In 2019, The Ark funded grants to 25 deserving animal welfare organizations. Just click below to learn more about each of our grant recipients.

2019 Nonprofit Grants

Canine Companions for Independence

The Ark 2014 grant recipient organization Canine Companions for Independence.This nonprofit organization enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships.

Cheetah Conservation Fund

cheetah-conservation-fundCheetah Conservation Fund focuses on researching and implementing strategies for cheetah conservation in their natural habitat.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Best Friends Animal Society

At the core of Best Friends’ work is the dream that one day animals will no longer be killed in America’s shelters. By increasing the number of people who adopt pets and implementing spay/neuter programs to reduce the number of animals who enter shelters, we know we can end the killing. The Best Friends Sanctuary has become the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals.

Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue

Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Logo

Castleton Ranch Horse Rescue Inc provides rescue, rehabilitation, and lifetime sanctuary to those horses who are at risk of needless slaughter, who are old and/or injured and have been abandoned with nowhere to go.

Horses of Tir Na Nog

Horses of Tir Na Nog works to create a safe haven for horses that have few options remaining, thereby ensuring them a better quality of life. At Horses of Tir Na Nog, they help build connections between people and horses in the San Diego community, and provide education to increase awareness about responsible horse ownership and care.

Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

Elephant Sanctuary Logo

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee exists to provide captive elephants with individualized care, the companionship of a herd, and the opportunity to live out their lives in a safe haven dedicated to their well-being, and to educate the public of the complex needs of elephants in captivity and the crisis facing elephants in the wild.

Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary

The Ark 2014 grant recipient organization Free Flight Exotic Bird Sanctuary.This one-of-a-kind bird sanctuary shelters, nurtures, and re-socializes parrots while educating the public to inspire a lasting concern for the well-being of exotic birds. The Ark provided funding in honor of Ricky and Lucy, our adopted parrots, who bring joy to our shop and remind our customers of our commitment to help animals.

Operation Greyhound

Operation Greyhound is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the placement of retired racing Greyhounds in loving homes.

Laughing Pony Rescue

laughing-pony-rescue-logoLaughing Pony Rescue is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating sick, abused, and abandoned horses of any breed.

Lions, Tigers, and Bears

The Ark 2014 grant recipient organization Lions, Tigers & Bears.Lions, Tigers, and Bears is a No Kill, No Breed sanctuary dedicated to providing a safe haven for unwanted and abused exotic animals and educating the public about the abuses of the exotic animal trade.

REINS - Riding Emphasizing Individual Needs and Strengths


REINS is a non-profit Therapeutic Riding Program located in Fallbrook, California. At REINS, children and adults with disabilities learn how to ride horses and have fun doing it.

FACE Foundation


The Foundation for Animal Care and Education (FACE) is a not-for-profit public charity that provides financial grants for animal owners who are unable to afford the cost of their pet’s emergency or critical care.

California Labs and More

Labs & More Rescue

Labs and More Rescue is Southern California’s fastest growing and most active dog rescue. Our volunteers work to rescue over 2000 dogs each year finding them forever homes in and around San Diego.

TERI Therapeutic Equestrian Program

TERI-therapeutic-equestrian-programTERI provides programs for children and adults with special needs. Through TERI’s Therapeutic Equestrian program, students develop coordination, self-esteem, confidence and the courage to dream of things once impossible in the hearts of children and adults with developmental disabilities.

True Innocents Equine Rescue (TIER)

Image of a True Innocents Equine Rescue horse.TIER rescues abused, neglected, abandoned, and unwanted horses primarily in Southern California.

United Pegasus Foundation

United Pegasus Foundation logoUnited Pegasus Foundation is one of the largest thoroughbred retirement, rehabilitation and adoption organizations dedicated to saving hundreds of horses from slaughter by giving them a humane and deserved retirement.

PAWS Performing Animal Welfare Soc

Since 1984, The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) has been at the forefront of efforts to rescue and provide appropriate, humane sanctuary for animals who have been the victims of the exotic and performing animal trades.

Red Bucket Equine Rescue

Red Bucket Equine Rescue

Red Bucket Equine Rescue works to save and rehabilitate horses, restore their trust in humankind, and find them safe, loving, permanent adoptive homes.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings Horse Rescue and Sanctuary   The mission of Redwings Horse Sanctuary is to eliminate the causes of equine suffering through educational and community outreach programs, rescue abused, abandoned, and neglected equines and provide permanent sanctuary or selected foster/adoptive homes for those equines.

San Diego House Rabbit Society

Our Mission is to rescue abandoned domestic rabbits within our community and find them new homes, support our local shelters in the care of their rabbits, and educate the community on the proper and responsible care of domestic rabbit companions.

San Diego Therapeutic Horsemanship

Providing healing, growth, and inspiration to individuals with diverse needs through equine assisted activities.

San Diego Turtle and Tortoise Society

San Diego Turtle & Tortoise Society

The specific purpose for the Society is to foster and adopt out relinquished turtles and tortoises to safe and suitable homes; To educate the public in the proper care of turtles and tortoises; To study all chelonians; To promote conservation; And to maintain communications with, and assist and cooperate with, other diverse organizations that share our goals.

2nd Chance Dog Rescue

Second Chance Dog Rescue San Diego

Second Chance Dog Rescue is one of San Diego’s largest non-profit organizations dedicated to saving homeless dogs. We are not a shelter but a dog rescue and all of our dogs are in private foster homes until they are adopted.

SNAP Spay Neuter Action Program


The SNAP Team of volunteers and medical professionals have made it their mission to help reduce pet overpopulation and stop euthanasia in shelters. The Neuter Scooter mobile surgical bus travels directly into lower-income communities to provide affordable spay/neuter services right where they were needed most.

Wings of Rescue


Wings of Rescue flies large scale transports of at-risk shelter pets from disaster situations and overcrowded shelters to shelters where there is empty kennel space and where no local shelter pets are displaced.

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