Whether you have a lot of pets, really want a pet (or your kids do!) or anywhere in between, you understand how important it is to give them the best care possible. You can do just that by supporting your local pet charities.
We’ve gathered a list of pet charities and related causes you can support. From the annual pet drive at AAA New Jersey branches to local adoption events, you can be assured that your money and efforts will go directly toward the well-being of our furry and feathery friends.
Events Supporting Pet Charities
AAA New Jersey Pet Drive
From Dec. 3-21, AAA New Jersey branches are collecting donations for its Animal Shelter Holiday Food Drive. Suggested donations include toys, towels, cleaning supplies, pet food and anything else a pet shelter might need. All donations will go directly to pet shelters in northern New Jersey.
On Dec. 1, join fellow New Yorkers in celebrating cats and their mystique at the 2nd annual NYC Cat Film Festival. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the NYC Feral Cat Initiative, part of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. SVA Theater, New York City. Dec. 1. Two different shows will be held: one at 2:45 and one at 4:30 p.m.
If you’re more of a dog person, you can join other fellow dog lovers in watching films celebrating the love between pups, their humans and the groups that bring them together. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. SVA Theater, New York. Dec. 2. Two different shows will be held: one at 1 and one at 3:45 p.m.
Photos with Santa Paws & Adoption Event, Rhode Island
Bring Rover and Fido on over for some holiday photos with Santa and benefit a local pet charity at the same time! All proceeds benefit Save One Soul Animal Rescue League. And, if you’re looking to bring home another dog, there will be adorable dogs available for adoption. Rumford Pet Center, Warwick. Dec. 1. 1 p.m. $15/photo.
Bunny Yoga, New Hampshire
If you’re a huge fan of rabbits and yoga, you’re in luck. Hop on over to the Yoga with Bunnies event, where you’ll take part in a bunny-filled 90-minute class, led by Forever Yoga instructors. All registration proceeds will be donated directly to charities in need. Animal Rescue League of NH, Bedford. Dec. 7. 6 p.m.
Home for the Holidays, Massachusetts
Don’t miss having your adorable pet photographed with Santa Paws at Pet World in Natick. Purchase lovely hand-crafted items and a variety of pet toys for holiday shopping! You can also purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win great prizes. All donations will benefit Stray Pets in Need. Pet World, Natick. Dec. 2. 1 p.m.
Pet Charities in Your Area
If you’re looking to visit, volunteer with or donate to pet charities, particularly during this holiday season, we’ve gathered a list of charities where you can do just that.
Hudson County Animal League
St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center (Morris)
Wayne Animal Shelter (Passaic)
Friends of Linden Animal Shelter (Union)
Homeless Animal Adoption League (Passaic)
The Bergen County Protection and Rescue Foundation
Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge Inc.
West Haven Animal Shelter (New Haven)
Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter/The Animal Haven (New Haven)
Meridan Humane Society (New Haven)
Pet Protectors, Inc. (Fairfield)
PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society, Inc.) (Fairfield)
BARC Shelter (Brooklyn)
Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals (NYC)
Bidawee (NYC, Suffolk)
Paws Crossed Animal Rescue (Westchester)
Cove Animal Rescue (Nassau)
North Shore Animal League (Nassau)
Baxter’s Pet Pantry (Nassau, Suffolk)
Forever Home Rescue New England
4-Paws Animal Shelter
Mansfield Animal Shelter
Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton
Milton Animal League
Stray Pets in Need of MA, Inc. (S.P.I.N.) (also in Middlesex)
Safe People Safe Pets
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Any pet charities or events that we missed? Let us know in the comments!