Looking to give back during the holiday season, but don’t know where to give back? An amazing place to donate is an animal charity. Neglected, abused, and homeless animals can’t take care of themselves without our help, and we have compiled a list of the best animal charities to donate to during the 2017 holiday season.
There is something for everyone in this list. It’s broken up into three sections: the best animal charities overall, the best dog charities, and the best cat charities. It doesn’t matter if you’re a dog lover or a cat lover… there’s going to be a charity in here for you to donate to, volunteer with, or adopt from! There are also charities from all over the nation.
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Without further ado…
Overall Animal Charities
The Pet Fund
Location: Sacramento, CA
Mission: The Pet Fund is a 501c(3) organization. The purpose and mission of The Pet Fund is to work toward a future where decisions about companion animal medical care are never based on cost.
Charleston Animal Society
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Mission: Charleston Animal Society’s mission has been the same for 145 years, preventing Cruelty to Animals. They helped build the first No Kill Community in the southeast. Charleston Animal Society is recognized as a national model in animal shelter innovation and excellence.
Morris Animal Foundation
Location: Denver, Colorado
Mission: Morris Animal Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that invests in science to advance animal health. They have invested more than $113 million toward 2,500+ studies that have led to significant breakthroughs.
Location: Sacramento, CA
Mission: RedRover’s mission is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance, and education.
Best Friends Animal Society
Location: Kanab, Utah
Mission: The mission of Best Friends Animal Society is to bring about a time where there are No More Homeless Pets. They do this by helping to end the killing in America’s animal shelters by building community programs and partnerships throughout the nation. They believe that we can Save Them All by working together.
The Humane Society of the United States
Location: Washington, DC
Mission: The Humane Society of the United States is dedicated to more than pets: they work to improve the lives of all animals. They are the nation’s most effective animal protection organization. The Humane Society provides hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year.
American Veterinary Medical Foundation
Location: Schaumburg, Illinois
Mission: “Helping Veterinarians, Help Animals.” The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) develops resources to advance the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health.
Spay N Save
Location: Longwood, Florida
Mission: The mission of Spay N Save is to end the killing of dogs and cats in their community shelters through high quality, affordable spay/neuter surgeries. Their goal is to reach all pet owners, animal rescue organizations, and community caregivers and make spaying and neutering accessible and affordable.
Animal Defense League of Texas
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Mission: The Animal Defense League is a non-profit organization. They are a no-kill shelter for abandoned, abused, or neglected dogs and cats.
Animal Rescue, Inc.
Location: New Freedom, Pennsylvania
Mission: Animal Rescue, Inc. is a refuge for homeless cats and dogs. They make a promise to any animal who comes through their gates: they will never be homeless again.
Animal Welfare Association
Location: Voorhees, NJ
Mission: Animal Welfare Association (AWA) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. They operate the oldest and largest low-cost spay/neuter clinic, adoption center and no-kill animal shelter in South Jersey.
East Bay SPCA
Location: Dublin, California
Mission: The East Bay SPCA is a local non-profit, and is non affiliated with any national organizations. They are committed to the welfare of cats and dogs in their communities. They strive to eliminate animal cruelty, neglect, and overpopulation by providing programs and education to support people and animals.
Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County
Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland
Mission: The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County (AWLMC) has a no-kill philosophy. AWLMC aims to improve the lives of Montgomery County residents and animals. They do this by providing programs directed at education, adoption, animal shelters, and low-cost spay/neuter services
Cat Shelter: Atlanta, Georgia
Dog Shelter: Alpharetta, Georgia
Mission: Furkids has Georgia’s largest animal rescue and no-kill shelters. They are a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Their cat shelter is the largest cage-free, no-kill shelter for rescued cats in the Southeast. They also operate Sadie’s Place, a no-kill dog shelter. Furkids is the only organization in metro Atlanta that allows children of all ages to volunteer — that’s what makes them so special!
Furry Friends Rescue
Location: Fremont, California
Mission: Furry Friends Rescue is a completely volunteer-based nonprofit organization. Collectively, their volunteers have rescued thousands of companion animals and placed them in forever loving homes.
Last Chance for Animals
Location: Los Angeles, California
Mission: Last Chance for Animals (LCA) is an international nonprofit organization. LCA is dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation through education, investigations, legislation, and media attention.
Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
Location: Walnut Creek, California
Mission: Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) promises this: People Rescuing Animals… Animals Rescuing People…®. ARF saves dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters. They bring together people and animals to enrich each other’s lives.
HALO Animal Rescue
Location: Antioch, California
Mission: HALO Animal Rescue strives to improve the lives of companion animals in East Contra Costa County through educational workshops, adoption events, and collaboration with other community groups.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Location: New York, New York
Mission: The ASPCA was the first humane society established in North America. Today, it’s one of the largest in the world. They are a 501c3 nonprofit organization, founded under the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment by humans, and must be protected by law.
Location: Denver, Colorado
Mission: MaxFund is a true no kill animal shelter and adoption center. They challenge the traditional methods of animal sheltering by leading the no kill movement in Colorado.
Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals
Location: Kettering, Ohio
Mission: SICSA aims to promote the welfare and adoption of companion animals, and nurturing loving, lifelong relationships between animals and people. To support this, SICSA offers many animal-centered programs and services for families and children.
Save-A-Pet Adoption Center
Location: Grayslake, Illinois
Mission: Save-A-Pet is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. They have one of the largest no-kill cat and dog rescues in Lake County that operates a full-time adoption center. Their efforts have led to the successful adoption of over 61,000 cats and dogs.
Location: Carrollton, Texas
Mission: Operation Kindness is the original and largest no-kill animal shelter in North Texas. They have saved the lives of nearly 90,000 homeless animals. They never turn an animal away because of cost of medical care.
Northwest Organization for Animal Help
Location: Stanwood, Washington
Mission: The Northwest Organization for Animal Help (NOAH Center) is dedicated to stopping the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable, and treatable homeless cats and dogs. They do this through their adoption and low-cost spay/neuter programs.
Location: Roseville, California
Mission: The mission of the Placer SPCA is to enhance the lives of companion animals and support the human-animal bond. The want to ensure four things:
- Every adoptable companion animal in Placer County has a home
- Every lost companion animal in Placer County is reunited with its owner
- Every dog and cat owner in Placer County has access to affordable spay and neuter services
- Every companion animal is treated with kindness and respect
PAWS (Progressive Animal Welfare Society)
Location: Lynnwood, Washington
Mission: PAWS considers themselves a champion for animals. They rehabilitate injured and orphaned wildlife, shelter and adopt homeless cats and dogs, and educate people to make a better world for both animals and people.
Pets in Need
Location: Redwood City, California
Mission: The mission of Pets in Need is to advance the no-kill movement, reduce pet homelessness, and find every dog and cat a loving home. They accomplish this by rescuing cats and dogs from public shelters in the Bay Area when they are in danger of being euthanized.
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Mission: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League’s mission is to provide shelter to lost, homeless, and unwanted animals; to provide spay and neuter services to animals, along with other medical services; and to care for, protect, and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals. They do this to advocate animal welfare, community involvement, and education to further the bond between people and animals.
Canine Companions for Independence
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Mission: Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with highly trained assistance dogs and support. They train four types of assistance dogs: service dogs, hearing dogs, facility dogs, and skilled companions
The Grey Muzzle Organization
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Mission: The Grey Muzzle Organization envisions a world where no dog dies alone and afraid. They improve the lives of at-risk senior dogs by providing funding and resources to animal shelters, rescue organizations, sanctuaries, and other non-profit organizations throughout the nation.
National Canine Cancer Foundation
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Mission: The National Canine Cancer Foundation’s mission is Education, Outreach, Research. Their funds are used in eliminating cancer as a major health problem in dogs through these three things. They work to save lives through prevention, finding cures, better treatments, and more accurate cost effective diagnostic methods.
GREY2K USA Worldwide
Location: Arlington, Massachusetts
Mission: GREY2K USA Worldwide is a non-profit organization. It is the largest greyhound protection organization in the world. They work to pass stronger greyhound protection laws and end the cruelty of dog racing nationally and internationally. They also promote the rescue and adoption of greyhounds around the world.
American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Mission: The AKC Canine Health Foundation is dedicated to advancing the health of all dogs and their owners by funding scientific research and supporting the dissemination of health information to prevent, treat, and cure canine disease.
The Dog Liberator
Mission: The Dog Liberator is a non-profit organization. They are dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned dogs, primarily ones from high-kill shelters and owners who can no longer care for them. They are able to rescue hundreds of dogs each year.
Pitties Love Peace
Location: Elizabethtown, PA
Mission: Pitties Love Peace strives to provide a safe haven for pit bull and pit bull mix dogs in need throughout the northeast United States, primarily focusing on the dogs in Pennsylvania. They rely on approved foster families to provide safe, loving, temporary homes for dogs in their care. Pitties Love Peace provides food, bedding, shelter, and veterinary care for every dog, as well as training and rehabilitation for those in need, with their ultimate goal being to place each and every rescue into a loving forever home.
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation
Location: Santa Paula, California
Mission: The mission of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation is to strengthen disaster response in America by recruiting rescued dogs and partnering them with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Guide Dogs of America
Location: Sylmar, California
Mission: Guide Dogs of America is dedicated to providing guide dogs to blind and visually impaired men and women in the U.S. and Canada, free of charge, along with instruction in their use. This will allow the men and women to pursue their goals with increased mobility and independence.
K9s For Warriors
Location: Ponte Vedra, Florida
Mission: K9s For Warriors is the nation’s largest provider of service dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. Every warrior that walks through their door is provided with a service canine, equipment, training, certification, seminars, legal instruction, vet care, housing, home cooked meals, unconditional love and listening, and a lifetime of wrap-around services. The program is 100% free for the veteran.
Big Dog Ranch Rescue
Ranch: Loxahatchee, Florida
Foundation Office: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Mission: Big Dog Ranch Rescue (BDRR) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. BDRR is a leader in the national animal welfare movement. Their goal is to give the gift of life to as many dogs as humanly possible and enrich the lives of those who adopt them, creating a better world.
Dogs On Deployment
Location: Escondido, California
Mission: Dogs On Deployment believes in providing vital assistance to military pet owners while they serve our country with honor, courage, and commitment. They are a 501c3 national non-profit organization that provides an online network service members to search for volunteers who are willing to board pets during their owner’s service commitments.
Sanctuary for Senior Dogs
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Mission: The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs is a 501c3 organization dedicated to the rescue, adoption, and lifelong care of old dogs for 16 years!
Can Do Canines
Location: New Hope, Minnesota
Mission: Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial relationships with specially trained dogs. They are an accredited member of Assistance Dogs International, a nonprofit organization.
Dogs for Better Lives (Formerly Dogs for the Deaf)
Location: Central Point, Oregon
Mission: Dogs for Better Lives is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. They were previously known as Dogs for the Deaf. They still have the same mission, though — Dogs for Better Lives rescues dogs suitable for its three programs: Hearing Dogs, Program Assistance Dogs, and Autism Assistance Dogs.
Operation Paws for Homes
Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Mission: Operation Paws for Homes is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. They are dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and placing dogs who have overcome great odds. The dogs are rescued from overcrowded high-kill shelters in the southern region of the United States, primarily in the Carolinas and Virginia.
ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities
Location: Torrington, Connecticut
Mission: Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities (ECAD) is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Their mission is to enable people with disabilities to gain greater independence and mobility through the use of specially educated dogs.
Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue
Location: Tehachapi, California
Mission: Marley’s Mutts is a nonprofit organization. They rescue, rehabilitate, train, and re-home death row dogs from Kern County’s high-kill animal shelters. The dogs are also utilized to transform people’s lives.
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
Location: Bloomfield, Connecticut
Mission: Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation commits themselves to partnering blind men and women with elite German Shepherd guide dogs.
Location: San Francisco, California
Mission: Muttville is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Their mission is to change the way the world thinks about and treats older dogs. They strive to create better lives for them through rescue, foster, adoption, hospice, education, and advocacy.
Puppies Behind Bars
Location: New York, New York
Mission: Puppies Behind Bars trains inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive-detection canines for law enforcement.
Paws With a Cause
Location: Wayland, Michigan
Mission: Paws With a Cause enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities nationally through custom-trained assistance dogs.
For the Love of Cats, Inc.
Location: Marco Island, Florida
Mission: For the Love of Cats, Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 organization that is dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned cats and kittens in the Marco Island community. They are a no-kill rescue group that operates on donations from the public.
Alley Cats and Angels
Location: Apex, North Carolina
Mission: Alley Cats and Angels is a non-profit 501c3 organization. They are a completely volunteer based, foster home based, cat rescue dedicated to improving the lives of the stray, abandoned, feral cats, and an overall reduction of homeless cats.
Alley Cat Allies
Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Mission: Generally, Alley Cat Allies is working to protect and improve the lives of cats. You can find out more about how exactly they are doing that here.
Cat Network, Inc.
Location: Miami, Florida
Mission: The Cat Network is a 501c3 non-profit organization. They are dedicated to humanely reducing cat overpopulation by educating the public about the need to sterilize their pets and strays. They also strive to provide access to low-cost spay/neuter services for stray, homeless and abandoned cats. Additionally, The Cat Network helps members place adoptable cats into loving homes and advocates for non-lethal population control and humane public policy.
Location: Los Angeles, California
Mission: FixNation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. They are dedicated to reducing the population of homeless cats by sterilizing as many as possible while demonstrating the effectiveness of Trap-Neuter-Return and colony management.
Cozy Cat Cottage
Location: Powell, Ohio
Mission: Cozy Cottage is a nonprofit, no-kill organization. They provide refuge, aid and care for abandoned, injured, and/or abused felines.