The Cesar Millan Foundation: Fact sheet
The Cesar Millan Foundation, a national non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, was founded on Valentine’s Day 2007 with the mission to promote animal welfare by supporting the rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of abused and abandoned dogs; and to establish and fortify community humane education programs and curricula; and to build a balance between dogs and people through the teachings and philosophies of animal behaviorist Cesar Millan.
To achieve our goals, the Cesar Millan Foundation is involved in a number of initiatives, supported by our year-round fundraising efforts. Our major programs include:
- Grant-Making: Providing financial support to assist non-profit animal shelters and organizations semi-annually. The Foundation prioritizes funding for organizations with a strategy for achieving the lowest possible euthanasia rates for healthy, adoptable animals.
- Daddy’s Emergency Animal Rescue Fund (DEAR): Founded in honor of the passing of Cesar’s right hand dog Daddy at the age of sixteen in 2010, the DEAR Fund was established to provide assistance for dogs worldwide that are the victims of large-scale natural or manmade disasters, as well as victims of abuse or violence. The fund has dedicated thousands of dollars to pet owners affected by natural catastrophes, as well as to puppy mill rescues.
- Spay/Neuter Awareness: In response to the worldwide problem of abandoned and homeless dogs — numbering somewhere around 600 million — the Cesar Millan Foundation has established a public awareness campaign to emphasize the importance of spaying and neutering in order to reduce pet overpopulation and the unnecessary destruction of animals; four million unwanted dogs and cats per year in the US alone. The centerpiece of this effort is a public service announcement campaign, posted on our website.
- Shelter Stars: Created in 2009 to promote positive, healthy relationships between families and the dogs they adopt, thousands of shelters and rescue organizations nationwide are part of the program. They receive direct funding from the Cesar Millan Foundation for spay and neuter programs, as well as free DVDs from Cesar’s Mastering Leadership Series for new dog adopters.
- Mutt-i-Grees Curriculum: With the goal of enabling children to grow up to be calm, confident, and caring, the Mutt-i-Grees Curriculum is an innovative program building on children’s natural affinity for animals to create empathy, as well as to highlight the desirability of shelter animals. The curriculum was developed by Yale University’s School of the 21st Century, in collaboration with North Shore Animal League America and the Pet Savers Foundation, and made possible by a grant from the Cesar Millan Foundation.
- The Bingo Hein Legacy Fund: Inspired by 11 year-old Cole Hein, who created a “Lick-It List” when his therapy dog, Bingo, was diagnosed with a rare and fatal condition, the fund was created by the Cesar Millan Foundation and Cole’s family to make dreams come true for shelter dogs and to honor Bingo’s life-long dedication and service. The fund is currently raising money to build an outdoor dog park at a local shelter to fulfill Cole’s wish: that when people see dogs playing and in their element, they will want to adopt them even more.