Top Pet Charities Badge

'Tis the Season of Giving, and as we reflect back on the year 2013 we here at EntirelyPets want to recognize the people and organizations who have gone out of their way to look after the welfare of our furry friends.



This year we want to recognize 25 outstanding pet charities for their work in helping to improve the lives of cats, dogs, and other animals, along with their human caretakers. All animal charities are deserving of praise, of course, but these 25 charities are ones we feel deserve special recognition for their contributions to the lives of pets & pet owners.



Without further ado, we present the Top 25 Pet Charities of 2013.


Alley Cat Allies Golden Gate Basset Rescue Old Dog Haven
ASPCA Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Patriot PAWS
ARF Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind Pets for the Elderly
Best Friends Animal Society Humane Society PetSmart Charities
Common Sense for Animals Italian Greyhound Club of Ameirca Rescue PugSavers
D.E.L.T.A. Rescue Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation RedRover
Dogs Trust National Cat Protection Society Search Dogs Foundation
Dumb Friends League New Beginnings Animal Shelter The Cat Network
Friends of Animals North Shore Animal League America World Society for the Protection of Animals

Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies Logo
Website: www.alleycat.org
Location: United States
Founded: 1990
Mission: To transform and develop communities to protect and improve the lives of cats.

Alley Cat Allies is an advocacy group that is dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of all cats, including feral cats which they help out through their innovative Trap-Neuter-Release program. Based out of Bethesda, Maryland, Alley Cat Allies helps advocate and promote humane care for cats across the country.


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

ASPCA Logo
Website: www.aspca.org
Location: United States
Founded: 1866
Mission: To provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or ASPCA, founded in 1866, is one of the oldest pet charities in the Western hemisphere. They believe that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment from humans, and should be protected under the law. To this end they work nationally to rescue abused animals and advocate for the passing of humane laws.


Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)

Animal Rescue Foundation Logo
Website: www.arf.net
Location: Contra Costa County, California
Founded: 1991
Mission: To create a world where every loving dog and cat has a home, where every lonely person has a companion animal, and where children learn to care.

Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation has a very interesting story. Tony, then Manager of the Oakland A's came across a stray during a game between Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees. Tony captured the stray, and looked to place it in a local shelter, but found that there was not a single no-kill shelter in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. That event inspired Tony and his wife Elaine to create the ARF to find homes for abandoned animals and help control pet overpopulation through spaying & neutering programs.


Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society Logo
Website: www.bestfriends.org
Location: United States
Founded: 1984
Mission: To end shelter killing and Save Them All.

The Best Friends Animal Society has the ambitious goal of ending shelter killing and finding home for all the abandoned animals in America. Every year over 4 million homeless pets are killed in American shelters, and Best Friends works to prevent this as much as possible by helping to make animal adoption easier and promoting spaying & neutering programs to reduce the number of animals entering the nation's shelters.


Common Sense for Animals

Common Sense for Animals Logo
Website: www.commonsenseforanimals.org
Location: New Jersey
Founded: 1990
Mission: To promote animal welfare through education and community service.

Common Sense for Animals is a great organization that seeks to improve animal welfare through various educational programs. The group hosts a number of innovative educational outreach efforts such as providing educational tours to groups such as scouts, 4-H clubs, and Mom's clubs as well as hosting kid's parties to educate people about animal welfare.


D.E.L.T.A. Rescue

DELTA Rescue Logo
Website: www.deltarescue.org
Location: California
Founded: 1979
Mission: To serve as the largest no-kill, care-for-life sanctuary in the world.

D.E.L.T.A. Rescue is the largest animal sanctuary and no-kill shelter of its kind in the world, housing over 1,500 abandoned animals in its facilities in Southern California. Founded by Leo Grillo, 115-acre mountain top ranch is a haven for animals previously lacked a home.


Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust Logo
Website: www.dogstrust.org.uk
Location: United Kingdom
Founded: 1891
Mission: To work towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

Dogs Trust (formerly known as the National Canine Defence League) is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. The organization helps over 16,000 dogs a year through its network of rehoming centers, and they also help subsidize the cost of neutering pets and have educational programs across thousands of classrooms to educate students in the responsible care of dogs and pets.


Dumb Friends League (DDFL)

Dumb Friends League Logo
Website: www.ddfl.org
Location: Colorado
Founded: 1910
Mission: To provide shelter and care for animals, provide programs and services that enhance the bond between animals and people, and serve as advocates for animals, speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.

The Dumb Friends League has a long history, having been founded in 1910. Back then, the term "dumb" had a different meaning than it does today, and was used to refer to animals because they lacked the power of speech. Headquartered in Denver, the purpose of DDFL is to speak for those animals who cannot speak themselves through advocacy and educational programs.


Friends of Animals

Friends of Animals Logo
Website: www.friendsofanimals.org
Location: United States
Founded: 1957
Mission: To cultivate a respectful view of nonhuman animals, free-living and domestic and free animals from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation around the world.

Friends of Animals is a nationwide organization that advocates for animal rights issues across the US. In addition to supporting spaying & neutering programs for pets, the organization also looks after the welfare of fur-bearing animals and has a Wildlife Law Program to help animal and environmental activists to defend the rights of animals across the country.


Golden Gate Basset Rescue (GGBR)

Golden Gate Basset Rescue Logo
Website: www.ggbassetrescue.org
Location: Northen California
Founded: 2005
Mission: To rescue Basset Hounds from abusive, abandoned and unwanted situations

Golden Gate Basset Rescue is an organization dedicated to the protection and adoption of basset hounds all throughout Northern California. Originally founded under the Northern California Basset Hound Club, GGBR works to rescue and place dogs as far south as Monterey and as far north as the Oregon border of California.


Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs
Website: www.medicalservicedogs.com
Location: United States
Founded: 2010
Mission: To rescue, raise, train and then donating medical service/assistance dogs to mentally and/or physically impaired individuals to provide assistance, independence and improve the quality of life of both the recipient and the dog.

Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs is an amazing organization that helps both people and dogs. Guardian Angels works to train and pair dogs with people who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other disabilities. Through the dog pairing program, Guardian Angels helps to reduce suicide attempts and alcohol dependence for people suffering from mental disabilities, and creates a lifelong friendship between the dogs and their partners.


Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind Logo
Website: www.guidedog.org
Location: United States
Founded: 1946
Mission: To improve the quality of life for people who are blind, visually impaired, or with other special needs.

The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind is another great organization that helps both people and pets. The Guide Dog Foundation helps to improve the quality of life for people who are blind or visually impaired by providing guide dogs and training, free of charge, to people in need. The Guide Dog Foundation provides small classes and individualized instruction to help the visually impaired and their dogs work together as team and promote independence.


Humane Society

Humane Society Logo
Website: www.humanesociety.org
Location: United States
Founded: 1954
Mission: Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty.

The Humane Society of the United States is the country's largest animal protection organization, working to improve the welfare of not just pets but of animals across the country. The organization engages in animal rescue & care, animal advocacy to help pass animal friendly legislation, and operates and partners with a network of pet and animal shelters across the country to provide care for abandoned pets and animals.


Italian Greyhound Club of America Rescue

Italian Greyhound Club Logo
Website: www.italiangreyhound.org/pages/500rescue.html
Location: United States
Founded: 1954
Mission: To re-home Italian Greyhounds that have been abandoned at animal shelters, taken from abusive homes or surrendered to rescue due to the death or divorce of the former owner.

The Italian Greyhound Club of America is an organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of Italian Greyhounds across the country, and the IGCA Rescue is a re-homing service for Italian Greyhounds that have become abandoned or homeless due to various circumstances. Italian Greyhounds are placed in foster homes of volunteers of the IGCA, spayed & neutered, cared for, and re-homed with new, responsible owners.


Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF)

Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation Logo
Website: www.lostdogandcatrescue.org
Location: United States
Founded: 2001
Mission: To rescue abandoned or displaced dogs and cats from the threat of euthanasia in over-crowded shelters or other at-risk situations and places them for adoption into loving homes.

The Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation has the noble goal of preventing animals from being euthanized in shelters around the country. To this end, they rescue abandoned and displaced dogs & cats over-crowded shelters where they risk being euthanized, and look for proper and caring homes for the animals. The LDCRF ensures that all of the pets they save are spayed & neutered and fully vaccinated before finding caring homes for the rescued animals.


National Cat Protection Society

NatCat Logo
Website: www.natcat.org
Location: Southern California
Founded: 1968
Mission: To serve as a non-profit, no-kill cat shelter servicing Southern California.

The National Cat Protection Society (or NatCat for short) was founded by Richard Calore, a veteran of World War II who was inspired by a stray cat that kept him company while he was stuck in a French foxhole in the dead of winter. Inspired by his feline friend, he started NatCat on his return to the States, the organization serves as a safe haven for cats and kittens in the Southern California region, and also serves to educate people on the humane treatment of cats.


New Beginnings Animal Shelter (NBAS)

New Beginnings Animal Shelter Logo
Website: www.newbeginningsas.org
Location: Ohio
Founded: 2003
Mission: To rescue, rehabilitate and place domestic animals into stable homes, educate the public about the responsibilities of pet ownership in an attempt to alleviate the problem of unwanted pets, and build public awareness about the human-animal bond and its benefits to society

New Beginnings Animal Shelter is a pet shelter based in Ohio, with the purpose of rehabilitating lost and abandoned animals and finding a place for them in responsible and caring homes. NBAS is a no-kill animal shelter that does not participate in euthanasia except in cases of animals who have no chance of leading a quality life. The organization works through a foster home system, and is completely self-funded through donors and receives no assistance from the government.


North Shore Animal League America

North Shore Animal League America Logo
Website: www.animalleague.org
Location: United States
Founded: 1944
Mission: To build our hands-on rescue, rehabilitation and adoption efforts to save the lives of as many companion animals as possible - one at a time - and promote education to increase shelter adoptions, reduce animal cruelty and advance the highest standards in animal welfare.

The North Shore Animal League America is the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the US. Since 1944 the charity has worked to rescue and rehabilitate animals across the country, and works tirelessly to increase adoptions and reduce animal cruelty and euthanasia.


Old Dog Haven (ODH)

Old Dog Haven Logo
Website: www.olddoghaven.org
Location: Western Washington
Founded: 2004
Mission: To use a network of foster homes to provide a loving safe home for abandoned senior dogs.

Old Dog Haven is a charitable organization with the goal of finding homes for senior dogs in the Western Washington region of the US. ODH does this not through a shelter, but by taking in homeless dogs into foster homes and helping with the placement of the senior dogs. ODH also helps pet owners find new homes for their senior dogs through their website and through referrals.


Patriot PAWS

Patriot PAWS Logo
Website: www.patriotpaws.org
Location: United States
Founded: 2006
Mission: To train and provide service dogs of their highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence.

Patriot PAWS is an organization dedicated to helping American veterans by providing them with service dogs at no cost. The organization does this by helping to train service dogs and pairing them with veterans in need of assistance.


Pets for the Elderly

Pets for the Elderly Logo
Website: www.petsfortheelderly.org
Location: United States
Founded: 1992
Mission: To help pay the fees to participating animal shelters throughout the United States for senior citizens (age 60 and over) who adopt a companion dog or cat from a participating shelter.

One of the most serious conditions that older people suffer from is loneliness. Pets for the Elderly is a non-profit charity that helps to combat this illness by providing elderly people with pet companions at a discounted cost. Pets for the Elderly works with 52 participating shelters in 29 states to provide elderly people around the country with new companions.


PetSmart Charities

PetSmart Charities Logo
Website: www.petsmartcharities.org
Location: North America
Founded: 1988
Mission: To find a lifelong, loving home for every pet.

PetSmart Charities is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the welfare of homeless pets across North America. The organization works with other welfare groups across the US and Canada to help homeless pets find new homes, and also provides spaying and neutering services to reduce the number of homeless strays. The organization also helps to rescue pets with over 1,300 adoption centers across North America.


PugSavers

PugSavers Logo
Website: www.pugsavers.com
Location: Northern California
Founded: 2002
Mission: To rescue any pug or pug mix, regardless of age, temperament or health, and provide health care and treatment for all dogs who come into our rescue.

Everybody loves pugs, and PugSavers makes it its mission to rescue any pug or pug mix in the Northern California area. The organization rescues pugs from local shelters, provides care for them, and helps in finding "forever homes" for their charges. Additionally, PugSavers participates in advocacy for pugs as well as educating the general public about the breed, and working with other organizations who share their values.


RedRover

RedRover Logo
Website: www.redrover.org
Location: United States
Founded: 1987
Mission: To bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education.

RedRover (formerly known as United Animal Nations) is an organization dedicated to helping animals in crisis and providing them with care. To this end, the charity cares for animals displaced by natural disasters or rescued from bad situations, and provides financial assistance to pets that need urgent medical help.


Search Dogs Foundation (SDF)

Search Dogs Foundation Logo
Website: www.searchdogfoundation.org
Location: United States
Founded: 1996
Mission: Strengthening Disaster Response in America.

Search Dogs Foundation is an amazing organization that works to help both animals and people. The group takes shelter dogs and provides them with a home within the organization, training them to serve as emergency response dogs. The dogs then help people as first-responders in man made and natural disasters, helping to find and rescue people trapped under debris and rubble.


The Cat Network

The Cat Network Logo
Website: www.thecatnetwork.org
Location: South Florida
Founded: 1995
Mission: To help homeless cats in South Florida by getting out the word of the importance of spay/neuter and finding homes for adoptable cats and kittens.

The Cat Network is a pet charity based in South Florida that is working to reduce the overpopulation of stray cats in the region through spaying & neutering and various educational programs, as well as helping feral cats through its sterilization, vaccination, and release program.


World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)

WSPA Logo
Website: www.wspa-international.org
Location: Worldwide
Founded: 1981
Mission: To help create world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty has ended.

The World Society for the Protection of Animals in an international organization dedicated to animal welfare, with chapters in over 50 countries. The WSPA helps to protect animals across the world, including preventing rabies in 3rd world countries and preventing dogs from being used as food in many countries. In addition to helping pets, the organization works around the world to improve the conditions of animals and bring an end to animal cruelty.


And those are the top pet charities of 2013! The EntirelyPets team would like to thank all the charitable organizations on our list for their tireless work in helping to make the world a better place for both pets and people around the world!

Did we miss your favorite pet charity? Let us know about it in the comments, so we can consider them for next year's list!