Michelson Impact Programs

To Michelson Found Animals, philanthropy is an opportunity to focus funds, resources, and business acumen towards giant, solvable problems. It’s through the programs below that we champion pets in our world.

Social Enterprises

MFA operates two successful social enterprises that tackle significant market gaps to create efficient, scalable solutions to some of animal welfare’s biggest problems.

Found Animals Registry
Found Animals Registry
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina left thousands of pets displaced with no way to return home. Dr. Michelson recognized that microchip technology could easily solve this market failure. So, he decided to act.

Found Animals is the first free national microchip registry. Our sole purpose is returning pets to their people. No matter when you got your chip or from whom, you can register your pet with Found Animals for free - forever.

Adopt & Shop
Adopt & Shop
Adopt & Shop updates the pet adoption experience while creating a more independent financial model for shelters and rescues.Our locations prioritize pet socialization and match the pet retail experience. We offset sheltering costs by operating retail, grooming and daycare components within the same location.

Adopt & Shop has facilitated over 18,000 adoptions of at-risk animals from local shelters and operates a high-volume Kitten Foster Program in Los Angeles.

Philanthropic Investments

Money can’t solve all the world’s problems. When used strategically, however, it can create systems, opportunities and incentives for real solutions. This is why all of our Philanthropic Investments require more than a 1:1 return. We critically analyze and expect our investments to continuously grow, develop lasting impact, and help millions of people and pets for years to come.

Michelson Prize & Grants
in Reproductive Biology
Michelson Prize & Grants
in Reproductive Biology
In 2008, Found Animals launched the $75M Michelson Prize & Grants in Reproductive Biology program to incentivize research and rapidly develop a single-dose, nonsurgical sterilant for cats and dogs. We envision a world in which this product is widely available, helping eliminate shelter euthanasia of healthy, adoptable companion animals and reduce populations of free-roaming cats and dogs.

To date, we have committed $15M in Michelson Grants to projects worldwide.

Michelson
Found Animals
Lifesaving Grants
Michelson
Found Animals
Lifesaving Grants
We are committed to funding pet lifesaving by addressing two major sources of overpopulation in shelters: Spay/Neuter Access and Surrender Prevention. Our grants tackle both issues to make the greatest impact possible on reducing shelter euthanasia. We focus support towards organizations that serve areas with the greatest need, then work with our partners to ensure the funds and resources are used efficiently.

Fundraising
Challenge
Fundraising
Challenge
MFA’s Fundraising Challenges create an opportunity for animal welfare nonprofits to learn critical fundraising and donor base building skills that will help achieve their lifesaving goals. Since 2014, we have distributed over $1 Million in cash prizes, and together with over 600 participating organizations, we have raised nearly $9 Million for pets.

Leap Venture
Studio
Leap Venture
Studio
Leap Ventures is a partnership between Michelson Found Animals, Kinship — a division of Mars Petcare, and R/GA, and ignites growth across the pet care startup ecosystem. Representing the most innovative thinkers in pet care, Kinship and MFA recognize foster innovation and growth from the bottom-up.

Since 2018, Leap has partnered with 19 companies - all of which seek to create meaningful impact on pet wellness today.

Strategic Initiatives

Our Strategic Initiatives address societal issues closest to our hearts, often intersecting human and animal needs. We understand these issues are complicated, and consciously enter them through partnerships with specialized human service organizations to develop truly additive and collaborative programs.

We don't have all the answers to these complicated problems. We do, however, have the people, knowledge and will to help improve the lives of people and pets everywhere.

Pets & Rental Housing
Pets & Rental Housing
We believe that pets enrich people's lives, and that everyone should have access to the joy of pets in their home. The Pet-Inclusive Housing Initiative was created to field research demonstrating the benefits of pet-friendly housing to owner/operators, residents, and communities. From this research, we develop resources and partnerships that seek to increase the availability of pet-friendly rental housing.



Pets & Homelessness
Pets & Homelessness
Michelson Found Animals believes that everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status, has the right to the joy of pets.

Better Neighbor Project is our commitment to entering the partnerships and telling the stories that will help our brothers, sisters, and neighbors experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles and across the US.



Policy Forum

Policy Forum

Pets are a part of our society. As such, our goal is to engage elected officials, government agencies, and civic and thought leaders in policy discussions. By bringing stakeholders together, we create meaningful educational opportunities and generate conversation among policy makers. We believe creating pet-friendly public policies builds happier, healthier communities.