The Maine Community Foundation awarded $282,500 in grants to 21 Maine organizations to support animal welfare.

The fund supports organizations dedicated to advancing animal welfare in Maine. Priority is given to organizations that help low-income or disadvantaged populations maintain ownership of their pets and prevent animal surrender/abandonment.

The next deadline for proposals to the Animal Welfare Fund is June 1, 2022. For application, guidelines and a complete list of 2021 grants, go to

For more information, visit or contact Program Officer John Ochira at 1-877-700-6800 or

Local 2021 Animal Welfare Grants include:

  • P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center, for the shelter’s in-house medical clinic, which provides low-cost vaccination and spay/neuter clinics to the community: $20,000
  • Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County, for the spay neuter voucher program in order to provide 350 spay/neuter vouchers for cats, dogs and rabbits: $20,000
  • Waldo County Humane Society Inc., to increase community awareness of spay/neuter vouchers, rabies vaccination clinics and financial assistance programs: $10,000
  • Waldo County Pet Food Pantry, to aid in the spay/neuter program, rabies clinic and pet food purchases: $5,000

An anonymous donor established the Animal Welfare fund in 2007. It is further supported by the Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., and the George F. Lyman and Ernestine Lyman Trust.

The Maine Community Foundation works with donors and partners to provide investments, personalized service, local expertise and strategic giving to improve the quality of life for all Maine people.