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
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.
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.
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.
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).