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:
Colorado Canine Rescue Englewood, Colorado
Uno was hit by a car and left for dead in a small rural town. Many people swerved to avoid him, but fortunately one amazing person stopped to help him. Uno suffered a broken hip, broken right scapula and severe nerve damage to his right front leg (which may need amputation). Pins were placed in his hip and scapula and might need to be surgically removed as he grows. Uno’s owners never came forward to claim him and Colorado Canine rescue was asked to take him in. Despite deeply discounted orthopedic surgery and after care, the bills were still extraordinarily high. American Humane Association’s Second Chance Fund contributed to the care and future of Uno by donating much needed funds. Despite intense pain, Uno remains sweet and loving. He longs to be around his human foster family and wiggles his way across the room just to be near them. He loves all people and animals and he just wants to be healthy so he can play like a normal puppy.
Four Corner Equine Rescue Aztec, New Mexico
In August of 2011, Stretch, a gelding Thoroughbred was rescued from a slaughter pen at a sale barn after two weeks of negotiations with the owner. Stretch was extremely emaciated, and had a massive infection where the hide had been peeled off of his backbone from withers to hips. X-rays revealed at least 11 fractures in the vertebrae in his withers. With the support of a Second Chance Fund Grant from American Humane Association, Four Corners Equine Rescue was able to cover Stretch's medical treatment. Despite Stretch's extreme injuries he remained cooperative and easy to handle during medical treatments. While not pushy, Stretch will seek out human company. He's a "there" horse — you turn around and there he is! He loves to have his neck scratched and will position himself for just the right spot.
Lobo’s leg injuries went so long without treatment that he could no longer walk. We’re not sure what caused Lobo’s injuries, but his owner finally surrendered him to a shelter in Virginia. The 2-year-old little dog was in so much pain, but he still managed to wag his tail and look up at his rescuers with those wide, innocent eyes.
With help from our Second Chance® Fund, Lobo received much-needed medical treatment. His surgery, rehab and water therapy cost thousands of dollars and took some time, but Lobo made a full recovery. Now, he gets around his foster home with his hindquarters resting on a special cart. No more pain for Lobo — but he’s still looking for an extra-loving home where he can get the special attention and care he needs.
New York New York
Daisy suffered a fractured leg and shoulder at the hands of her abusive owner. A neighbor called the police after witnessing the beating, and an animal shelter in New York rescued her. At just 3 months old, Daisy had already experienced so much cruelty. When you look at the photo, you can almost see the pain
on her face.
With help from our Second Chance® Fund, Daisy received extensive surgery to reconstruct her broken limb. She had to remain immobile for nine weeks in order to heal properly. She’s now fully recovered and has bounced back from the pain and trauma. Daisy has a happy temperament in spite of the cruelty she experienced, and a loving family adopted her!
New York New York
Slim, a 6-week-old kitten, was found in New York with both of his right-side legs broken. The bones were already beginning to heal crookedly. The little guy was in shock from pain. A kind neighbor brought Slim to the local animal shelter. He needed extensive surgery — a pin in one leg and a plate in the other. The surgery cost thousands of dollars.
With help from our Second Chance® Fund, Slim got the treatment he needed — and a second chance at being adopted and loved. Slim was such a cute and rambunctious kitty that just before his surgery he tried to take a swim in his water bowl! Now fully recovered, Slim is a healthy, walking kitten. He’s been adopted and is living in a safe and secure 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).
A one-time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Message & Data rates may apply. Purchase must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18yrs or older, or have parental permission. Text STOP to 85944 to Stop. Text HELP to 85944 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.