The Sparrow Fund is there to care for animals who have no one. It is a lifeline for homeless pets and wildlife desperately in need of emergency care. The Sparrow Fund quickly provides grant money— often in less than 24 hours—to shelters, rescue organizations and veterinarians, when there’s an injured or ill animal with no home, no owner and no safety net.
HSUS President Wayne Pacelle and his wife Lisa founded The Sparrow Fund, partly because they’ve come across so many injured animals when they’ve traveled—animals struck by automobiles, injured strays and others in distress—and they want to create a life-saving resource for these animals.
Wayne and Lisa were inspired by a passage in the Bible, Matthew 10:29, that tells us that not a sparrow falls without his Maker knowing. The Sparrow Fund is devoted to that ideal—that every animal’s life matters.
With your help, animals who would otherwise be left to suffer and perish are finding healing, forever homes and being released back into the wild. Here are some of the miracles that the Sparrow Fund has helped realize in animals’ lives.
Last March, a woman in Gillette, Wyoming, saw a motorist throw a cat out the window of her moving car. She rushed over and found Nolan, missing two legs, starving and very ill, but still showing a will to live. She took Nolan to the local public shelter, who thankfully called Second Chance Sheridan Cat Rescue. (Nolan would almost certainly have been euthanized at the public shelter, which still uses gas chambers.) Volunteers with the rescue group bathed Nolan—he arrived filthy, greasy and covered in his own urine—and sent him to a loving foster family. The Sparrow Fund helped pay for Nolan’s surgery to repair his front stump, remove his infected teeth and remove a malignant fibrosarcoma. Sheridan Cat Rescue writes that post-surgery “Nolan is doing great! He is fat and happy. He is still in a foster home hoping for a forever home, but he's getting lots of love and play time.”
Bald eagle's story
Last December, a motorist driving near Madison, Wisconsin, found a sick bald eagle struggling on the road. The Dane County Humane Society took her and soon discovered that she was suffering from lead poisoning, which eagles contract by eating the carcasses of animals that hunters irresponsibly left out after shooting the animals with lead bullets. The eagle was wearing a leg band, and when the Humane Society tracked it down, they found she’d been banded as a young bird in Canada in July 1993—making her 21 years old! The Sparrow Fund gave $1,000 to treat the bald eagle, three swans and a goose for lead poisoning. The Dane County Humane Society is now nursing her back to health and notes, “she seems to eat best when we hand her the food on a tweezer. We joke that she wants to have first class service—but we're just happy she's eating.”
When Chako saw his human mom being assaulted by her abusive partner, he intervened and came to her aid, trying his best to keep the attacker from hurting his mom. But the attacker turned on Chako, stabbing him a dozen times in the neck and chest. Chako’s mom survived the attack, thanks in part to his heroism, but she couldn’t afford the lifesaving treatment that he needed. The Sparrow Fund gave $1,000 toward his veterinary care, and Chako is now fully recovered (right). The attacker was later arrested and prosecuted, and Chako and his mom are now reunited.
When a volunteer with Hawaiian organization Cat Friends found Kaumana hiding behind a fence at a local high school, she had a severed leg and exposed bone (top left). But despite her obvious injuries, she was still nursing her kittens (bottom left). The Sparrow Fund gave $1,000 toward an arm amputation, and Kaumana—whose name is Hawaiian for "my strength"—is now fully healed (right). She and her kittens have all been adopted into permanent, loving homes. "Now she has a cat-fenced yard to run and play safely," Cat Friends reports. "She loves to climb and her missing limb is not a deterrent whatsoever! She’s a bit overweight, but is very healthy and happy."
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