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Support Your Local Pet Charities

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.

2nd annual NYC Cat Film Festival

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.

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4th annual NYC Dog Film Festival

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.

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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.

New Jersey

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)

New York

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)

Rhode Island

Animal Rescue Rhode Island
Providence Animal Rescue League
Save One Soul Animal Rescue League
Potter League
Stand Up For Animals
Foster Parrots, Inc. 

New Hampshire

Salem Animal Rescue League
Animal Rescue League NH (Salem)
Beagles of New England States [B.O.N.E.S] (Hillsborough)



Sonsini Animal Shelter
Berkshire Humane Society


Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter
Lighthouse Animal Shelter
Forever Paws Animal Shelter


Cape Ann Animal Aid
Ipswich Animal Shelter
MSPCA at Nevins Farm
Northeast Animal Shelter


Buddy Dog Humane Society Inc
Lowell Humane Society
Medfield Animal Shelter
Metro West Humane Society
Northeast Coonhound Rescue
PAWS (Protection of Animals in Wakefield Society)


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


Plymouth Animal Shelter
Scituate Animal Shelter


MSPCA Boston 


Second Chance Animal Services Inc.
Broken Tail Rescue Inc.
People for Animals League

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Any pet charities or events that we missed? Let us know in the comments! 

13 Thoughts on “Support Your Local Pet Charities

    1. Hi Carol!
      Thanks for your kind words. 😉 Please feel free to leave another comment with a link to your organization and perhaps a phone number, too, so folks can get in touch.

  1. Please add Foster Parrots, Inc. to this list. We’re a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing sanctuary for unwanted parrots and other exotic animals. We receive several hundred requests from people wanting to surrender their birds per year, so we’re a worthy inclusion to the list. We’re also very active in education and conservation, and provide counseling and placement services for the many birds we cannot take in. We are located in Hope Valley, RI. Thanks!

  2. Please add Stray Pets In Need of MA, Inc (S.P.I.N.)
    They cross counties in Metrowest area: based in Wellesley (Norfolk), Transition Shelter and Adoption Center are in Natick (Middlesex).
    Don’t miss having your adorable pet photographed with Santa Paws at Pet World in Natick, MA for the SPIN holiday event Home For The Holidays on Sunday, December 2nd from 1:00PM – 4:00PM. Purchase lovely hand crafted items and a variety of pet toys for your holiday shopping! ~ Holiday Raffle…

    And Safe People Safe Pets

    1. Hi Nancy,

      SPIN, SPIN’s holiday event and Safe People Safe Pets have all been added. Thank you for reading!


  3. Thank you for this wonderful, timely article on supporting pet events and charities. One organization not listed here that is near and dear to my heart is PAWS (Protection of Animals in Wakefield Society, Inc.), a non-profit, all-volunteer foster network based in Wakefield, MA (Middlesex county). PAWS helps animals in Wakefield, Reading, Stoneham, Melrose, Lynnfield, Woburn and surrounding communities. Website:


    1. Hi Pilar,

      Thank you for the correction! The post has been updated so it mentions the right address. Thanks for reading!


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