The Gift of Giving: CCLA’s Top Charities to Donate to This Holiday Season

As the holiday’s are upon us, the gift of giving takes precedent as many of us want to spread joy, hope, and happiness to others. For this week’s blog, CCLA would like to outline the top 5 charities that we think are important for the future of wildlife, homeless, and abused animals. However, we understand that donating your hard earned money can be suspicious, as some charities have been known to pocket some, or most, of the donations. Therefore, we have presented charities that guarantee your donation helps the animals directly

1The Animal Welfare Institute

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The AWI is a phenomenal charity with a broad focus for all animals. For example, their main goals are to keep whaling illegal, to put an end to brutal conditions for animals raised for food, to improve conditions for animals that are used for research, to put an end to brutality when capturing and killing animals, to protect all species that are facing extinction, and to protect dogs, cats, and other companion animals from cruelty and violence at home. Additionally, AWI assures that 96% of donations go directly to servicing farm animals, lab animals, companion animals, marine life, and wildlife. If you wish to donate to AWI, you can do so  here.

2. PetSmart Charities

Unlike AWI, PetSmart Charities has a narrower—but important—focus: to help animals find loving homes in order to eliminate animal homelessness. PetSmart Charities does so, by helping companion animals find homes and prevent unwanted litters through spay and neuter programs. So far, PetSmart has helped 1 out of 10 pets find loving homes—a whopping 7 million pets with over 500,000 pets saved each year! If you’d like to donate to PetSmart Charities, you can do so here.

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3. Performing Animal Welfare Society

PAWS charity focuses on the wellbeing of performing animals. A lot of performing animals are malnourished, sick, and abused. It is PAWS’ main mission to protect performing animals, to give sanctuary to abused and retired performing animals, and to “enforce the best standards of care for all captive wildlife”. So far, PAWS has housed elephants, lions, tigers, bears, and one black leopard, here in California. If you wish to donate to PAWS, you can do so here.

4. D.E.L.T.A Rescue

This non-profit organization focuses on helping abandoned animals who were left in wilderness and deserts with no food or water. Unfortunately, pets are abandoned every single day and D.E.L.T.A is committed to providing food, medical care, and love to over 1,000 animals that have been abandoned. Unlike shelters, D.E.L.T.A does not kill due to overcrowding and they are the “largest, no-kill, and care-for-life sanctuary in the world. The Super Sanctuary sits on a 115-acre mountaintop and is currently home to 1,500 cats and dogs”. If you wish to donate to D.E.L.T.A Rescue, you can do so here. 

5. Best Friends Animal Society

Every day, at least 4,100 dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters in the United States alone. That’s why BFAS is dedicated to saving all animals in kill-shelters by “building community programs and partnerships all across the nation”. Best Friends has accomplished lessening the amount of animals killed in shelters every day by a whopping 91% and also houses a sanctuary in Utah for neglected and abandoned pets. Their goal is to abolish all kill-shelters by the year of 2025. If you wish to donate to BFAS, you can do so here.

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Above, we’ve listed the top charities that help protect farm, lab, marine, companion, abandoned, performing, and homeless animals. If you’d like to help save these helpless animals, don’t hesitate to donate to any of the above charities, as you can rest assured your money is going to the right place! If you have any other favorite charities you know or like to donate to, feel free to share them below!

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