Our fur-families give us so much unconditional love and support and ask for very little in return. Animals have been a big part of my life since my dad gave me my first puppy, a collie/shepherd mix, when I was five years old. We named her Lassie, after my favorite tv star at the time (and she was just as smart). She was the most valuable gift I've ever received.
Since then there have been so many more dogs and cats that have impacted my life and given me joy. I'm grateful for every one of them. But while the animals in our lives give so much, there are so many others out there who are suffering from neglect, abuse, or worse. I've created a list of some animal rights and rescue groups that are doing great things to help these animals in need. If we each gave something, no matter how small, it could make an impact. I hope you'll consider giving to one of these groups or to your own local rescue group today.
Animal Legal Defense Fund
The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. ALDF accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are punished for their crimes, supporting tough animal protection legislation and fighting legislation harmful to animals, and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The ASPCA® was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. The organization was founded on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend their anti-cruelty mission across the country, they are recognized as a top national animal welfare organization. They are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and have more than 2 million supporters across the country.
The Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society of the United States is a leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike.The HSUS and their affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and they professionalize the field through education and training for local organizations. They are driving transformational change in the U.S. and around the world by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty,
The National Wildlife Federation
The National Wildlife Federation, America's oldest and largest conservation organization, works across the country to unite Americans from all walks of life in giving wildlife a voice. They've been on the front lines for wildlife since 1936, fighting for the conservation values that are woven into the fabric of our nation's collective heritage.
Georgia Rescue Organizations
Angels Among US
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to saving dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in north Georgia. They operate through a network of volunteers and foster homes in the metro Atlanta area. Their efforts are funded by tax-deductible contributions from compassionate people and organizations who care and want to help make a difference… one pet at a time.
The Cherokee County Humane Society
The Cherokee Humane Society is one of the oldest, active humane societies in Georgia. Their mission has always been to SAAVE – Save, Adopt, Alter, Vaccinate and Educate – through thousands of rescues from shelters, constant adoptions, low-cost spay/neuters, and programs to help the poor who own pets. In 2016, they saved, altered, adopted and vaccinated over 2,000 animals.
Furkids, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that operates the largest cage-free, no-kill shelter in the Southeast for rescued cats and Sadie’s Place, a no-kill shelter for dogs. Furkids also operates one of the only facilities in the Southeast dedicated to the care of FIV positive cats. The Furkids mission is to rescue homeless animals, provide them with the best medical care and nurturing environment while working to find them a forever home. Furkids heals the whole animal, physically and emotionally, restoring its health and its spirit.
LifeLine Animal Project is a leading non-profit animal welfare organization in Atlanta working to end shelter euthanasia. Since 2002, they have strived to assess the needs of Atlanta’s animal welfare community and provided innovative, strategic resources in support their mission to stop the killing of healthy and treatable homeless animals. By caring for over 15,000 homeless animals each year, LifeLine is one of the largest animal welfare organizations in Georgia.
Since 2004, Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue has been working to reduce the number of animals euthanized at local shelters in metro Atlanta. They work closely with animal control officers to save adoptable dogs that are often moments away from being put to sleep. Often, these dogs are sick and injured and require rehabilitation. Mostly Mutts provides housing, health care, training, and physical and emotional care to them until they can be placed in a new home. They hold weekly adoption events at their facility in downtown Kennesaw to help each dog find their “fur-ever home.”