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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.
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.
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