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10 Pet Charities to Donate to This Giving Tuesday

A way to pay it forward to our furry friends.

by Madeleine Aggeler
November 29, 2021
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After all of the indulgence of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, it can feel good to pay our good fortune forward. That’s where Giving Tuesday comes in. Started in 2012 by Henry Timms of the 92nd Street Y in New York City, the initiative encourages people to do good, and put some of their time and money towards worthy causes. While there are thousands of charitable organizations doing great work out there, for those of you interested in helping out pets specifically, we put together a list of pet charities that you could donate to on this Giving Tuesday.

1. Rescue Rebuild

A charity that helps renovates shelters to be more pet-friendly

Rescue Rebuild is a program that recruits volunteers to help renovate and rebuild animal shelters around the country to make them more hospitable for pets. They also help renovate domestic violence and homeless shelters to make them more animal friendly so that the people checking into these spaces can keep their beloved pets with them.

If you would like to donate to and learn more about Rescue Rebuild, click here.

2. Paws for Life

A program that pairs dogs in need with inmates who can help train them

Paws for Life is a California-based charity that takes dogs in need of socialization from city and county shelters from around the state, and pairs them with incarcerated individuals who have undergone rigorous training to become dog trainers. Some of the dogs are trained to be Service Dogs for military veterans struggling with PTSD. Others are prepared for their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification, and then adopted out to families.

If you would like to donate to and learn more about Paws for Life, click here.

3. America’s Vet Dogs

A program that provides service dogs for wounded veterans

America’s Vet Dogs is a New York-based charity that helps place specially trained service dogs with veterans and first responders in need, at no cost. They offer service and guide dogs that can help with PTSD, hearing and vision loss, seizure disorders, and physical injuries. As they say: “Our mission is to help those who have served our country honorably live with dignity and independence. “

If you would like to donate to and learn more about America’s Vet Dogs, click here.

4. The Mr. Mo Project

An organization that helps senior dogs get adopted and properly cared for 

The Mr. Mo Project is dedicated towards providing aid for elderly dogs that are often abandoned or surrendered to shelters due to the increased price of their care. Started by couple, Mariesa and Chris, after their own personal heartbreaking experience caring for their senior dog Mo, the organization partners with rescue affiliates and volunteers to provide lifelong support by paying vet bills. With participants in New York, Ohio, and Florida, The Mr. Mo Project is striving to make a national impact improving the welfare of older dogs across states.

If you would like to donate to and learn more about The Mr. Mo Project, click here.

5. Texas Coalition for Animal Protection

An organization that provides affordable healthcare for pets

When the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) was started in 2002, its original focus was on providing affordable spaying and neutering services for pets. Since then, it’s expanded to provide a range of other services, including dental cleanings, heartworm prevention, and microchipping for pets whose owners might not be able to afford these services otherwise. According to their website, the TCAP’s costs are typically 70% lower than what typical veterinary clinics charge.

If you would like to donate to and learn more about the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection, click here.

6. Neighborhood Cats

A group that helps manage and care for feral cats

The New York City group Neighborhood Cats has been at the forefront of developing best practices to deal with feral and stray cats for years. Specifically, the group helps facilitate Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) efforts around the city. Cats are gathered up and taken to veterinary clinics where they are spayed or neutered, and vaccinated. Then, those that are not suitable for adoption are returned to their original habitat, where, because they’ve been neutered, the population of strays is less likely to grow, and they’re less likely to engage in nuisance behavior. It’s good for the cats, and good for the neighborhood!

If you would like to donate to and learn more about Neighborhood Cats, click here.

7. Feeding Pets of the Homeless

An organization that helps those experiencing homelessness to care for their pets

Feeding Pets of the Homeless is a national nonprofit that helps people experiencing homelessness access food and emergency healthcare for their beloved pets. It provides pet food donation sites, wellness clinics, and pet crates, so that people can keep their pets by their side, and make sure they stay healthy and happy. As the website says: “Homeless individuals tell us that their pets offer them unconditional companionship. Their pets, just like your pet, offers them comfort, loyalty and love in the form of licks and wagging tails. “

If you would like to donate to and learn more about Feeding the Pets of the Homeless, click here.

8. Good Flights

A program that airlifts pets to safety

Good Flights is a part of the Greater Goods charities which focuses on transporting at-risk animals to safety with airlifts as well as ground transportation. Specifically, the program focuses on transporting animals from overcrowded shelters to ones where there is plenty of space, and they have a better chance of getting adopted. It also helps evacuate pets out of disaster areas, and has recently committed to treating and transporting thousands of asymptomatic heartworm positive dogs so that they can be adopted into forever homes.

If you would like to donate to and learn more about Good Flights, click here.

9. Stray Cat Alliance

An organization that cares for community cats and finds forever homes for adoptable pets

Stray Cat Alliance save the lives of cats in a number of ways: They find foster and forever homes for homeless kitties through their adoption program (1,800 in 2020!), manage feral cat colonies by conducting targeted Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) efforts in South Los Angeles neighborhoods, donate food to community cat caregivers, and take in newborn kittens from local shelters who need to be bottle fed to survive. They also partner with Cat Cafe Lounge, who showcase their adoptable cats.

If you would like to donate to and learn more about Stray Cat Alliance, click here.

10. Unchain OK

An organization dedicated to reducing the number of animals living on chains

Unchain OK is a volunteer-based organization focused on ending one of the most common forms of animal abuse — chaining. Chained dogs often face emotional and mental challenges due to the isolation it creates. Beyond that, chained animals are easy targets for abusers and predators. Unchain OK works to educate pet owners of the dangers associated with chaining dogs, while also providing alternatives and other basic needs including doghouses, straw, food and trolleys. 

If you would like to donate to and learn more about Unchain OK, click here.

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Madeleine Aggeler

Madeleine Aggeler is a freelance journalist and copywriter in Austin, Texas. Previously, she was a writer at New York magazine’s The Cut. She lives with her dog, Cleo, who works primarily as a foot warmer.