During this season of giving, whether you’re searching for something for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list or you just want to help someone in need, donating to a non-profit organization is a great way to spread Christmas cheer. This year, consider helping one of these animal shelters and rescues by purchasing items from their wish lists or making a donation to a shelter in your community.
Posted by Lauren Barker
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League
The Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League of the Palm Beaches aims to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals. The rescue offers medical services including a spay and neuter program, and they work to educate the public on how to best care for all living creatures. There is currently a critical need for supplies this holiday season including items like Canine Carryouts Dog Treats and Snuggle Safe heating pads which go home with every kitten. These donations can be dropped off at the West Palm Beach location, or you can choose which area of the rescue you’d like to contribute to by browsing one of their online wish lists, and items will be shipped directly to the shelter.
Charleston Animal Society
Charleston Animal Society has been working to prevent animal cruelty in the South Carolina Lowcountry since 1874. In addition to caring for homeless animals, from hamsters to horses, adopting pets into new homes, and reuniting lost pets with their families, the organization responds to animals in crisis as a result of both man-made and natural disasters. Their wish list includes items like treats as well as interactive toys to keep pups occupied and crates for transporting animals to and from the shelter. Donations can be dropped off at the North Charleston location, or delivered directly to the rescue when you shop their Amazon shelter or foster wish lists.
Heartland Animal Shelter
Heartland Animal Shelter in Wheeling, IL is dedicated to finding permanent, loving homes for every animal that comes into their care. While animals await adoption, team members provide emotional support, vaccines, microchips and spay and neuter services all while advocating for shelter pets. Purchasing items from the Heartland Animal Shelter’s wish list will help to keep rescues and fosters happy and healthy. Martingale collars, Easy Walk harnesses, and Max and Neo leashes are just a few of the items you can purchase to help out. Donations can be dropped off at the shelter, or shipped directly by shopping Heartland’s Amazon Wish List.
Best Friends Animal Society
Located in Kanab, Utah’s scenic Angel Canyon, Best Friends Animal Society is a place we’re truly “mutts” about. The society is home to about 1,600 rescued dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and farm animals on any given day. Visitors to the area are welcome to tour the sanctuary, volunteer, or take a shelter animal out for an adventure during a stay at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. The society is also home to the Best Friends Roadhouse and Mercantile, a 40-room property where you can stay with a shelter pet while you volunteer. The rescue has expanded over the years to include centers and programs across the U.S. If you’re unable to volunteer you can still help make the holidays special for animals in need by purchasing items from the wish list of any Best Friends location and have it shipped to the shelter you choose.
Homeward Animal Shelter
Homeward Animal Shelter in Fargo, ND provides a second chance at happiness for animals who have been lost, abandoned or owner-surrendered. The shelter also makes it its mission to educate the public about the proper, loving treatment of animals. Since 1966, the shelter has helped to place over 40,000 animals into forever homes. You can help make Christmas special for the animals waiting for new families by purchasing items from the rescue’s wish list like Purina Puppy or Dog Chow, or Kong chew toys, or by ordering a Kuranda Shelter Bed. Drop these items by the shelter, or have them shipped directly when you order from Homeward Animal Shelter’s Amazon or Chewy wish lists.
Humane Society of El Paso
The Humane Society of El Paso is committed to preventing suffering, neglect, abuse and cruelty to animals in West Texas. In 2021, the rescue sheltered over 2,000 animals and placed over 1,200 into foster homes, which is a vital part of animal rescue. Fostering helps to create room within the shelter so that more animals can be cared for. The humane society provides fosters with all the essential supplies for caring for an animal, but they need the public’s help to acquire those necessities. You can help by purchasing some of the most needed items from the humane society’s wish list including toys, training pads and cots which can be shipped directly to the shelter or dropped off during business hours.
Almost Home Animal Rescue
Almost Home Animal Rescue is a volunteer-based no-kill shelter in West Bloomfield, MI. With a goal of finding every animal a loving family, Almost Home currently has over 80 dogs and cats in its care. This holiday season, the shelter desperately needs pet food, including Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Food and Purina One Smartblend. They also need cat litter, leashes, and training pads. You can also make monetary donations online or check out Almost Home’s full Amazon Wish List to have items shipped directly to the rescue.
WISE Animal Rescue
WISE Animal Rescue is a foster-based rescue in Lake Hiawatha, NJ. WISE rescues dogs of all ages and breeds from unsafe environments as well as those who are abandoned or surrendered. Specifically, the organization is committed to advocating for dogs categorized as bully breed mixes that suffer an undeserved negative image. This Christmas the rescue is in need of items like Martingale collars, leashes, crates and beds. You can search their full wish list and make arrangements for drop-off or pick-up with a volunteer.
Animal Friends Rescue Project
Animal Friends Rescue Project in Pacific Grove, CA has an average of 80 cats and 50 dogs in their care at any given time. This non-profit organization is dedicated to ending the animal overpopulation crisis and finding permanent, loving homes for abandoned and neglected pets. Each pet is placed in a foster home until a forever family can be found, and fosters are in need of supplies like slip leads, no-pull harnesses and foldable metal playpens. Donations can be dropped off at the Pacific Grove location, or sent directly to the rescue when ordered from AFRP’s Amazon or Chewy wish lists.