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Animal Rescue Fund

Grants to Alberta Nonprofits for
Local Animal Welfare Activities

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Grants of up to $2,000 to Alberta nonprofit pet rescue organizations in eligible locations for animal rescue efforts. Funding is intended to support activities such as spay and neutering, microchipping, training, vaccinations, surgeries, and dental care that may increase the chances of rescue animals being adopted. Eligible applicants are in Edmonton.

ARF grant funding can be used towards the following types of programs/initiatives:

  1. Medical/Dental Care: Providing medical care or dental care for rescued animals, including vaccinations or spay/neutering.
  2. Pet Identification: Microchipping or tattooing rescued animals for identification purposes.
  3. Behavior Training: Providing behavior training classes for qualifying animals. 

Animal(s) that benefit from ARF grant funding should meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • The animal was surrendered from a City of Edmonton resident;
  • The animal was transferred from the Animal Care & Control Centre to the rescue organization; and/or
  • The animal was previously in the care of the Animal Care & Control Centre or the Edmonton Humane Society, and then was transferred to the rescue organization.

A rescue organization can apply for an ARF grant that will benefit multiple animals. However, only animals that came into the care of the rescue organization during the previous year or current year will qualify for the ARF grant funds. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148715

Estimated Size of Grant:

For each grant application, a rescue organization may apply for up to $2,000.00 of funding.

Term of Contract:

Any ARF grant funding that has not been spent by December 1 must be paid back to the City of Edmonton.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Rescue organizations that meet the following criteria are welcome to apply for ARF grants:
- Acts Locally: Rescue organization is located in Edmonton, Alberta, and/or primarily provides animal rescue/ animal adoption services within the City of Edmonton.

Note: If a rescue organization’s target community is not Edmonton-based, the organization is still welcome to apply for ARF grant funds to support animals that had previously been surrendered by Edmonton residents, in the care of the Edmonton Humane Society or the Animal Care and Control Centre.

- Non-Profit Organizations: Registered as federal charity whose primary purpose involves pet rescue, pet adoption and/or humane animal care. The ARF grants are not available to individuals or for-profit businesses.
- Insured: Carry liability insurance of not less than $2 million for any one occurrence
- Spay/Neuter Policies: Have a policy of spaying/neutering their rescue animals prior to these animals beiמg adopted
- Licensing/Pet ID Policies: Have a policy of promoting pet licensing / pet identification for all rescued animals
- Promote Compliance: In good standing with Animal Care and Control Centre and Edmonton Humane Society (e.g., no delinquent pet accounts, no outstanding fines/fees, no overdue funds/reports from previous ARF grants, no ongoing investigations by Edmonton Humane Society, Animal Care and Control Centre and/or Alberta Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)

Pre-Application Information:

Important Deadlines:

First Quarter: January 1 - March 31
Deadline: March 15

Second Quarter: April 1 - June 30
Deadline: June 15

Third Quarter: July 1 - September 30
Deadline: September 15

Fourth Quarter: October 1 - December 15
Deadline: November 30

Applications will be assessed on a first come-first served basis each quarter.

To ensure a wide distribution of funds, rescue organizations that received
an ARF grant in a previous quarter will only be considered for another ARF grant after the other applications for the current quarter have been assessed and if funds are still available.

Up to one grant submission is allowed per rescue organization per quarter for each calendar year, subject to the availability of funds.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit application to:
Community Relations Advisor
Animal Care & Control Centre
13550 163 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5V 0B2

Telephone: 780-495-0327

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta: City of Edmonton;

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