Behavior Assistance

RARF understands the importance of training and behavior modification for cats and dogs and its impact on their adopt-ability, or ability to stay with their families. 

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We are proud to be one of the few foundations that offer grants specific to these needs.  Behavior Assistance funding is available to shelters and rescue organizations, municipal shelters are encouraged to email in advance of application.


  • Requests for behavior modification/training funds will only be considered when seeking assistance from certified trainers. Learn more about accepted certifications here.
  • Trainers must emphasize a least intrusive, minimally aversive approach (LIMA)- Learn more about LIMA here.
  • Dog reactivity/aggression will be considered, but RARF will not provide funding for dogs with a human bite history or human-directed aggression.
    Cats with bite history will be considered but will need a full explanation of circumstances and assessment from a certified consultant on cats’ safety of placement.
  • A report must be submitted to RARF at the conclusion of the behavior modification detailing progress and trainer’s post-training recommendations.

Applications are accepted through a Google Form which you can find using the Apply Now button below.

If you have questions or would like to discuss prior to applying, please email Connie Kile at [email protected]

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