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American Humane Gives the Gift of Life

For 144 years, American Humane has been helping animals in need. We are first to serve, and that has remained true throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This includes helping the many state, county and local groups on the frontlines working to save and shelter helpless animals when they are abused, abandoned or injured.

To help many more of our best friends in their worst times, Dr. Robin Ganzert, our CEO and president, accompanied by Amber Batteiger from our rescue team, visited Lee County Domestic Animal Services to present them with a $4,500 check to help treat animals in severe medical emergencies.

(L to R:  Lee County Domestic Animal Services Interim Director Pablo Adorno, veterinarian Dr. Nicole Ferguson, American Humane Disaster & Cruelty Response Specialist Amber Batteiger, American Humane National Ambassador Steven DeLalio and American Humane President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert.)

The grant is awarded through American Humane’s Meacham Grant, which helps provide capital improvements to shelters across the country. This grant will be used to purchase specially made, lifelike canine and feline mannequins to train staff in animal first aid and CPR, IV catheter placement and IV infusion, endotracheal intubation techniques, and limb bandaging.

Lee County Domestic Animal Services, located in Fort Myers, Florida, is a tax-funded, government domestic stray animal control agency dedicated to:

  • Ensuring public safety and health;
  • Providing education on responsible pet ownership and compliance of local ordinances and State Statutes relating to animals;
  • Strengthening the human-animal bond to reduce the number of animals surrendered to overcrowded shelters;
  • Reducing pet overpopulation through non-lethal humane methods;
  • Reuniting lost and missing pets with rightful owners; and
  • Adoption of unwanted, abused and neglected animals into loving, permanent homes.​​

The shelter provides love and protection for thousands of homeless animals each year. This grant will help ensure staff are trained to provide the best possible care, allowing them to continue their critical efforts to save more lives. We are honored to give the gift of life in the form of this grant.

On her visit, Dr. Ganzert met with many adorable animals who are looking for their furever home. Below are just a few of the sweet cats and dogs that could be your new best friend if you are willing to open your heart and home to a new furry family member.


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