Pet Vet: Remember these animal charities during the holidays
Saturday, November 17th 2007, 4:00 AM
Q: I receive so much mail from needy animal nonprofit organizations who work hard to help abused animals, that, for the holidays, I am asking family and friends not to give me a gift but to donate money to an animal charity. Which ones would you recommend?
A: How wonderful of you to be so compassionate and generous to aid helpless, abused animals.There is an endless number of animal charities to support. The Animal Legal Defense Fund (www.aldf.org) fights animal abuse cases and prosecutes abusers. American Anti-Vivisection Society (www.aavs.org) works to end experimentation on animals and all other forms of cruelty. Elephant Sanctuary (www.elephants.com) and Big Cat Rescue (www.bigcat-rescue.org) help wildlife; and a click on the "links" menu at the Vets for Animal Rights Web site (www.avar.org), will give other sites to which you can donate.
Send questions to: Stacey Hershman, D.V.M., c/o Daily News Critters Page, 450 W. 33rd St., N.Y., N.Y. 10001, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carole’s letter to the Pet Vet:
Thank you so much for mentioning Big Cat Rescue in your article today on animal charities. The web address was wrong, so I scurried to purchase the name you used so that people can find us, but it my take 24 hours for the name to come up. Meanwhile, if you get inquiries about how to reach us our web address is www.BigCatRescue.org (no hyphen)
I also appreciated that you only recommended sanctuaries that are accredited and also that you included organizations who are working to end animal abuse. I think that is our most prominent feature; we not only provide the best lifetime care but are working diligently to end the abuses that cause these animals to need a sanctuary in the first place. We are also one of less than 200 charities that qualify for and display the BBB charity seal.
Thanks again, and if you are ever in the area, give me a call.
For the cats,
Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
12802 Easy Street
813.493.4564 fax 885.4457