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:
Lake Shore Animal Shelter Park Ridge, Illinois
Sabrina, a pit bull terrier mix, was rescued from a large dogfighting ring along with 36 other dogs. She was severely malnourished, suffered from heartworm and had a dislocated kneecap, which caused her to limp. With surgical repair, she will be able to use her leg again.
Amazingly, despite her life of abuse and medical neglect, Sabrina’s new caretakers at Lake Shore say she is “a loving, fun-spirited girl.” She is expected to make a full recovery.
Iowa Equine Rescue and Awareness League Cedar Rapids, Iowa
When officials removed 27 neglected horses from a farm, Malagrosa, an Arabian mare, was left behind. She was not as undernourished as the other horses had been. However, Malagrosa had suffered a traumatic injury to her eye, which resulted in a severe “melting corneal ulcer” and a bad infection in the eye and sinus cavity.
Iowa Equine Rescue and Awareness League purchased her from the farm in order to save her life. Malagrosa received almost a month of IV treatments, which saved her eye from having to be removed, but she is now blind in that eye. Malagrosa is now loved and cared for and is adapting well.
Animal Haven Flushing, New York
Mango’s owners surrendered her to Animal Haven before moving out of the country. The shelter soon discovered the little Pomeranian had critical and extensive dental disease. All of her teeth were rotten and had to be extracted. More seriously, Mango had multiple fractures and a severe bone infection in her lower jaw.
Thanks to the Second Chance® Fund, Mango received treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. According to her caretakers, she is happy and sweet, and loves to dance and play. Mango is so irresistible, they expect her to be adopted soon.
Nebraska Humane Society Omaha, Nebraska
Poor Harley was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Caught in the middle of a domestic dispute, the mixed cattle dog was picked up and thrown against a door by his owner. All the bones in his front left foot were splintered into pieces.
Harley was turned over to the Nebraska Humane Society, where he was immediately taken to the animal emergency clinic for evaluation and attention. Later, he was transferred to New Hope Cattle Dog Rescue in Colorado and adopted by a new, loving family. Harley is happy now, and despite suffering such cruelty, he loves and trusts everyone he meets.
Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Inc. Key West, Florida
Oscar, an adorable schnauzer mix, was cruelly thrown from a moving vehicle. He broke his right front leg when he landed and was in terrible pain. Police officers called to the scene brought Oscar to the Florida Keys SPCA, where other health problems were soon discovered. An old injury to his vertebrae had never healed properly, his coat was infested with fleas and he had heartworm.
When shelter workers tracked down Oscar’s owners, they learned that he had lived for the past seven years as an “outside” dog, receiving little to no companionship from his owners. He initially seemed unsure how to respond to affection. However, at the shelter, his sweet disposition quickly emerged. After receiving the surgery and loving care he needed, Oscar’s injuries healed. He has since embraced life in a new, loving 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.