Are you looking for a good way to help animals? There are many ways to give back to pets in need. One of the common ways people choose to help is by donating money to charities.
Animal-focused charity organizations always need funds to achieve their missions. A financial donation, no matter how small, can make a major difference in the lives of animals and people.
Start locally by looking into nonprofit groups in your city or state that have missions you agree with.
Ideally, donate to a 501(c)(3) organization or other group that you can be sure will use the money responsibly. If you have a favorite dog breed, find a breed-specific rescue group in need of donations. Or, try your local animal shelter or rescue group. Check out this great list on Petfinder.
If you have friends or family members who are animal lovers, consider making a donation in their name as a gift. Or, make a donation in memory of a pet or loved one who has passed away.
The following list includes just a handful of suitable organizations. There are many more groups out there that can use your help.
- Angels4Animals - has a mission to serve as the guardian angel of animals whose caretakers find themselves in difficult financial situations
- ASPCA - helps save pets who has been accidentally poisoned, fights to pass humane laws, rescues animals from abuse and shares resources with shelters across the country
- Best Friends Animal Society - a grassroots effort to place dogs and cats who were considered "unadoptable" into good homes, and to reduce the number of unwanted pets through effective spay and neuter programs
- Humane Society of the United States - the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization
- Muttshack - a volunteer driven organization which focuses animals in disasters
- North Shore Animal League - the world's largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption shelter
- Petfinder.com Foundation - works with shelters, rescue organizations and animal welfare organizations across the country to ensure that no adoptable pet is euthanized for lack of a good home
- The Pet Fund - provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need veterinary care
- Puppies Behind Bars - trains inmates to raise puppies to become service dogs for the disabled and explosive detection canines for law enforcement
- Canine Companions for Independence - provides highly-trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, free of charge
Remember that wherever you decide to donate your money, the group will appreciate your generosity no matter the size of your gift. If you want to do more, but cannot give more money, remember that there are many other ways to give back, such as volunteering or even by adopting a shelter/rescue dog.