Do you love animals and are looking for a way to ‘give back’ to those in need?
It doesn’t matter where you are, there are a number of amazing charities that help animals on local and global levels. Here are 20 best charities to donate to that have inspired us:
Morris Animal Foundation
provides funding and support for animal cancer research. 60% of Golden
Retrievers die of cancer and thanks to MAF, the Golden Retriever
Lifetime Study is currently underway. This unique study is monitoring
the health of 3,000 Goldens for life; hoping to learn more about how
cancer develops and how it can be treated or prevented.
Vets is the animal version of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without
Borders). They provide disaster relief support for pets, livestock and
the people who live with them. Their main focus is education,
spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, livestock and animal husbandry, and
civil-military humanitarian aid.
People’s Animal Welfare Society Canada
in 1972, PAWS Canada has a strict no-kill policy and does not give up
on animals that have special needs. They recognize that cats with
life-long diseases such as FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus or “feline
AIDS”) or FeLV (Feline Leukemia virus) can live long, healthy lives.
These cats are not euthanized and instead are adopted or fostered into
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
RSPCA is the oldest animal welfare charity in the UK. It provides
funding, education and support to local rescue groups. Donors can choose
to help on a local or global level through the RSPCA. They also
coordinate volunteers and foster families for rescued pets of all
Colorado Reptile Humane Society
reptiles need rescues too. This unique humane society provides medical
care and appropriate housing for pet snakes, turtles, lizards and even a
few amphibians. They also provide education for reptile enthusiasts and
are deeply involved in conservation efforts for our scaly friends.
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
dogs are instrumental in providing mobility assistance for blind or
partially sighted individuals. This UK-based association provides guide
dogs at little to no cost for those in need. They also ensure that the
dog is cared for throughout his or her life – offering financial
assistance for necessities like dog food and veterinary care.
Action Aid for Animals
UK-based animal charity benefits strays in both Croatia and the UK.
They are currently raising money for a new Animal Ambulance – a mobile
unit used to provide medical care to strays in Croatia. Their charitable
focus is on vaccination, spay/neuter and rescue. They also transport
adoptable dogs from Croatia to their new homes in the UK.
Greek Animal Rescue
Animal Rescue has been busier than ever, owing in part to the recent
Eurozone Debt Crisis. Austerity measures have hit hard and many animal
shelters have lost funding. Thanks to this organization, Greek homeless
pets are continuing to receive support and a lucky few are re-homed
throughout the EU.
Homeward Bound Project of Mississippi
2007, three veterinary students noticed that animal shelters had a high
kill rate in the Southern US, while in the Northeast rescues had space
available for adoptions. They then created a network that identifies and
transports adoptable dogs and cats from the rural South to rescues in
the Northeast. As of July 2015, they have rescued over 3,700 pets!
Cedar Hill Animal Sanctuary
the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many cats lost their homes and
were not reunited with their families. Cedar Hill Animal Sanctuary
stepped up to help these cats by providing long-term medical care, food,
housing and enrichment. They also rescue and care for big cats, horses,
dogs and birds.
Help Animals India
charity provides support and funding for efficient and effective animal
protection charities in India. Their main projects include providing for
spay/neuter programs, rabies vaccination, and maintenance of animal
shelter facilities. Hundreds of thousands of dogs have been vaccinated
and sterilized thanks to this charity.
Second Chance Horse Rescue
in Western Australia, Second Chance tackles the large financial and
physical commitment of running a successful equine rescue. It has
rescued over a hundred horses in the last decade and provides long-term
veterinary care, housing and adoptions for unwanted and abused horses of
Alley Cat Allies
Cat lovers have many
reasons to adore this next charity. Based in Maryland, USA, their
Trap-Neuter-Release sterilization program provides vaccination,
veterinary care and population control for feral cats. Alley Cat Allies
also advocates for all felines and their humane treatment across the US.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
ASPCA is the American version of the RSPCA, rescuing abused animals and
advocating for stronger animal welfare and cruelty laws. They also
provide excellent educational materials for the public, including their
Animal Poison Control hotline and free website.
The Irish Blue Cross
Blue Cross in Ireland was established in 1945 and works to promote the
welfare of pets through low or no-cost spay/neuter and vaccination
programs. A Blue Cross-sponsored horse ambulance is on stand-by at every
racing event and many large horse shows in Ireland.
‘big-box’ pet store Petsmart gives back through this large charity.
Every year they find homes for over 400,000 pets! They also provide
grants for local shelters and spay/neuter programs throughout the US.
Dogs on Deployment
members often have trouble finding someone to care for their pet while
they are on deployment or on long-term training assignments. Dogs on
Deployment is a network of volunteers and businesses who foster military
pets, giving them a loving home and medical care while their parent is
Search Dog Foundation
non-profit pairs rescued dogs with firefighters or search and rescue
teams across the US, at no cost to the taxpayer. They work to identify
canine candidates and train them for service.
Christian Veterinary Mission
faith-based organization in the US and Canada employs veterinarians and
support staff for mission trips around the globe. These veterinary
teams provide medical care and emergency relief services for multiple
species, from dogs and cats to donkeys and yaks.
The Donkey Sanctuary
45 years the Donkey Sanctuary has supported rescue and the welfare of
donkeys and mules in the UK and abroad. They also sponsor a successful
foster care program as well as a donkey-assisted therapy program for
people in need.
These and many other worthy organizations are waiting for your help. No matter what type of animal you love, there is a charity out there who shares your sentiment. Take the time to research and share the blessings that you have with those who cannot help themselves. It will make you feel good inside and many donations are tax-deductible to boot!
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