I began blogging on Care2 just a short while ago, but I’ve already heard from many passionate people who are dedicated to ending animal suffering. Since it’s the holiday season, many of you are contributing to programs that help animals. I’ve listed a few of my favorite programs below, in case anyone needs more ideas. And as a small way of thanking you all for making a difference, I’ve arranged for interested Care2 members to receive a 10% discount off of any PETA Catalog order of $40 or more. (Just enter promo code CARE2 during checkout—offer valid through 1/2/09).
This list is by no means exhaustive. If anyone wants to recommend another sponsorship program, I’d love to hear it—and I’m sure last-minute gift “shoppers” and philanthropists would too.
- The Elephant Sanctuary: A Tennessee-based haven for elephants who have been retired from circuses or zoos. In November, the sanctuary welcomed Ned, an emaciated elephant whom the United States Department of Agriculture seized from a circus trainer.
- Animal Place: A California sanctuary for rescued farmed animals, including Eliza, who loves trilling turkey songs to visitors. Her upper beak has been removed, and the first digits of her toes severed—routine industry procedures—but she doesn’t let that stop her from enjoying life. Howie, a steer whose mom died giving birth to him, is another animal up for adoption. He was left in the “deposit” box at an animal control center, and saved from being a Future Farmers of America “project.”
- Farm Sanctuary: This organization operates two shelters—one in New York and one in California—for pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys, and other animals who have been rescued from stockyards, factory farms, and slaughterhouses.
- Many dogs are forced to live outdoors in the cold. While PETA does everything it can to persuade the families of these dogs to allow them indoors, often with success, some people refuse to let their dogs indoors. In order to bring comfort to the dogs, PETA builds and delivers sturdy, straw-filled doghouses. The doghouses are often the only “home” these dogs have ever had.
- Berkshire Bird Paradise Sanctuary and Botanical Gardens: A New York sanctuary for injured and disabled eagles, peregrine falcons, owls, hawks, chickens, and pigeons.
- Food for Life Global: Provides vegan food for hungry people worldwide. This organization is a humane alternative to hunger relief charities that provide animals for impoverished people, who often don’t want the expense of rearing an animal.
- The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation: Has planting programs that provide food for wild and rescued animals, and improve human health by providing locally grown fruits and vegetables to people in rehab centers, hospitals, and health centers.