These are the Best Pet Charities in the Country
How to evaluate an Animal Charity?We selected these non-profit organizations for animals 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. 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 the disclosure of conflicts of interest. Here is our list of animal charities. Keep in mind it is not definitive and we will revise it to reflect any rating changes and will expand it 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|
|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|
|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|
|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 Rescue League of Iowa||93.41||96.00||94.55|
Our list is only a snapshot of the thousands of organizations doing great 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 you'd like us to review it, please let us know in the comments or contact us directly. Also check out these animal rights organizations you can get involved with today!
For some more inspiration on how to pay it forward, see our Pursuit of Kindness post that takes a look at animals and people going out of their way to help each other.