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Second Chance® Grants

Financial assistance to help offset the costs of rescuing animals who are homeless or the victims of human cruelty

Every year, countless animals suffer deplorable abuse and neglect. Often, local shelters and rescue groups are saddled with the steep expenses of saving, sheltering, and caring for these animals in desperate need.

American Humane’s Second Chance grant offers financial assistance to help offset the costs of rescuing animals who are homeless or the victims of human cruelty. Our grant aims to advance and facilitate the lifesaving efforts that give animals a second chance at life when they have nowhere else to turn.

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.

General guidelines

  • Only animal sheltering agencies (public or private) and rescue groups are considered for the Second Chance® Fund.
  • individuals, businesses and corporations are not provided for in the guidelines of the fund.
  • 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, behavior modification and/or training are outside the scope of this fund. Spay/neuter surgery, if listed in the itemized costs of care, even if not medically necessary for treatment, are eligible.
  • 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).
  • Only applications received through the appropriate online submission process will be eligible.

Before submitting an application, applicants must ensure that it includes all of the following documents or their request will be considered incomplete and may be discarded:

  • Copy of 501(c)(3) determination letter
  • Completed application
  • All itemized veterinary receipts* (must be issued by veterinarian’s office)
  • Signed general release (Revised version includes the photo and media release)
  • Before and/or after digital photographs of animals

*If services are/were provided by on-staff veterinarian, itemized receipts must reflect out-of-pocket expenses only — not retail value.