Helping dogs across America to live safe, happy lives

Finding the perfect partner

We know that we cannot achieve our aims alone. Which is why we partner with animal welfare organizations across the United States and around the world to support the wonderful work they’re already doing.

Dogs Trust USA is aware of the large number of dogs abandoned and in need of loving homes across the United States, and that there are many organizations working tirelessly to help dogs live happy and healthy lives. We want to help them do even more, and we run a grants program to help other USA-based 501(c)(3) non-profits like ourselves to deliver projects which will make lasting improvements to dog welfare across the country.

The grants program will support projects in the following target states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

We will support well governed groups who can deliver well-planned projects that have the potential to make a strong impact. We are happy to receive applications for innovative projects that other organizations can learn from, and that contribute towards encouraging responsible dog ownership, a reduction in dog abandonment, an increase in adoption from shelters or effective management of dog populations through spay/neuter programs. All projects must be sustainable and make a measurable difference to the lives of dogs.

Find out about some of the projects our grants have supported

Our maximum grant that can be awarded for organizations who we have not previously funded through our grants program is $25,000.

Applicants from organizations outside of the United States should apply to our affiliate organization, Dogs Trust Worldwide, for grant funding. Visit Dogs Trust Worldwide


How and when to apply

Please read our Frequently Asked Questions before completing the appropriate application forms and emailing them to

Dogs Trust USA has one round of grant funding per year.

The next round of Dogs Trust USA grant funding will open in 2022. Grant applications can be submitted from the 1st January 2022 until the 1st March 2022 only. Applications will be reviewed thereafter and we will aim to provide a decision on the outcome of applications by 31st August 2022.

Please note that we will now only provide support via our regular grants program for projects in the 21 target states detailed above; however, later in 2022, we will also be launching a new additional program which will be open to applications from all U.S states. Please check our website next year for further details on this new program and how to apply.