Grants & Awards

Offering help and recognition to those who deserve it most

American Humane is proud to accept applications for our grant programs, which fund a spectrum of lifesaving work benefitting both humans and animals. These grants support and facilitate efforts to rescue, shelter, and care for animals in need—whether homeless, injured, or abused—and those harnessing the remarkable powers of the human-animal bond.

Grants & Awards Initiatives

American Humane Hero Dog Awards®

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards® are a nationwide campaign that recognizes heroes on both ends of the leash and reaches millions of people each year. Hundreds of nominees compete,…

Feed the Hungry COVID-19 Fund

Like every other business or organization in America, rescue shelters are struggling to maintain basic services and care for their animal residents in the face of the current worldwide pandemic.…

Second Chance® Grants

Every year, countless animals suffer deplorable abuse and neglect. Often, local shelters and rescue groups are saddled with the steep expenses of saving, sheltering, and caring for these animals in…

Meacham Foundation Memorial Grant

Awarded through the American Humane, the Meacham Foundation Memorial Grant provides assistance to agencies for shelter expansions or improvements.

News & Updates

One Week Left to Vote in First Round of Hero Dog Awards

A deadline is quickly approaching for dog lovers everywhere! Voting in the first round of the 2021 American Humane Hero Dog Awards® is open for just one more week. More than 400 dogs from 48 states were nominated this year for a shot at the title of America’s top dog. The Hero Dog Awards, now celebrating its 11th year, is…
Hayden Frye / April 29, 2021

American Hero Dog – Cody

Law enforcement officers across the country rely on K-9s to keep the communities they serve safe. These courageous pups aid officers in sniffing out narcotics and explosives, tracking criminals and securing large venues for the public. K-9 Cody, a German Shepherd trained in explosive detection, has a storied career of keeping people safe. She began working in Iraq where she…
Hayden Frye / August 25, 2020