Canine Welfare

The Foundation’s support for canine welfare includes research, traditional grant-making and direct service 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 New England based municipal police departments are eligible for these grants. All training must occur at Stanton approved facilities. Stanton approved training facilities are currently located in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

  • Fallen K9 Replacement Grants

    To honor the lives of K9s lost in the line of duty, the Foundation offers grants of up to $15,000 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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  • Canine Transportation Vans

    There is good evidence that provision of safe, comfortable, and cost-effective transportation can dramatically increase a shelter or rescue group’s ability to save the lives of dogs. The Stanton Foundation is now accepting applications for grants to provide funding for the purchase of small transport vans for canine transportation. Eligible applicants include municipal shelters and 501c3 canine rescue or foster groups with a canine transportation program.

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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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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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