for a Grant."