Best Animal Charities to Donate To

Here is a list of charities and organizations that help animals in need of protection, that need new forever homes, or those that work with service animals.

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Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated specifically and solely to protecting and improving cats’ lives. In addition, they truly are an advocate and protector of the stray, feral, or alley cat. They are a resource for not only the cat that lives indoors and in shelters but the cat that lives outdoors as well. Alley Cat Allies serves as a resource for various cat care providers. Alley Cat Allies is leading the way for positive change. They are changing the way people see and think about cats. They work with communities in a variety of ways in promoting understanding, feline health, and awareness of the special needs kittens have in animal shelters. Alley Cat Allies operate mobile units that host events to perform spay and neutering, vaccinating, and micro-chipping. They are a leader in educating communities about changing cats lives for the better.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was the first Humane Society established in North America. ASPCA’s mission is to keep animals safe at the hands of humans. It’s their core belief that animals deserve kindness and respectful treatment from humans. This is not only a belief but an enforceable law. Its founder has described their purpose as providing the effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. ASPCA is currently proud to have over 2 million supporters around the country. The ASPCA serves as the voice of the voiceless. They are headquartered in New York City. ASPCA supports animal rescue, placement, and protection. Specifically, they support pet adoptions, animal rescue, and assistance programs, provide grants to animal welfare organizations, provide spay and neuter services, and medical care all over the country.

Animal Rescue Foundationt

The Animal Rescue Foundation is an accredited four-star animal charity. They are a founder in the animal welfare effort. ARF was co-founded by Elaine and Tony La Russa in 1991. Their mission is “People Rescuing Animals…Animals Rescuing People…”. ARF was created to save dogs and cats who may have run out of time at public shelters until a new home can be found. They match people with animals in an effort to enrich both their lives. They are committed to making sure all animals have loving homes and where every deserving, lonely person has an animal to love and care for. ARF helps to cultivate the bond between animals with children, veterans, elderly and people in disadvantaged situations. ARF has an interesting start in that the foundation got its start on May 7, 1990, at a televised baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees. The then manager, Tony La Russa, helped a stray tortoiseshell cat looking for food during the game. After rescuing the cat, he was hit with the realization that there was not one, single no-kill shelter in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. He was faced with the knowledge that the little cat would likely be euthanized. That’s when Animal Rescue Foundation was born.

Best Friends Animal Society

Save Them All. Best Friends Animal Society’s motto is to treat all living things as we, ourselves, would wish to be treated. It strives to bring about a time when there will be no more homeless pets. This organization began in the 80’s. It started with a group of friends that would routinely take “unadoptable”, older, or sickly animals to a sanctuary in order to avoid being euthanized and to allow sick animals to heal and rehabilitate. Since then, Best Friends has become a leader in the pet rescue industry. Nearly 30,000 people visit Best Friends every year to meet the animals. Visitors tour the various Best Friend sanctuaries that have become the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals. Best Friends has several programs to spay and neuter and to bring together various pet shelters with adoption agencies, fundraising events, adoption, events and community education events.

Canine Companions For Independence

Common Sense for Animals is an organization that advocates for all animals including: companion animals, wildlife animals, food animals, animals in zoos, and research animals. CSA was founded in 1990 by Robert R. Blease, D.V.M. Common Sense for Animals is committed to protecting the rights of all animals and respecting their dignity throughout their entire lives. This organization works to improve every area of the relationship between animal and human by using animal education and community involvement to reach and educate the world. Common Sense for Animals looks at the entire circle of life. It is their belief that animals should be treated respectfully in their various uses to humans but not as equals to humans. Since humans use animals for food, entertainment, research, and companionship, it is equally humans responsibility to treat animals with respect and to protect them from any harm, inhumane treatment or abuse.

D.E.L.T.A. Rescue

Leo Grillo founded the super, care-for-life sanctuary called D.E.L.T.A Rescue in 1979. D.E.L.T.A. stands for Dedication and Everlasting Love to Animals. And the super sanctuary lives up to its name in its 115-acre mountaintop ranch, located in the high desert of Los Angeles. The sanctuary provides a home for life for an abandoned dog or cat found or born in the wilderness. DELTA is a no-kill shelter and sanctuary and provides a home for more than 1500 animals. The sanctuary cares for all animals’ needs their entire lives. D.E.L.T.A. has two veterinary hospitals with a full-time veterinary staff on the premises. They have state of the art equipment and they are able to give the animals the finest care possible. The rescued animals at DELTA are never adopted out. The philosophy of the founder is the animals have been through enough and a promise to them is made that he will not risk their safety and happiness again by adopting them out. National statistics show that most adoptive families only keep animals a mere 2 1/2 years. Which means the animals would soon find themselves in the pound or some other insecure situation. Once a DELTA resident, always a DELTA resident.

Dumb Friends League

Dumb Friends League is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. It was founded in 1910 and back then the name was chosen using a British reference of “dumb” as in those who cannot speak. Today it is the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountains, providing a strong, compassionate and steadfast voice for those who cannot defend or speak for themselves. Dumb Friends mission is to work with a compassionate community in ending pet homelessness and animal suffering. They support pet adoptions, pet surrender, spay and neuter services, lost & found, behavior help, end-of-life, investigations, and pet guardianship. DDFL supports not only dog and cat adoptions, but equine as well. It was founded in 1910 and the name was chosen using a British reference of “dumb” as in those who cannot speak.

FurKid Rescue

“From Death Row to Happy Homes” is FurKids motto. FurKid Rescue is a foster-based animal rescue organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. FurKids was founded in 2008, and have placed 700+ dogs, cats, and pigs in loving homes.The majority of the animals FurKid rescues are in dire situations and have very little chance of survival. Often times volunteers have rushed to shelters to pull dogs from the brink of death by euthanasia. They often lie awake at night worrying how they are going to save all of the animals. Their hearts break every time they can’t. Running a rescue takes an enormous amount of human and financial resources. Every bit of the donations received by FurKids goes toward their mission and is one more step toward sending another animal into a loving forever home where they can grow, thrive, and be loved. Without the help of donations, sponsors, fosters, and volunteers, FurKid would be unable to save the many lives that they do. This is the key to their success.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs is a nonprofit organization based in Williston, Florida. It got its start in 2010 by founder and Chief Executive Officer, Carol Borden. With her dedicated Board of Directors, employees and volunteers; they are unleashing the incredible power of service dogs. Guardian Angels utilize a positive-reinforcement training method and have a team of staff and volunteers that go to extreme measures to ensure that service dog and the recipient is a good match. No matter the disability, Guardian Angels strive to assist as many people as they can through the healing power of service dogs. They train medical service dogs to work with the challenges that may arise with many different disabilities, including PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), traumatic brain injury, seizures, glucose imbalance, mobility issues, and hearing impairment. They do not, however, train guide dogs due to the length of time the training requires. Guardian Angels have paired more than 180 trained medical service dogs with anxious and grateful recipients since 2010. At Guardian Angels, no recipient is ever charged for their service dog. The members and volunteers in this group truly are angles.

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

Guide Dog Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people who are blind, have low vision, or have other special needs. The Guide Dog Foundation has its training campus in Smithtown, NY on the original property that it was founded on, which is about 40 miles east of New York City. Their impressive campus consists of an obstacle course, a Japanese garden for students’ to enjoy, a puppy nursery, offices, and a state of the art kennel and puppy nursery. The Guide Dog Foundation provides guide dogs free of charge to blind people who seek improved mobility and independence. The Guide Dog Foundation also offers dedicated education vehicles to help society’s understanding of vision, visual impairment, blindness, and disability rights.

Homeward Bound Dog Rescue

Located in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota; Homeward Bound Dog Rescue is a private, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization concerned with the welfare of dogs and other animals. They are dedicated to the sheltering, fostering, and re-homing of homeless and unwanted animals. Every week Homeward Bound Dog Rescue has a wide variety of dogs and puppies up for adoption. The dogs have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested, and microchipped. They encourage visitors to attend adoption events and see if they can find the next addition to their family! Even after 20 years, non-profit organizations like theirs are accepting donations and looking for new volunteers. Their network of foster homes is in need of dog food, blankets, crates (all sizes), toys, and more. Their success is in direct proportion to the communities generosity of supplies, food, and time.

Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation

The Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation began with a couple of restaurant owners with a love for animals. At first, it was a few “lost” dogs needing a place to stay until they could find new homes of their own. Soon it grew into taking in dogs who were about to be euthanized in shelters and finding adoptive families for them. Finally, the efforts of founders Pamela McAlwee and Ross Underwood coalesced into the establishment of the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF)in 2001 and the opening of the “Lost Dog Ranch” in Sumerduck, VA. Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation: Helping Animals find their way since 2001. They are a non-profit animal rescue organization saving the lives of thousands of homeless and abandoned pets every year. They rescue dogs and cats facing euthanasia in overcrowded shelters and place them for adoption in loving homes. ALL of their animals are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. The Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation places about 2,000 dogs and cats each year into adoptive homes, for a total of more than 25,000 since 2001!

Each weekend, volunteers organize to run numerous adoption events in the Metro-DC area at PetSmart and PetCo stores. Before adoption, every animal is spayed or neutered and their vaccines are brought up to date. Other medical treatments, like deworming and care for injuries, are also conducted before the dogs and cats are offered up for adoption.

The 61-acre Lost Dog & Cat Ranch in Sumerduck, Virginia is where most cats and dogs await being adopted. Animals that require special care and those that are too young for adoption are placed in foster homes until they are ready for their permanent homes.

Patriot PAWS

The mission of Patriot PAWS is to train and provide service dogs at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)in an effort to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Patriot PAWS intends to build partnerships with local, state and national organizations to help develop and support this goal. Back in 2008, Patriot Paws began a program with prisons for service dog training at Texas Department of Criminal Justice. This program allows Patriot Paws to train more service dogs and allows inmates to build skills that can be used upon release. It also is a means for inmates to give back during their incarceration time. This partnership program has been extremely successful.

Pets for the Elderly

The Pets for the Elderly Foundation (PFE) is a 501 (c)(3) public charity on a mission to provide companionship to seniors through the adoption of animals. The program began in 1992 with only two shelters near Cleveland, Ohio. Since then the foundation has grown to national status. It has been instrumental in placing close to 57,000 animals in the homes and hearts of seniors. The Pets for the Elderly Foundation helps pay the fees to the various participating animal shelters throughout the United States for seniors 60 and over who adopt a companion dog or cat. Sadly, it has been found that loneliness is the most serious health condition of the elderly. Through Pets for the Elderly, this is certainly a curable condition. Caring for pets often gives seniors a purpose and something worthy to look forward to. Pets offer unconditional love and provide devoted companionship and joy to an otherwise lonely senior. In this program, both the animal and senior benefit immensely! Currently, 46 shelters in 27 states are participating in the Pets for the Elderly program.

PetSmart Charities

7 million pets enter shelters every year and sadly, 3 million never find homes. Petsmart Charities has set out to make that statistic a thing of the past. The goal of Petsmart charities is to find loving homes for every pet. With every adoption event, they get closer to that goal. PetSmart Charities finds loving homes for more than 500,000 dogs and cats each year. More than 3,000 animal welfare organizations partner with PetSmart Charities to save even more pets.


RedRover is a pet charity whose staff and volunteers provide love and understanding when animals and people are in need, crisis, and pain. Red Rover brings animals out of crisis and then work to discover new ways to strengthen the common bond between people and animals. They do this through RedRover Responders who provide shelter and care for animals displaced by natural disasters and other crises in the United States and Canada.

Another program, RedRover Readers, is a unique community-based literacy program that helps children understand the bond between people and animals through the use of stories and discussion.

RedRover Relief provides financial assistance and emotional support to pet guardians struggling with economic hardship when pets are in need of urgent emergency veterinary care, as well as support and resources to help victims of domestic violence escape their abusive environments with their pets.

Search Dogs Foundation

From Rescued…to Rescuer is their motto. Founded in 1996, the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, a non-governmental organization based in Santa Paula, California. Their mission 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. This organization creates and nurtures true heroes!

Warrior Canine Connection

Warrior Canine Connection uses a unique training program that helps recovering combat warriors in their transition from combat to civilian life. By training canines to be therapy dogs, a dual benefit occurs. Both warrior and service dog evolve from this connection. This results in well-trained service dogs and well-adjusted warriors. An absolute win-win! Consequently, fellow veterans that need trained service dogs receive them through Warrior Canine Connection. These veterans receive help for life through this incredible organization.

World Society for the Protection of Animals

WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) has moved the entire world to protect animals for the last 30 years. Their relentless determination to protect animals all over the world is absolutely amazing. “We protect the world’s animals. We always have, and we always will.” This is their operating mission statement. But every day, in every country, millions of innocent animals are in need. And the more people who know about this organization, the more animals they can reach, save, shelter, and protect. That’s why they needed their name to evolve into a clearer, more distinct representation of who they are. That’s why they are now known as World Animal Protection. This organization lives up to its name perfectly.

The Full List

  1. Abolitionist Approach
  2. ACTAsia
  3. Animal Defenders International
  4. Alaqua Animal Refuge
  5. Albert Schweitzer Foundation
  6. Animal League Defense Fund
  7. All-Creatures
  8. Alley Cat Allies
  9. America for Animals
  10. American Humane
  11. Animal Ethics
  12. Animal Unlimited
  13. Animal Equality
  14. Animal Justice
  15. Animal League
  16. Animals Australia
  17. Anonymous for Animal Rights
  18. American Pet Association
  19. Animal Protection and Rescue League
  20. Animal Rescue Foundation
  21. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  22. A Well-Fed World
  23. Animal Welfare Institute
  24. Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County
  25. Bald Is Beautiful Rescue
  26. Big & Little Dog Ranch Rescue
  27. Best Friends
  28. British Hen Welfare Trust
  29. Center for Biological Diversity
  30. Bless Be The Animals
  31. Blind Cat Rescue
  32. Born Free UK
  33. Born Free USA
  34. Coalition to Abolish Fur Trade
  35. The Canadian Farm Animal Care Trust
  36. Canine Estates
  37. Canine Welfare
  38. Citizens for Animal Protection
  39. Chinese Animal Protection Network
  40. Beyond Carnism
  41. Centre for Animals and Social Justice
  42. Canine Companions for Independence
  43. Certified Humane
  44. Compassion in World Farming
  45. Coastal Pet Rescue
  46. Compassion Over Killing
  47. Collectively Free
  48. Colorado Pet Pantry
  49. Common Sense for Animals
  50. Dumb Friends League
  51. Delta Rescue
  52. Dog Trust
  53. Compassionate Action for Animals
  54. Farm Forward
  55. Farm USA
  56. Faunalytics
  57. Fences for Fido
  58. Factory Farming Awareness Coalition
  59. Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisation
  60. Friends of Animals
  61. Furkid Rescue
  62. Golden Gate Basset Rescue
  63. Guide Dog Foundation
  64. Help Animals India
  65. Helping Out Pets Everyday
  66. Humane Farming Association
  67. Homeward Bound Rescue
  68. 600 Million Dogs
  69. 7th Heaven
  70. Animal Defense League Texas
  71. Animal Charities Evaluators
  72. Animal Law Coalition
  73. Animal Liberation Press Office
  74. Be Animal Heroes
  75. Companion Animal Protection Society
  76. Cruelty Free International
  77. Humane Food
  78. The Humane Society of the United States
  79. Italian Greyhound Club of America Rescue
  80. Kitten Associates
  81. Leave No Paws Behind
  82. Lost Dog and Cat Rescue
  83. Marine Mammal Center
  84. The Movement for Compassionate Livine
  85. Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs
  86. Mercy for Animals
  87. National Animal Interest Alliance
  88. The National Cat Protection Society
  89. No Kill Advocacy Center
  90. Non Human Rights Project
  91. Old Dog Haven
  92. Patriot Paws
  93. Paw Placement
  94. Paws Humane Society
  95. Performing Animal Welfare Society
  96. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
  97. Pets for the Elderly
  98. Pets for Vets
  99. PetSmart Charities
  100. Red Rover
  101. Alley Cat Rescue
  102. Save a Pet
  103. Search Dog Foundation
  104. Sentience Politics
  105. The Cat Network
  106. The Humane League
  107. The London Sanctuary
  108. The Sato Project
  109. Toronto Pig Save
  110. Underdog Rescue
  111. United States Association of Reptile Keepers
  112. Siamese Rescue
  113. Vebu
  114. Vegan Outreach
  115. Veganuary
  116. Vegetarian Society
  117. Association against Animal Factories
  118. Viva!
  119. Voiceless
  120. Warrior Canine Connection
  121. We Stand for Wildlife
  122. Welcome Home Dog Rescue
  123. Wild Animal Sanctuary
  124. World Animal Project

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  1. Hello
    I believe that people and animals should coexist peacefully, they should be protected by humanism and we should all take action.
    I would like to make a donation to your organization, but before I do so, can I get a copy of your non-profit decision letter? Are there any fees etc. associated with it, my wife told me that I have to confirm before I donate


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