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 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.
Stories of Resilience
Willow, a one-year-old Sheepdog, was found on a roadside in El Paso, Texas, a victim of severe abuse with burns and a gunshot wound. Her situation was critical, and her chances seemed slim. However, the intervention of a Second Chance grant from American Humane marked the turning point in Willow’s life.
The grant provided Willow with life-saving medical care, addressing not only her immediate injuries but also her heartworm disease and pyometra, a serious infection. The comprehensive care funded by the grant went beyond treating her physical ailments. It also offered Willow the behavioral therapy she needed to rebuild her trust in humans.
Willow’s recovery was remarkable. With each visit, the veterinary clinic staff saw her not as a patient, but as a symbol of what their work and the Second Chance grant could accomplish. Her constantly wagging tail became a barometer of her recovery and the positive environment fostered by the clinic.