Canine Health and Welfare

The Foundation’s support for canine health and welfare includes both research and traditional grant programs to promote the welfare of dogs and strengthen the human/dog bond. The Foundation is pragmatic in its orientation and strives to approach the question of, “What is good for the dog?” without preconceptions.


  • K9 Unit Establishment Grants

    The Foundation has seen that canine units can be an important force multiplier for local police departments. Thus it has two police K9 programs. The first is designed to cover the start-up costs (such as acquiring and training the dog) associated with establishing a K9 unit in a department without one. The second police K9 program is designed to cover the costs of adding a second canine to police departments with a history of success with an existing K9 unit. Both programs make awards to all qualifying departments.

    Currently only Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and New York municipal police departments are eligible for these grants.

  • Fallen K9 Replacement Grants

    To honor the lives of K9s lost in the line of duty, the Foundation offers grants of up to $10,000 to fund the purchase of a new K9 and a bulletproof vest. The Foundation makes a binding commitment to provide the funds when an application is accepted. The funds become available to the Department within two weeks of receiving an invoice for the purchase of the K9 and the vest.

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  • Next Generation Canine Research Fellowship Program

    The Stanton Next Generation Canine Research Fellowship program allows young researchers to pursue research in canine health and/or welfare with the potential for improving the lives of dogs. These twelve-month fellowships are currently available at Duke University Canine Cognition Center, Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

    The Fellowships are typically advertised beginning in late fall, and Fellows are chosen no later than May 1st.

  • Mobile Adoption Vans

    There is good evidence that strong community outreach can substantially increase the ability of an open admission shelter to adopt out dogs. Thus the Foundation’s mobile adoption van program provides grants to cover the cost of purchasing a well-equipped mobile adoption van for shelters that receive more dogs than they can successfully place. The organization must be able to staff the van and meet ongoing operating costs. Preference is given to municipal shelters.

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  • Dog Parks

    There is good evidence that dog parks enhance the welfare of dogs, strengthen the human/dog bond and build community. Thus the Foundation provides grants including 90% (Foundation) / 10% (Town) sharing of construction costs to communities that wish to create a fenced dog park.

    Currently this program is limited to communities in Massachusetts.

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  • Canine Care Course Development Grants

    Assisting the general practitioner in providing quality veterinary care to an economically diverse clientele is one of the Stanton Foundation's primary goals. To build the skills and knowledge to allow GPs to treat dogs whose owner's ability to pay is modest, the Foundation is offering support for the development of graduate and continuing education courses. Please review the links to the left to learn more about its two types of offerings: practitioner-focused and student-focused.

About the Foundation

The Stanton Foundation was created by Frank Stanton, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest executives in the history of electronic communications and one of the television industry’s founding fathers.

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