National Anti-Vivisection Society Sanctuary Fund: Grants for Animals and Wildlife

OVERVIEW: The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) Sanctuary Fund is a niche grant maker that supports organizations rescuing animals in emergency situations with an immediate and dire need. 

IP TAKE: NAVS supports specific projects involving the protection of animals in circumstances threatening their health or well-being or in which the goal is the relief of immediate suffering. 

PROFILE: The NAVS Sanctuary Fund, established in 1998, is dedicated "to ending the exploitation of animals used in science." The NAVS Sanctuary Fund is an "emergency assistance program designed to serve animals in dire situations when immediate intervention is necessary." Thus, it supports organizations that need immediate funding in order to alleviate animal and bird suffering.

The NAVS Sanctuary Fund, part of the NAVS foundation, offers urgent assistance "to help rebuild shelters destroyed in hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and other natural or man-made disasters; rescue animals from abusive and hoarding situations; transport animals retired from biomedical research; conduct wildlife rehabilitation efforts; and support innovative spay/neuter programs." For instance, in 1999, the NAVS Sanctuary Fund funded the Chimp Haven, which helped it qualify to become the national sanctuary for retired research chimpanzees.

Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000, and multi-year requests are considered. The fund prioritizes emergency disaster relief and the rescue of animals from threatened habitats; however, it also funds efforts to rescue and relocate animals from research laboratories, roadside zoos, slaughterhouses and the entertainment industry. The NAVS fund occasionally donates to wildlife rehabilitators and to unique spay/neuter programs such WeSNiP: Spay and Neuter in Whatcom County, which provides spay/neuter services to low-income communities in that area.

While NAVS prioritizes the rescue of laboratory animals, other types of rescues should not be discouraged from applying. It commonly funds primate sanctuaries and horse rescues, but NAVS does not make exclusions for any type of animal. NAVS limits its funding to relocating vulnerable animals and to the construction of new habitats. In all cases, except those involving disaster relief and the rescue of animals from threatened habitats, organizations must already have the means to care for the animals over the long term. Any groups who have acquired animals illegally will not be considered. To see more about past grantees, click here.

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