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Top Pet Charities in the United States

These are the Best Pet Charities in the Country

In the face of hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, many organizations rose up to the challenge of relocating displaced animals and reuniting pets with their owners. You might wonder which of these charities are the best ones to donate to and which ones do a better job at actually using the money you donate for their main causes. We wanted to recommend charities you could feel confident donating to, while providing some information about them  and the reasons why we chose them.

How to evaluate a Charity?

We selected these non-profit organizations based on their Charity Navigator ranking, which is an indicator of how much of the funds go to help the organization’s main cause, as opposed to operational expenses, advertising and salaries, for example. The other criteria was size, we chose mid-size charities (between $3.5M to $13.5M) to help those nonprofits that might not be the most well-known, but large enough to make an impact. We also wanted to select charities from different parts of the country to help you find one near you or near one of your areas of interest.

Charity navigator rates charities based on 2 major components: Financial health (according to financials reported to the IRS) and Transparency & Accountability (T & A). Then, an overall rating is computed based on these two measurements.

Financial health takes into account what percentage of their budget is used for fundraising and administrative expenses versus program functions, since they want to offer an indicator about how effectively the organization uses its funds. Working capital ratios, liquidity ratios and other standard financial health metrics are used to assess the long-term position  and stability of the nonprofit.

Transparency and Accountability is a rating that serves as a proxy for ethical behavior. The variables considered come mainly from the IRS form 990 and they are a way to verify the organization reported all required disclosures and the additional information associated with each of them. This category also evaluates if the financials were audited and disclosure of conflicts of interest.

Here is our list. Keep in mind it is not definitive and we’ll revise it to reflect any rating changes and will expand with more organizations in the future.

Top 20 Pet Charities in America

Nonprofit name Financial  T & A CN Rating
Nevada Humane Society 100.00 100.00 100.00
PAWS Chicago 100.00 100.00 100.00
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation 99.86 100.00 99.90
The Humane Society Naples 97.50 100.00 98.23
Jacksonville Humane Society 97.50 100.00 98.23
Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League 97.50 100.00 98.23
Virginia Beach SPCA 97.50 100.00 98.23
Animal Defense League of Texas 99.05 97.00 97.77
St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center 97.35 97.00 97.17
Connecticut Humane Society 95.60 100.00 96.89
Houston SPCA 95.60 100.00 96.89
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation 95.30 100.00 96.68
Idaho Humane Society 97.40 96.00 96.63
Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce Cty 94.97 100.00 96.44
Louisiana SPCA 94.52 100.00 96.13
Humane Society of Indianapolis 93.74 100.00 95.57
Animal Humane New Mexico 93.67 100.00 95.52
Charleston Animal Society 94.65 96.00 95.28
Animal Friends 92.90 97.00 94.55
Animal Rescue League of Iowa 93.41 96.00 94.55

Our list is only a snapshot of the thousands of organizations doing good work for animal rights and finding pets new homes. We’ll update this list to reflect any changes in ratings and publish a lot more information about national nonprofits you can get behind. If you know about a nonprofit you love and that you’d like us to review, please let us know in the comments or contact us directly.

Keep Your Pets Safe This Independence Day

4th of July is upon us once again! This week’s celebrations will be filled with family and friends, food and drinks, and plenty of elaborate fireworks displays to honor our nation’s independence. We scoured the web (along with having some of our own experiences as pet owners) finding the best tips for having a safe holiday. This time of the year is notorious for the high numbers of runaway pets who become overwhelmed with panic due to fireworks. Before celebrating this July 4th, keep the following in mind to ensure the best holiday for both you and your pets:

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War Dogs: what you need to know about dogs in the military

Dogs are used all over the military. Since the beginning of war, humans have used dogs in their military for their superior sight and smell abilities. These four-legged heroes not only help in detection and attack, they play an even larger role in boosting morale and providing therapy to the troops.German Shepherd used in the United States Military

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Dogs in the Workplace: Our Pet Pawlicy

Watch an exclusive PetDoors.com documentary below, learning what “Take Your Dog to Work” day every day is all about! There is more buzz around companies allowing dogs in the office. Here at PetDoors.com our pet pawlicy is pretty flexible. On a daily basis, there are 1-4+ dogs in the office! We have been able to document what it is like to work in a dog-friendly office; our doggy door experts share their thoughts, made by our very own, Claire Liu.
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Flaps for Fido Program Gives Back to Animal Rescues

PetDoors.com has created a program to benefit animal rescues called Flaps for Fido. When buying an Endura Flap Pet Door, the consumer receives a 10% discount on the product by mentioning a non-profit animal rescue organization. PetDoors.com will donate a matching 10% of the original price to the mentioned rescue group!  Continue reading

Dog and Corgi Pups

Raw versus Veggie: Doggy diets that ditch the cans!

These days it seems like more people are jumping on the healthy or dare I say unusual diet bandwagon, and they are bringing their pets along for the ride. Being a veggie myself I looked around and found a couple more popular alternatives to your typical canned food and bagged kibble and here is what I found about current diets.  Continue reading

8 Weird Sleeping Positions of Dogs & What They May Mean

Are you curious if your dog is the only one that sleeps in weird positions? The sleeping positions of dogs usually varies with their mood. Sometimes,your dog’s sleeping position can reveal a lot about their personalities. How do your dogs sleep? Comment your thoughts below.

tonks sleeping on side

Corgi falls asleep playing with her toy

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Four Reasons Why Your Lazy Dog Might Be Really Smart

Columbus appreciating paper origami

Columbus appreciating paper origami

This is my lazy dog, Columbus. He’s a 9 year old Shih Tzu and can be one of the most stubborn and ignorant dogs I know. Sometimes I’ll call his name to come – he’ll look at me – then go back to sleep. He doesn’t really follow commands well and looks at me clueless… he pretty much does what he wants yet I still love him. But maybe there’s a reason for that… here are 4 reasons why your lazy dog might be really smart.
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Central Coast Places to Visit with your Dog this Weekend

PetDoors.com is based in San Luis Obispo, located in the Central Coast of California, which is arguably one of the most beautiful places to live. The weather here is spectacular year round, we’re no more than a hop, skip and a jump from the beaches, and best of all, we love spending time with our dogs. The Central Coast lies perfectly at the midpoint between the Bay Area and Los Angeles, making it perfect for weekend trips. Continue reading