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National Pet Month 2022

National Pet Month 2022

CFT's latest human-animal connection grantees

It’s National Pet Month, and we’re thrilled to highlight our latest human-animal connection grantees. In April of 2022, Communities Foundation of Texas awarded $418,500 to nonprofits working to better the lives of animals and North Texas residents alike!

Communities Foundation of Texas annually supports programs that recognize that pets and animals can enhance the health and quality of life of individuals, families, and communities. CFT also supports programs that improve pet ownership in under-resourced communities.

The following grants support one or more of the following:

  • Health and emotional support/therapy: provide animal-human interaction programs to support health, well-being, and overall therapeutic benefit for people, including physical, mental, emotional, and trauma-related
  • Assistance animals and facilitation of learning/skill building: provide companion animal training and/or interactions that facilitate learning, skill-building, rehabilitation or assistance with disabilities
  • Happy and healthy pet ownership: promote successful pet adoption and/or pet ownership through supportive resources

This application cycle is currently closed but will re-open in 2023.


Organization Name Award Amount  Designation
Bridge Steps  $20,000 The Kennel at The Bridge
C.C. Young Memorial Home  $15,000 Animal Assistance Therapy Program at C.C. Young Nursing Home
Canine Companions for Independence  $25,000 Facility Dog Team Placement with the Office of the Criminal District Attorney of Collin County
Community Food Bank  $10,000 Programs to Enhance Happy and Healthy Pet Ownership
Dallas Pets Alive  $30,000 Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender Program
Don’t Forget to Feed Me Pet Food Bank, Inc.  $10,000 Stay… or Go; Maverick Fund; Home, Not Alone
Faithful Friend  $25,000 Faithful Friend Canine Therapy and Training
Guide Dogs for the Blind  $25,000 K9 Buddy Program
Guide Dogs of Texas  $15,000 Days of Guided Sight for Dallas Residents
Hope Center for Autism  $15,000 Therapy Dog Support
J.L. Long Middle School — Zoo Crew  $2,500 My Dr. Doolittle’s do LOTS with Animals in the Classroom
ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship  $20,000 ManeGait “Provide the Ride”
Mazie’s Mission  $15,000 Help for Pets of Hope’s Door
National Wildlife Federation  $30,000 Monarch Heroes – Beyond the Classroom: Taking Learning Outdoors by Creating Natural Habitats
Operation Kindness $10,000 Operation Kindness Lifesaving Adoption Program
Paws for Reflection Ranch  $30,000 Paws for Reflection Ranch Equine and Animal Assisted Counseling and Therapy Services
Saving Hope Animal Rescue $20,000 Adoption Readiness
Texas Best Choices Animal Rescue  $25,000 And They Lived Happily Ever After
Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation  $25,000 Lending Economic Assistance for Pets
Unbound North Texas  $15,000 Training for Therapy Dogs at Unbound’s Underground Drop-in Center for Trafficked and Exploited Youth
Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) $20,000 VNA Pet Care Program
Window to the Wild  $16,000 Emotional Support Programming for Senior Care Facilities, Retirement Homes, and More
Celeste Arista Glover
Celeste Arista Glover
Senior Community Philanthropy Officer

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