My third article in my holiday series for charities and organizations that you may want to consider supporting this holiday season is focused on animal rescue and wildlife preservation. If you would like to see my first or second articles, please click here and here.
Bobbi & the Strays: As the story goes and is outlined in their website, in the summer of 1995, Roberta “Bobbi” Giordano was driving a street when she saw a car strike a dog. The car then drove away. She immediately went to the dog’s aid, took him to a vet, but the dog had a broken back and had to be put down. That moment became a defining life event for Bobbi and she quit her job and made it her full-time job to save animals. Bobbi & the Strays is a no-kill rescue animal shelter in New York.
Furkids Animal Shelter & Rescue: Furkids is based out of Atlanta and it operates the largest no-kill shelter in the Southeast for rescued cats. It also operates Sadie’s Place, which is a no-kill shelter for dogs. The mission of this organization is to rescue homeless animals, provide them medical care and a nurturing environment while they search for a forever home. This organization believes in healing the whole animal, physically and emotionally.
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs: This nonprofit is headquartered in Williston, Florida. Guardian Angels trains medical service dogs to mitigate the challenges associated with several disabilities, including: PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Traumatic Brain Injury, seizure disorders, glucose imbalance, mobility issues, hearing impairment and more. We do not train guide dogs, due to the length of their very specialized training.
Pets for the Elderly: This charity’s mission is to 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 was started in 1992 with two shelters close to Cleveland, Ohio. Today, it is a nation-wide program and had placed nearly 57,000 animals with families.
Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind: This charity has been in existence since 1946. And, since that time, it has been training and placing guide and service dogs with people. It has helped families for generations to provide their loved ones in need of a companion dog increased independence, companionship, and enhanced mobility.
Best Friends: The mission of this charity is to “bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets.” They work to end the killing in the shelters across our nation by creating community programs and partnerships. They seek to save all of the animals.
Patriot Paws: This organization began in a little storefront in 2006 in Rockwall, Texas. The founder had been working as a professional dog trainer when she was asked to help a group of veterans who were disabled veterans in training their dogs. After the experience, she was inspired to train and give high quality service dogs at no cost to disabled veterans. It also provides service dogs to others with mobile disabilities to help them restore their physical and emotional independence. I hope you’ve found one place which you will see as something you will support this holiday season.
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