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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.
When the New York Blood Center abandoned over 60 chimps they had been using for research in Liberia., a coalition of animal groups – including NAVS, through our Sanctuary Fund program – stepped in to provide for the immediate needs of these animals.
When 31 pigs were released from a San Francisco Bay-area laboratory, two sanctuaries stepped in to make sure every pig received the medical care and emotional enrichment they needed and deserved. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary in Stockton, CA, provide medical care for 16 of the pigs for several weeks until they were transferred to their new home. Hayden, the lone male of the group, will remain a permanent resident at Harvest Home.
The rest of the Bay-area laboratory pigs, including Margie and Geraldine, made found their permanent safe haven at New Life Animal Sanctuary in Lake Elsinore, CA. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant sponsored the structure of a barn and pasture, dubbed NAVS’ Pig Haven.
Champ is a two-year-old Chihuahua who was thrown from a car window car and hit by an oncoming car, resulting in a broken femur. A Good Samaritan brought Champ to Four Paws Coonhound Rescue, who treated Champ’s wounds and brought him back to health, thanks to a grant from the NAVS Sanctuary Fund. Champ is currently on the mend and waiting for his forever home.
Regi is a rhesus macaque who was subjected to invasive neuroscience experiments before finding permanent sanctuary at Mindy’s Memory Primate Sanctuary in Newcastle, OK. Despite a life spent inside laboratory cages, Regi is loving and nurturing to his enclosure mate Lucy. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant will help Mindy’s Memory prepare for the cold winter months.
North Star Animal Rescue (NSAR) – the only San Francisco Bay-area organization dedicated to the welfare of companion rodents – recently took in hundreds of owner-surrendered rats. With a NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant, NSAR provided these rats with clean habitats, proper nutrition, and medical treatment. While many of these rescued rats have already been adopted from NSAR, many more await their forever home.
Lisa was used for invasive research before retiring to her permanent sanctuary at Primarily Primates in San Antonio, TX. When it was discovered that Lisa had a complicated uterine tumor, a NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant purchased equipment that would greatly reduce the difficulty of Lisa’s emergency hysterectomy.
Scully and Mulder were living in deplorable conditions and headed for slaughter when they were rescued by the North American Potbellied Pig Association (NAPPA). Located in Gilbert, AZ, NAPPA was established to protect and preserve potbellied pigs, as well as to educate and inform potbellied pig breeders, pet owners and the public. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant provided resources to build a permanent structure for Scully and Mulder.
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