Behind an Annenberg Grant for Spay and Neuter Efforts in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles-based Annenberg Foundation is a local, national and global funder that’s always had a soft spot for furry friends. Animal welfare is one of the foundation’s seven programmatic areas, and local spay and neuter clinics are frequent grantees. However, big-name foundations like Annenberg often take a broad approach to fixing pets, rather than visiting each individual clinic around the city.

The Annenberg Foundation recently awarded a $60,000 grant to the Best Friends Animal Society to use toward its No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) initiative. This money will be funding up to 750 cat spay and neuter surgeries and 100 adoption subsidies to coalition partners by July 2015.

This isn’t the first time that the Annenberg staff has taken un-snipped felines under its wing. The foundation gave Best Friends $100,000 back in 2004 to pay for spay/neuter promotion in the city and to fund a volunteer coordinator position. Best Friends is a national animal welfare organization. However, this particular grant money will be staying local.

“This grant will enable the NKLA coalition to make much needed inroads in providing spay/neuter services for low-income communities and provide financial support for our adoption partners,” said Best Friends co-founder Francis Battista. “The integrity of an Annenberg Foundation grant and the trust and confidence in Best Friends Animal Society that it implies is of enormous value to our organization and to our work across the country. An Annenberg Foundation grant is the Gold Standard of charitable grants.”

Annenberg liked this particular grant opportunity because of its collaborative approach to animal welfare. It demonstrates how local clinics can benefit from connecting with other clinics and organizations to raise their profiles with funders.

No Kill Los Angeles is a coalition of more than 70 local animal welfare organizations, and Best Friends is overseeing the distribution of Annenberg’s funds. These groups are trying to make Los Angeles the nation’s largest no-kill city by the year 2017. Since it was founded in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from 17 million to four million across the country.

Annenberg funded 17 animal welfare grants in the Los Angeles area totaling $687,110 in 2014, which was far more than any other geographical region.