20 Amazing Pet Charities – Local & Global

20 Amazing Pet Charities – Local & Global
20 Jun 2015

Do you love animals and are looking for a way to ‘give back’ to those in need?

It doesn’t matter where you are, there are a number of amazing charities that help animals on local and global levels. Here are 20 charities that have inspired us:

Morris Animal Foundation

MAF provides funding and support for animal cancer research. 60% of Golden Retrievers die of cancer and thanks to MAF, the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is currently underway. This unique study is monitoring the health of 3,000 Goldens for life; hoping to learn more about how cancer develops and how it can be treated or prevented.

World Vets

World Vets is the animal version of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders). They provide disaster relief support for pets, livestock and the people who live with them. Their main focus is education, spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, livestock and animal husbandry, and civil-military humanitarian aid.

People’s Animal Welfare Society Canada

Established in 1972, PAWS Canada has a strict no-kill policy and does not give up on animals that have special needs. They recognize that cats with life-long diseases such as FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus or “feline AIDS”) or FeLV (Feline Leukemia virus) can live long, healthy lives. These cats are not euthanized and instead are adopted or fostered into appropriate homes.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The RSPCA is the oldest animal welfare charity in the UK. It provides funding, education and support to local rescue groups. Donors can choose to help on a local or global level through the RSPCA.  They also coordinate volunteers and foster families for rescued pets of all species.

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Colorado Reptile Humane Society

Sadly, reptiles need rescues too. This unique humane society provides medical care and appropriate housing for pet snakes, turtles, lizards and even a few amphibians. They also provide education for reptile enthusiasts and are deeply involved in conservation efforts for our scaly friends.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Guide dogs are instrumental in providing mobility assistance for blind or partially sighted individuals. This UK-based association provides guide dogs at little to no cost for those in need. They also ensure that the dog is cared for throughout his or her life – offering financial assistance for necessities like dog food and veterinary care.

Action Aid for Animals

This UK-based animal charity benefits strays in both Croatia and the UK. They are currently raising money for a new Animal Ambulance – a mobile unit used to provide medical care to strays in Croatia. Their charitable focus is on vaccination, spay/neuter and rescue. They also transport adoptable dogs from Croatia to their new homes in the UK.

Greek Animal Rescue

Greek Animal Rescue has been busier than ever, owing in part to the recent Eurozone Debt Crisis. Austerity measures have hit hard and many animal shelters have lost funding. Thanks to this organization, Greek homeless pets are continuing to receive support and a lucky few are re-homed throughout the EU.

Homeward Bound Project of Mississippi

In 2007, three veterinary students noticed that animal shelters had a high kill rate in the Southern US, while in the Northeast rescues had space available for adoptions. They then created a network that identifies and transports adoptable dogs and cats from the rural South to rescues in the Northeast. As of July 2015, they have rescued over 3,700 pets!

Cedar Hill Animal Sanctuary

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many cats lost their homes and were not reunited with their families. Cedar Hill Animal Sanctuary stepped up to help these cats by providing long-term medical care, food, housing and enrichment. They also rescue and care for big cats, horses, dogs and birds.

Help Animals India

This US-based charity provides support and funding for efficient and effective animal protection charities in India. Their main projects include providing for spay/neuter programs, rabies vaccination, and maintenance of animal shelter facilities. Hundreds of thousands of dogs have been vaccinated and sterilized thanks to this charity.

Second Chance Horse Rescue

Operating in Western Australia, Second Chance tackles the large financial and physical commitment of running a successful equine rescue. It has rescued over a hundred horses in the last decade and provides long-term veterinary care, housing and adoptions for unwanted and abused horses of all ages.

Alley Cat Allies

Cat lovers have many reasons to adore this next charity. Based in Maryland, USA, their Trap-Neuter-Release sterilization program provides vaccination, veterinary care and population control for feral cats. Alley Cat Allies also advocates for all felines and their humane treatment across the US.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The ASPCA is the American version of the RSPCA, rescuing abused animals and advocating for stronger animal welfare and cruelty laws. They also provide excellent educational materials for the public, including their Animal Poison Control hotline and free website.

The Irish Blue Cross

The Blue Cross in Ireland was established in 1945 and works to promote the welfare of pets through low or no-cost spay/neuter and vaccination programs. A Blue Cross-sponsored horse ambulance is on stand-by at every racing event and many large horse shows in Ireland.

PetSmart Charities

American ‘big-box’ pet store PetSmart (gives back through this large charity. Every year they find homes for over 400,000 pets! They also provide grants for local shelters and spay/neuter programs throughout the US.
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Dogs on Deployment

Military members often have trouble finding someone to care for their pet while they are on deployment or on long-term training assignments. Dogs on Deployment is a network of volunteers and businesses who foster military pets, giving them a loving home and medical care while their parent is away.

Search Dog Foundation

This California-based non-profit pairs rescued dogs with firefighters or search and rescue teams across the US, at no cost to the taxpayer. They work to identify canine candidates and train them for service.

Christian Veterinary Mission

This faith-based organization in the US and Canada employs veterinarians and support staff for mission trips around the globe. These veterinary teams provide medical care and emergency relief services for multiple species, from dogs and cats to donkeys and yaks.

The Donkey Sanctuary

For 45 years the Donkey Sanctuary has supported rescue and the welfare of donkeys and mules in the UK and abroad. They also sponsor a successful foster care program as well as a donkey-assisted therapy program for people in need.

These and many other worthy organizations are waiting for your help. No matter what type of animal you love, there is a charity out there who shares your sentiment. Take the time to research and share the blessings that you have with those who cannot help themselves. It will make you feel good inside and many donations are tax-deductible to boot! If you support any other charities which have not been mentioned above, please share their details in the comments below! 


Deborah Shores

Deborah Shores, DVM, is an American Veterinarian and a 2008 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, minor in Chemistry, from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, USA. As a child, she was obsessed with horses and received her very own mare, named Ivy, at the age of 10. She wanted to become a vet at the age of 13, when her beloved horse had to undergo a complicated eye surgery at the University of Georgia. The veterinary surgeons allowed her to watch the procedure in the operating theatre and she was hooked! As a military spouse, she has lived throughout the USA, in Poland and Japan. In the last 6 years, Dr. Shores has worked as a clinical veterinarian for dogs, cats, small mammals and non-human primates (macaque monkeys) and as a freelance writer. She has also taught anatomy and physiology as an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort. Her passion is educating animal lovers about pet care and common animal diseases. She currently has two mischievous tabby cats, Hummer and Piper. Both cats are also world travelers and enjoy basking in the warm afternoon sun.

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