Pet charities do exceptional work to help pets throughout the country. However, with so many to choose from, it can be hard to figure out which one to support. Some charities are based locally to help specific communities. Others may be geared toward certain goals, helping specific animal populations. To help make sense of the countless options, consider the four following criteria.
When considering a charity, be sure to examine its core beliefs. Each organization has its own mission and is grounded on a unique set of principles. You should look at its criteria for helping animals. If it is a shelter, do they take all animals? If not, what is the selection process? Where are animals housed, and what attention do they receive? You may feel strongly about the shelter having a no-kill policy, or you may believe that open acceptance of all animals is a necessary trade-off. Some charities are politically active, so it’s good to find out type of legislation they promote. Whatever your personal beliefs may be, it is important to make sure the charity is in line with your values.
Consider not just what the charity believes but also what it actually does. All charities should have specific programs. These programs could involve sheltering, spaying, neutering, public awareness, adoption networks, lobbying and more. This work may also be tailored to certain animal populations. Some charities may focus on cats or dogs. Others may have a wider focus, including other pets and wild animals. While all of these causes may be worthwhile, it is important to find a charity that does work that means the most to you.
Programs and core beliefs are important, but good intentions aren’t enough. Most charities start with good intentions, but it’s important to find one that follows through on those intentions. A reputable charity should have statistics or other data that can demonstrate the work it has accomplished. This may be fundraising numbers, the percentage of animals placed with families or the reduction of strays within a certain community. Statistics cannot only show you how effective the charity is, but they can also verify that the charity is in fact doing what it claims to be doing.
4. Official documentation
Unfortunately, some charities are not as reputable as they claim to be. Always make sure the charity is properly registered and legally maintained. If possible, make sure there are no reports of fraud or corruption within the organization. With so many good charities, it would be a shame to support one that does not live up to expectations.
Picking a charity is a personal decision that should never be taken lightly. Take you time, solicit feedback from others people, and make sure you are comfortable with the way the organization is run. By using these tips and the criteria above, it is possible to look through the options and make the best choice possible for you and the special pets in your life.