Grants from the MaineCF Animal Welfare Fund

Furry companions became a lifeline for many during the pandemic, as an estimated 23 million American households adopted a pet. At the same time, housing problems and loss of income made life more stressful for some pet owners.

Grants from the Maine Community Foundation’s Animal Welfare Fund helped fill gaps in services by supporting veterinary services, vaccination clinics, groceries, spay and neuter services, and stay-at-home programs. MaineCF has awarded more than $1 million in grants since the program began in 2008.

Proposals for this year’s scholarships are being accepted from now until June 1st. A virtual information event on the scholarship program will take place on Thursday, April 28 from 12 to 1 p.m. To register for the information session and learn more about the program, please visit www.mainecf.orgor contact program officer John Ochira at 1-877-700-6800 or [email protected]

The Animal Welfare Fund awarded $282,500 in grants to 21 nonprofit organizations in 2021, including:

  • Animal Welfare Associationto support increased capacity in the [email protected] program and sustain nationwide spay/neuter efforts: $20,000
  • Another chance animal rescue, Assisted 100 neutered/neutered cats, assisted over 25 low-income families with vet bills and flea control: $10,000
  • Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, for the Neuter Voucher Program to provide 350 neuter/neuter vouchers for cats, dogs and rabbits: $20,000

The fund was established in 2007 by an anonymous donor. He is also supported by the Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, NA Trustee, and the George F. Lyman and Ernestine Lyman Trust.

The Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide strong investments, personal service, local expertise, and strategic giving to improve the quality of life for all Maine residents. To learn more about the foundation, visit

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