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Hi all. Brand new here and this is my first post.

I'm keen to find out from US members what the most worthwhile American dog charities are. I have just put together what is essentially an entertainment site featuring thousands of videos of many dog breeds. It's at www.AtoZofDogs.com. However, as well as bringing together all the vids, I also want to give some promotion to dog charities. I've already got a page for UK charities, as I'm more familiar with the situation here.

So if there are any organisations that do fantastic work and deserve some promotion, please let me know. I'll likely expand the section to include other countries as well, so if you're outside the US and UK and have any ideas, please also say :)

Hope I've posted this in the correct area.
 

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The best charities are the ones that go directly towards helping dogs, not lining anyone's pockets or funding certain agendas. Your local animal control or state run shelters are the best places - although they could use volunteers more than the money. Most of the very large scale charities are not worth donating to. PETA, HSUS, ASPCA ... the majority of donations are not going to help the dogs.
 

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IMO, the MOSt worthwhile charities are, unfortunately, small ones. For example?

Lancaster Animal Control, in Lancaster, TX, does not have a website presence. (I'm working on that) and due to city concerns over insurance, has no official volunteer program, but they DO take donations and they're always happy for people to come walk dogs.

Ferris Animal Control, in Ferris Texas, is even smaller, with just a single ACO who is insanely overwork- they DO have an official volunteer program but it's very loose.

The Canine Health Foundation, which is run by the AKC, does a LOT of valuable health research.
 

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The best charities are the ones that go directly towards helping dogs, not lining anyone's pockets or funding certain agendas. Your local animal control or state run shelters are the best places - although they could use volunteers more than the money. Most of the very large scale charities are not worth donating to. PETA, HSUS, ASPCA ... the majority of donations are not going to help the dogs.

Thanks. That's what I meant by worthwhile, ie organisations who do as they say they will with the funds received.


The trouble with going the local/state route is the huge number of organisations that might entail.

Thanks to all for the comments so far. Crazily late in the UK now, so I should sleep, but I'll check back tomorrow. Already I'm thinking I need to greatly expand the charity section.
 

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I would only donate to local groups personally, I prefer local breed specific rescues that I can also volunteer with and kinda see what's going on.
 
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