The following animal shelters have been awarded a grant to conduct a needs assessment:

  • Denison Animal Welfare Group in Denison, TX
  • Northern Neck Partners for Pets in Irvington, VA
  • The Clay County Humane Society in Brazil, IN
  • 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

Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design Issues Seventh Round of Matching Grants

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Up to $8,000 in Matching Grants Awarded to Two Animals Shelters to Fund Needs Assessments 

CINCINNATI, OH – The Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design announced its 13th and 14th matching grant awards to two animal shelters to conduct needs assessments. Each animal shelter has been awarded the maximum amount of up to a $4,000 matching grant. Since its inception, the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design has awarded up to $56,000 in matching grants.  

St. Francis Animal Rescue of Venice in Venice, FL was awarded the maximum matching grant to up to $4,000 to remodel their existing facility, which has rescued nearly 8,000 cats since inception. In addition to updates to the current building, plans are needed to convert an adjoining building into additional shelter space that is modern, functional and able to meet current recommendations for a safe and healthy environment for cats. 

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin in Janesville, WI was awarded the maximum matching grant to up to $4,000. A needs assessment or architectural drawings are needed to design a new, modern facility double the size of the current building to accommodate existing services as well as future growth. HSSW provides stray services for the surrounding municipalities, provides spay/neuter services for community cat organizations and transports dogs from high-kill shelters. Adoptions increased 90% from 2013 to 2016, and overall intake in 2016 surpassed the prior year by nearly 1,000 pets.

“The Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design continues to help fund needs assessments or architectural plans for new shelters or those that need to relocate or remodel,” said Greg Taylor, Executive Director of the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design. “Our matching grants support critical first step to enable shelters to successfully meet the needs of their community and achieve their funding goals.”

The Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design awards matching grants to animal shelters in the United States. The matching grants enable shelters across the United States to fund an initial needs assessment and architectural consultation, providing the hard data necessary to quantify the size and scope of the new facility or remodel, and to start the process correctly and professionally with schematic architectural drawings.

Shelters may apply at www.MasonAnimalFoundation.org. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, email info@MasonAnimalFoundation.org or call 937-780-1039. Mason Company established the Mason Foundation for Animal Shelter Design as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation to enable animal shelters to work with architects and needs assessment providers on their project.

Media Contact: Tammy Monroe, 513-459-5699