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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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).