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

Meet Henna, the 2021 Guide/Hearing Hero Dog

Heroic canines can do so much to enrich human lives and experiences, including giving their handlers a new leash on life. Henna, a German Shepherd, is a beloved hearing and guide dog who helps her handler, Meagan, who is deaf and legally blind, navigate the world with confidence. Consider an incidence in 2020, when Meagan was crossing the road at…
Hayden Frye / August 25, 2021

Meet Deputy Chance, the 2021 Shelter Hero Dog

The darkest of circumstances can throw the brightest of heroes into relief. Before being rescued by local authorities, Chance was the victim of animal abuse in Lee County, Florida. Chance, however, hasn’t allowed his life to be defined by poor circumstances. After the officers who rescued Chance fell in love with him, the endearing pup was adopted by Lieutenant Castellon…
Hayden Frye / August 19, 2021