The following animal shelters have been awarded the maximum matching grant of up to $4,000 to conduct a needs assessment:

  • St. Francis Animal Rescue of Venice in Venice, FL
  • The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin in Janesville, WI
  • The Central Missouri Humane Society in Columbia, MO
  • Animal Rescue, Inc. in New Freedom, PA
  • CAWS Adoption Center in Delta, CO
  • Noah's Ark Animal Welfare Association in Trinidad, CO
  • Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society in Bainbridge, GA
  • Homeward Animal Shelter (formerly the Humane Society Fargo-Moorhead) in Fargo, ND
  • Humane Society of Hall County (doing business as Humane Society of Northeast Georgia) in Gainesville, GA
  • Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark, Inc. in Port Jervis, NY
  • It Takes a Village Canine Rescue in Evansville, IN
  • Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society in Salisbury, MA
  • Montclair Township Animal Shelter in Montclair, NJ
  • Panhandle Animal Welfare Society in Fort Walton Beach, FL


The Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design funds needs assessments and schematic architectural drawings for animal shelters in the United States.

The initial needs assessment enables animal shelters to initiate a design that ensures their project is optimal for layout, flow and efficiency before the building is constructed.

By providing matching grants for a thorough needs assessment, the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design enables shelters across the United States to have this fundamental building block. The needs assessment provides the hard data necessary to quantify the size and scope of the new facility, enabling animal shelters to launch a successful capital campaign.

APPLY NOW by completing a grant request.

See how a needs assessment and schematic architectural drawings can define the critical considerations and recommended approaches for the future direction and building needs of your animal shelter. Click here to view the grant recipients to date.