Bella is all smiles after a delivery from East Tennessee Spay and Neuter's (ETSN) pet food pantry program! ETSN, located in Elizabethton, TN, is dedicated to keeping companion animals out of shelters by providing vouchers for low-cost spay/neuter surgery, delivering pet food through their Pet Food Pantry (which currently feeds over 500 companion animals) and assisting with trap-neuter-release programs for feral cats. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped supplement the Pet Food Pantry.
DAWGS n Texas, located in Dalhart, TX, promotes the importance of spaying and neutering in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals. They also find homes for unwanted animals. Since they were established in 2003, they have rescued over 7,000 animals. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to replace overhead tarps for dog runs that were destroyed during severe thunderstorms.
Sterling is one of 48 rats recently rescued from a hoarding situation in Omaha, NE and taken in by Tiny Toes Rat Rescue of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. Tiny Toes provides a safe, healthy and loving sanctuary environment, along with rehabilitation and veterinary care for as many needy rats as resources and space will allow. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant will provide rehabilitation, veterinary care and boarding for all 48 rescued rats .
Ghost is a four-year-old pit bull mix who was used as a bait dog in a dog fighting operation. For the Love of Pets took Ghost in and is committed to helping her recover and find a forever home. For the Love of Pets, located in Streator, IL, is dedicated to keeping companion animals with their loving families by providing supplemental funds for pet food and veterinary care. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund was awarded to For the Love of Pets to pay for Ghost's lifesaving surgery.
Voice for Horses Rescue Network (VFHRN), located in Toledo, OH, is committed to providing humane treatment to horses who are injured, abused, bound for slaughter or neglected. VFHRN networks with other equine rescues, humane societies and law enforcement organizations throughout the U.S. in an effort to place homeless horses. When the pastures at VFHRN were recently flooded by torrential rain, a NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped finance the repairs.
Uplands PEAK Sanctuary (UPS) in Salem, IN, is a 20 acre refuge for abused and neglected farm animals. UPS rescues and rehabilitates these animals and educates the public on the benefits of a vegan lifestyle. As a result of an extremely icy winter, Brandi and Erica, two of UPS’ pigs, sustained hoof injuries. UPS also recently took in an elderly goat named Greta who had been neglected and needed lots of recuperative TLC. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant covered the cost of Brandi, Erica (pictured) and Greta’s initial veterinary bills.
Burrito was born into research, where he spent several years in hepatitis B vaccine safety trials. He then spent a year being exploited in the entertainment industry before being shipped to another research facility where he languished for 20 years. Finally, he found safe haven at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (CSNW) in Cle Elum, WA. Burrito's formative years were filled with alienation and neglect, but now his confidence and chimpanzee-ness grows daily. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant funded a program that helps CSNW continue giving high-quality medical care to all the chimpanzees in their care.
Max is one of four dogs recently diagnosed with “Valley Fever,” a serious and potentially deadly fungal infection. Max and his friends Carmen, Muppet and Missy reside at Cochise Canine Rescue (CCR) in Pomerene, AZ. CCR rescues at-risk animals from “high-kill” shelters throughout Southern and Central Arizona. They work extensively to find safe and loving homes for all adoptable dogs in their care, while providing permanent sanctuary for elderly, emotionally unstable or seriously ill dogs. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund helped CCR provide medical care and treatment for Max and his friends. (UPDATE: Max has fully recovered and has been given a clean bill of health!)
Freedom is one of 12 rabbits relinquished from a university research laboratory to the safety and care of the Bunny Bunch, in Montclair, CA. Rabbits retired from labs are often in foster care for several years to make sure they're fully rehabilitated, socialized and ready for adoption. But the Bunny Bunch makes it a priority to give them everything they need for a second chance at a happy life. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant provided pens, litter boxes and vet care for the retirees.
Mango is one of more than 400 cats being cared for by Animal Alliance Welfare League (AAWL) of New Britain, CT. AAWL cares for more than 58 feral cat colonies in their community and have spayed/neutered more than 6,000 stray and feral cats. In addition to the adoptable cats in their foster system, AAWL also cares for a population of senior cats. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund was awarded to help fund veterinary costs for AAWL's senior cat care program.
Buddy is one of the many cats living with the feline leukemia virus (FeLV) at Aslan’s Cats in Verbank, NY. Aslan’s Cats is dedicated to improving the lives of FeLV cats, providing allopathic and holistic medical treatment, as well as safety and security. They also educate the public that FeLV is not a death sentence, in the hopes that more FeLV cats will be adopted. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to defray expensive medical care for cats needing emergency treatment.
Lemon was brought to animal care and control after being severely wounded by a wild animal. Four Paws Coonhound Rescue in El Cajon, CA, stepped in and brought Lemon to the animal hospital, where she stayed for two weeks, which speaks to the severity of her condition. Lemon continues to recuperate with the love and support of her foster mom. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped defray costs incurred by Lemon's surgery.
Cleo came to Stray Central in Springdale, AR, quite sick with an upper respiratory infection, among other things. Stray Central provided a full medical work-up, including neutering, vaccinations and FeLV/FIV testing. Stray Central provides a safe haven for cats until their adoption and provides a permanent refuge for cats with severe medical, emotional or behavioral problems. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant provided the funds for Rhett’s medical care, as well as care for Rhett, Ezeli and a tiny kitten named Tony.
Lucky is a five-month-old Rottweiler who truly lives up to her name. After she was hit by a car, she was taken to a county clinic who determined that her injuries were too costly to treat and slated her for euthanasia. A Passion for Paws – a rescue organization in La Jolla, CA, that primarily centers on Akitas - stepped in and gave her a second chance at a happy, healthy life. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped pay for Lucky’s surgery and recuperation.
Lily is one of nearly a hundred monkeys living peacefully at Mindy’s Memory Primate Sanctuary (MMPS) in Newcastle, OK. All of their residents have been used in research or had been kept as pets. MMPS gives these survivors refuge, enrichment and care. When MMPS recently expanded, a NAVS Sanctuary Fund provided medical care for each monkey relocating to the new enclosures. We also helped pay for septic system repairs to ensure a safe and healthy environment for Lily and her friends.
Sweet Pea (and her brother Happy) are two of eight African grey parrots who were wild caught and brought to New Jersey to breed. They were kept in a dark, dusty environment with little to no enrichment until they were rescued by Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary in Louisa, VA. Now the flock can enjoy all the sunshine, space and care they need to thrive. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund provided funds for transportation, vet work, and the first year of care for Sweet Pea and Happy.
Meade Canine Rescue Foundation (MCRF) in Creston, CA, provides medical care, spay/neuter services and rescue efforts to alleviate overpopulation and resulting euthanasia of unwanted dogs. Located on 12 acres, the MCRF ranch is a permanent sanctuary for senior and special needs dogs, allowing them rest, relaxation and enrichment in their golden years. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped provide medical treatment for unsocialized beagles relinquished by their owner.
Horses of Tir Na Nog in San Diego, CA, creates a safe-haven for horses with few options remaining. Through regular veterinary care, sound nutrition, and thoughtful herd management, we strive to ensure a high quality of life. In addition, the staff and volunteers increase awareness about responsible horse ownership through community education. During a draught in Spring 2014, a NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to help purchase a much-needed water tank to keep their animal residents hydrated.
Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary in Louisa, VA, is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and sanctuary of parrots living in captivity. Their mission is to provide a safe place for these birds to go when no other options are available. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant provided transportation and initial vet care for wild-caught African Grey parrots who had been used for breeding.
Mindy’s Memory Primate Sanctuary in Newcastle, OK, provides the highest level of care to nonhuman primates in need of refuge. Monkeys exploited for entertainment or used in medical research are given a second chance to live the remainder of their lives in a natural environment with loving companions. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund assisted with veterinary funds for monkeys transported to new facilities.
White Bison Association (WBA) in Bend, OR, provides care for a herd of 25 white bison all carrying the white gene. Because only one in ten million bison is born white, they are considered an endangered species. WBA provides a permanent sanctuary while promoting healthy white bison population growth. With the help of a NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant, WBA transported all 25 buffalo to a new location just outside of Redmond, Oregon.
The Hermitage Cat Shelter (HCS) in Tucson, AZ, is dedicated to the shelter, protection and care of homeless cats. HCS actively seeks permanent, loving homes for their adoptable cats, while providing lifelong care for cats unable to be re-homed due to behavioral or health issues. The residents at HCS, like Luke pictured here, are able to roam free within 8,000 square feet of outdoor/indoor living space. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to repair their roof which was damaged during the 2014 hurricane season.
Stamp Out Starvation of Horses in Clarkesville, GA, is committed keeping horses safe, healthy and out of the horse slaughter pipeline. Their multi-faceted program assists horse owners who have fallen on hard times by providing short-term financial assistance. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant supported a low-cost gelding clinic, providing an affordable option to reducing the population of unwanted horses.
Forest Animal Rescue (fka, Peace River Refuge & Ranch) is a permanent sactuary for non-releasable wild animals. The animal residents - including big cats, bears, wolves, primates, and bats – have been confiscated by authorities, used in research, abandoned, abused, and neglected. At FAR, they are given veterinary care, a healthy diet, appropriate enrichment, and, most important, time and space to heal. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped pay an outstanding bill when their budget was unexpectedly reduced.
For the Love of Pets in Streator, IL, works passionately to keep companion animals with their families by providing financial assistance for pet food and veterinary needs. Recent Sanctuary Fund grants were awarded to replace a van that was totaled while searching for a lost dog in a rainstorm (no one was injured and the dog was eventually found); and to supplement their Foreclosure Assistance Program established to provide food and medical care to companion animals of homeless families.
Horse Shoe Equine Rescue (HSER) in Terre Haute, IN, rehabilitates physically and emotionally damaged horses in order to place them in permanent homes so they may be protected, cared for, and surrounded by love and companionship. A recent Sanctuary Fund grant helped HSER to purchase hay when they received unexpected horses from county rescues that required quantities of feed/hay beyond HSER’s budget.
Compassionate Animal Rescue for Medical Aid (CARMA) in Mission Viejo, CA, was founded by veterinary professionals dedicated to rescuing sick or injured animals, providing them with necessary medical care, and placing them into caring homes whenever possible. A recent Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to help pay for surgical costs to care for a dog (Stanley, pictured here fully recovered) who had been hit by a car.
Planet Pig in Gerald, MO, provides food and shelter in a loving, peaceful environment to over 180 happy and healthy potbellied pigs, many of whom were rescued from neglect and abuse. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to spay/neuter nine potbellied pigs taken in from a hoarding situation. Currently, all but three pigs have since found their forever homes!
Kitty Devore Rescue Network (KDRN) in San Pedro, CA, is comprised of volunteers throughout California—as well as areas of Arizona, Washington, and Utah—dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of cats and kittens pulled from a high-kill shelter located in San Bernadino, CA. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant allowed KDRN to spay/neuter cats that had previously been slated for euthanasia.
Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary in Charlottesville, VA, provides care for orphaned and injured wildlife in central Virginia while they are prepared for release back into their natural habitat. In addition, they educate the public about the habits and needs of native wildlife and what to do when an injured or orphaned animal is found. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to help build a quarantine shed for new arrivals.
Animal Alliance Welfare League, Inc. (AAWL) in New Britain, CT, is an all-volunteer organization providing food, shelter and medical care for rescued and homeless animals. They also offer low cost spay/neuter services in an effort to reduce the number of unwanted animals. They actively seek “love connections” by placing homeless animals with loving forever families. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to help cover veterinary costs for AAWL's senior cat care program.
Chimp Haven in Shreveport, LA, provides humane care in a naturalistic environment for chimpanzees no longer used in biomedical research. Chimp Haven serves as the only National Chimpanzee Sanctuary for chimpanzees retired from federally-funded laboratories. Under new criteria accepted by the National Institutes of Health, hundreds of chimpanzees are now eligible for retirement. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to construct a quarantine building to facilitate the arrival of new residents.
Stray Central in Springdale, AR, tends to the physical and emotional needs of homeless, abused or neglected companion animals, providing safe haven until they can be adopted into forever homes. Stray Central also provides permanent sanctuary where animals with severe medical, emotional or behavioral problems can spend their remaining days with love and compassion. A recent Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to assist animals affected by devastating tornadoes in Quapaw, OK.
The Animal House Jamaica was founded in the 1990s because of serious concerns regarding the plight of animals on the north coast of the island. One of only two animal shelters in Jamaica—and the only shelter on the entire north coast—they provide food, shelter and medical care to stray, injured, abandoned or feral animals. A recent NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped Animal House Jamaica rebuild dog kennels destroyed by extreme weather.
The Bunny Bunch in Montclair, CA, rescues rabbits from shelters where they would otherwise be euthanized. The Bunny Bunch strives to place rabbits in loving homes with happy, healthy environments. They also maintain an education center, The Burrow, which offers programs to teach shelters, veterinarians and the public about rabbit care and health. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped provide food and medical care for approximately 150 rabbits rescued from a hoarding situation.
AniMeals in Missoula, MT, supplements the food needs of homeless animals in the care of shelters and rescue groups; pets of the homebound and disabled; and caregivers of feral cat colonies. They’ve served over two million meals to animals throughout Montana. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant subsidized the Honey Fund, which assists in emergency vet care for companion animals of low-income families, the elderly, and disabled individuals.
Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary in German Valley, IL, provides permanent safe haven for small, exotic animals—including ferrets, bearded dragons, chinchillas, degus and foxes—many of whom are too sick, aggressive or elderly to be adopted out. They currently care for more than 300 animals of 30 different species while working with a worldwide network of experts to give their animals the very best care. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to help cover food and medical costs for over 100 rats relinquished by their owner.
Lions, Tigers & Bears (LTB) in Alpine, CA, is dedicated to providing a permanent safe haven for unwanted and abused exotic animals. Located in Alpine, CA, LTB provides clean, safe and comfortable shelter; nutritious and healthy food; and enrichment, exercise and personal attention that are key to the animals’ well-being. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund helped LTB rescue four captive-bred bears languishing in a private residence in North Carolina.
Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Seattle, WA, provides lifetime quality care for formerly abused and exploited chimpanzees while advocating for all great apes. The brutal cold caused several power outages this winter, necessitating upgrades to their backup power/heat. A Sanctuary Fund grant was used to help purchase a new generator to keep the chimpanzees safe and warm during subsequent power outages.
Safe Haven for Cats in Raleigh, NC, safeguards the well-being of every cat in their community through adoption, affordable spay/neuter services, community outreach and adherence to no-kill principles. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to provide emergency veterinary care for eight cats rescued from a hoarding situation.
Shepherd's Green in Cookeville, TN, provides rescue and lifetime care to abandoned pigs. In addition, they provide support, guidance and financial assistance for caretakers of privately held pigs through their Helping Hoof program. A Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to purchase a shelter to be supplied through that program.
Tiny Toes Rat Rescue of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, provides a safe, healthy, and loving sanctuary environment, rehabilitation and veterinary care for as many needy rats as resources and space will allow. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to help Tiny Toes provide rehabilitate, veterinary care, and boarding for rats rescued from a hoarding situation.
Wolves Offered Life and Friendship (W.O.L.F.) Sanctuary in Laport, CO, is located on 180 acres in the Rocky Mountains. W.O.L.F.’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all wolves and wolf dogs through rescue, sanctuary and education. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to help repair damage to the sanctuary caused by flooding.
Animal Care and Adoption Network in San Rafael, CA, is dedicated to assisting Bay Area Rescue Groups and Shelters save the lives of companion animals with an emphasis on small companion animals (rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, hamsters and mice). A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to help defray veterinary expenses incurred from rats rescued from a deplorable hoarding situation.
Stray Central located in Springdale, AR, provides spay/neuter services, vaccination, veterinary care, and safe haven for as many homeless, unwanted, and abused/neglected companion animals as possible until they can be adopted into loving, forever homes. Stray Central is also a devoted home where cats with severe medical, emotional, and/or behavioral problems can spend their remaining days with love, understanding, and without the threat of euthanasia. NAVS Sanctuary Fund grants were awarded to provide care for 46 cats taken in from a hoarding situation; and to purchase a laptop/tablet to use for adoption events.
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Gainesville, FL, provides permanent safe haven for monkeys who have been abused, confiscated by authorities, retired from research, or who are ex-pets. NAVS Sanctuary Fund grants helped construct a habitat for several capuchins retired from two separate university research laboratories.
Animal Alliance Welfare League (AAWL) in New Britain, CT, is a no-kill, all-volunteer organization devoted to caring for homeless and abused animals. AAWL has spayed/neutered nearly 6,000 cats at its low-cost clinics. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to help AAWL spay/neuter ten cats taken in from a hoarding situation.
Center for Great Apes in Wachula, FL, provides permanent sanctuary for orangutans and chimpanzees retired from the entertainment industry or biomedical research, or no longer wanted as pets. The Center provides a safe, healthy and enriching environment for great apes in need of lifetime care. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped with rescue and care costs for Katie, an 18-year-old chimpanzee who had been living in a four-by-five-foot cage in New Jersey.
Yavapai Humane Society in Prescott, AZ, is a no-kill shelter providing care and medical treatment to homeless, injured or abused animals. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to help support their Special Treatment and Recovery (S.T.A.R.) program which funds medical care for special needs animals, including medicine, X-rays, tests and reconstructive surgeries that their budget can't support otherwise.
Whatcom Education, Spay & Neuter Impact Program (WESNIP) in Bellingham, WA, provides low-income pet owners and feral cat colony caretakers transportation to low-cost spay-neuter clinics. They also work with local humane societies to ensure their affordable spay/neuter programs are fully utilized. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was provided to help fund this important program.
Located in Hubert, NC, Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue in Hardy, VA, provides shelter, care, medical treatment, rehabilitation and adoption services for abandoned, neglected and/or homeless horses. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to help cover veterinary bills for horses seized from abusive owners.
For the Love of Pets in Streator, IL, is dedicated to keeping pets in their loving homes by providing low-income individuals with financial assistance to help pay for pet food, veterinary care or foreclosure assistance. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund was awarded to help replace a roof and electrical wiring damaged by storms.
Bring Hanah Home headquartered in Bloomington, IN, seeks to increase disaster awareness and works toward standard emergency procedures for all pets. BHH puts pet advocacy in action by inspiring ideas, fostering awareness, providing solutions and promoting change reflective of their vision of “No Pet Left Behind.” A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to help volunteers privde emergency relief to animal victims of tornadoes in Oklahoma, Illinois, and Missouri.
Voice for Horses in Toledo, OH, provides humane treatment for sick, injured, abused, auction/slaughter-bound or owner-relinquished horses. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant provided funds to purchase hay when prices skyrocketed.
Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (CSNW) in Cle Elum, WA, provides lifetime quality care for formerly abused and exploited chimpanzees while advocating for all great apes. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped fund an onsite clinic for the chimpanzee residents of CSNW.
Ouabache Valley Felines and Friends in Terre Haute, IN, aims to find the very best homes for the cats in their care, all of them spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and fully socialized before adoption. They also provide permanent sanctuary for chronically ill, special needs cats. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped cover spay/neuter and medical expenses for approximately 40 cats taken in during a flood.
The Mystic Farms Wildlife Rescue in Sagle, ID, assists and supports wildlife by providing shelter, care and rehabilitation for orphaned and/or injured wildlife and by providing public education. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to build an on-site cabin for a summer intern, hired to help with the influx of animals.
Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary in Gainesville, FL, offers a permanent, safe haven for monkeys from around the United States who have been abused, confiscated by authorities, retired from research, or who are ex-pets. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped Jungle Friends build a new habitat for two capuchins retired from a university psychology department.
Pregnant Mare Rescue in Watsonville, CA, provides a safe natural environment for mares to foal in peace, and to nurture and nurse their young. Their goal is to save as many pregnant mares from abusive situations, feed lots, eventual slaughter, and to provide an alternative for owners who cannot care for their pregnant horse to surrender them to their care. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to transport pregnant mares from slaughter to sanctuary.
Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary in Louisa,VA, is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and sanctuary of parrots living in captivity. Their mission is to provide a safe place for these birds to go when no other options are available. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary vet four birds rescued from a hoarder.
The primary mission of For the Love of Pets in Streator, IL, is to help individuals and families faced with extreme financial difficulty to keep and care for their companion animals – thereby limiting the number of animals relinquished to already overcrowded shelters. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped For the Love of Pets purchase a propane tank for their small shelter.
West Hancock Canine Rescue (WHCR), located in Hamilton, IL, is dedicated to saving high-kill shelter dogs in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. By working closely with the county's animal control, WHCR transports dogs weekly to no-kill shelters and foster homes. During an intense heat wave affecting the midwest, a NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to purchase much-needed fans and water pails for the dogs staying at the Hancock County, IL Dog Pound. The pound does not have air conditioning and the relief from the heat was critical for the dogs’ health and well-being.
T-Town PAWS, Inc. (also known as Tuscaloosa's Animal Welfare Organization), located in Tuscaloosa, AL, is dedicated to promoting animal welfare and eliminating animal overpopulation in their community through spay/neuter programs, humane education, and animal rescue efforts. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to help T-Town paws recover from deadly tornadoes, providing funds to animals in desperate need of emergency medical care. Situations like these are why the NAVS Sanctuary Fund program was developed, and we’re grateful to our supporters for making it possible to be able to assist T-Town Paws in their time of need.
Mindy’s Memory Primate Sanctuary, located in Newcastle, OK, provides a healthy, safe, and humane environment for as many former research and “pet” primates as room will allow. They provide housing, care and treatment for any primates abandoned or in need. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to help Mindy’s Memory build new enclosures for two monkeys retired from a university medical research lab.
Helping Animals Live Organization (H.A.L.O.) located in Little Falls, NY, is a no-kill rescue dedicated to adopting out stray or unwanted cats and kittens, and to maintaining trap/neuter/release (TNR) programs for feral cats. H.A.L.O. recently took in 11 orange cats – affectionately named the Pumpkin Patch Gang – after their owner abandoned them on his outdoor property, which resembled a junk yard. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to spay/neuter and vaccinate the very friendly rescues; the first step on their road to recovery and adoption.
In early July of 2010, a research lab located in Warren County, NJ, closed due to bankruptcy. More than 50 macaque monkeys kept at the facility suddenly found themselves without a place to live. Mindy’s Memory in Newcastle, OK, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation in Kendalia, TX, Primarily Primates in San Antonio, TX, and Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, TX, offered to provide permanent residence for the displaced macaques. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to each of the sanctuaries to help construct habitats and offset feeding and maintenance costs of this unforeseen rescue. (Grant awarded 7/10)
Located in Hubert, NC, Possomwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary (PAWS) is dedicated to rehabilitating wild animals and increasing awareness of the value of wildlife and their habitat. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to PAWS when their freezer stopped working. A functioning freezer—and fresh food—is essential for the care and rehabilitation of wild animals in PAWS’ care. (Grant awarded 5/10)
Save the Chimps, Inc., in Fort Pierce, FL, is an island sanctuary composed of 12 individual 3-5 acre islands complete with platforms, hammocks and climbing structures to enrich the lives of their permanent chimp residents. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped offset the cost of relocating six chimpanzees from the former Coulston Foundation in New Mexico to this Florida sanctuary. (Grant awarded 3/10)
The NAVS Sanctuary Fund has had a long association with Equine Advocates in Chatham, NY. We’ve helped fund the transport of horses “retired” from the Premarin industry and the building of temporary as well as permanent barn structures. Due to the tough economic climate, Equine Advocates has had difficulty raising funds for the horses in their care. To help offset costs, NAVS awarded a Sanctuary Fund grant to sponsor a mare, Mari-Clare, for a full year. (Grant awarded 1/10)
In November 2009, the owner of 48 quarter horses was arrested and charged with cruelty. Arrangements were made for the horses to be sold at auction—with the likely outcome of being shipped to Mexico for slaughter. Speak Up For Horses, located in Falmouth, KY, stepped in and rescued all 48 horses. As of May 2010, 29 horses have been adopted while the remaining horses continue to heal under the care of Speak Up For Horses. (Grant awarded 1/10)
The mission of Ouabache Valley Felines & Friends in Terre Haute, IN, is to reduce the population of feral, stray and abandoned cats through adoption or sanctuary in their no-kill shelter. A recent massive influx of cats and kittens abandoned by people evicted, foreclosed, or otherwise adversely affected by the recession, tested the limits of the shelter’s budget. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped defray costs, allowing the shelter to continue helping cats and kittens in desperate need of vet care, food and shelter. (Grant awarded 12/09)
Early in 2010, central Tennessee was hit with a devastating flood. The East Ridge Animal Shelter (East Ridge, TN) was damaged and all medical supplies, cleaning supplies and food were destroyed. In addition, the city had to board 25 shelter animals at local veterinarians’ as well as take on the responsibility of 110 animals displaced by the flood. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped cover boarding costs and replace lost medicine, cleaning supplies and food. (Grant awarded 10/09)
In July of 2009, the Humane Society of Missouri participated in the largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history, rescuing more than 400 pit bulls across seven states. HSMO is currently caring for all dogs seized from Missouri and Illinois; the number of dogs in their care continues to increase due to pregnancies. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant will help fund HSMO’s Animal Cruelty Fund, through which HSMO investigates, prevents, treats and shelters victims of animal cruelty. (Grant awarded 9/09)
The Bunny Bunch educates the public, shelters and veterinarians about house rabbits and their care while providing food, shelter and medical care for rabbits in their Chino, CA, shelter until they are adopted out to loving homes. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to help set up an emergency fund to take in rabbits from students attending colleges that use rabbits for experiments or handling classes. (Grant awarded 11/09)
Mt. Graham Safehouse in Safford, AZ provides victims of domestic violence and sexual assault short-term emergency housing, transitional housing, and community outreach services. The safe house program will provide crisis intervention, assessment, advocacy and referral as needed, conducted in a safe, secure and confidential environment. A recent Sanctuary Fund grant will help Mt. Graham Safehouse fund a new animal shelter for companion animals of domestic violence victims. (Grant awarded 6/09)
West Hancock Canine Rescue (WHCR) is an all-volunteer organization located in Hamilton, IL. Because space in the local shelter is extremely limited and there are simply not enough people in the small community to adopt the rescued dogs, a concerted effort is made to transport dogs to animal rescue groups in larger metropolitan areas, such as Chicago and St. Louis. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant will allow WHCR to purchase a used van to continue transporting rescued dogs from Hamilton to larger cities in order to increase adoption opportunities. (Grant awarded 7/08)
DAWGS is a no-kill shelter run primarily by grade-school children working under the supervision of their teacher and other parents. By participating directly in the rescue and adoption of unwanted animals, the children of DAWGS are learning important life lessons about responsibility and compassion, as well as the rewards of community service. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, DAWGS had to pack up their facilities and relocate.
Thanks to a NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant, DAWGS had 50% of the funds needed to build a barn for mothers, puppies, elderly and sick dogs.
Ninety monkeys and growing for this permanent, safe haven located in Gainesville, FL. Jungle Friends has 12 acres of monkey playground for primates who have been rescued from all over the United States. Many have been abused, confiscated by authorities, retired from research, or who are ex-pets.
Thanks to a grant from the NAVS Sanctuary Fund, Jungle Friends was able to accept 26 squirrel monkeys from a Stanford University research laboratory. This particular group of monkeys is very special, not only because the laboratory will not be replacing them, but because they were being bred to supply the lab with more monkeys for research. So not only are these animals being given a second chance at life, they are no longer sustaining the pain and suffering of future generations.
Emily Christie began Ahimsa House in 2004 with a tiny three-room shelter, and later, two foster homes. Today, Ahimsa House assists victims of abuse in the Atlanta, Georgia area by providing a safe haven for their companion animals in either a shelter, veterinary clinic or within its growing network of foster homes.
A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped Ahimsa House with extensive veterinary expenses, to help ensure that no one should have to choose between their own safety and the safety of their companion animal.
Susan Wagner founded Equine Advocates, a non-profit equine protection organization, in 1996. The first horse she ever rescued was a Quarter Horse named Gandalf. Since their inception, they have helped to rescue and place hundreds of horses. Their mission is to rescue, protect, and prevent the abuse of horses through education, investigation, rescue operations, and the dissemination of information to the public.
“Bobby,” a 26 year old draft horse, had been used and abused as a horse-for-hire at a riding camp. When Bobby became too old and unsound to work, he was headed for the slaughterhouse—until Equine Advocates stepped in. Unfortunately, though Equine Advocates has plenty of land, they had no empty paddocks for Bobby. That’s where the NAVS Sanctuary Fund came in—with the funds to purchase a two-horse mobile barn structure to house Bobby.
There are 329 pigs at a 34-acre sanctuary located in Cookeville, TN called Shepherd's Green. Since 1990, they have rescued 1500 pigs. Their motto is “Take every call.” And they do.
A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to Shepherd’s Green’s Helping Hoofs program, which supports private individuals who rescue animals. In this case, the grant money went to Jean Wolfe, who rescued 65 abandoned pigs during the coldest part of winter in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Any of the pigs not adopted out or sent to sanctuaries will remain with Jean, who is prepared to “give these pigs a quality of life that they most likely have never known.”
When the Washington County SPCA in Bartlesville, Oklahoma experienced serious flooding due to the recent heavy rains that affected much of the Midwest, the animals were safely evacuated. But the flood destroyed all of the shelter’s medical supplies.
A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant enabled the SPCA to replenish their medical supplies so they could continue to provide vital medical care to homeless animals.
Apply for a Sanctuary Fund Grant
To apply for a NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant, please review the Sanctuary Fund Guidelines and download the NAVS Sanctuary Fund Application.