Meet Nala - a direct recipient of lifesaving HASN funds.
Nala came to our HASN partners at The Furever Project in truly sad shape. She had deep wounds, deep infections, and trauma caused by neglect. Her future was uncertain, to say the least. Nala was truly near death - her infections so severe she was unable to use her jaw.
Nala underwent several surgeries and procedures, including TECA (removal of the ear canal and middle ear), resulting in complete loss of her hearing. Thanks to funding from HASN and the tremendous dedication of Nala's foster-turned-forever, this beautiful pup has beat the odds set against her and has thrived. She's learned sign language, eats like a champ (and is very interested in all-things-food), and has canine siblings to play with.
To date, 39 small animal rescue organizations across the state of Virginia have joined the Homeless Animals Support Network, HASN.
Twenty of those organizations have benefited from HASN partnership - helping to keep families together, increase adoptions, provide spay and neuter subsidies, and give homeless animals the chance for a happier and brighter future.
Grant 3 Success Photos
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Beloved dogs get vet care & a yard of their own!
The first Homeless Animals Support Network (HASN) grant cycle was created to keep pets with the people who love them, preserving the human animal bond. Grant recipient Friends of Russell County Animals (FRCA) really achieved that vision with their grant award!
Late June, the HASN grant and a group of FRCA volunteers got to work improving the lives of an animal lover named Reona and her canine companions. The dogs were living on chains, as Reona did not have the resources to fence the yard. Thanks to FRCA and HASN, she is now able to open her back door and let her pets run free and play. It was a wonderful site for all to see.
This story exemplifies the work being done all throughout the state of Virginia thanks to our first grant cycle. Please consider a gift today to ensure many more lives will be touched through the Homeless Animals Support Network!
Amos is an incredibly handsome 2 year old Great Pyrenees mix who came to the Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue (AGPR) with some pushy, jumpy behaviors. It's one thing when a little puppy is jumping and nibbling, and an entirely different thing when the pup is 100+ pounds.
AGPR found a wonderful foster home for this big guy, but they needed to find a trainer willing to help him with his manners.
This grant was able to provide big ol' Amos with behavioral support, which helped him find his loving forever family.
Handsome Amos gets a Second Chance
SFC Virginia endeavors to place behaviorally challenged animals who otherwise would not have a chance. Pictured here is Johnny Cash, saved thanks to Homeless Animal Support Network (HASN) funding!
Approximately a year ago, SFC Virginia helped with a large hoarding situation near Scott County on the border of Tennessee/Virginia. All of the dogs they took out of this situation were under-socialized flight risks who required experienced foster homes and adopters who would understand that it could be months to years before they truly relaxed into their new homes and families. They were fortunate to have found homes for all of the dogs and puppies that they took out of this situation by the beginning of 2021.
Nearly six months later, almost immediately after they had adopted out their final dog from this case, they were asked to help with the very last dog still sitting in boarding after being removed from the hoarded property.
Johnny Cash Learns to Walk the Line
That dog, if you guessed correctly, was Johnny Cash. He was at immediate risk for euthanasia given the length of time he had been in the kennel, and he had been written off by the rescues that were paying for his time in boarding.
Of course the amazing people at SFC said yes, and Smartypaws Canine Care took Johnny Cash as a foster for them in January. They worked with him extensively, and ultimately found him a home. Here you will find him pictured with his new family & canine sibling, a pup also adopted from SFC Virginia!