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Wild Animal Traps Do Not Discriminate. Our Database Lists the Cats, Dogs, Others Who Suffer

Trapping Victims Fund

Whenever possible, Born Free USA wants to help cover the cost of veterinary care for individual animals impacted by cruel traps. Funds are available for specific and immediate emergency veterinary care for companion animals or wildlife impacted by traps and for specific costs associated with rehabilitating and releasing a wildlife trapping victim back into the wild.

(Read about recipients of the fund, and check out their photo gallery.)

Body-gripping traps — leghold traps, snares, and kill-type Conibears — are the inhumane tools of the fur and wildlife damage control trades. These traps are indiscriminate and cause indescribable suffering and death to millions of animals in the United States each year. Some are trapped for the fur industry. Others are trapped in the name of wildlife "management." Still others are "incidental" animals accidentally caught, injured and often killed.

Because of the traps' non-selectivity, both targeted and non-targeted animals — including family cats and dogs, threatened and endangered species — are victimized. Animals who survive may suffer severe physical injuries that require costly veterinary treatment and lengthy rehabilitation.

Funds are available on a case-by-case basis to individuals whose animals are injured by traps or snares. Funding also is available for wildlife rehabilitators, animal shelters or Good Samaritans who take in and care for a domestic or wild animal victimized by a body-crushing trap or strangulation snare.

To receive funds you must:

  • Fill out our trapping incident report form.
  • Have and provide a copy of, a veterinary prognosis and treatment plan or a bill demonstrating the procedures already completed.
  • Submit photos of the animal's injuries.
  • Provide Born Free USA with updates, photos and if possible, video of the animal if Born Free is able to help.

For more information about the Trapping Victims Fund program, send us an e-mail. You also may donate to the fund.

For in-depth information about trapping, including up-to-date trapping statistics, a database of incidents involving the trapping of "non-target" animals, a step-by-step guide to running a successful anti-trapping campaign, and how to get our comprehensive report about trapping on National Wildlife Refuges, visit www.bancrueltraps.com. See how your state rates in terms of trapping regulations on our unprecedented State Trapping Report Card.

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