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Top 50 Pet Charities of 2020

With the new year, comes a paw-some set of new charities. Check out our top Charities for 2020! Top 50 Pet Charities of 2020. This year we want to recognize 50 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 50 charities have been recommended by our fans and customers and are ones we feel deserve special recognition for their contributions to the lives of pets & pet owners.

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Alaqua Animal Refuge

Mission: To serve the Emerald Coast as: the premier no-kill refuge, providing protection, shelter and care to animals in need; a full-service animal adoption center; and a peaceful, proactive animal welfare advocate through educational outreach and community programs.

Alley Cat Allies

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)

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)

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  • 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.

Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County

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  • Location: Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Founded: 2005

Mission: The AWLMC operates and maintains a no-kill cat shelter in Montgomery County, MD. Since 2005 we have completed over 1,000 cat adoptions. Our homey adoption friendly shelter is located in Olde Towne Gaithersburg. We moved into this location in 2011 and modified the interior to have 5 group rooms for the cats and allow space for floor cats to roam throughout the building. We have cat trees at every window and large climbing trees in the central areas. We added an outside storage shed on the property. We utilize all of the building to make the cats in our care safe and comfortable, and to offer potential adopters space to meet the purrfect cat for their household.

Bald Is Beautiful Dog Rescue

Mission: Bald Is Beautiful Hairless and Small Breed Rescue, Inc. is a national 501c3 non-profit organization. We are an independent rescue whose members- all volunteers- have over 25 years of combined experience in the rescue and rehabilitation of dogs in need. Our members’ reasons for being in rescue are varied from being compassionate lifetime dog lovers to having bought that “cute little puppy in the window” only to have our hearts broken when they became ill from being born to sick mothers kept in deplorable conditions. Or when we sadly discovered that the “home raised” pups were, in reality, puppy mill puppies. Whatever brought us to BisB, we stay because we have seen our hard work and dedication pay off in changing the lives of so many deserving dogs.

Best Friends Animal Society

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.

Big Dog Ranch Rescue

Mission: Big Dog Ranch Rescue is a leader in the national animal welfare movement, through compassionate, innovative rescue practices and transformative educational programs. Our goal is to give the gift of life to as many dogs as humanly possible, enrich the lives of those who adopt them, and in doing so, help create a better world.

Blind Cat Rescue

Mission: Blind Cat Rescue was started in 2005 to serve as a safe place for blind cats that were deemed not adoptable by regular shelters. In 2011 we built a building to provide a safe sanctuary for FELV+ & FIV+ cats. We will accept an animal into our sanctuary IF we have space available. Blind cats must be certified by a vet as blind. Cats with 20% or less sight are accepted as blind. All cats must be fixed.

Canine Companions For Independence

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  • Location: Santa Rosa, California
  • Founded: 1975

Mission: Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions for Independence is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.

Give back to Canine Companions for Independence through their donation page.

Canine Estates

Mission: Canine Estates, Inc. is dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned, abused and injured dogs primarily from high kill shelters. We rehabilitate them, have them vaccinated, spayed or neutered. Our vision is to find loving homes for each dog.

Citizens for Animal Protection

Mission: Citizens for Animal Protection is a non-profit organization, founded in 1972, which shelters, rescues and places homeless animals for adoption with loving families. CAP advocates respect and compassion for animal life and provides humane education to help prevent cruelty to animals.

Common Sense for Animals

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

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

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.

Dogs Without Borders

Mission: To rescue stray and abandoned dogs from local and international shelters and find a happy forever home. Since its inception in 2006, DWB has placed over 4000 dogs into a loving home. Using the support of volunteers and donations, DWB stands behind their dogs offering their clients advice and tips for the duration of their dogs’ lives to guarantee happy and successful adoptions.

Dumb Friends League (DDFL)

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.

Fences For Fido

Mission: We create safer and improved conditions for chained dogs by providing shelter, veterinary care, and spay and neutering services when necessary. We work to educate families on how to best care for their four-legged family members during the heat of the summer and the cold, wet winter months. With more than 800 dogs already unchained since May 2009, the mission of Fences For Fido continues. With generous help from our volunteers and donors, FFF hopes to share many more success stories.

Friends of Animals

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.

FurKid Rescue

Mission: Fur Kid Rescue is a small, private home-based rescue located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We officially started our organized rescue efforts in the Spring of 2008, but have been rescuing and working with other rescue groups and local shelters for over 5 years.

Golden Gate Basset Rescue (GGBR)

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

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 Dogs for the Blind

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.

Helping Our Pets Everyday (HOPE)

Mission: Formed by the desire to save lives, and as advocates for all canine and feline animals, guided in the spirit of being the caretakers of God’s creatures, stewards to young people through example and leadership, entrusted with educating the public on spaying and neutering, empowered through volunteer dedication, and committed in our mission to make a difference.

Homeward Bound Dog Rescue

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  • Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota
  • Founded: 1991

Mission: We are dedicated to the sheltering and fostering of homeless and unwanted animals. In addition, we take pride in the fact that we are a no-kill rescue and placement program that does not euthanize our animals if they are not adopted within a certain length of time. Homeward Bound has been in existence since 1991 and has rescued well over 12,800 dogs, cats, and other animals. Homeward Bound promotes responsible adoption and care of companion animals. We seek out well matched permanent homes for our loving and deserving animals.

Humane Society

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.

Kitten Associates

Mission: Kitten Associates is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the welfare of cats & kittens in high-risk situations. We rescue and place in our foster care network cats and kittens at high risk of dying either because they’re in overcrowded high-kill shelters or from dangerous situations where they’re abandoned strays living outdoors.

Leave No Paws Behind

Mission: Leave No Paws Behind is an all breed rescue, specializing in seniors and pets with special needs. When possible we step up, most times in the “11th” hour when all hope is gone, to help save the lives of those that are in most danger of being left behind to die on a cold shelter floor. LNPB provides hospice care, comfort, love and a safe haven for the terminally ill and the hard core cases and we try to assure that no senior animal is left to die alone wondering.

Lost Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation (LDCRF)

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

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.

New Beginnings Animal Rescue

Mission: Through community awareness and education, we hope to promote humane and responsible pet ownership, the importance of spaying and neutering animals, and the proper care and treatment of animals.

North Shore Animal League America

Mission: To create a future in which all companion animals find responsible, loving homes where they are free from abuse, hunger, fear, and loneliness and receive the care and respect they deserve. Since 1944, North Shore Animal League America has been saving the lives of defenseless dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens — over 1,000,000 to date.

Old Dog Haven

Mission: To provide loving safe homes for senior dogs, age 8 and up, in western Washington, who have been abandoned or will become homeless at this stage of their lives. Old Dog Haven intend to keep these dogs as healthy and comfortable as possible by providing excellent veterinary care, without heroic measures intended only to extend life. They are committed to helping these dogs find peace in their last years, regardless of our judgment of the humans who have left them.

Patriot Paws Service Dogs

Mission: To train and provide service dogs to disabled veterans. Located in Rockwall, Texas, a group of volunteer puppy raisers train these specific needs assist dogs and placing them in about 10-15 different homes each year.

Paws Placement

Mission: To reduce euthanasia of homeless cats and dogs through rescue, adoption and education about responsible pet guardianship. Paws Placement works with adopters to find their perfect animal matches and conduct only quality adoptions and provide follow-up guidance and training if needed to make sure relationships between adopter and pet are successful.

Paws Humane Society

Mission: To enrich the lives of both animals and people as a solution-based community resource for animal welfare by providing high-volume and high quality spay/neuter, rescue and adoption services, volunteer opportunities, outreach, and education. Founded in 2009, Paws Humane has been saving the lives of animals in need for nearly 10 years. Paws Humane is the largest companion animal welfare organization in the region and is committed to assuring its community has a comprehensive adoption program and affordable veterinary services.

Pets for The Elderly

Mission: To provide companionship to senior individuals through pet ownership, while saving the lives of companion animals in shelters; animals which might otherwise be destroyed due to lack of appropriate homes, and space limitations. The program began in 1992 with two shelters near Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, PFE has seen great success and has grown to a nationwide program. PFE branched out nationally in 2002, and has helped successfully place over 78,000 companion animals with senior adopters.

Petsmart Charities

Mission: To create a world in which every pet has a lifelong, loving home. PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities® of Canada are nonprofit animal welfare organizations that save the lives of homeless pets. More than 500,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption programs in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding spay/neuter services that help communities solve the problem of pet overpopulation.


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  • Location: Sacramento, CA
  • Founded: 1987

Mission: To always be on the lookout for animals in need. RedRover provides soft hands and warm hearts when animals and people are in crisis and pain, while seeking opportunities to work collaboratively with agencies and other organizations to further our mission. Using innovative solutions to prevent animal cruelty and neglect, RedRover is educating youth and building a more compassionate future through the power of empathy, resilience and the human-animal bond.

Save A Pet Florida, Inc

Mission: To provide medical care to injured and abandoned animals, community cats and pets of families in financial distress, and to provide quality homes to companion animals.

Search Dog Foundation

Mission: To strengthen disaster response in America by rescuing and recruiting dogs and partnering them with firefighters and other first responders to find people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters. SDF offers professionally trained canines and an ongoing training program at no cost to fire departments. They ensure lifetime care for every dog in the program: once rescued, these dogs never need to be rescued again. There are currently 69 SDF-trained Search Teams located in Baja California, California, Florida, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Virginia. Thanks to Mutual Aid Agreements between counties, cities and states, these precious, life-saving resources can be shared regionally and nationally to make sure that when disaster strikes, no one is left behind.

Siamese Rescue

Mission: To rescue homeless and abandoned Siamese cats and re-home them in carefully screened, permanent situations. This nationwide effort to rescue Siamese before they are euthanized at shelters requires an enormous amount of time, energy, and money. You won’t find a more dedicated group of individuals willing to put forth everything they have to save this wonderful breed.

The Cat Network

Mission: To find loving, permanent homes for homeless cats who have few or no options for positive outcomes. Since 1991, The Cat Network has rescued and placed thousands of abandoned, abused, stray, and shelter cats and kittens in St. Louis, Missouri and surrounding areas. After their rescue, the cats and kittens are provided medical care, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, tested for feline leukemia and FIV, microchipped, dewormed, and given a flea treatment. Cats and kittens are kept in foster care and then placed in loving, permanent homes.

The London Sanctuary

Mission: To provide a safe haven for elderly and unwanted Dalmatians, as well as other at-risk, large to medium-sized breeds, as space and funds permit. Special consideration is given to hounds of all types, which are also greatly at risk in northeast Florida.

The Sato Project

Mission: To rescuing abused and abandoned dogs in Puerto Rico, locally referred to as “satos”. Since its inception in 2011, The Sato Project has largely focused its efforts on a place unfortunately known as “Dead Dog Beach” in the municipality of Yabucoa, one of the island’s poorest. We have rescued over 2,800 dogs to date, rehabilitated them with the highest standards of veterinary care and placed them in loving homes in the mainland U.S.

Underdog Animal Rescue

Mission: To eliminate the euthanasia of adoptable animals by providing for the rescue, spay/neuter, foster care, and adoption of homeless pets. By doing this, we can help decrease the number of dogs put down every year due to overpopulation. Not only is adopting a dog rewarding, but your choice to adopt allows rescues like theirs to continue saving pets.

Wags and Walks

Mission: To break the stigma that rescue dogs are damaged goods and to help decrease the number of dogs euthanized in local shelters by showing the community that you can find wonderful dogs of all breeds and sizes through rescue. That value has remained consistent as the rescue has continued to grow. Since their inception in 2011, Wags & Walks has placed over 3,000 dogs and now have a permanent home on the west side.

Warrior Canine Connection

Mission: To break the stigma that rescue dogs are damaged goods and to help decrease the number of dogs euthanized in local shelters by showing the community that you can find wonderful dogs of all breeds and sizes through rescue. That value has remained consistent as the rescue has continued to grow. Since their inception in 2011, Wags & Walks has placed over 3,000 dogs and now have a permanent home on the west side.

World Animal Protection

Mission: To end the needless suffering of animals. To influence decision makers to put animals on the global agenda. Tohelp the world see how important animals are to all of us. To inspire people to change animals’ lives for the better. To move the world to protect animals.