In 2014, Trupanion members donated over $104,000 to nonprofit animal welfare organizations across the United States and Canada. We’re now asking you to vote for the next nonprofits we should support. Vote through the online poll at Trupanion.com/trugiving. Voting ends May 14, 2015.
American Humane Association is a nonprofit Trupanion has donated to for the past several years. They are in the running again to receive donations from our members next year.
Since 1877 the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect. Today they are also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses.
We asked the American Humane Association’s Chief Innovation Officer, Paul Raybould, how extra funding from our members would help benefit them and all of the animals they help. Below is what he shared.
“American Humane Association saves and improves the lives of millions of animals each year. Let me give you just a few examples of how we help. In 2014 we helped give emergency care to 70 frightened dogs rescued in a dramatic multi-state dogfighting raid. These animals had known nothing but brutal abuse and neglect. But thanks to our Red Star Rescue team, they were given a second chance at life. Red Star also rushed to the aid of more than 100 helpless animals found in terrible condition at a New Jersey shelter. Red Star Rescue worked to save and rehabilitate the animals, and start them on the road to their new lives – as members of loving families. Some of the stories are heartbreaking. Earlier in the year, we rescued and relocated 66 animals in dire need at a reservation in South Dakota. Red Star Rescue found dogs like Sid, a border collie/shepherd mix who was wandering the streets and suffering from an infection on his neck, as well as a Saint Bernard living in an abandoned home with a broken leg. Without our help, these animals and so many others would have died or been euthanized. In the past 10 years alone Red Star has helped, saved and sheltered more than 80,000 animals!
We also work to unleash the power of the human-animal bond. Our Wags4Patriots program helps put healing leashes in the hands of the veterans who need these dogs most. Eligible veterans can submit applications for funds to help them adopt service dogs. American Humane Association provides grants of up to $2,500 to help offset the costs for qualified veterans in need of a PTSD service dog.
Our K9 Battle Buddies program works to bring home military working dogs and reunite them with their former handlers. Through this work we helped bring back 21 military dogs who had been left overseas. We believe that ALL our military heroes deserve to retire on U.S. soil and be reunited with those who are closest to them- their hero handlers.
To help children of military families who often have difficulties coping when a parent is deployed overseas, American Humane Association sent animal-assisted therapy teams to the National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple Camps for military families. In 2014, 59 animal-assisted therapy teams visited 15 camps around the country, providing healing, comfort, and a lifetime of memories for more than 1,000 children.
The list goes on and on. In total during the past 12 months, we touched 40,000 lives every single minutes with lifesaving rescue services, and programs to protect and create more humane lives for animals.
Please consider voting for American Humane Association in the TruGiving contest and help millions more in need. You can also help our efforts by becoming a Red Star volunteer, hosting a fundraiser and voting for your favorite Hero Dog for their annual Hero Dog Awards here www.herodogawards.org.”