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Everyday, dogs and cats are born or become disabled, and pet owners face difficult decisions regarding their care. Disabilities can include blindness, deafness, birth defects, injuries, inability to walk properly, paralysis and amputation among others. Treatment and rehabilitation are often expensive, and many owners simply cannot afford to treat their beloved pets. Even when funds are available, many cannot commit to the time and emotional investment. Meanwhile, shelters—overcrowded with healthy, adoptable cats and dogs—often euthanize these disadvantaged animals due to lack of funds, knowledge, time and space.

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Disabled animals are the least likely to be adopted and among the most likely to be euthanized in traditional shelters.

Animals With Disabilities (Mountlake Terrace, Washington 98043) gives animals a chance to survive and lead near-ordinary lives. We provide support and information for pet owners, as our top priority is to help families keep their pets and properly care for them. When that’s not possible, AWD’s small network of foster homes accepts, treats, and rehabilitates the disabled animals we receive from shelters, veterinary clinics and the general public—so we can return them to permanent, caring homes. We are setting up an extensive online library with information and resources to educate both caregivers and shelters on how to care for special-needs animals. We provide financial assistance to owners who are able to care for their pets but cannot afford the sometimes costly treatments and rehabilitation.

Nowzad Dogs

Kilo Company of 42 Commando Royal Marines arrived in the war torn town of Now Zad in Helmand Province of Afghanistan in November 2006. Their mission: provide stability for the local people during a period of ever decreasing security.

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The Royal Marines soon realized that it wasn’t only the local people that needed their help. Many of the stray dogs that roamed the town of Now Zad now had a guardian for the first time in their lives, in the form of Royal Marine Sergeant ‘Pen’ Farthing.

Breaking up an organised dog fight that was taking place right outside their remote compound, Pen never realized that one of those fighting dogs would then befriend him. The Royal Marine couldn’t say no to those big sad eyes and the now very former fighting dog became the Royal Marine’s four-legged buddy and got a name: Nowzad. From that moment on, Pen realized that other soldiers serving in Afghanistan would probably be experiencing the same feelings as he was towards a companion animal they were caring for on the front lines. In May 2007, Pen formed Nowzad Dogs to help make a difference in Afghanistan.

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Nowzad Dogs is a registered 501c3 non-profit in the state of Illinois, USA overseen by a board of directors and we are a registered charity in England & Wales – number 1119185 overseen by a board of trustees.

Nowzad Dogs operates the only official animal shelter in Afghanistan located just outside of Kabul and supported by a small animal clinic headed up by ex-pat Louise and her team of Afghan nationals.

8 million dirty, scared, and disoriented pets enter shelters each year – on intake, they have a picture taken. These photos taken are what people see when looking to adopt. A positive picture of a well-groomed pet means a better chance at adoption.

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Image © Jessie Keating of JAK Photography

The mission of One Picture Saves a Life is to provide shelter staff and volunteers with the resources to successfully groom and photograph shelter pets, helping give them the second chance they deserve.

GreaterGood.org

GreaterGood.org is an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization devoted to improving the health and well-being of people, pets, and the planet. GreaterGood has given over $30 million to charity partners and programs worldwide that work toward our mission.

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We work mainly in the core areas of:

  • Alleviating and addressing the root causes of world hunger and food insecurity, and promoting peaceful co-existence
  • Early detection and treatment of breast cancer and other widespread health concerns, particularly in women
  • Preventing and treating childhood illness, disease and other children’s health and well-being concerns
  • Promoting children’s literacy and education
  • Protecting and restoring the environment
  • Providing care and feeding of rescued animals in shelters and sanctuaries and addressing the root causes of their condition

Rabbits are classified as both pets and livestock, so they are farmed, experimented on, eaten, worn, made into lucky charms, and some are kept as household pets. Unfortunately like other companion animals, domestic rabbits are also discarded by irresponsible owners. Thousands of rabbits end up in animal shelters each year, and they are the 3rd most euthanized animal in shelters annually. It is because of these sad truths that the Gainesville Rabbit Rescue (Gainesville, Florida) was created.

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Papaya and Kiwi

Gainesville Rabbit Rescue is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1998 by two University of Florida students. GRR’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and adopt out rabbits to loving homes, as well as educate current and potential rabbit owners. GRR does not turn away any rabbit regardless of disability, illness, age, or temperament. Rescued rabbits are nursed back to optimum health and spayed/neutered before being placed up for adoption. The organization’s main goal is to see that the right rabbit is placed with the right family, so GRR screens all adoptive families to ensure the rabbit is placed in a secure and loving home.

All rabbits live in foster homes with dedicated volunteers, seeing that they are litter box trained, well fed, and well cared for, with expenses more often than not coming from their own pockets. GRR has chapters operating in Gainesville, Orlando, and Daytona.

We are at the Gainesville Petsmart every Sunday from 11:30-4pm. We are also at Petsmart in Orlando, Daytona Beach, Ocala, Lady Lake, and Jacksonville on select days. [Check our Facebook page for dates and times on those locations.]

Currently Gainesville Rabbit Rescue has 80+ rabbits in its care, and has an ever growing waiting list.

The Animal Health Institute and its member companies have developed a campaign to educate the public on the disease-prevention continuum — by giving animals medicine, we can keep humans healthy, too. Healthy People. Healthy Animals. Healthy Planet. is uniting stakeholders in the pet, agriculture, veterinary and public health communities with the goal of eliminating diseases at the nexus of animal and human health.

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The Healthy People. Healthy Animals. Healthy Planet. has been recognized as the #1 U.S.-based community relations campaign under $1 billion revenue category by the League of American Communications Professionals’ 2009 Magellan Awards. AHI earned a Gold medal for the overall campaign and ranked among the top 50 campaigns of the year out of more than 375 entries representing the U.S. and eight countries.

The Cat House

The Cat House (Lincoln, Nebraska 68542) was born in 1998 after a trip to a veterinary convention which included a long drive and a long discussions of what we would like to do with our lives. During the next four years, our steps have increased in size and sense of purpose. In July of 1999, The Cat House was invited to use the Luv-a-Pet adoption center at our local PetsMart. In April of 2000 we obtained a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit status that allows most contributions to be tax deductible to the donor. The number of dedicated volunteers continues to increase and as of December 2004, over 700 cats and kittens have been placed in homes.

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Melody

We then added the Nebraska Alley Cat Alliance, a feral cat management program. NEACA put into place a Trap/Neuter/Release program that works with individuals and communities who need help with stray and feral (unsocialized cats) in their area. We can provide information, guidance and assistance enabling the individuals to have these cats neutered or spayed, tested for infectious diseases and vaccinated. In return, these individuals and communities become “caretakers” for these cats upon their return and the population stays healthy and non-reproductive – a proven and more humane solution than the traditional trap and euthanize policy.

Dr. Arnold (All Feline Veterinary Hospital) has provided us with important veterinary assistance, including writing articles for our newsletter, training volunteers to care for and treat ill cats, and sharing her extensive knowledge of cats as well as her friendship and emotional support. We truly could not have come this far without her help.

Muttville (San Francisco, California 94141) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the lives of senior dogs. On a local level, Muttville rescues senior dogs and finds them new homes or gives them hospice. On a global level, Muttville provides information about caring for older dogs and support for people who do.

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Lovely Rita

Through associations with shelters and other animal organizations, Muttville finds senior dogs that have been given up and are not likely to find adopted homes. Through outreach and networking, Muttville finds suitable new homes for these dogs. Ultimately, Muttville will have its own facility to house dogs that are not yet placed, or that are unlikely to be placed.

Friends of Animals Utah (Park City, UT 84068) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has found homes for over 12,000 pets. Our retail adoption center is called “Furburbia” and is located in the Tanger Outlet Mall in Park City, Utah.

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Molly (Animal ID #22135677)

Each week, FOAU’s staff visits animal shelters throughout Utah and rescues healthy adoptable dogs and cats, many from these shelters’ euthanasia lists.

FOAU then spays/neuters, chips, and vaccinates these animals. These rescue animals are then transported daily from the FOAU Rescue & Rehabilitation Ranch facility to Furburbia. At the Ranch, we provide a temporary, loving home for dogs and cats that no longer have a family of their own.

The animals in our program have ended up with us for a variety of reasons, ranging from abandonment, to rescue from an abusive situation, to owner surrender because they no longer can, or want to take care of them. Our animals are loving, family pets who are desperately awaiting for their forever homes.

FOAU was founded in 1990 by a group of generous volunteers determined to find homes for animals in need. Over the decades, our objective has remained the same:  to place animals into permanent, caring homes and advance the humane treatment of animals through education.

Regional Animal Services of King County (Kent, WA 98032) provides King County with sustainable, cost effective services that protect people and animals, while providing humane animal care.

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Our organization is built on the cornerstone values of compassion and service. We demonstrate this commitment in the countless hours spent by staff and our RASKC volunteers to save animals’ lives at the shelter and in the field. By collaborating with community partners, we are able to expand our programs and resources to provide even greater value to our residents.

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