Giant Steps Foundation®

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Supporting policy and advocacy efforts to advance progress in protecting animals and provide direct care for animals at rescue facilities, wildlife sanctuaries, and homeless animal shelters. Support from Giant Steps strengthens efforts to provide fulfilling lives for animals through education, adoption, foster homes, and sancutary. The features in this section highlight the impact just a few of our grantees have had in their respective programs:

Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society

(Berkeley CA)

BEBHA LogoSince 1927, the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society (BEBHS) has placed over 40,000 homeless animals and provided services to countless more within our community. Despite a devastating fire on May 20, 2010, BEBHS is back to saving animals' lives and all programs have been resumed. Learn more...

Best Friends Animal Society

(Kanab, Utah)

BestFriendsThe Best Friends Animal Sanctuary at Angel Canyon, at the heart of the Golden Circle of national parks in southern Utah, is home on any given day to about 2,000 dogs, cats, and other animals, who come from shelters and rescue groups around the country for special care they can only receive at Best Friends.

Humane Society of the United States - End the Seal Hunt Campaign

(Washington, D.C.)

HSUSGiant Steps supports the Humane Society of the United States' "Protect Seals" campaign to end the cruel and needless slaughter of hundreds of thousands of baby seals for their fur. The HSUS works to reduce suffering and to create meaningful social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws, educating the public about animal issues, joining with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, and conducting hands-on programs that make ours a more humane world. They are a leading disaster relief agency for animals, and they provide direct care for thousands of animals at their sanctuaries and rescue facilities, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics. Learn more...

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

(Ojai, CA)

National Disaster Search Dog FoundationA retired schoolteacher created the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation in 1995 with a mission to develop highly trained canine disaster search teams. The Foundation rescues dogs from shelters and breed rescue groups, trains them, and partners them with firefighters and other emergency respondents located in California, New York, Florida, Ohio, and Washington D.C. It usually takes a 6-month period to train the dogs to work on search teams. The Foundation is unique in that it is the only organization that provides search teams to emergency respondents free of charge. The Foundation also has a lifetime care warranty to care for the dogs after they are rescued. Learn more...

Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs (PawPADs)

(Savage, MN)

PawPADsHeadquartered in Savage, Minnesota, since 2008,  PawPADs provides diabetic alert dogs and highly trained assistance dogs to persons with disabilities. Utilizing "shelter" or rescue dogs whenever possible, PawPADs incorporates the power of the human-canine bond as a therapeutic, educational, healing tool with at-risk youth, prison inmates, veterans, and others to train the dogs, while  enabling persons with disabilities to lead more independent, self-reliant, and fulfilling lives with the assistance of a canine partner. Learn more...

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA (Center for Compassion)

(Burlingame, CA)

PHS/SPCA LogoPHS/SPCA, a private non-profit guided by the humane ethic, builds healthy relationships between people and animals. As an ethical choice, we accept all animals in need of care and often provide a second chance to the neediest animals: those who would otherwise be turned away at so-called “no kill” agencies that accept only highly adoptable animals. Learn more...

The Square Peg Foundation

(Half Moon Bay, CA)

 an imageEstablished in 2004, the Square Peg Foundation teaches horsemanship to kids from different backgrounds and with differing needs. Using rescued and donated horses, animals roughly 15 times larger than people, students gain confidence from the new skills they learn and improve their interpersonal skills by working together with their peers, instructors, and volunteers. In this way, Square Pegs helps students improve their self image and feel more empowered. Learn more...

WildLIFE Associates

(Half Moon Bay, CA)

WildLIFE AssociatesWildLIFE Associates was established in 1980 to teach children and adults about caring for living things, and to learn about the natural systems on which all life depends. The WildLIFE staff consists of wildlife specialists, environmental educators and biologists. Since inception, WildLIFE has reached millions of students through its educational programs, workshops, and seminars throughout North America. Their newest program, Wild Teachers for Youth, works with innovative teen intervention programs in Northern California to bring at-risk teens to their 120-acre Wildlife Sanctuary where animals help serve as therapists. Learn more...