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The story of the NAVS Sanctuary Fund is the story of broken bodies mended, and of shattered lives made whole again. It's where neglect and abuse are replaced by compassion, where fear melts away with the touch of loving hands, and where uncertainty disappears in the peace and harmony of safe surroundings.
The NAVS Sanctuary Fund is an emergency assistance program designed to serve animals in dire situations where immediate intervention is necessary. Since it was established in 1998, over a million dollars has been awarded to animal sanctuaries and shelters in desperate need of financial assistance.
NAVS’ Sanctuary Fund grants have provided much-needed funds to help rebuild shelters destroyed in hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and other disasters; rescue animals from abusive and hoarding situations; transport animals “retired” from biomedical research; conduct wildlife rehabilitation efforts; and support innovative spay/neuter programs.
You can’t always know where or when the worst situation exists. The NAVS Sanctuary Fund provides a direct connection – a lifeline – between compassionate individuals and reputable shelters and sanctuaries across the U.S.Through the NAVS Sanctuary Fund, we are able to provide the money necessary to finance a rescue effort without having to go through the time and expense of sending out an appeal to our members.
Your support of the NAVS Sanctuary Fund allows animal shelters and sanctuaries to continue their important work by helping defray costs from unforeseen damages or veterinary costs. This, in turn, ensures permanent, lifetime care for animals in need – just when they need it the most.
The NAVS Sanctuary Fund means a new home, new hope and a new chance at life.
Here are just a few of the Fund’s success stories.
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 .
The North American Potbellied Pig Association (NAPPA) was established to protect and preserve potbellied pigs, as well as to educate and inform potbellied pig breeders, pet owners and the public. Established in 1989, NAPPA, located in Gilbert, AZ, is the oldest potbellied pig service organization in the United States. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant provided resources to spay and neuter two pigs rescued from slaughter.
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!)
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