21. Wags and Walks
Unlike many other animal rescue groups, Wags and Walks saves dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds. Based in Los Angeles, this nonprofit was founded in 2011 by Lesley Brog, to help decrease the number of dogs euthanized in shelters.
Since its inception, Wags and Walks has saved the lives of more than 2,000 rescue dogs. In 2016, the group saved 787 dogs and found forever homes for 735 pooches.
One of the most heartwarming animal charities out there, all donations go towards helping rescue homeless dogs from shelters and providing them with medical care, food and boarding.
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22. The Humane Society of the United States
The leading animal advocacy organization in the country, the Humane Society of the United States helps more than 100,000 animals per year. The nonprofit’s work includes animal rescue and care, animal advocacy and training and services to local shelters and rescue groups.
Some of the Humane Society’s top accomplishments include lobbying to make malicious animal cruelty and dogfighting a felony in all 50 states, lowering the euthanasia rate for healthy, adoptable cats and dogs by 80 percent since the 1970s and working with several leading department stores and designers to go fur-free.
Established in 1954, the group is headquartered in Washington, D.C. Donations help protect animals suffering from cruelty and neglect.
23. Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation
Based in Sherman Oaks, California, the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation was established in 2011 to focus solely on rescuing abused and neglected animals. Many animals cared for by the group have been beaten, kicked, shot, run over or used for gang initiations.
Under the direction of founder Marc Ching, the nonprofit has also become a leader in ending the brutal dog meat trade in Asia. He regularly embarks on rescue trips to Asia, going undercover at slaughterhouses in an attempt to save dogs and raise awareness of the issue.
24. Dogs Without Borders
Dogs Without Borders is a Los Angeles-based rescue organization. Powered by volunteers, the nonprofit has saved the lives of more than 3,000 dogs since it was founded in 2006.
If you live in the area and are thinking about pet adoption, consider working with the group. You can even foster a dog to get to know them first, and all supplies — including food, flea medication, leash, collar, tags and vet bills — are covered.
Donations help keep this rescue afloat. You can give cash on World Animal Day or purchase supplies from their Amazon wishlist.
Established in 1987, RedRover works to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen their bond with humans. Based in Sacramento, California, this charity provides emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education.
The nonprofit doesn’t have a permanent animal shelter, but it provides resources and support to people who need assistance caring for animals. One of the top animal charities, 79 percent of RedRover’s 2015 expenses went directly to program offerings, including RedRover Responders, RedRover Readers and RedRover Relief.