10 Pet Charities Worth Helping
With so many cat and dog charities to choose from, it can be hard to know where to send your hard-earned cash. At KeepDoggieSafe.com, we donate monthly to a charity and do special outreach whenever there is a disaster. We’ve rounded up some great organizations that will put your donation – no matter how big or small – to good use. 1. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (ASPCA) The ASPCA, a nation-wide not-for-profit organization, is the oldest humane society in North America and is still one of the largest. The ASPCA‘s mission as an animal charity is to prevent animal cruelty and the organization has the legal authority to back it up. ASPCA agents can investigate and arrest people for crimes against animals. They also have community outreach and adoption programs, and provide animal health services. Thanks to both donations and private funding, the ASPCA also offers grants to animal welfare organizations and agencies across the country to aid them in their individual efforts. To make a contribution, go to aspca.org. 2. Dogs for the Deaf This 33-year-old dog charity places dogs in the houses of hearing impaired and special needs people. Rescued from animal shelters in the Oregon, California, Washington and Idaho areas, these dogs receive medical treatment and microchips, then are professionally trained to assist those in need. Dogs for the Deaf’s programs also include Autism Assistance Dogs for children and families living with autism; Miracle Mutts for those with anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and more; and Program Assistance Dogs that aid those who work with the disabled or challenged. Visit dogsforthedeaf.org to learn more about their programs and make a donation. 3. Foster Parrots, Ltd. For over 20 years, this pet charity has been dedicated to rescuing and providing sanctuary for unwanted, abused or neglected parrots. In May of 2008, Foster Parrots opened The New England Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary in Hope Valley, Rhode Island, where they are able to provide permanent housing for unadoptable parrots and other exotic animals. And in 2009 Directors Marc Johnson and Karen Windsor were honored with the MSPCA’s 2009 Animal Hall Of Fame “Human Hero Award” for their service. Get involved by visiting fosterparrots.com and making a donation, virtually adopting a parrot of your choice ($50 to $100), or sponsoring an aviary for a whole year ($1,000). 4. Too Many Bunnies This Los Angeles, California based pet charity and rescue group works with both individuals and animal shelters to find loving homes for domestic rabbits that have been abused, abandoned or neglected. Housed in foster homes, these rabbits are rehabilitated and receive veterinary care before being put up for adoption. Completely operated by volunteers, Too Many Bunnies relies solely on donations and 100% of these monetary gifts go to helping these animals. The pet charity also strives to educate people about rabbits and their necessary care needs, and even allows families to borrow a bunny to see if he or she will be a good fit before adopting. Visit toomanybunnies.com to volunteer or make a donation and, as the site says, “somebunny will thank you!” 5. Guide Dogs of America One of America’s more notable dog charities, Guide Dogs of America’s mission is to provide the blind and visually impaired with a guide dog and companion to increase their independence and mobility. In order to increase the pet charity’s success rate, Guide Dogs of America breeds their own dogs – a mix of 70% Labrador Retriever, 15% Golden Retriever, and 15% German Shepherd – and they are cared for by foster families, called Puppy Raisers, in the In-For-Training program until they reach 18-months. The dogs then enter the Guide Dog Program. The cost to put a dog through the 6-month Guide Dog program is upwards of $21,000, but for as little as $25, you can get a new puppy started in the program with his own leash, collar, ID tag, toy, and food. Nearly 80% of all donations (which they rely on completely for program funding) come from individuals, corporations, and organizations. Visit guidedogsofamerica.org to make a contribution. 6. The Pets for the Elderly Foundation By supporting this pet charity, you can give a senior citizen a new lease on life. By partnering with 58 shelters in 30 states to cover the costs of adopting a pet, The Pets for the Elderly Foundation helped match 6,500 animals with people over the age of 60 last year alone. Pets can help people get over the loss of a loved one, depression, and remind them that they are loved and needed, so for the elderly and homeless pets, this charity is a win-win. To make a donation that will help allow even more shelters to participate, go to petsfortheelderly.com. 7. HALO Animal Rescue HALO, which stands for Helping Animals Live On, is a no-kill pet charity that houses animals most in need. Rather than accept animals from the public, HALO gives dogs and cats that are about to be euthanized at open admission shelters a second chance by providing them with a temporary home at their adoption center facility in Phoenix, Arizona until a permanent one can be found. Since it was founded in 1994, HALO has aided in the adoption of over 20,000 animals. To make a cash or commodity donation, go to halorescue.org for info about their Angel Club and wish list of things for the shelter. 8. PetSmart Charities This independent, wide-reaching pet charity partners with over 2,000 animal welfare organizations across the country to create and support programs that save the lives of pets. PetSmart Charities has Adoption Centers located in PetSmart stores and often hosts fundraisers like PetWalk, a festival and 5-k walk to celebrate pets. Other programs focus on giving relief to pets during natural and manmade disasters and increasing awareness of animal-welfare issues, such as putting an end to euthanasia. To learn about all the ways to donate and get involved, including when PetWalk festival and fundraiser will be coming to a city near you, visit petsmartcharities.org. 9. Millan Foundation Founded in 2007 by “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan, the Millan Foundation’s primary goal is to provide financial aid and educational materials to non-profit shelters across the country in order to assist in the rehabilitation and re-homing of shelter dogs. The pet charity’s Shelter Stars program currently provides any non-profit shelter that wants to enroll with free copies of Cesar Millan’s Mastering Leadership DVD series volume 3: Your New Dog & Beyond to hand out to families when they adopt a shelter dog. Another way Millan lends his expertise is through the Mutt-i-grees humane education curriculum, which is distributed in shelters too. The organization also gives grants to non-profit shelters to spay and neuter animals in order to keep the animal population under control. Make a donation or learn more about how to get involved in the charity’s upcoming initiatives at millanfoundation.org. 10. The Animal Rescue Site Not your typical pet charities website, The Animal Rescue Site is an online activism site that helps fund food and care for rescued animals with every purchase or click you make. For example, the site shows that one $15 ceramic paw print mug is worth 14 bowls of food while a $20 pair of shoes might be worth 28 bowls of food. Instead of making a product purchase you can visit the Gifts that Give More tab to make a monetary donation, for as little as $1, to a specific cause, such as Care for a Special Needs Shelter Pet for a week ($15). There’s also a purple “Click Here to Give – it’s FREE” button at the top of the main page that you can press and 100% of the sponsor money goes to charity. These donations are made by the advertiser that purchased space on the thank you page. Visit theanimalrescuesite.org to contribute your allotted one click per day. With the overwhelming amount of dog charities to choose from, you want to make sure you’re donating money to the organization perfect for you. To say the least, there are an overwhelming number of animal charities. So while it’s great that you are inspired to help the many dogs out there in need, you may have a tough time deciding exactly what animal charity you want to be involved with, or how exactly you can help. For those experiencing this “volunteer’s dilemma”, Petside can help. Here is a list of 10 dog-specific charities that we love, and that would welcome your help! 1. Animal Adoption Center The Animal Adoption Center has a simple mission: to rescue and lovingly support the local community and all of the animals that enter the center. Since the founding of the Animal Adoption Center in 1990, they’ve fulfilled their mission with devotion to the furry friends they’re trying to service every day. 2. Canine Partners for Life (CPL) Founded in 1989 by Darlene Sullivan, a former special education instructor and animal trainer, Canine Partners for Life (CPL) is dedicated to training service dogs, home companion dogs, and residential companion dogs. CPL devotes as much time and energy as possible to improving the quality of life for those living with disabilities through the use of specialized dogs. Over more than 20 years, CPL has provided upwards of 400 service dogs to individuals in need and in that time, has become a leader in the service dog industry. CPL dogs receive customized training programs to meet the unique needs of their human partner. Their goal is to pair up the perfect match of man and man’s best friend to create the perfect partnership. 3. Brown Dog Foundation, Inc. The Brown Dog Foundation is a public charity that helps fund veterinary bills for the families who just can’t afford them. The founder, Carol Smock, had personal experience with the heartbreak that this brings. It all started because of her dog Chip, a chocolate Labrador who was diagnosed with brain cancer, heart arrhythmia, and a condition that caused his liver to begin to fail. Like many, Smock could not afford Chip’s treatments, and seeing no other alternative thought it best to let him go. Smock and others decided to start the Brown Dog Foundation so that unfortunate events such as the one she experienced do not happen. Money should never have to be the choice between your pet’s life or death, and the Brown Dog Foundation aims to see that it isn’t. 4. The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, Inc. (AKCHF) The Canine Health Foundation’s mission is to help dogs through funding scientific research and making health information to prevent, treat, and cure canine disease readily available. The CHF has become the largest funder of solely canine health research in the world since the foundation was founded in 1995. Over 15 years, the CHF has made dramatic discoveries in dog health care. They’ve also been associated with research that has improved various disease treatment including cancer and heart diseases. Visit AKCHF website for more information. 5. Dogs Deserve Better A national nonprofit organization, Dogs Deserve Better speaks up for chained and penned pets. In 2003, they were the First Place Winner of the ASPCA/Chase Pet Protector Award. Recently, they made news when they purchased Michael Vick’s infamous Bad Newz Kennels in order to transform the horrific habitation into a loving shelter for rescued dogs. Dogs Deserve Better firmly believes that pets shouldn’t be chained up like prisoners. If you desire to donate to a charity that takes a stand against the mistreatment of four-legged companions, then this is the organization for you. By supporting this charity, you can liberate a dog from abuse and give them a new lease on life. 6. Leader Dogs for the Blind For over 70 years, Leader Dogs for the Blind has provided guide dogs for blind or visually impaired individuals. Through the training and distribution of guide dogs, those people are given independence, their mobility is enhanced, and their quality of life gets better. Through donating to this foundation, guide dogs are provided to those in need free of charge and Leader Dog was recognized as a “Best In America” Charity by the Independent Charities of America (ICA). 7. Last Chance for Animals In 1984, Hollywood actor Chris DeRose founded Last Chance For Animals (LCA) to fight and expose the inherent cruelty of vivisection, a.k.a. operating on live animals. DeRose and LCA activists dedicated their time to employing non-violent, peaceful protests to raise their voice against animal testing. As time went on, LCA has expanded their goals and now it’s not just vivisection they’re concentrating on, but many animal rights issues like farming, fur, and pet theft. LCA is a national, nonprofit organization that ultimately aims to eliminate all animal exploitation. Visit the LCA website for more information about the organization. 8. Canine Companions for Independence Canine Companions for Independence is an organization that provides assistance dogs to adults and children alike, free of charge. Now the largest assistance dog organization in the world, they continue to provide dogs for people in need. Canine Companions for Independence employees over 100 volunteer puppy raisers, over 100 volunteer breeder caretakers, and over 3000 volunteers nationwide. The organization’s goal is to enhance the lives of both the individuals and their four-legged companions. 9. Rescuing Unwanted Furry Friends (RUFF) RUFF, run completely by volunteers, isn’t just about helping abandoned animals in the southern California area. The organization is dedicated to getting animals’ veterinary assistance, no matter where they come from or how much help they need. If owners cannot afford health care for their pets, RUFF will try as hard as it can to be of financial assistance. RUFF volunteers help an average of more than 1000 animals each year by providing financial support. Veterinary care has become so costly, that many owners struggle to afford proper health care for their pets, but RUFF does its best to help both the owner and their furry friend. Check out more about the non-profit organization here. 10. Animals Abused & Abandoned, Inc. All across the country, animals have been discarded onto streets, struggling to fend for themselves after they were left for dead. Animals Abused & Abandoned is a charity striving to end animal abuse by funding the cost of medical and surgical emergencies, paying for food, medicine and operating supplies, and funding spay neuter surgeries. If you’re looking to help the helpless animals that are struggling to survive after being abandoned, this is a charity that is right up your alley. Visit the Animals Abused & Abandoned website here.