Looking to give back this holiday season? How do you know which are the best animal non-profits to send that donation to? You can start by checking out the list of animal welfare organizations supported by Animal Hearted. You can also keep it local by donating to a nearby shelter, rescue group, spay/neuter program, or pet food bank. Need some more inspiration? Here’s a list of some of the highest-rated animal charities around.
The Marine Mammal Center (http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/)
The Marine Mammal Center, based in Sausalito, California, rescues and rehabilitates sick and injured marine mammals. They also work to educate the public about marine mammals and inspire their global conservation.
Animal Welfare Institute (http://www.awionline.org/)
This highly-rated charity’s mission is to alleviate the suffering inflicted on animals by people. Their various programs aid companion animals, laboratory animals, farm animals, marine life, and wildlife.
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (http://gorillafund.org/)
The Gorilla Fund continues the legacy of Dian Fossey by working to conserve and protect gorillas in their African habitats. Through their various programs, they seek to end the poaching of gorillas in the wild, care for young gorillas orphaned by poaching, help the people who live near gorilla habitats in Africa, and conduct scientific research on gorillas.
Friends of Animals (http://www.friendsofanimals.org/)
Friends of Animals is an animal advocacy non-profit that sponsors programs in a variety of areas, including animal rights, vegan advocacy, companion animal spay/neuter, and wildlife (and wildlife habitat) protection.
Canine Companions for Independence (http://www.cci.org/)
CCI is the largest provider of assistance dogs for people with disabilities. They maintain an assistance dog breeding program, manage a large group of volunteer puppy raisers, and then extensively train service dogs, skilled companions, hearing dogs, and facility dogs for 6 months before they are placed with their humans.
Performing Animal Welfare Society (http://www.pawsweb.org/)
Are you concerned about the plight of circus animals? PAWS is dedicated to protecting performing animals, providing sanctuaries for former performing animals, and enforcing the best standards of care for all captive wildlife.
Alley Cat Allies (http://www.alleycat.org/)
A national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, Alley Cat Allies is probably best known for its dedication to caring for the country’s large population of feral cats, and implementing trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs around the country.
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