Each year, the days after Thanksgiving in the US center around shopping for the holidays. Black Friday seems to start earlier and earlier each year; Small Business Saturdays are a push to support local businesses; Cyber Monday is often for online shops. But Giving Tuesday happens on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (so tomorrow!). For the past few years, nonprofits have used tomorrow as a way to fundraise and remind people of the vital work that they do.
There are so many organizations in the Pacific Northwest that work with animals. Some help to provide forever homes to rescues while others work with animals as a natural therapy for people. Others still work on environmental justice and conservation. If you are able, I’d encourage you to donate time, resources, and/or money to a nonprofit doing work you believe in! Here are just a few organizations that I personally adore:
I actually had the chance to do a farm tour of Animals as Natural Therapy (ANT) this past September and I’ve run into their mobile team on a few occasions. This nonprofit, as the name suggests, works with veterans, at-risk youth, and others to provide equine and animal therapy. Some people who work or interact with ANT (either on-site or through their mobile program) are able to gain skills like being in a team, respect for themselves and others, and communication through equine therapy. And the mobile team of animal ambassadors bring so much joy and serenity when they visit different communities around Whatcom County.
You can support Animals as Natural Therapy in many ways (like, donating, volunteering, or sponsoring an animal). Click here to learn more.
Senior dogs are, in my opinion, some of the best dogs but there are sadly more than a few senior rescues looking for a loving home to spend the rest of their days. Old Dog Haven is based out of Arlington, Washington but helps to pull senior dogs from shelters across western Washington and the Portland area. Many of these dogs then go to foster or hospice homes and are getting a whole lot of love and care!
Senior dogs often have a tough time getting adopted, making this organization all the more important. Not only does this work help senior dogs but it helps shelters and other rescues have the space for other dogs!
Based in Portland, Oregon, The Pongo Fund is an organization that provides veterinary care and pet food for those who want to keep their pets but aren’t able to afford all the costs. The Pongo Fund is just one of many pet food banks that exist in the Pacific Northwest. By providing low-income folks and those in poverty with pet food and veterinary care, you can help keep pets with their families and out of shelters!
There are also folks still dealing with the fallout from the California wildfires. While one of the fires is mostly contained, it will still take a long time for the people and animals affected to rebuild their lives. Plus, some rain showers helped fight some of the fires but also provided other issues like mudslides.
- RELATED: ‘One Goes Out, Two Come In.’ Inside the Makeshift Shelter Where Pets Await Their Owners After the Wildfires by Katy Steinmetz, Time
Giving Tuesday is a day to support nonprofits doing amazing work all across the county. As always, make sure to research the organizations beforehand! Charity Navigator is an excellent place to start, as some organizations are rated there.
Are you doing anything for Giving Tuesday? Let me know in the comments!