10 Animal Charities Making a Difference
In recognition of the kind souls who gallantly strive to make our planet a better place, we admire and support the hard work and dedication given by all those who selflessly support our animal friends. We’ve established this list to include what we consider the top 10 animal charities making a difference in the lives of pets, for the betterment of humanity.
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1. Humane Society of the United States
With over 11 million supporters, The Humane Society of the United States is the largest and most effective animal protection organization in the nation. The non-profit strives to stop animal cruelty and suffering by advocating for animal rights laws by aggressively pursuing perpetrators of animal cruelty as well as providing animal rescue and emergency response. The foundation is renown for providing exemplary animal care through its network of emergency shelters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and clinics.
- more info at http://www.humanesociety.org
2. Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind
The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind was founded in 1946 with the goal of providing highly trained guide dogs to people handicapped by blindness. Elite dog trainers teach each puppy to assist a blind person in day to day activities and keep them safe from harm while out in public. Seeing eye dogs trained by the foundation enhance the quality of life for the blind by increasing their mobility and provide companionship as loyal lifelong friend’s.
- more info at http://www.guidedog.org/
3. Dogs Trust
Dogs Trust was originally founded in 1891 as the National Canine Defense League. Based in London, England the organization is one of the largest dog welfare charities in the world. Every year the foundation cares for nearly 16,000 dogs through 17 animal care centers, ensuring that no healthy dog is ever destroyed.
- more info at http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/
4. American Humane Association
The American Humane Society Association was founded in 1877 with the ongoing mission to protect children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect. The organization reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses.
- more info at http://www.americanhumane.org/
D.E.L.T.A. Rescue, also known as “Dedication and Everlasting Love to Animals” is the largest “No Kill, Care-for-Life,” Sanctuary of its kind in the world. The center was founded in 1979 by Leo Grillo, a visionary animal rights activist who developed the Rescue Super Sanctuary in the Mojave Desert outside of Los Angeles. The sanctuary now spans over 94 acres and is home to more than 1500 animals that have all been abandoned in the wilderness.
- more info at http://www.deltarescue.org/
6. Patriot PAWS
Patriot PAWS seeks to support American military veterans by providing highly trained guide dogs at no cost to disabled American veterans. The non-profit dog training program helps to restore their physical and emotional independence of patients’ suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other disabilities.
- more info at http://www.patriotpaws.org
7. North Shore Animal League America
The North Shore Animal League America is the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. The charity has saved the lives of nearly 1,000,000 cats and dogs since being founded in 1944. The foundation is wholely committed to rescue, nurture, and adopt pets in danger of being put to death, providing animals with the opportunity to lead healthy and long lives.
- more info at http://www.animalleague.org
8. Best Friends Animal Society
The Best Friends Animal Society embodies the ideals that we can create a better world through kindness to animals. The organization has launched numerous successful grassroots campaigns to help reduce the number of animals put to sleep from 17 million per year in the 1980′s to 5 million a year. The slated goal is to reduce the number of animals euthanized down to zero.
- more info at http://www.bestfriends.org
9. Pets for the Elderly Foundation
The Pets for the Elderly Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of senior citizens across the country by helping individuals over the age of 60 adopt rescue dogs that may otherwise be put to sleep. The organization is based upon the belief that the most serious disease affecting the elderly is not cancer or heart disease but loneliness. Pets provided by the foundation offer affection, unconditional love, and according to scientific studies can help people live longer happier lives.
- more info at http://www.petsfortheelderly.org/
10. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, better known as ASPCA was founded in 1866. The charity claims to be the oldest humane organization in the Western Hemisphere seeks to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals and works tirelessly to rescue animals from abuse, lobby for the passage of strict humane laws, and share resources with animal shelters nationwide.
- more info at http://www.aspca.org/
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