Survivor Program

Giving Them a Fighting Chance

Honoring Our Animal Warriors

Each year, thousands of animals come through our doors in need of special or life-saving medical care. As an open admission, truly no-kill shelter, the Humane Society for Hamilton County takes in these abused, abandoned and sick fur babies and helps them through recovery until they find their happily ever after. These animals in need are never turned away because their care is too extensive or expensive – every animal deserves the chance to live, love and be loved.

100% of funds raised for the Survivor Program provides medical care and the cost associated with rescuing over 250 animals at-risk for euthanasia each year from nearby kill-shelters. These funds are provided by you – our incredible and generous donors.

Just how much does it cost to save a life?

$2,000 saves a pet with a hit-by-car injury which may require amputation, broken limb repair, internal injuries and a hospital stay.
$500 removes a dangerous mass or corrects an eye defect.
$300 saves the life of a heartworm positive dog.
$200 provides insulin and special food to a diabetic cat for one month.
$50 buys the antibiotics needed to help an animal recover from a cold.

You can donate to the care of these animals or directly sponsor an animal. Meet our past and present Survivors in need below.

Current Animals In Need

  • Blu Moon

    Blu Moon is having a hard time adjusting to shelter life and is on medication to make him comfortable.

    Sponsor Blu Moon's Care
  • Olive

    Olive has diabetes and requires insulin injections twice a day. She is also on a special diet to help keep her healthy.

    Sponsor Olive's Care
  • Taylor

    Taylor has doggy COPD. She needs two different antibiotics, breathing treatments twice daily and a special diet for the rest of her life.

    Sponsor Taylor's Care
  • Iroh

    Iroh had an extreme doggy cold that lasted for a long time, requiring four different antibiotics.

    Sponsor Iroh's Care
  • Georgia

    Georgia has many major issues, such as a heart murmur, thyroid issues and recurring UTIs. These diseases require lifelong medication.

    Sponsor Georgia's Care
  • Suzanne

    Suzanne has kitty IBS and is on steroids for the rest of her life.

    Sponsor Suzanne's Care
  • Mr. Sampson

    Mr. Sampson is so stressed at the shelter that he's tried to chew his tail down to the bone. He's been treated for those wounds and is on medication to help him adjust.

    Sponsor Mr. Sampson's Care
  • 1.


    Age: 2 years old

    Her Story:
    Orangie was surrendered in March of 2019 with a significant wound on her front leg. In order to prevent the spread of infection and other risks, Orangie’s leg was amputated. She made a miraculous recovery and was adopted just a month after her surgery, and now spends her days loving on the four members of her household.

    Cost of Care: 

  • 2.


    Age: 4 years old

    His Story:
    Reese came to HSHC as a stray in 2018. As a young, high-energy dog, being in and out of the shelter five times took its toll. He had what we call “happy tail” and needed his tail docked. He needed a little help to deal with the uncertainty and instability of moving from home to home, and was prescribed anxiety medication.

    Cost of Care: $1,400

  • 3.


    Age: 6 years old

    His Story:
    For the seven months he spent in our care, Martin was a medical and behavioral mystery. When he arrived at the shelter Martin was heartworm positive, anemic, had internal bleeding and would constantly walk in circles inside his kennel; something we couldn’t find an explanation for. After consulting multiple specialists to search for answers, Martin received a plethora of treatments and medications. Progress was finally being made and then another blessing happened – Martin found his forever home. Although Martin will always be a unique dog, he is now healthy and in the loving care of someone special.

    Cost of Care: $4,500

  • 4.


    Age: 1 year old

    His Story:
    Dunes came to us as a stray, experiencing a cough and ultimately diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection. The cough persisted, and it was found that Dunes was suffering from a disease in his airway. With some TLC and the right medications, Dunes has been on the road to healing and has made tremendous improvements. He now spends his time in his adoptive home, playing with his canine and feline siblings and loving on his mom.

    Cost of Care: $450

  • 5.


    Age: 7 years old

    Her Story:
    Ruby struggled for five years to find a forever home. She found herself at the shelter for the fourth and last time in October of 2019. Finding a family for Ruby that would be committed to keeping her healthy would be a challenge, but she was no less deserving of the chance to love and be loved than any other animal. Ruby’s intestinal health issues weren’t life-threatening, but she needed medication and a special diet along with daily monitoring. There was a lot hurdles to ensure a quality of life she and every animal wants and deserves. Ruby found her pack two months later in December, and continues to do well.

    Cost of Care:

  • 6.


    Age: 10 years old

    Him Story:
    Before being adopted, Phoenix held a title that no animal wants: Longest Resident. For eight months, this senior struggled on and off with painful urinary blockages and anxiety. Phoenix was treated with medication and was fed a special diet, and slowly began showing improvements. A mass was found in Phoenix’s mouth and a biopsy was recommended to ensure it was non-life-threatening. Results indicated the mass was benign, great news to all after the struggles Phoenix had endured. One unsuspecting day, Phoenix’s angel walked into the shelter – and the rest is history.

    Cost of Care: $700

  • 7.


    Age: 5 years old

    Her Story:
    Riley’s life was saved by the Survivor Program in October of 2018 after being transferred in from another shelter. Shortly after arriving, she began receiving treatment for the significant yeast infection covering her skin, ear infections, along with an upper respiratory infection. Riley continued her recovery in a foster home for the following weeks, and ultimately stayed with the family – they had fallen in love and couldn’t imagine their family without her.

    Cost of Care:

Love & Let Live

Every animal deserves a second chance at love — and life. We invite you to be part of the solution and give back to the animals who give us so much.