Summer is coming to an end, and now may be the time to take care of a few things before the craziness of the fall and back-to-school kicks in.
One of these things may be donating to an animal rescue or organization. I know this may not be top on your list of to-dos, but there are so many wonderful, worthy organizations run by individuals who dedicate themselves to helping wonderful animals in need, or who help people by providing them with service animals.
All of these organizations can benefit from support. It may not be something you spend much time thinking about, but take a moment to imagine where your beautiful four-legged companion would be now if he or she hadn’t found a loving forever home with you.
It doesn’t take much: even a $20 donation from a lot of people can have a huge impact.
Below are some suggestions:
The Dogs Light the Way
BADRAP’s Mission: Securing the future of the American Pit Bull Terrier as a cherished family companion.
BADRAP was formed in 1999 to tackle the difficult issues that had been bringing early death and suffering to San Francisco bay area pit bull type dogs. We soon developed into a nationally recognized resource for both dog owners and shelters, offering desirable pets for adopters, training classes for dog owners and presentations and professional consultations to animal welfare leaders around the country.
Ranked nationally as the top high-impact nonprofit working on a local/state level for ‘Local Animal Welfare, Rights, & Protection’ by 170 experts for Philanthropedia at GuideStar.
Dogs Deserve Better is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing the chained or penned dog and bringing our best friend into the home and family. The mission of Dogs Deserve Better, Inc., is to provide a better life for abused, neglected and abandoned canines; especially those which are chained or penned without human companionship. We strive to accomplish this through advocating for humane legislation; promoting spay and neuter; educating communities on animal welfare; and rescuing and rehabilitating distressed canines.. The Center in Smithfield, Virginia serves as our headquarters and is the temporary home of 20+ dogs who have been rescued from a life of despair. We take them in, provide shelter, care for all their medical needs, and provide training and socialization to allow them to be the companion dog they have always wanted to be. When they are ready, we place them up for adoption with loving families.
We strive to advocate and become a voice for dogs living chained or penned outside and for those who have suffered from neglect or abuse.
We work hard to educate society to evolve to higher ethical and moral standards for the treatment of dogs living under these conditions.
Often we will meet with caretakers of dogs chained outside to advocate on behalf of the dogs and discuss other options available to them. We work with families to help them provide a better life for their dog and their family. When available, we provide fencing grants to those willing to bring their dogs inside but lack the means to put up a fence so their dog is safe within their yard while spending appropriate amounts of time outside.
When available, we also provide Hero Grants to assist individuals and non-profit rescues with the cost of routine vet care (exam and vaccines) for formerly penned or chained dogs, as well as spay/neuter, up to $300.00. To date, Dogs Deserve Better has awarded over $70,000 in Hero Grants. Join us in the effort and donate to the Hero Fund.
In 2009 Second Chance Rescue NYC began as a small dream, founded on the firm belief that all animals deserve love and care, and that no animal should ever be subjected to abuse, neglect or homelessness. We are 100% not for profit and to date have relied solely on donations from the public. Our mission is to offer a second chance to those less fortunate—those with critical medical, emotional or behavioral issues. We are a lifeline for thousands of cats and dogs that otherwise wouldn’t stand a chance.
Animals rescued by Second Chance are transported to private veterinarians for proper medical treatment, where they are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped and tested for heart-worm before being placed into new, loving homes. We also provide immediate emergency veterinary care and rehabilitation for those that require it—from bottle-feeding newborns to hospice care for senior and/or sick animals.
Our organization does not have a brick-and-mortar shelter; but rather, we rely on volunteers who open their hearts and doors to our animals. We ensure the long-term well-being of rescues by placing them in foster homes or private boarding facilities, where they receive the compassion, care and socialization vital to making them adoptable family pets and thriving members of society. Moreover, our volunteers think outside the box, drawing on their varied talents to create awareness for our mission via art, photography, media and literature.
Knowing that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, Second Chance Rescue strives to prevent shelter overpopulation through community outreach. We have established a presence and built trusting relationships in communities, where we educate residents on the importance of animal welfare and the prevention of animal abuse/neglect. We also address the critical need for accessible and affordable pet care, serving as a liaison between the public and organizations that provide low-cost veterinary services, spay/neuter programs, as well as pet food donations in New York City. By improving the lives of people and their pets we believe we can bring about meaningful social change.
Since 2009 Second Chance Rescue has saved countless dogs and cats; meanwhile, our small dream has grown into an organization with over a million (and growing) Facebook fans. As one can imagine, the costs associated with running an operation of this magnitude are extortionate, and it is only thanks to our amazing team of dedicated volunteers and the benevolent donations of our followers that any of this is possible.
Our mission is to give military members peace of mind concerning their pets during their service commitments by providing them with the ability to find people and resources able to help them.
Dogs on Deployment is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit providing a central network for military members to find volunteers willing to board their pets while they are deployed or have other service commitments, making them unable to temporarily care for their pets. No pet should ever be surrendered to a shelter due to a military commitment. DoD exists to help military members keep their pets by alleviating the need for pet relinquishment from military members due to the hardships of deployments.
Additionally, Dogs on Deployment promotes responsible, life-long pet ownership in the military community by:
- Advocating for military pet owner rights on military installations
- Providing educational resources for military members about responsible pet ownership
- Granting financial assistance to military members for help with their pet’s care during emergencies
- Promoting healthy pet lifestyles, including spay and neuter, insurance options and vaccinations
- Connecting with community organizations to ensure Dogs on Deployment resources are available to military families
Dogs on Deployment aids pets of all types that belong to active duty, reservists, guard, honorably discharged veterans and their families.
Help is a four-legged word.
Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.
Target Zero is a nonprofit working to get every shelter across the United States to zero-kill. Every year, close to three million adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized due to overcrowding. That’s not ok. Our team goes city to city mentoring shelter and animal welfare leaders to work together in getting their city to ‘zero’. We do this by teaching our proven-to-work Pyramid Program of ‘best practices’.
Launched in 2013, we’ve already gotten Waco, Texas and Huntsville, Alabama to zero-kill (wahoo!!) and have more cities on the way, but we won’t stop until every single city has stopped euthanizing healthy cats and dogs!
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