Animal lovers are constantly on the lookout for promising charities. The following organizations provide valuable services to benefit all kinds of animals.
The Humane Society of the United States
Founded in 1954, the Humane Society of the United States is the largest animal protection agency in the country. Most people are aware of their efforts to provide rescue and care for cats and dogs. Their website, however, makes it clear that they are fighting for all animals. Some of their top goals include:
- putting an end to trophy hunting
- stopping animal cosmetic testing
- curtailing the wearing of furs
- improving the lives of farm animals
- putting an end to puppy mills
Canine Companions for Independence
Canine Companions for Independence is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs to disabled adults and children, wounded veterans and veterans with a disability, and professional organizations such as hospitals, hospices, schools, and court systems. They are recognized throughout the world for the excellence of the dogs they provide, the thorough training provided to each dog, and their ability to match an individual with the service dog that best meets his or her needs.
Alley Cat Allies
There are a lot of misconceptions about feral cats, also known as stray cats or alley cats. Until recently, these cats have been captured and euthanized under the theory that they are better off dead than wandering the streets. Alley Cat Allies, founded in 1990, argues that cats have only been considered indoor pets for the past 70 years or so. For 10,000 years before that, they thrived outdoors.
Alley Cat Allies supports the Trap-Neuter-Release Project so that feral cats can continue to enjoy outdoor life without being burdened by multiple litters. They also offer extensive education to veterinarians, animal shelters, legislative bodies, and communities.
Pets for the Elderly
Every year, seniors experience declines in health due to loneliness. Many are coping with grief after the loss of a spouse or a change in circumstances such as moving to an assisted living facility. During these transitions, a pet can provide comfort and opportunities to socialize.
“Pets for the Elderly” works with 54 shelters in 34 states to cover adoption fees for elderly citizens. These fees include vaccinations, funds to spay or neuter strays, and an examination by a veterinarian.
People who are concerned about the welfare of animals are always on the lookout for worthy causes. These four agencies provide some donation options for pet lovers.