Each day, an alarming number of animal abuse or neglect cases occur across the country. Many times, local shelters and humane societies are forced to cover the cost to medically treat these abused animals, and, as a result, shelters accrue high -- sometimes overwhelming -- medical bills.
American Humane Association's Second Chance Fund helps offset the cost of treating homeless animal victims of abuse or neglect. Through the Second Chance Fund, American Humane Association is able to financially assist agencies that rescue, care for, and re-home abused or neglected animals. In 2009, thanks to our generous donors, American Humane Association was able to provide Second Chance financial assistance to 85 organizations to assist with the care of 974 animals, including cats, dogs, horses, donkeys, goats, pigs, parrots, cows, sheep and llamas.
Grant applications are not currently being accepted and no additional funding is being awarded at this time. Please continue to visit this page for availability of future funding opportunities
Here are some of the cases American Humane has funded:
Helping Persian Cats Beverly Hills, California
If cats really do have nine lives, Caesar -- a 4-year-old Himalayan -- used up several of his during the spring of 2009. Normally an indoor cat, Caesar sustained multiple fractures and wounds to his right rear leg when he escaped from home and got caught in a car engine. Caesar’s owner took him to a veterinarian, who offered to amputate the leg for free and re-home the cat after his recovery; however, the owner refused and asked that Caesar be euthanized instead. Upon the vet’s refusal to do so, the owner took Caesar to an overcrowded shelter, where chances were high that he would be euthanized. Defying fate once again, the still-injured cat was adopted shortly thereafter by a good Samaritan, who unfortunately couldn’t afford the necessary medical care, so Caesar remained in pain for several more days before being relinquished to Helping Persian Cats. With assistance from a Second Chance Fund Grant, surgery was performed to save Caesar’s leg. Since then, he has become a favorite at the animal hospital, where his outgoing, affectionate personality and amazing resiliency have given the staff high hopes for his recovery and eventual adoption.
Lost Paws Rescue of Texas Carrollton, Texas
As if the life of a breeding female dog isn’t grueling enough, the right front leg of 3-year-old Italian greyhound Athena had been badly broken for months while she continued to deliver and wean puppies. A friend of the backyard breeder who owned Athena surrendered her to Lost Paws Rescue of Texas, and she was immediately taken to a veterinarian. The vet determined that her leg was so seriously damaged that it had to be re-broken and set -- a procedure paid for in part by a Second Chance Fund Grant from American Humane. Throughout her ordeal, Athena made new friends and played with everyone she met, displaying the indomitable spirit that has already helped her find a permanent home with a loving couple and another dog who has become her constant companion.
The Williams County Humane Society Bryan, Ohio
When a Williams County, Ohio, humane officer received a call reporting a very skinny dog that appeared to be a greyhound on a rural property, she could not have imagined the horror she would actually find: Izzy, a starving 7-month-old female Great Dane who weighed an appalling 53 pounds. The skeleton-like dog -- who was being kept in a trash- and feces-filled garage with no ventilation, sunlight, food or water -- collapsed as she was greeted by the officer, who immediately called for backup to remove Izzy, two other emaciated dogs and three kittens. After the animals were taken to The Williams County Humane Society, Izzy was transferred to a nearby veterinary clinic for emergency medical care. A Second Chance Fund Grant from American Humane helped subsidize treatment for her extensive medical problems, including malnutrition, dehydration, fleas, and multiple open wounds on her face and legs. Today, Izzy is slowly putting on weight and being treated like a queen while she continues to recover back at the shelter. According to the humane officer who rescued Izzy, “Her eyes say it all now: Thank you.”
The Greater Chicago Ferret Association Westchester, Illinois
The outlook for three neglected ferrets -- Blacknose, Garfield and Beethoven -- was not good when they first arrived at the Greater Chicago Ferret Association. Blacknose had spent his first five years confined to a cage in his owner’s basement before being surrendered to the shelter. The poor animal had rarely been released to play, and had also developed a dangerous and painful tumor on his tail that went untreated. Meanwhile, Garfield was found on the street with a large infected mass extending over a hind leg. He had likely been abandoned by an owner unwilling to care for him. A third ferret, Beethoven, was surrendered to the shelter with severe urinary problems, signs of adrenal disease, rashes all over his little body and an infected tooth that had broken off nearly at the root. Like his namesake, Beethoven had also succumbed to complete deafness.
Fortunately, a Second Chance Fund grant from American Humane was awarded to treat and rehabilitate these sweet little pets. All three have regained their health -- and rediscovered their playful natures. Beethoven and Garfield have already been adopted into new, loving homes, and Blacknose is safe in a foster home, where he awaits permanent placement.
KC Pet Program Kansas City, Missouri
Like the mythological bird that rose from the ashes for which she is named, Phoenix -- a 1-year-old tortoiseshell cat -- managed to somehow survive being doused with charcoal lighter fluid and set ablaze allegedly by two young brothers who owned her. (Tragically, the family dog was also set on fire and did not live.) When the little cat -- who suffered second- and third-degree burns on 20 percent of her body -- returned home after three days, a family member called animal control. The veterinarians who cared for her say that despite her terrible injuries, Phoenix not only fought hard for her life, but purred and rubbed lovingly against the people trying to save her. Treatment of her severe burns was painful, lengthy and expensive, but with the help of an American Humane Second Chance Fund Grant, Phoenix has indeed risen again and is awaiting a new forever home.
Due to the overwhelming number of abuse cases nationwide, the Second Chance® Fund is offered only in select cases of animal abuse or neglect. Funding is awarded on a case-by-case basis. Selected cases will be used for fundraising purposes.
General guidelines of the Fund include:
•Animal sheltering agencies (public or private) and rescue groups are eligible for the Second Chance® Fund. •Individuals, businesses and corporations are not eligible for Second Chance® grant funding. •Funding may be used only to cover medical procedures for animals that have been victims of abuse or neglect and require medical treatment before being placed for adoption. Routine medical procedures -- such as vaccinations, heartworm testing, spay/neuter surgery, etc. -- and behavior modification and/or training are outside the scope of this fund. •Medical procedures covered under the fund will allow animals to medically recover and live a relatively pain-free life. •Animals involved can be successfully placed in new homes. •Funding to any one agency is limited to $2,000 per fiscal year. •Applications must be received no later than 6 months following the date of intake of the animal(s).
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