The William and Charlotte Parks Foundation for Animal Welfare

The William and Charlotte Parks Foundation for Animal Welfare was established to improve the status of animals worldwide through studies of the science and philosophy of animal welfare and rights and to reduce the suffering and harm inflicted on animals by human beings through practical efforts and initiatives.

Grants are provided to projects, research, and other activities calculated to advance the welfare of animals. (The Foundation currently only considers applications for project grants.)

In recent years, successful applicants have received grants to support:

  • adoption programs;
  • enrichment initiatives;
  • animal rescue training;
  • research and data websites;
  • equipment purchase or small-scale repairs or renovations tied to specific program initiatives;
  • canine behavior training;
  • public awareness campaigns;
  • humane education;
  • campaign plans;
  • law enforcement training;
  • small-scale facility additions;
  • cage purchases;
  • conferences and festivals;
  • curriculum development;
  • staff training and education;
  • anti-cruelty hotlines;
  • animal welfare certification initiatives;
  • psychology and social psychology research concerning cruelty and kindness;
  • habitat enhancement; and,
  • disaster response and recovery activities.

Other areas of potential interest to the Foundation include:

  • the development of alternatives in education;
  • the development of best practices in companion animal care and services;
  • application of the “Three R’s” approach (refinement, replacement, and reduction of animal use to reduce animal pain or suffering) in laboratory, agricultural, and other sectors;
  • methods and strategies of population control;
  • predator protection;
  • the prevention of animal cruelty through social or other interventions;
  • promoting knowledge and awareness of the science, philosophy, and ethics of animal welfare and animal rights;
  • research and survey work concerning public attitudes and behaviors; and,
  • animal welfare publishing.

The Foundation does not make capital grants (grants associated with major construction, remodeling, or expansion projects at shelters and other facilities) or general operating grants (i.e., grants to cover fixed or basic costs of administration, or rent or mortgage payments).

In addition, grants are not awarded to improve animal health, provide for spay/neuter assistance, save endangered species, rehabilitate or protect wildlife, conserve or protect wild animal populations, or support political candidates.

The Foundation supports initiatives both in the U.S. and internationally. Organizations applying for a grant must be recognized as a U.S. 501c(3) entity or its equivalent in the country where the organization operates.

Application Procedures

Application guidelines are available on the Foundation's website. Applications must be submitted online.