Lady Freethinker (LFT) is thrilled to announce that we have awarded a collective $24,000 in the first cycle of our Animal Crisis Grant Program to eight outstanding organizations working to save animals every day.
Late last year, we announced the creation of the Urgent Need Fund — our first ever grant program, made possible through our community’s generous support.
Life-saving and critically important rescue work also is expensive, and we wanted our Animal Crisis grants to support small nonprofits with the veterinary expenses they racked up for their rescues in the last six months.
Many wonderful organizations applied, and each of these received a $5,000 grant to cover emergency medical bills for animals in need:
- Sunset Farms Sanctuary: This animal sanctuary in Brownsville, Ore., provides a safe haven for unwanted, abused, lost, or domesticated farm animals — including goats, chickens, and ducks. They also aim to promote compassion and education in their vision for a world where “every life matters.”
- Cochise Canine Rescue: This 100 percent volunteer-run rescue aims to save the lives of dogs on euthanasia lists at county pounds and shelters in southern and central Arizona. Cochise Canine Rescue works with rescue groups to get dogs into no-kill facilities, foster, and forever homes and also provides life care for dogs who are elderly, emotionally unstable, or who have medical conditions.
- Circle A Home For Horses: This nonprofit in Virginia Beach, Va., rescues horses from situations of slaughter, abuse, and inhumane treatment. After being rehabilitated through loving care, the horses find new beginnings on adoptive farms or become part of the nonprofit’s equine therapy program, which connects the horses to children considered “at-risk” who visit the nonprofit through established partnerships with community organizations.
- Angelico Cat Rescue: This rescue in Florida, whose motto is “We Save All Nine Lives,” rescues abandoned, abused and injured animals and sets them on a new course to their loving forever homes — spayed or neutered, and vaccinated, of course! Angelico Cat Rescue also offers programs with animals to benefit people with disabilities, children, and older Americans and that educate the public about animal overpopulation and the need to end killing adoptable animals in shelters.
We also were impressed with the hard work and dedication of the following four organizations, each of which received $1,000 through our grant program: Peace and Paws in New Hampshire, Hearts of Hope Dog Rescue in Michigan, Feline Advocates Coming Together (F.A.C.T) in New York, and Austin Farm Sanctuary in Texas.
We’ll be rolling out feature stories showcasing the work of our top four awardees in the weeks to come.
Thank you to these incredible rescues for the work they are doing on behalf of animals, and to the amazing people who support Lady Freethinker’s vision of a more compassionate world for all species. These grant awards would not have been possible without you!
Lady Freethinker accepts applications for our Animal Crisis program on an ongoing basis. Our deadline for the second grant cycle is Sept. 15, 2021.
To be eligible, organizations must be a registered nonprofit established for at least two years, with an annual income between $50,000 and $500,000. For more details, as well as information on our Critical Care grant program, visit our grants page here.