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:
Lone Star Boxer Rescue Houston, Texas
Trey, a lovable white boxer, came to Lone Star Boxer Rescue through a local animal control agency. One of his back legs was broken and severely cut. It appeared that the gash had been caused by a rope caught or tied around his leg. Unfortunately, extensive nerve damage to the leg made amputation the only option for Trey.
Trey experienced complications following the first surgery and had to undergo two more procedures before he could begin making a recovery. However, he has since adapted beautifully to the loss of his leg, and hardly seems to notice its absence. Trey was recently adopted by a loving family with another boxer already in the house; the two “siblings” especially enjoy games of tug-o-war. His new owners say that Trey holds his own very well with his technique of lying down on his side and using one of his long front legs to pull on the rope. If he starts to lose the battle, he stands up and pulls back.
Animal Humane Association of New Mexico Alburquerque, New Mexico
Hopscotch is a true victim of abuse -- he is a tiny Chihuahua, barely filling up the palm of your hand. Hopscotch was “accidentally” shot in the front and rear legs with a shotgun. His owners didn’t do anything for three weeks -- then brought him to the shelter. By that time, his rear leg was necrotic and had to be amputated.
American Humane’s Second Chance helped cover Hopscotch’s extensive veterinary treatment. Despite his size and his very difficult recovery, he fought every step of the way to survive.
He was adopted by his foster parents and now feels strong and brave enough to stand up to German Shepherds at the dog park.
Animal Humane Association of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico
Left for dead in a landfill, Baby Boy was trying to survive with a .45 caliber bullet left in his hind leg. A Good Samaritan saw him at the landfill and fed him daily to gain his trust. Ten days later she was able to take him to the shelter. X-rays determined that Baby Boy’s leg was broken but had healed around the bullet, causing a perpetual infection. The vet removed the bullet and treated the infection.
Fees for the vet were offset by American Humane’s Second Chance Fund. Wary when he first arrived at the shelter, Baby Boy gradually began to trust people and now races around, plays hard and is extremely personable.
Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue Jones, Oklahoma
In July 2007, 44 horses were removed from three properties belonging to the same person. Most were severely emaciated, and none had received proper hoof care. They were infested with parasites, had upper respiratory infections, and were covered with rain rot. In the back of the pasture, rescuers found a colt tied to a tree -- he was one of the worst. Despite his horrible condition, the young Appaloosa was determined to live -- so he was named Spirit.
With assistance from American Humane’s Second Chance Fund, Spirit was treated for lice and worms, and he had his feet trimmed for the first time in his life. He was later adopted by a wonderful family.
Des Moines County Humane Society Burlington, Iowa
This big, beautiful stray cat was brought to the shelter after its throat was intentionally slit. He was obviously extremely frightened and in a lot of pain. The shelter promptly took him to the vet clinic, and American Humane’s Second Chance Fund helped offset some of the fees to treat his near-fatal injuries.
The cat’s new mom reportedly dreamt the night before -- the incident that a tuxedo cat at the shelter needed her help.
Fortunately for this mysterious, nameless cat with a secret past, dreams often come true.
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.