Animal Charities Every Pet Lover Should Know About

Animal Charities | If you are a dog lover looking forward to making a difference in the world, you can start your journey by making donations to an animal charity. It’s beneficial for shelter dogs’ safety and helps endangered, homeless, and at-risk animals. When it comes to choosing the right charity, you may get confused between several animal shelters across the world. If you are looking for a charity with the greatest impact on animals, this article is for you!

Let us introduce you to the best animal charities for making donations.

1. Best Friends Animal Society

The Best Friends Animal Society was established over 30 years ago in the United States to accommodate all types of companion animals such as dogs, cats, and horses. It provides shelter to homeless pets in New York, Los Angeles, Utah, and Atlanta. It works with other local shelters to educate people about the need for spay and neuter, puppy mills, and breed discrimination. They have successfully lowered the number of animals killed in shelters each year while saving them all.

2. International Society for Animal Rights

With its headquarters in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, the International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) uses education and law to work on animal rights. It has successfully launched five major programs:

Animal law: to protect, foster, and advance animal rights

Dog and cat overpopulation: to control breeding and deaths of unwanted cats and dogs

Education: to promote animal rights through children

Billboards: to run outdoor advertisements on billboards to communicate the spay and neuter message to people

International Homeless Animals Day: to implement a memorial for countless cats and dogs who got killed due to overpopulation

3. Farm Sanctuary

As its name suggests, Farm Sanctuary offers shelter and care to rescued animals from factory farming operations. Hence, it is known as the first shelter for farm animals in the United States. It provides shelter to around 1,000 rescued farm animals in New York, Orland, Watkins Glen, and Los Angeles. Moreover, it offers several opportunities for individuals to volunteer at their sanctuary locations.

4. David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Having the world’s largest sanctuaries for orphaned animals such as rhinos, elephants, and giraffes, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust works on protecting, conserving, and preserving wildlife. It has introduced several anti-poaching and educational initiatives to protect animals from harm. If you wish to adopt an orphaned animal, they offer a specialized digital foster program to help you support a rhino, elephant, or giraffe that requires care. Moreover, they allow you to receive monthly updates regarding your foster animal.

5. World Wildlife Fund

The World Wildlife Fund is famous for its advocacy groups across the world. Their main objective is to preserve wildlife and decrease the human impact on the environment. In addition, they are focusing on restoring over 36 species of animals, including whales, elephants, and tunas. Their campaigns to reduce ecological footprint like fishing and carbon emissions have significantly influenced the world.

6. The Humane Society

One of the most well-known animal welfare programs across the world is The Humane Society. They support domesticated animals and start new initiatives against issues such as factory farming, wildlife hunting, and animal testing. In addition, they have received positive outcomes from their initiatives about strengthening laws for animal welfare, shutting down puppy mills, protecting animals, and providing utmost care to various animals through veterinary and rehabilitation centers, animal rescue teams, and wildlife support units.

7. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

Established in 1866 as the first North American humane society, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has maintained its platform for the prevention of all types of animal cruelty. Since then, the ASPCA has successfully saved over 47,000 animals, implemented up to 89,000 spay and neuter procedures on various animals, and donated over $12 million to several animal welfare programs.

8. African Wild Dog Conservancy

The African Wild Dog Conservancy runs several projects in Kenya to conserve threatened wildlife species such as African wild dogs. Its partners include Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy, and WomanKind Kenya (Wokike) to restore the original habitats and ecology of wild dogs in Africa. Moreover, this non-profit organization has created awareness about wildlife in local communities through scientific research and education.

9. The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee

Licensed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), The Elephant Sanctuary was founded in 1995 to provide natural habitat to elephants retired from circuses and zoos. With individualized care for life, it has created new opportunities for 28 elephants to live their lives in a safe haven that works on their well-being. Therefore, these habitats are not open to the public to safeguard Asian and African elephants from harsh weather conditions. Moreover, it focuses on the protection of the environment by reducing its carbon footprint.

10. Friends of Animals

Friends of Animals was launched in New York City in 1958. Its main goal includes the protection of cats and dogs using spay and neuter procedures. As a result, they have saved over 2.5 million animals in the United States. Moreover, they have been actively protesting against animal testing, homelessness, hunting, fur-collecting of animals while focusing on protecting and supporting wildlife and their habitats across the world.

11. Oceana

Environmental factors such as pollution, overfishing, and the loss of sea life have disrupted the ocean’s ecosystems leading to a shortage of the world’s food supply. Therefore, Oceana aims to protect the ocean from increasing the world’s food supply. In addition, it provides awareness campaigns to advocate change and promote laws and policies to protect sea life against pollution.

Donating to the abovementioned animal charities will bring a massive change in the world. With proper care and protection for endangered species, we can save this beautiful planet we call home!

by Maria A Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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