One of the hardest things about being an animal person is knowing there is a limit to how many you can own yourself, right? We all wish we could adopt the entire shelter, but that’s usually not practical (or financially feasible!). Instead, find a way to support an animal shelter or organization that’s doing the important work of caring for animals in need. We have compiled a list of amazing animal charities that would appreciate any kind of contributions you can provide. Since there are so many amazing charities out there, we broke this list down into three different categories with some of our top favorites.
Domestic Animal Charities
Founded by Marc Ching, the mission of this organization is to create a safe place for abused animals and provide a second chance at life for them. This organization works globally to help rescue animals from the Asian Dog Meat Trade, where dogs and cats are stolen, bred, tortured, and exploited for their meat, fur, and bones. In addition to rescuing animals from severe abuse, they also assist animals from and during natural disasters. For more information, check out their website or social media pages.
This LA based organization was created by Lesley Brog, who wanted to help the countless number of dogs being euthanized in overcrowded shelters. Their main goal is to spread the word that rescue dogs are wonderful pets and to help reduce the numbers of animals in shelters. Their team travels all over in order to save as many dogs as possible. They offer friendly family foster, education, and adoption programs in order to help reduce the number of animals euthanized in shelters every day.
Through rescue and direct care, education and awareness, and law and corporate policy, The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s most effective animal protection organization. They fight to end cruel practices against animals, care for animals in need, and are constantly working to build stronger movements for animal protection.
Another great organization, Best Friends Animal Society is the nation’s leading
organization that prides itself on its dedication to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters across the nation.They have regional programs all across the country as well as two No-Kill programs based in L.A. and Utah. Their mission is to bring about a time where there are no homeless pets. Who wouldn’t want to help support that?!
As the first humane society organization in North America, the ASPCA is still one of the largest animal rights organizations. It was created to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty of animals throughout the U.S. This organization believes that animals deserve kind and respectful treatment and must be protected under the law.
Livestock Animal Charities
Founded in 1986, Farm Sanctuary fights factory farming and encourages a new awareness about farm animals. Their mission is to inspire change in the way society views farm animals and to protect them from cruelty, as well as implementing a vegan lifestyle.
With its worldwide recognition, the HFA is dedicated to protecting farm animals as well as exposing and fighting the cruelties of factory farming. This organization prides itself on its exceptional track record of credibility, accuracy, and integrity in addressing legislative issues pertaining to farm animals. In addition to protecting farm animals from cruel treatments, they also fight to inform, educate, and protect the public about the misuse of hormones, antibiotics, and other dangerous chemicals used on factory farms as well as protecting the environment from the side effects of these factories.
Through education, conservation, advocacy, and sanctuary, this organization helps to protect the freedom, habitat, and diversity of America’s wild horses and burros. Return to Freedom is dedicated to conservation and has rescued and provided sanctuary to over 350 wild horses.
Founded in 1999 by Ellike Laks and with different locations throughout the country, The Gentle Barn helps to teach people about the kindness and respect that animals deserve. With various rescued farm animals, this organization helps to educate the public, especially children, about the importance of protecting animals and the earth.
As one of the oldest sanctuaries in the country, Animal Place brings awareness to compassion for animals, especially farm animals. They provide a safe haven in the form of a sanctuary and advocacy for animals who come from farms, slaughterhouses, cruelty cases and research facilities. With education and adoption programs, they work hard to help find permanent homes for animals in need.
Focusing on areas such as wildlife, oceans, freshwater, and forests, the World Wildlife Fund, dedicates itself to conserving nature and reducing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. With over 60 years of experience, this organization has developed and implemented innovative solutions to wildlife, habitats, and the communities in which they live.
Oceans make up over 70% of our Earth. In case you haven’t noticed, humans have started filling the oceans with so much trash and debris that ecosystems are being destroyed left and right. With multiple campaigns and various regional sites, Oceana is dedicated to protecting and restoring the world’s oceans to what they once were.
With the increase of poaching and destruction of habitat, many African animals are finding themselves on the threatened and endangered species lists. Thanks to the African Wildlife Foundation, this organization is working to ensure that wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa. Through Programs such as conservation, habitat and land protection, community empowerment, as well policy, this organization is fighting for sustainable development that supports a thriving wildlife and wild land for future generations of Africa.
Through science, education, and conservation, the Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. By discovering, protecting, and inspiring, they hope to create a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas and are valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity of life on earth. With programs such as global conservation, zoos and aquariums, and climate crisis, they are working to address and solve the most challenging issues pertaining to long-term conservation.
This organization’s goal is to end the illegal wildlife trade by reducing the demand for endangered wildlife products through public awareness campaigns and providing comprehensive marine protection. Through their various programs, resources, and campaigns they are working diligently to end this multi-billion dollar global industry as well as create awareness of anti-poaching endeavors, reduce effects from climate change, and increase local support of conservation efforts.
We know what you’re thinking, when you hear Disney you think of cartoons and theme parks, BUT the Walt Disney Corporation created the Disney Conservation Fund to focus on the commitment to saving wildlife and building a global community that protects nature. With over 25 years of experience, this organization has made quite an impact! From saving wildlife, inspiring action, and protecting the planet, Disney has brought a lot of awareness to the commitment of conservation. In addition to the Conservation Fund, they have also made a series of Disney Nature documentaries as well as The Lion Recovery Fund, to help enhance the recognition of the serious need to protect and save our earth and its wildlife.
This is just the beginning of a long list of hardworking charities that are fighting to support animals every single day. If you want to support animals in need, you can start here or your local shelters, rescues, zoos, rehabilitation centers, and sanctuaries. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, will greatly impact the lives of animals all over the world.