Some animals are our best friends and have taken on roles that we don’t dare venture into. Unfortunately, these living creatures do not have a voice of their own. You may have a pet that you love and care for but there are countless others that are suffering. Many don’t get to eat nutritious food. Most get sick without ever getting seen by a veterinarian. Others get cramped in shelters where they await their fate. Some may go to a loving home, while others may not be so lucky that they have to be put down. Such is the sad fate of God’s other creations that we, being responsible individuals, should also take care of them. It is impossible to take care of ALL animals. But, you can do your part by giving to animal charities. The question now is which charity organization you should give to?
Local Shelters and Rescue Organizations
One of the best animal charities that you can support are the local shelters and rescue organizations that you have in your place. There are two general kinds of animal shelters at the municipal level. These are municipal shelters and private shelters. As the name implies, municipal shelters obtain their funding from taxpayers’ dollars. While government-funded, it is still possible to provide assistance if you wish. You will need to ask your local shelter how you can contribute.
If you want to make a real difference, your best shot is to support local privately-funded animal welfare organizations, animal rescues, and shelters. They do not have the luxury of a steady flow of an operating budget. They often rely on various fundraising activities such as individual memberships, donation drives, fundraising dinners, and merchandise sales, among others. There are local private animal shelters that source their funds from grants that other organizations provide. You can choose to help these local charities.
If there is no local animal shelter or rescue organization in your community, then you may want to look at national organizations. The same is true if you think there is no problem with the welfare of animals in your locality. You can always help other communities elsewhere all over the United States by supporting national organizations.
On that note, it would be wise to start with the state level. Most states have their respective animal charities. If not on a state level, then metropolitan areas and major cities often have such organizations. The rationale behind such an approach is for you to contribute to the welfare of animals within your state first. When you support these organizations, you can be sure that your contributions will go to the provision of welfare services to these animals. This can lead to an improvement in the lives of the fauna in your state.
However, if there is no issue with animal welfare in your state, then you can support national organizations. These are charities that operate throughout the United States. Some of them can have offices in each state while others may limit their presence to only select cities all over the country. Regardless, they can have numerous activities that advance the wellbeing and protection of different species of animals. Your contribution can help.
Open Admission Shelters
There is a kind of animal shelter that accepts all kinds of animals regardless of the shelter’s occupancy. The traditional policy is to never accept an animal if the shelter no longer has space for it. Open admission shelters do not turn away animals due to space constraints. As long as they need help, these shelters open their doors to these animals.
Unfortunately, there are instances when the influx of animals is too great that it already strains the resources of the shelter. In such instances, the organization will have no choice, but to put down some of the animals.
One way you can support open admission shelters is by helping their animals find new homes. You can help with the posting of these animals so that other pet-loving families will know about them. Another way people can help is by giving to the shelter. Since one of the reasons why open admission shelters may resort to euthanasia is because they no longer have the resources to sustain the animals. Giving some of your dollars can go a long way towards providing for these animals.
No-Kill Animal Shelters
While shelters are not animal charity organizations, they do look after the welfare of those that some individuals have neglected or been cruel to. One type of shelter that is getting a lot of exposure is no-kill animal shelters. As the name implies, these organizations will not euthanize pets and other animals under their care. As long as the creature is healthy and adoptable, they will care for it for as long as possible.
This is one of the major drawbacks of these types of shelters. They will never kill the animal. Unfortunately, this also means that they will not accept creatures that have health problems or serious behavioral issues. These are factors that make them unfit for adoption. And if the shelter happens to be already full, then then can no longer accept additional animals.
Regardless, your contribution can help in paying for the nutrition, grooming, and basic health care needs of these creatures. At the very least, you are helping some of the animals.
International Wildlife Conservation Organizations
There are also wildlife conservation groups that you can donate to. These organizations or foundations have very diverse platforms. Their main goal is in the protection of wildlife and their respective habitats. By taking care of the ecosystem in which these animals live, conservation organizations are able to ensure the survival of a diverse animal life.
Contributing to these charities means you will never know which program of the organization your donation will go. It can be in policy advocacy, government relations, wildlife protection, or any other program that the organization may have. Nevertheless, it is still a worthy endeavor.
We live in a world where animals do not enjoy the same freedoms and privileges that we humans have. Yet, we all share Mother Nature’s resources with them. Giving to animal charities can help give back to Mother Nature and take care of her other creations.