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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 have 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 donation to the NAVS Sanctuary Fund allows animal shelters and sanctuaries to continue their important work by helping defray costs from unforeseen damages or veterinary costs. In fact, 100% of your donation to the NAVS Sanctuary Fund is used to help ensure permanent, lifetime care for animals in need - just when they need it the most.
For donors, that means peace of mind, knowing that the money they contribute will directly help animals. For the animals who have been helped by the NAVS Sanctuary Fund, it means a new home, new hope and a new chance at life.
Here are a few of their stories:
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.
Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary in Frierson, LA, rescues abused and neglected large exotic cats and provides them a safe, permanent home. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to install a French drainage system in animal habitats to prevent flooding and standing water after rains.
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 Seattle, 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.
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