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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.
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.
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