Every year, numerous families receive a pet for Christmas. The initial joy of holding something furry, sweet, and with the potential to be your companion for years to come is probably one of the most endearing feelings.
Sadly, many families forget that, in order to give a pet as a gift, they need to be prepared with the expenses they come with so they can have a quality life experience. So, they end up in animal shelters (or worse — pet stores), where they are shown off behind the bars of cages too small for them.
It’s heart-wrenching to see these animals end up in shelters; thankfully, there are ways you can help. For one, you can adopt them. But I know that’s not always as easy as it sounds for everyone and their situation.
So, the second-best alternative is to support animal shelters and animal protection organizations through some kind of donation, whether it’s monetary or with your time. Keep in mind that it is important to support all animals and not just the ones that are locally available to you.
Since we are in the midst of the holiday season, it’d be amiss if that holiday joy doesn’t make it the heart of animals.
Check out the animal-focused organization you can support this holiday season below.
Its mission is to ensure animals’ safety, welfare, and well-being. There are plenty of things you can do to help them. Keep in mind that it is tax-deductible if you decide to donate.
According to their site, The Animal Welfare Institute seeks better treatment of animals everywhere— in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home, and in the wild. They focus on replacing animals in research, reducing the number of animals being studied while redefining the care and treatments of animals used for testing and education. Donations made to them are also tax-deductible.
This organization is one of my favorites because they focus on the needs of animals worldwide. Whether it’s a wild or domestic animal, they will make sure they advocate for them by helping reduce commercial exploitation of animals, protecting wildlife habitats, and assisting animals in distress.
Though this is one of the small nonprofit organizations that cater to animals, its impact is astronomical. The organization, founded by Elizabeth Hedges, provides emergency funding for life-saving veterinary care for low-income families. It’s no secret that vet bills are alarmingly high and can give us as much of a scare as our pets feeling ill. This is why Hedges started this nonprofit — she understood that had she not had the money to have her pet go to life-saving surgery, they would’ve died. People who choose to donate to “For the Love of Alex Inc.” get the opportunity to donate to pets in need that can be found on the website.
As stated on their page, WildAid’s mission is to protect wildlife from illegal trade and other imminent threats. Their work is composed of reducing global consumption of wildlife products and increasing local support for conservation efforts. All donations are tax-deductible as well.
The holiday season is the season of giving, and all animals deserve to be given a second chance.