California Department of Food and Agriculture

Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Fund (AHCF) Program

Program Purpose and Funding

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Animal Homelessness and Cruelty Fund (AHCF) Program is supported by California taxpayer contributions and awards up to $250,000 on a competitive basis to be distributed to municipal animal control agencies for the sole purpose of spay and neuter activities to eliminate cat and dog homelessness.

Eligibility and Exclusions

Municipal animal control agencies are defined as a city, county, or city and county animal control agency or shelter. To be considered, applicants must be current on their reporting requirements to the State Department of Public Health, Veterinary Public Health Section. Awards cannot be used for administrative expenses or for any purpose outside of California.


The 2017 application period begins February 1, 2017. Grant Applications must be submitted electronically to the CDFA, Office of Grants Administration (OGA) at by 5:00 p.m. February 28, 2017.

The OGA will advise all applicants as to the outcome of the Grant Application by July 2017.

2017 AHCF Program Application Guidance
AHCF Program Grant Application - Application Period Closed