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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.
Meade Canine Rescue Foundation (MCRF) in Creston, CA, provides medical care, spay/neuter services and rescue efforts to alleviate overpopulation and resulting euthanasia of unwanted dogs. Located on 12 acres, the MCRF ranch is a permanent sanctuary for senior and special needs dogs, allowing them rest, relaxation and enrichment in their golden years. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped provide medical treatment for unsocialized beagles relinquished by their owner.
Horses of Tir Na Nog in San Diego, CA, creates a safe-haven for horses with few options remaining. Through regular veterinary care, sound nutrition, and thoughtful herd management, we strive to ensure a high quality of life. In addition, the staff and volunteers increase awareness about responsible horse ownership through community education. During a draught in Spring 2014, a NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to help purchase a much-needed water tank to keep their animal residents hydrated.
Central Virginia Parrot Sanctuary in Louisa, VA, is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, adoption and sanctuary of parrots living in captivity. Their mission is to provide a safe place for these birds to go when no other options are available. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant provided transportation and initial vet care for wild-caught African Grey parrots who had been used for breeding.
Mindy’s Memory Primate Sanctuary in Newcastle, OK, provides the highest level of care to nonhuman primates in need of refuge. Monkeys exploited for entertainment or used in medical research are given a second chance to live the remainder of their lives in a natural environment with loving companions. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund assisted with veterinary funds for monkeys transported to new facilities.
White Bison Association (WBA) in Bend, OR, provides care for a herd of 25 white bison all carrying the white gene. Because only one in ten million bison is born white, they are considered an endangered species. WBA provides a permanent sanctuary while promoting healthy white bison population growth. With the help of a NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant, WBA transported all 25 buffalo to a new location just outside of Redmond, Oregon.
The Hermitage Cat Shelter (HCS) in Tucson, AZ, is dedicated to the shelter, protection and care of homeless cats. HCS actively seeks permanent, loving homes for their adoptable cats, while providing lifelong care for cats unable to be re-homed due to behavioral or health issues. The residents at HCS, like Luke pictured here, are able to roam free within 8,000 square feet of outdoor/indoor living space. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant was awarded to repair their roof which was damaged during the 2014 hurricane season.
Stamp Out Starvation of Horses in Clarkesville, GA, is committed keeping horses safe, healthy and out of the horse slaughter pipeline. Their multi-faceted program assists horse owners who have fallen on hard times by providing short-term financial assistance. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant supported a low-cost gelding clinic, providing an affordable option to reducing the population of unwanted horses.
Forest Animal Rescue (fka, Peace River Refuge & Ranch) is a permanent sactuary for non-releasable wild animals. The animal residents - including big cats, bears, wolves, primates, and bats – have been confiscated by authorities, used in research, abandoned, abused, and neglected. At FAR, they are given veterinary care, a healthy diet, appropriate enrichment, and, most important, time and space to heal. A NAVS Sanctuary Fund grant helped pay an outstanding bill when their budget was unexpectedly reduced.
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