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The Compassionate Cat Grant

Grants to USA Animal Shelters to Support Efforts to Educate
Adopters on the Risks and Responsibilities of Cat Ownership

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Foundation / Corporation

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Utility Farm

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Grants ranging from $500 to $1,500 to USA animal shelters to support efforts to educate new cat adopters on their pets' safety and health. Grant recipients must distribute an educational pamphlet to new adopters to explain the risks of allowing cats to go outside.

The grant is unrestricted. However, you may choose to use the award to cover the cost of printing the educational leaflet.

Unrestricted funding is awarded to animal shelters eligible to participate in a small survey of their adopters, and are willing to collect data on cat adopter behavior during and after the adoption process. The Compassionate Cat Grant requires an organization to distribute an educational leaflet to every new adopter. The educational leaflet will explain the risks, both to the animal and the wild animals, associated with allowing a cat to go outside.

There are two options for conducting data collection, depending on the experience of the organization:

- If the organization has not previously collected data on a cat’s indoor/outdoor status 30 days post adoption, the leaflet program must be run as a split test. (Half of the adopters will receive the leaflet, the other half will not.)

- If the organization has previously collected data on a cat’s indoor/outdoor status 30 days post adoption, the leaflet program can be run alone. (All of the adopters will receive the leaflet.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184434

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Compassionate Cat Grant has a potential award of $500 - $1,500 to those approved for the award, based on a variety of factors.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible organization must:

- Have annual cat adoptions of at least 1000 animals per year,

- Have previously collected data on a cat’s indoor/outdoor status at least 30 days post adoption OR willing to conduct program as a split test,

- Have the ability to print educational leaflets,

- Be in good standing with the IRS,

- Be located within the United States.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due November 14, 2018 and then reviewed and processed by Utility Farm. Awards for this round will be announced after the deadline has passed.

Contact Information:

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

Please email compiled materials to

Chloe Cudaback, Program Manager

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