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October 08, 2013

Not a Sparrow Falls

When Lisa and I got married earlier this year, we asked our friends, in lieu of gifts to us, to donate to a new fund we created at The HSUS called the Sparrow Fund.

There is a story in the Bible (Matthew 10:29) that not a sparrow falls without his Maker knowing. Indeed, that’s our view – that every life matters.

Through the years, I’ve come across animals struck on the road or otherwise in distress. I’ve tried to do my utmost to help them in each case. And of course, as president of The HSUS, I’ve got the tools and information generally to do something. But so many people don’t know the options when they come across animals in distress, even though they do want to help.

So Lisa and I asked for donations to the Sparrow Fund to support care for animals when there is no one else in a position to provide that assistance – whether it involves an injured domesticated animal or a wild animal. The money will go directly to nonprofit shelters or wildlife rehabilitation centers that provide veterinary care and other lifesaving services to animals in need.

Yesterday, The HSUS approved the first three grants of $1,000 each. The cases are featured below - each story moved me and Lisa, as I’m sure they will move you too. We are so grateful to our friends and family members for contributing to the fund.

Shiloh
This x-ray of Shiloh’s leg shows the extent of her injury, but after
picking out her very own bed at PetSmart, we know she’ll be safe
and comfortable during her recovery.

Shiloh was discovered living in a remote wooded area in Mississippi – hungry, alone and in need of medical care. Her wounded body told a heartbreaking story; scars on her face and legs, broken teeth, a shattered bone in her leg from a gunshot wound, she was loaded with fleas, ticks, and parasites, and she tested positive for heartworm. It was also clear that she had mothered several litters of puppies. Yet, with such a history of suffering and neglect, she is still a gentle and loving spirit. Shiloh is currently in foster care at Hub City Humane Society and will be a loyal and loving companion to her future adoptive family.





Paul1
Paul was found with a chain embedded in
his neck.


After Paul was abandoned by his owners when they moved several months ago, a concerned neighbor found the dog and reached out for help. Southern Pines Animal Shelter took Paul in and found that he had a choke chain embedded in his neck.

The chain had grown into the skin completely and was the worst case of an embedded collar the shelter workers had ever seen on a living dog. He was anesthetized before vets surgically removed the chain from his neck. He is now recovering in foster care.





Wendy
Wildlife in Crisis describes Wendy the fawn
as a "very willing patient who is always
in great spirits."

Soon after Wildlife in Crisis rescued Wendy, a 4-month-old fawn, they noticed that although she had a healthy appetite, she was not growing at a normal pace. They conducted tests, took radiographs, and treated her for anemia and elevated liver enzymes. Still, Wendy’s growth remained stunted. A few months later, she developed a limp and an enormous abscess was discovered.

After further testing and antibiotic treatments, specialists concluded that Wendy suffered from several joint infections, requiring intensive treatments and likely surgery. Recovery will take several months, but as a uniquely willing patient with an incredible will to live, Wendy is well on her way to a healthy and happy adulthood.




We are inspired by these stories and want to make this a permanent fund. We know the needs are great, and will eclipse the resources we have. But we’ll work hard to replenish the funds. These stories make me want to help some creature every day.

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