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.
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Here are some of the cases American Humane has funded:
Nebraska Humane Society Omaha, Nebraska
Cricket, an Arabian-quarter horse cross, was just “skin and bones” and barely alive. A concerned citizen reported his emaciated condition to the Nebraska Humane Society, which investigated and found Cricket to be severely malnourished and dehydrated -- likely within just a couple of days of dying. He had not even been receiving routine medical care. Found with his head hanging low, showing little interest in his surroundings, this once-lively, gentle creature was hundreds of pounds underweight.
Cricket was taken in for treatment, and animal cruelty charges were successfully brought against his owner. After receiving medical treatment and care to overcome years of neglect, Cricket made a remarkable recovery -- gaining more than 200 pounds -- and was adopted into a loving family.
Cairn Rescue USA New York, New York
Missy, a sweet, friendly cairn terrier, was dealt a terrible fate: forced to deliver litter after litter of offspring in a “puppy mill” in Pennsylvania. Rescued by Cairn Rescue USA after years of continuous commercial breeding, Missy was in dreadful shape. Her many health issues included a skin infection and thickly matted fur, a bladder infection, several “rotten” teeth that had to be removed, and a large hernia that required lengthy surgery. Missy’s coat was so matted, she had to be shaved down to her bare skin. She needed surgery and specialized treatment to even have a chance of becoming healthy enough to be adopted into a loving home. Despite all of her health issues and her life of neglect at the puppy mill, Missy has been a joy for everyone who has met her. She recovered from her surgery quickly, and she has begun enjoying her long-overdue life of “freedom.”
The staff report: “Missy is adapting to a new life outside of a cage. Initially, walking on a leash and being petted were foreign to her. Currently, she walks well on a leash, loves to be held and cuddled, and soaks up human companionship.”
Washington Humane Society Washington, D.C.
Max is a shih tzu puppy who was being held in the arms of his owner, a young boy, when the pup’s front leg was shattered by a bullet from a drive-by shooting. Although Max might have prevented the boy from being killed, Max’s severe injury required expensive treatment, so the boy’s family surrendered him. Max was rushed to the emergency room, where X-rays showed that the bullet passed through his leg and extensive damage had been done by bullet fragments. In addition to the expense of his initial surgery and rehabilitative therapy, Max will require continued medical care and further surgery over the next 12 months. Currently, the outlook for Max is positive, and the veterinary staff are confident that he will fully recover. During his time at the humane society, the staff fell in love with the pup that they describe as “playful and in wonderful spirits.” Several families applied to adopt Max, and he has been placed in a new home.
Update: Max was adopted and now lives happily with a new family in Virginia. His new family includes two other dogs, a 9-year-old mixed breed and an 8-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, and a cat. All the animals get along well together. Max has made a full recovery and enjoys playing in his big yard and going on frequent walks.
Humane Society of Redmond Redmond, Oregon
Locked in a van with two puppies and surrounded by feces is how animal welfare investigators found Freckles, a Dalmatian mix. The investigators left food and insulated dog houses for the owner to use, but when they returned, they found the items unopened and discarded. This time the investigators freed the animals and took them to the Humane Society of Redmond. Freckles was emaciated, dehydrated and full of worms. She was treated for the worms, but, upon further examination, was found to have an advanced case of mammary cancer.
After receiving proper nourishment and medical treatment for her condition, Freckles is expected to make a full recovery. Until she finds a new home, she is content to hang out in the front area of the shelter to greet everyone who comes in.
Wyandot County Humane Society Upper Sandusky, Ohio
Caleb is a miniature donkey rescued along with 25 other severely neglected animals. Caleb was suffering from parasites, and was severely underfed and emaciated. Shockingly, his hooves had been allowed to grow out so long, they were curled like ram’s horns, causing him pain and difficulty walking. Caleb has now had his first visit to the farrier to trim down his hooves, but it will be six months to a year before they are in good shape. He is receiving treatment for his parasites, and is expected to make a full recovery. Caleb has responded to his newfound caregivers and received visitors with dignity and grace. He will be well cared for at Wyandot’s equine rescue farm until he is well enough to be adopted.
Update: Caleb is much more mobile now, and although he is still in some pain and moves slowly, he is turning into a “spunky little donkey.” It will take a while yet before his hooves can be fully trimmed down to where they should be, but with regular visits to the farrier, they are improving. Caleb enjoys spending time with his friend, Lafawnda, a sheep who was rescued along with him. The two are very attached to each other, and Lafawnda prefers to have Caleb nearby, especially when receiving veterinary care.
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