2021 Annual Report


Lil BUB’s Big Fund exists to advocate for special needs companion animals and build a community that celebrates and fosters the human animal bond. Through our work, we share BUB’s message of overcoming adversity and the knowledge that the things that make us different are worthy of being seen and appreciated.


With a focus on animals who are the most difficult to adopt, the most expensive to care for, and who are at a high risk of euthanasia, Lil Bub’s Big Fund provides grants to shelters nationwide and partners with shelters to create special needs foster program initiatives. We visit schools to promote kindness and inclusion.

Director's Update

Lil BUB’s Big FUND began in 2014 and it quickly became Lil BUB’s BIG FUND for the ASPCA. From 2014 to 2020, Lil BUB’s Big FUND for the ASPCA awarded 254 grants to 212 organizations totaling over $427,000.

Once BUB completed her years on earth, we knew it was time to bring her FUND home and our small family took the reins
and continued to advocate for special needs companion animals and build a community that celebrates and fosters the human animal bond. With a focus on animals who are the most difficult to adopt, the most expensive to care for, and who are at a high risk of euthanasia, Lil Bub’s Big Fund provides grants to shelters nationwide and partners with shelters to create special needs foster program initiatives.

We visit schools to promote kindness and inclusion. Through our work, we share BUB’s message of overcoming adversity and the knowledge that the things that make us different are worthy of being seen and appreciated. 2021 marked our first full year of service and I am happy to share that is was a resounding success despite the difficulties faced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
We know BUB lives on in the hearts of those animals who continue to benefit from this lifesaving work.

Thank you for supporting this important work,
Stacy Bridavsky & the Lil BUB Family

Our Impact

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In our first full year of grant-making, we administered $100,000 in grants to animal welfare agencies nationwide. Our grant-making initiatives aim to strengthen the human-animal bond and empower animal welfare agencies and animal care-takers to care for special needs pets.

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Raised in partnership with our friends at Waggle; we were able to administer $33,917 to 71 pets in need of emergency care through Lil BUB’s Emergency Pet Fund on Waggle.


We launched our first special needs foster program, Lil BUB’s Lil Friends, which we hope to model across theUnited States. Lil BUB’s Lil Friends provided support to18 special needs pets helping them receive the care they needed and find their forever homes.

special needs pets were served


special needs pets served through nonprofit veterinary clinics


grants administered nationwide


grants administered for emergency care of special needs pets through Lil BUB's Emergency Pet Fund on Waggle


special needs cats were able to stay with their owners instead of being relinquished due to costs associated with ongoing care

Milo's Sanctuary

Milo’s Sanctuary, Inc. is so grateful to the Lil’ Bub family and all the wonderful donors who participated. The funds raised will go directly to the medical care of the Lifetime Care Cats medical needs. Many of our older residents need dentals, blood work and check-ups. These funds will also allow us to help rescue two special needs cats. One is a little blind kitten, Delilah, found on the streets of Los Angeles and a sweet adult who found herself in the shelter without the ability to stand or walk more than a few steps without falling over. We also promise them the best life for as long as they live and these much needed funds will help us to fulfill this promise. Thank you again from all the cats and humans at Milo’s Sanctuary, Inc.

Michele Hoffman 


Orphan Kitten Club

Baby Boo came to the Orphan Kitten Club as a tiny, frail orphan at the who was significantly smaller than her brothers and sister. At less than one pound, she was suffering from a gastrointestinal ileus, which required emergency hospitalization. We worked with our board veterinarian and an incredible local hospital to develop a treatment protocol that would save her life even with her small size.Weeks later, she was a healthy young cat who finally started to catch up with the others… and she was adopted with her sister! Lil BUB’s Big Fund helped cover the cost of Baby’s hospitalization and extensive medical care. We are grateful for this funding that allowed us to exhaust any avenue of diagnostics including having a necropsy performed on her brother who sadly passed away. This information in combination with top-notch medical care allowed us to have a better understanding of what care would be needed for this tiny kitten!

Jackson Galaxy

I am so grateful for this generous donation from Lil BUB’s big FUND because it will help to launch Operation Catification, a brand new initiative of The Jackson Galaxy Project that will improve outcomes for thousands of cats nationwide by creating safe and comfortable ‘catified’ spaces in shelters, decreasing stress and disease while improving adoption outcomes. We hope that wherever BUB is she is happy to see that her Big 10th Birthday is helping so many homeless cats
in need. Light, Love, and Mojo to you BUB!


Diabetic Cats in Need's Compassionate Assistance Program

The Lil BUB Fund’s Grant to Diabetic Cats in Need‘s Compassionate Assistance Program (CAP) kept 30 diabetic cats in their loving homes.

This program is at the heart of DCIN’s mission: keeping diabetic cats in their original, loving homes, regardless of the income level of their caregivers. Supporting this program provided theFUND with the opportunity to change the lives of many diabetic cats and their caregivers across theUnited States by ensuring that the cats are able to have continued access to necessary diabetic testing and treatment supplies.



To be considered for a grant, please email stacy@goodjobbub.org

Lil BUB’s Big Fund advocates for animals in need by building a community that promotes compassion and by strengthening opportunities for animals to live happy and healthy lives.

To help accomplish this, in 2022, Lil BUB’s BigFund will primarily focus on providing humane education programming, as well as making grants for foster programs, adoption programs, and medical assistance for special-needs companion animals who are more difficult to adopt or at higher risk of being relinquished to shelters.

What do we mean by special needs?

  • Pets that need special care or extra help getting adopted due to conditions such as: physical deformity, birth defects, developmental disability, mobility impairment, blindness, deafness, wounds suffered from a disaster, accident, or abuse, any permanent diseases or chronic illnesses and old age.
  • “Special needs” refers to an animal’s condition that hinders the average ability for an individual or family to care for the animal
  • “Special needs” also refers to an animal’s condition that hinders the average ability for a shelter/rescue to care for the animal
  • Special needs, specifically, includes:
    Age, such as elderly animals or prenatal kittens who require more care;
  • Congenital/birth defects;
  • Mobility issues;
  • Physical conditions or behavioral issues resulting from abuse or neglect;
  • Any medical conditions or chronic health issues that require ongoing care but have good prognosis, e.g. FIV, diabetes, kidney disease, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, hyperthyroidism, or other conditions that require long-term or lifelong prescription food

Who We Typically Fund:

  • Animal Shelters and Rescues with preference will be shown to shelters that are 501(c)(3) nonprofit or governmental, which may include municipal and county shelters and rescues that are public charities
  • Shelters and Rescues must participate in Shelter Animals Count data program
  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Preference will be shown to nonprofit veterinary clinics.If a veterinary clinic, animal hospital, or veterinarian is private or for-profit, it must demonstrate that it has arrangements with a local shelter and/or that funds would be used for charitable purpose, such as to subsidize lower-cost procedures or treatments.

We Also Consider Funding For:

  • Human service shelters that accommodate houseless people with companion animals or survivors of domestic violence with companion animals
  • Organizations that professionally and humanely train service animals to help people with disabilities.
  • Food banks and pantries that include pet food and supplies

Additional Considerations:

Regardless of entity, the organization should have a good standing in their community, including a track record of collaborating and working well with other animal welfare organizations in their area and prioritizing the animals and families within their communities. References will be checked.

The organization must treat all volunteers and anyone who comes to the shelter, rescue, or veterinary clinic with respect and dignity. Lil BUB’s Big Fund does not tolerate organizations, people, or policies that promote prejudice, bigotry, racism, classicism, sexism, or anti-immigrant or anti-LGBTQI+ discrimination.

Preference will be shown to organizations whose staff and boards reflect the communities in which they work and whose policies actively address and mitigate implicit and explicit bias.

Preference will be shown to organizations with good data practices. Funded organizations may be asked to participate in surveys, research studies, or data sharing projects (that will be compliant with privacy practices).

Who/What Would We Typically Not Fund?

  • Individual pet owners and families. (We support individual pet owners through Lil BUB’s EmergencyPet FUND on Waggle. Please visit Waggle.org for information on how individuals can raise funds for pet care and reach out with any questions.)
  • Individual community cat caretakers.
  • Individual TNR trappers.
  • Routine wellness (vaccinations, deworming, health checks, spay/neuter)
  • Elective medical procedures and dental cleanings.
  • We absolutely do not support cruel procedures, such as declawing or debarking, even if it could potentially help keep an animal in a home.
  • We do not support behavioral training that does not follow humane best practices, such as electric shock, invisible fence/collars, or anything else that causes harm.
  • Emergency housing/sheltering/boarding for individuals, unless at a human service shelter as noted above.
  • Facility improvements, vehicles, building/infrastructure rental/purchase, or capital equipment.
  • Support for wild/exotic animals kept as pets. 

Lil BUB’s Big Fund wishes it could help all animals, but due to limited resources, the Fund typically would not focus on: 

  • Emergency situations that require immediate medical attention, such as broken bones, injuries, or other life-threatening conditions, except where a grant is for a veterinary or shelter fund to help animals in crisis as situations arise in the future. (Lil BUB’s Big Fund isn’t set up for rapid response support, and would not want any animal suffering in pain while waiting for a response.);
  • Cancer treatments;
  • Support to address conditions or health issues that have a poor prognosis in terms of survivability or that would keep an animal in pain, suffering, severe discomfort or distress. 
To be considered for a grant, please email stacy@goodjobbub.org

board members

Mike Bridavsky

Mike Bridavsky, also commonly referred to as “BUB’s dude” rescued Lil BUB when she was 8 weeks old. She taught him everything he knows about unconditional love, introduced him to his future family, and inspired him to get involved in the world of animal welfare. He is honored to serve on the board of Lil BUB’s Big FUND, helping to ensure that BUB’s mission and legacy continue to save and improve the lives of the special needs pets on our planet.

Rachel Gonzales

Rachel Gonzales brings over 15 years of experience in the grantmaking space and has held roles in both corporate and community philanthropy. She is the current Program Director at the Animal Assistance Foundation and has led the Foundation towards trust-based philanthropy practices to proactively distribute over $1 million dollars annually to help organizations serving pet animals across the state of Colorado. Rachel is a member of the Animal Welfare Association of Colorado serving on the collaboration committee and is the Board Treasurer for the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund. To continuously polish her craft, Rachel takes every opportunity to learn and grow. She is an active member and chapter leader for the PEAK Grantmaking Community and is the founding co-chair for the Latinx Caucus. She recently completed a fellowship through the Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver. In her free time, Rachel enjoys baking, attending concerts and spoiling her two dachshunds, Remington and Harley.

Adam Liebling

Adam Liebling has over 20 years of experience in philanthropy, including grantmaking roles at Carnegie Corporation of New York, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), American Jewish World Service, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. At the ASPCA, Adam helped administer Lil BUB’s Big Fund when it was housed there, and he was privileged to have met the magical, interstellar squonker herself (a career/life highlight). Adam and his partner Jasmyn live in the NYC area and are the proud cat parents for rescues Theodorable Buttingtons (Theo-Butt) and Eleanor Greybutt (Smelly Ellie).

Claire Sterling

Claire has over 25 years of experience across the fields of nonprofit management, philanthropy, communications, and animal protection. She is currently Chief Operating Officer for Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART), and previously served as Director, Grant Strategies at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). While at the ASPCA, Claire was Board President of the national funder affinity group Animal Grantmakers, which she led through a period of major programmatic and financial growth, and she also established the first national funding collaborative dedicated to assisting animals impacted by natural disasters. Prior to her tenure at the ASPCA, Claire worked in the fields of fundraising and web design at the Foundation Center (now Candid), the world’s leading source of information on institutional philanthropy. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College and lives in Manhattan. Her personal blog, The Lion’s Share, provides philanthropy-related resources for organizations that better the lives of animals.

Jim Suttner

Jim Suttner’s accounting career spans 27 years and includes experience within the tax department of BKD and as the Director of Suttner Accounting Services, LLC. Jim specializes in tax planning, preparation and consulting.

Jim graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He holds the professional certification of Certified Public Accountant.

Jim’s clients include organizations in various industries, including manufacturing, construction, real estate, dental, physician practices, and nonprofits.

Dr. Art Woodruff

Art Woodruff grew up in southern Indiana and began assisting in his dad’s veterinary practice at age 11. He attended Auburn University (where he was born) for pre-vet, and then Purdue University for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.  He married his high school sweetheart, Debbie, just before attending veterinary school, and they graduated Purdue the same year. After a two year stint in an Equine practice near Indianapolis, the family moved to Bloomington Indiana and Art joined a small animal practice with some horse farm calls as well. In 1997, with the desire to own his own business that focused on a very personal house call approach, Art founded Pet Housecalls. Also at that time, he began a once weekly visit to the Bloomington Animal Care and Control shelter that lasted more than 15 years and culminated in the annual Be More Award for Be More Sustainable, resulting in a grant for the shelter. He was honored to be Lil Bub’s Lil Vet, and awestruck by her grace.

Art and Debbie have one daughter and two sons, and currently share their home with two cats, Pippi and Billy Bob, both rescues. Son, David Woodruff, was involved in artwork for Bub gear and was a pet parent of Smoosh, Lil Bub’s guy pal. In their time off, Art and Debbie both enjoy gardening and spending time outdoors.


Would you like to donate to Lil BUB’s Big FUND and help animals with special needs? That’s great! We accept various forms of payment through PayPal and you can choose to make a one-time donation or monthly gift. Thank you!


We’re growing! Stay tuned for more information on how you can get involved and help us with community outreach.
If you’d like to contact us, please email stacy@goodjobbub.org and we will be in touch.