Second Chance Fund
Grants for animal care and control agencies to help animals victimized by
Relieve yourself of that awful decision
When an animal has suffered the terror of violence, you are suddenly faced
with an especially painful decision. Do you spend all that money on just one
animal or put it towards programs that could help scores of animals? All too
often finances dictate that decision.
You donâ€™t have to make that kind of decision anymore. Through AHAâ€™s
Second Chance Fund, you can receive up to $500 to cover the veterinary expenses
of an animal victim of criminal violence. Through this matching grant program,
you can not only save the animalâ€™s life, but gain valuable media exposure
which educates your community about the prevalence of animal abuse and its
tendency to escalate to human victims.
Grab your communityâ€™s attention (and their wallets)
When the Hamilton County SPCA in Cincinnati rescued Lucky the cat, he was
barely alive. Suffering from second-degree burns over more than a third of his
body (the result of a 19-year-old setting him on fire for amusement), Lucky
required numerous treatments and skin-graft surgeryâ€”about $1,300 in medical
and recuperative expenses. The Cincinnati shelter applied for a grant from AHAâ€™s
Second Chance Fund.
Because the Fund provides matching grants, the shelter made a public appeal
for contributions. They took Luckyâ€™s story to a local radio show and within 20
minutes of the announcement raised $630. In fact, the intense community interest
in Luckyâ€™s case led a television station to arrange weekly progress reports on
the catâ€™s recuperation. As a result, contributions poured in for weeks.
Make those happy endings happen
Lucky is just one of the many animal victims who have received proper
medical care, time to recuperate, and a loving home because of the Second Chance
Fund. Others includeâ€”
- Rocky, a five-month-old kitten who got his broken leg surgically repaired
after a man hurled him into a rocky ditch
- Kim, a boxer mix, who received life-saving surgery after being shot four
times at point-blank range
- Justice, a stray shepherd mix, who received emergency surgery and
extensive recuperative medical care after being slashed with a machete,
shot, and finally left for dead.
All of these animals got their second chance at life and loving homes,
because the dedicated agency they were taken to wanted to see them survive, and
found the financial aid to fulfill that wish through a Second Chance Fund grant.
To qualify for a grant
If your shelter receives an animal who was injured as a result of a violent
act or intentional abuse, you may qualify for a Second Chance Fund grant. Fill
out this application and send it to AHA, along with the other documentation
listed. AHA will use your information to raise the national awareness of exactly
how prevalent and severe violence toward animals has become.
You must show that:
- you are an incorporated 501(c)3 charitable animal welfare agency or public
(governmental) animal control agency
- criminal violence caused the injuries (neglect cases donâ€™t qualify)
- medical help will ensure the animal a relatively pain-free, active future
- officials are pursuing an investigation of the case
- you can find the injured animal a responsible, loving home
- local contributions will match AHAâ€™s grant, including donations of in-kind
contributions like transportation, medical supplies, or veterinary services
Download an application and begin the process today!
Second Chance Fund Application
(MS Word; 21KB)
For more information about the Second Chance Fund, contact
Samantha Bradley at [email protected].