Animal Protection Program Grant

From The Summerlee Foundation

Founded in 1988, The Summerlee Foundation is a mission-driven, proactive organization dedicated to the support of animal protection and the preservation of Texas history. The Foundation makes grants for two specific purposes: to alleviate fear, pain and suffering of animals and to promote animal protection and the prevention of cruelty to animals, and to research, promote and document all facets of Texas History.

Type of Support


The Summerlee Foundation promotes a new ethic toward our fellow beings, supporting efforts to research, rehabilitate, rescue, protect, and advocate for animals. Our grantees give second chances to companion animals and injured or orphaned wildlife, provide refuge and sanctuary for exploited wild and domesticated animals, increase the understanding and protection of wild carnivores, and bring about the demise of policies and practices that abuse animals. Collectively, we alleviate fear, pain, and suffering in animals’ lives, advance and expand the rights of animals, defend the laws that protect them, and create policies and programs to address new grievances against them. The majority of our funding goes to small and medium-sized, lean and agile groups where we believe our contribution can be used quickly and have an outsized impact.

Grants applications should align with the following programs:

  • Cats only in the United States and Canada – Funding emphasis is on sterilization and vaccination primarily in rural or underserved communities.
  • Dogs only in the United States, Latin America or living in First Nations/Native American communities – Emphasis on sterilization, vaccination, and humane euthanasia.
  • Wildlife – Primarily mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, and black bears, funding only those programs which protect through ethical-based research and advocacy/educational campaigns.
  • Marine Life – Emphasis on addressing marine mammal issues, health and well-being and anti-captivity (dolphins and orcas).
  • Sanctuary for Captive Wild Animals – Captive wild animal sanctuaries should be verified or accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation – Emphasis on hands-on animal care and well-being (emergency rescue, food, medications, housing improvements).


Organization's Location
Program Location
North America, South America
Organization Type
Animal sanctuaries accredited or verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

Only organizations that have a funding history with The Summerlee Foundation can apply for General Operating grants, unless a first grant is for ethical-based research.


With rare exceptions we do not fund capital campaigns, endowments, buildings, government entities, organizations with large cash reserves, and organizations that do not have animal protection as the primary purpose
Applications for emergency grants


You may submit applications every 18 months.
Step 1: Letter of Inquiry
Step 2: Full proposal (invite only)
Required Attachments
Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
501(c)(3) Letter
Contact info
Mitchell Fox
(206) 829-9760
Review Criteria

Special emphasis is placed on those communities that are the most underserved and the most challenged; our aim is to help the most overlooked, underfunded, and heavily exploited animals.