Across the United States in animal shelters almost 5,500 dogs and cats are euthanized daily, so every dog charity that can reduce (hopefully to zero) those numbers is a welcome and wonderful change in the world. From that approach, it’s hard to determine the “best” ones when there are so many doing good. But here are some interesting charities we found that you might like to check into further.
Hope for Paws is based in Los Angeles and is a 501 C-3 non-profit charitable animal rescue organization. They rescue dogs as well as all other suffering animals both in shelters and on the streets. Animals at Hope for paws are fostered in homes without cages with the goal of finding families where they can live the rest of their lives. They also focus on education about fair and good treatment of animals.
The Humane Society of Ventura County in Ojai, California saw a lot of action as 2017 drew to a close with all of the wildfires burning in the area. They even found a famous name loosely attached to it as a friend of Keanu Reeves who lives in Ojai had to relocate temporarily to his home in Los Angeles along with her rescue dog. That friend took the time on social media to mention the facility and request donations on their behalf.
RedRover (United Animal Nations)
RedRover’s headquarters is in Sacramento, California, but they have responders program shelters in many locations that help during natural disasters as well as hoarding cases and criminal seizures. Their primary focus is helping during crisis situations including resources and financial help for pet owners when they are in economic difficulty.
Leo Grillo founded this organization and continues to serve as its president. They house approximately 1,500 animals (800 or so of them are dogs) – all of them rescued by Grillo personally. Delta is a "No Kill, Care-For-Life" sanctuary. The facility is in the wilderness area, but their mailing address is in Glendale, California. On their premises, they have two veterinary hospitals and full-time staff manning it.
Moving away from California, Best Friends is located in Kanab, Utah (only a few hours north of the Grand Canyon). They have a sanctuary where they help rescues, but they also have a “Save Them All” goal to decrease those daily deaths to homeless animals.
The Animal Welfare Institute is not a shelter. Instead, it has the mission of education and legislation, so research facilities don’t use animals for testing, banning steel traps, ending puppy mills, and ending the dog meat trade. They also work to prevent dogs from being chained up outside without any reprieve.
Underdog is located in St. Louis, Minnesota and has been around since 2000 when it was founded by Shannon McKenzie. They rescue and then work to place both dogs and cats. This organization helps many animals that traditionally were overlooked by other organizations, ones she identified as the “Underdogs.”
Friends of Animals has been around for more than 60 years with a mission to stop the exploitation of animals, ending puppy mills, and other ways that people turn pets into only a means of making money. They spend a lot of their energy and resources on a spay/neuter program partnering in 34 states with about 700 veterinarians. Over time, they have helped provide that help for 2.5 million procedures.
This is probably the biggest pet charity in the US, funded by the PetSmart corporation. They work to end pet homelessness in the US by putting pets up for adoption through their locations, and also funding spay/neuter programs.
Your Local Animal Shelter
Just as a reminder, the local shelter where you live is doing great work for dogs and cats where you live. Send them a donation, drop by to help for a few hours each month, or go by to see if there’s a pet you just cannot resist and want to offer a loving home to.