Looking to give back to the animals this holiday season? There are several ways you can do so no matter your availability, budget, or location. We’ve gathered a list of our favorite animal nonprofit organizations looking for a helping hand this holiday season.
Wags & Walks
- Hosting fundraisers through your school, business, or private foundation is a fun way to give back– and a great excuse to have a party! Not only will you be raising awareness within your community about this great organization, but your charitable donations will go toward operational support for the Wags & Walks team.
- For as little as $10 a month, you can make a tax-deductible recurring monthly donation. Your membership benefits include monthly newsletters, invitations to special events, and stories of the dogs you helped save. You can also make a one-time donation if you prefer.
- Wags & Walks also has a volunteer program where you can walk dogs, transport animals from high-kill shelters to vet clinics, or foster animals.
Operation Blankets of Love
- OBOL is on a mission to provide shelters and rescues with supplies they are often in desperate need of, including blankets, dog and cat food, bedding, and towels. With over 30 drop-off locations in Southern California alone (including Fitdog!) OBOL makes it easy to give back to animals with simple donation items.
- In addition to donated items, OBOL is also taking volunteer applications and monetary donations.
- Dharma Rescue takes animals from high-kill shelters to provide them with holistic healthcare. Their program DAWGS (Disabled Animals Who Generously Serve) is committed to training senior or disabled dogs to become certified therapy dogs. They are 100% donation-funded.
- You can register your Ralphs card to help fund Dharma Rescue with every purchase you make.
- Dharma Rescue also accepts monetary donations through PayPal or by mail.
- NKLA (No Kill Los Angeles) is an initiative of the Best Friends Society to turn LA into no kill-shelter city. Through this organization, you can volunteer your time, foster an animal, make a donation, or even adopt a new fur baby.
LA Animal Services
- LA Animal Services need volunteers to walk pups, hang with kittens and clean the facilities. Volunteers sign up for a minimum of six hours per month for six months. With six different locations around Los Angeles, there is a centrally-located shelter for most everybody.
- You can also become a foster volunteer by filling out an application and bringing it to your closest shelter. Fostering an animal is a direct way to save lives and get animals out of often overwhelming shelter environments. LA Animal Services has a range of animals you can choose to foster and offers training for people who are interested in fostering.
There are so many ways you can help animals within your own community, and who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired to start an initiative of your own!