Through our Sanctuary Fund, NEAVS supports lifetime care for animals rescued from laboratories. These rescues are rare opportunities to change the lives of former research victims in an immediate and gratifying way, as we work toward the day when all animals will be free from vivisection.
NEAVS awards a range of grants yearly to various sanctuaries with dogs, bears, monkeys, chimpanzees, gibbons, and others rescued from research or educational use. Recipients have included Animals Asia, Center for Great Apes, Chimp Haven, Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest, Fauna Foundation, International Primate Protection League, Jungle Friends, Mindy's Memory, Primate Rescue Center, Save the Chimps, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation, Primarily Primates, and others.
NEAVS made lifetime care commitments to two chimpanzees, Pepper at Fauna Foundation and Dana at Save the Chimps, both of whom sadly passed away in 2012. We currently support lifetime care for Dante, a horse at Lockwood Animal Rescue Center rescued from a PMU (pregnant mare urine) farm where mares are kept continuously pregnant for their urine used in hormone replacement therapy drugs. In addition to helping raise funds for other sanctuary lifetime care endowments for animals from labs, such as a group of capuchin monkeys at Jungle Friends and orangutans Popi, Allie, and Mari at the Center for Great Apes, NEAVS provided major funding to Animals Asia for the building of dens and care of moon bears rescued from bear bile farms throughout Asia – including a lifetime care commitment to the moon bear, Shima.
We provided a startup grant to the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA), formed by the leaders of eight chimpanzee/primate sanctuaries whose residents are predominantly from research. We work in close partnership with Fauna Foundation on our Project R&R campaign and have named its founder, Gloria Grow, Project R&R Co-Chair. Finally, we work together with national and international organizations to promote standardization of humane alternatives, to monitor violations of laws or decency in labs, to end the trade in primates and other species, and other international joint efforts.