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:
Colin was covered in blood when he arrived at the shelter in Florida. The 10-month-old boxer had severe mange and puncture wounds. Colin’s pain was so intense that he seemed to have gone numb. If you touched him or spoke to him, he wouldn’t respond but would only hang his head. The shelter staff suspected that dogfighters had used Colin as a bait dog.
With help from our Second Chance® Fund, Colin received the care and love he needed to heal and be adopted. After weeks of special cleaning and skin treatments, Colin made a full recovery. He even came out of his shell and learned to play and cuddle. Colin now lives on a farm, safe and secure with his new forever family.
Marley was huddled by a dryer vent when a kind person found him and rushed him to a veterinary clinic in Georgia. The yellow tabby cat was eight pounds under normal weight, severely dehydrated, and chilled to the bone. Marley was so weak and malnourished that he couldn’t stand. He had been shaved without care, leaving much of his fur hanging from his body in heavy swatches. He was in such bad shape that several animal shelters refused to take him in.
With help from our Second Chance® Fund, Marley received immediate medical treatment, giving him a second chance at life. He received IV fluids, blood work, X-rays and continuing care to make a full recovery. He was adopted into a loving home. Despite the abuse Marley endured, the purrs and gentle head nudges he gives are proof that he hasn’t lost his trust in people.
Raina was badly injured from being used as a dog fighting “bait” dog. Raina had deep puncture wounds on her legs and chest. Multiple dogs had attacked the 11-week-old pit bull, who was used as a bait dog for dog fighting in Illinois. Raina’s front-left leg was so mangled that it wouldn’t heal. When you look at the photos, you can imagine the pain and terror this young dog experienced so early in life.
With help from our Second Chance® Fund, Raina received the medical treatment she needed to recover. She gets around just fine on three healthy legs. You might think she’d be a fearful, nervous dog after her ordeal as a puppy. But Raina is a sweet, happy dog.
Jack had competed in 94 races and earned hundreds of thousands of dollars for his owner. But he took a bad fall during his final year of racing. At 11 years old, Jack was destined for the slaughterhouse. When he was rescued at an auction in Ohio, he was severely dehydrated and malnourished, and had sores all over his body.
Jack was so stressed that he refused to
eat and drink. With help from our Second Chance® Fund, Jack received the care and treatment he needed to recover. His rescuers brought him to a sanctuary, where, after a lifetime of grueling work on the racetrack, Jack now spends his days relaxing in a peaceful pasture.
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Saedee was attacked by another dog and then surrendered by her owner to a New Mexico animal shelter. She had puncture wounds on her face and a huge gash on her neck where it looked like a thin wire had been tied around her neck. Ticks and dirt covered her soft blond puppy fur. Saedee was just 4 months old.
With help from our Second Chance® Fund, Saedee underwent two surgeries and eight days of recovery to mend her wounds. Weeks of attention and affection from the shelter staff helped her to recover from the emotional trauma. Saedee, now healthy and happy, was adopted into a loving 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).
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.