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:
Chesapeake Cats & Dogs, Inc. Stevensville, Maryland
In June 2009, seven cocker spaniels -- Callie, Casper, Harley, Buddy, Bree, Mickey and Abigail -- were dropped off by their owner at a Maryland animal shelter. The dogs were covered in urine and suffered from cuts, severe eye and ear problems, rotted teeth and flea infestations, and it was clear that they were completely unfamiliar with toys, leashes and even dog bowls. Since the shelter was full, Chesapeake Cats & Dogs rescued the collection of cockers and ensured that they received much-needed medical treatment with assistance from a Second Chance Fund grant. All of the dogs thrived in foster care, and six have found new homes, while the seventh is working on shyness issues in hopes of being adopted out in the near future.
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona Tucson, Arizona
Tethered in the back of a pick-up truck, 1-year-old pit bull mix Champ didn’t stand a chance after falling out of the vehicle during a turn. He was dragged for two blocks and then, when his collar came loose, Champ was run over by the truck. His owners brought him to The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, although they at first denied he was their dog. Upon Champ’s arrival at the shelter’s clinic, 25 percent of his skin had either been burned or completely removed by the scorching hot pavement, his toes were partially scraped off and he was bleeding profusely. In spite of his immense pain, Champ managed to wag his tail and welcomed the help of the veterinary staff, who performed surgery immediately. Throughout his horrific ordeal, Champ remained a loving, friendly, good-tempered boy who loves attention. After admitting that they were responsible for the incident, the family relinquished ownership of Champ to the shelter, which received a Second Chance Fund grant from American Humane. Today, Champ (now known as Rex) is safely ensconced in a loving home where he is enjoying life with his new family.
Freedom Hill Horse Rescue Owings, Maryland
Kendra, a 1-year-old filly, was discovered in the “kill pen” of a horse dealer who is known for selling horses to slaughter plants outside the U.S. Three rescue groups raised funds to purchase Kendra, and she was then brought to Freedom Hill Horse Rescue, where she was given immediate medical care paid for in part by a Second Chance Fund grant. Kendra was starved and suffering from severe dehydration, anemia and pneumonia, but according to her rescuers, “She had life in her eyes that said, ‘If you help me, I will survive.’” In fact, Kendra required one week of intensive care, followed by many months of frequent feedings, medications and monitoring. She was a well-behaved, curious and willing filly throughout the long treatment process, which saved her from certain death. Kendra has since been adopted to a forever home in West Virginia and is now a happy, healthy and wonderfully well-adjusted horse.
Heritage Humane Society Williamsburg, Virginia
Penny, a 1-year-old beagle, first arrived at a Virginia veterinary clinic with an “accidental” skull fracture. She came back shortly thereafter with a fractured leg, which her owner said had gotten tangled in a leash. A metal plate was inserted in Penny’s leg, and she was sent home with detailed care instructions. When Penny’s owner failed to provide the necessary follow-up, the metal plate partially erupted from the little dog’s leg, which eventually had to be amputated. The veterinarian who performed the surgeries suspected that abuse and neglect had caused the initial injury, and that continued neglect was responsible for the amputation. The vet contacted animal control, which seized Penny and brought her to Heritage Humane Society, where a Second Chance Fund grant helped pay for her recovery. Despite the obstacles Penny faced, she was amazingly friendly and adapted almost instantly to her new three-legged lifestyle. Described as “one of the sweetest dogs we have ever encountered at the shelter,” it was no surprise that a staff member fell in love with Penny and adopted the hardy hound.
Longhopes Donkey Shelter Bennett, Colorado
When Wyatt, an 8-year-old mammoth gelding donkey, was rescued from a slaughter plant holding pen, he was painfully thin and had a broken ear and nose, large rope scars, bleeding cuts all over his body, a nasal infection and overgrown hooves. After surgery and medication paid for in part by a Second Chance Fund grant, Wyatt made a full recovery and has been placed in a new home along with another donkey from Longhopes. According to his rescuers, Wyatt is “a big goofy donkey” who is extremely affectionate, gentle and easy to handle. “It is difficult to imagine an animal so big that just wants people to hug on him, but that is Wyatt!”
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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