Here are some of the cases American Humane has funded:


The Associated Humane Societies
Newark, New Jersey

While it’s generally true that “one man’s trash is another’s treasure,” the only person who would ever consider the injured Shih-tzu named Aurora to be “trash” was the person who stuffed her in the trash bag. Discovered by a dog on a walk with his owner, Aurora was rushed to the Associated Humane Societies Animal Care Center. The examination revealed that the sweet tempered dog had liver problems, pneumonia, and a severely crushed foot under her matted fur. Throughout the care and treatment she received from the Associated Humane Societies -- supported in part by the Second Chance Fund -- Aurora remained gentle, quiet, and affectionate and is now living in a home with a family who treasures her.

Delaware Humane Association
Wilmington, Delaware

As with most hoarding cases, the problem before the Delaware Humane Association seemed daunting and very likely hopeless. More than 50 Pekingese dogs and puppies living with an elderly man now needed care and rehabilitation following years of neglect. The majority of the older dogs were so poorly socialized, they verged on being feral, and several of the females were pregnant. None of the animals appeared to have ever been groomed, walked on a leash, house trained or provided with basic veterinary care.

But thanks to the dedication of the Delaware Humane Association staff, the story has a happy ending, with all the animals they cared for making full recoveries and placed in loving homes.


Hoke/Raeford Humane Society
Raeford, North Carolina

Instead of a collar, the owner of the 2- to 3-year-old shepherd mix had used a thin piece of electrical wire, wrapped twice around the dog’s neck. Somehow, the dog had managed to free himself from this torture and ended up on the doorstep of a Good Samaritan -- but not before receiving severe lacerations several inches deep. The gaping wounds had to be stapled shut. The dog’s courage in the face of painful abuse and treatment earned him the name “Hero.” Shelter employees say “he has the greatest personality and is trying to get all the attention and loving he can steal from us!” They expect that, once Hero fully recovers, he will be doing the same with his new adoptive family.

Ken-Tenn Humane Society
Fulton, Kentucky

Glen Jenkins, president of the Ken-Tenn Humane Society, responded to a call from a woman who had discovered a wounded dog in her yard. In the bushes in front of her house, Glen found an eight-month-old puppy, with bullet wounds to both hind legs. A veterinarian diagnosed a fractured left leg and a shattered right leg. The veterinarian said that there was a high probability that Annie, as they came to call her, would lose her right leg. After surgery and a lot of careful nursing, however, Annie regained full use of both legs. Throughout the entire ordeal, she never once lashed out at the humans whom she had no reason to trust.

Because of the violence she suffered, Annie “missed out on a large portion of enjoying life as a puppy,” Glen said. But, now that she has found a caring and permanent home, she will get that chance.


Humane Society of Missouri
St.Louis, Missouri

Charlotte the Chihuahua was found by a mother and daughter on their front porch in the middle of the night -- apparently abandoned there. The head of this little dog was swollen to nearly twice its normal size. Shocked by the condition this poor creature was in, they took her to the 24 hour receiving desk at their local animal shelter. There, the cause of Charlotte’s dreadful state was quickly discovered: A plastic zip tie had been fastened around her neck. The inhumane, makeshift “collar” was embedded in her skin, cutting off circulation and causing the grotesque and excruciating swelling in her head. After receiving immediate medical attention at the Humane Society of Missouri, Charlotte began to improve from her dire condition. But she was far from being healthy. The victim of extreme cruelty and neglect, she was also suffering from several serious afflictions, including heartworm, anemia and a heart murmur.

With ongoing treatment, Charlotte is making a remarkable recovery in foster care at the home of a shelter staff member.

The shelter reports: “She is a fighter with a big personality. She loves her foster parents -- and hides from the vet!” Her future looks brighter for better health and eventual adoption into a forever home.



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