Registered Charity Number 267284
Formerly Mid Sussex Happy Breed Dog Rescue Society


Happy Breed Foundation was set up to award grants to people on a low income who cannot afford to care adequately for their dog and also to award grants to other small reputable, registered, dog charities which are struggling financially.

Guidelines for grant applications from registered charities, groups or clubs


Grants are usually considered on a quarterly basis and are awarded up to a maximum of £10,000.

All grant applications must be dog related and be of direct benefit to the welfare of dogs.  Applications should be for specific projects and not for general running costs – the latter will not be considered.  Registered charities with an income of less than £25,000 per annum and charities with cash reserves amounting to less than one year’s expenditure are more likely to be awarded a grant.

Grant applications can be submitted either by e-mail to or or in writing to:
Happy Breed Foundation, P.O. Box 126, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 0SL.

Grant applications must be submitted on the charity or organisation’s headed paper and supported with the applicant’s most recent financial accounts and annual report.

We take great care to consider all applications which meet our criteria in a fair and sympathetic manner.  However, we are unable to either give reasons for the rejection of any applications or to enter into any discussions or correspondence concerning such rejections.  The Foundation’s decision shall be considered final.

assistance with veterinary fees

Should your dog require treatment or surgery which you cannot afford or your dog is not insured or the condition falls outside the provisions of the insurance cover, we may be able to contribute towards the costs.

Any enquiry for such help should be made to the Foundation through your veterinary practice and any payment which is agreed upon will be paid only to the veterinary practice involved.

Applications for grants must be requested either before treatment starts or, in the case of an emergency, as soon as the treatment commences. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, cases presented after treatment has been administered will not be considered for a grant.

Grant applications from individuals


Depending on the amount applied for, a decision on the outcome of a grant application can be made quite swiftly if the request is urgent.

Examples of the types of grant applications which can be considered appear below (however, the list is not intended, in any way, to be exhaustive):

  • Requests for assistance with dog walking or kennelling costs in the event the dog’s owner should suffer serious injury, illness or is hospitalised.
  • Requests for adaptations to the dog’s normal living space whether internal or external which will create a more safe or secure environment for the dog.

Our grant making to individuals is open to those dog owners living in Sussex, parts of Surrey and parts of Kent and who are in receipt of a basic state pension, state benefits or a low income.

Application forms for individuals can be obtained through email or by letter – details of addresses are above.  Alternatively, you may wish to contact us by telephoning 01444 239005.