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So many organizations out there are working hard for animals, either a particular species or breed, or all of them.  WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) is one of the latter. Click on the link to learn more.

Any animal you are interested in, just type in its name and "rescue" or "sanctuary" after it, and you'll find many groups working for its benefit and, very possibly, some in your own geographical area.

Click on the pictures to visit some of my other favorites:


The Animal Legal Defense Fund is not a rescue organization.  It is devoted to putting some teeth into the law so that animal abusers can be caught and receive punishment that fits their crimes.  Right now, animal abuse is an offense that in many states goes unreported, unprosecuted, and unpunished, or punished with just a fine, a few hours of community service or a short jail term.  The ALDF team of lawyers are winning cases and are on the front lines of pushing the legal system to embrace and protect animals throughout the country, at the state and national levels.  This is a worthy cause indeed.

Their Turn

Their Turn. This is a great source for up-to-the minute news about animals. You can subscribe to daily emails with daily headlines and stories. This is truly cutting-edge stuff and I recommend it to anyone who is serious about animal rights. Begun by Donnie Moss, a NYC-based animal rights activist. In 2008, who made the award-winning  film BLINDERS that documents NYC’s controversial horse-drawn carriage trade. From 2009 – 2013, he led a successful campaign to end the political career of an elected official running for Mayor who blocked animal protection legislation in NYC for eight years.

Batworld Sanctuary.  They are undersung little ecological heroes, gentle, and they are in trouble. Even if you do not find their little faces endearing, as I do, concern for what their demise means for our planet will, I hope, spur you to getting involved in saving them. My friends, when they go, we go.

Wind Song Animal Sanctuary

Wind Song Animal Sanctuary. A unique non-profit animal sanctuary that cares for senior and special  needs animals. They provide each sanctuary resident with a forever home,  be that a matter of days, months or even years.

The Animal's Voice

The Animals Voice. This is a great resource for anybody looking for information on almost any animal welfare/animal rights issue. It is a beautiful and informative website. You can check in on what's new and trace the history of the movement itself.

The Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary. Well, don't get me started. We have abused these intellegent, sensitive beings and it's time we paid them back with a little kindness, respect, and care. The site is wonderful (live web-cams of the elephants in the sanctuary) and their newsletter is readable. One of the few I read from cover to cover, in fact.

Marine Mammal Stranding Center

Marine Mammal Stranding Center.  Again, check the site. You can follow a released seal by satellite and read the stories of the seals, dolphins and turtles they help. They are the number one rescuer of stranded marine mammals on the coast of New Jersey. 

turtle rescue

Turtle Rescue of Long Island.  Chelonians. It’s the order that includes turtles and tortoises, and I didn’t know that either till I checked out this site. This is a unique, local (to me…they are on Long Island) organization that rescues turtles and provides help and information to those caring for their own little (or big) chelonian.

german shepherd rescue of northern california

German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California. Rescue networks for most breeds do outstanding work in many different places throughout the U.S. I include this one, because I recently interviewed the coordinator of their Thulani Program, which exists under the umbrella of the GSRNC to provide hospice care for old and/or ill dogs. I was so impressed with their dedication and their work, that I asked if I could include their link on my site and they agreed.

If you are looking for a companion animal, PLEASE ADOPT.  Do not buy. If you are in love with a particular breed, all breeds have their own rescue networks. Type the breed you are looking for into your search engine and add "rescue." Or go to Petfinder. Almost every organization that fosters or shelters homeless animals posts their adoptible pets on

Prisoners of Greed

PRISONERS OF GREED - Puppy Mills Breed Misery. DO NOT BUY FROM A PET STORE!  No responsible breeder EVER sells their pups and kittens to a pet store. ONLY PUPPY MILLS DO THAT. And if you don't know what a puppy mill is, then please click on the logo and find out before supporting puppy mills. The only way to stop them, is to stop putting money in their pockets.


If you are not rich, don't worry. Even a small donation helps these groups. If you can't donate, then get involved. Write letters, volunteer in other ways if you are close enough for hands-on work, either with the animals, or in their offices. You don't need to be an expert in anything to stuff envelopes or sweep out the place. These are the folks who did THIS site. Like it? I do. They take on small projects and large ones, from websites and commercial posters to menus, invitations and your next bas mitzva! I know they can help you out, and with style! Seriously. Contact them.

(Also, the people who run the site have rescued more animals than I can remember anymore.)

good dog photo

Good Dog Photo. The Pacific Northwest's best dog photographer-- Kirsten Muskat! A taste of her gorgeous work is featured on this site.

kim levin, photographer

Kim Levin Photography. A premier East Coast photographer, Kim's also a passionate advocate for animal adoption.

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