The past almost two years have been tumultuous, overwhelming, and so many other things. Globally, Covid-19 cases have risen to more than 250,000,000 confirmed cases and over 5,000,000 deaths. The pandemic and subsequent shutdowns have resulted in a weird uncertainty, which has unfortunately affected all sorts of industries. Nonprofits, for example, have been busy as hell but without in-person events and related ways to fundraise, it’s been difficult for some to raise the money they need to operate. That makes this year’s Giving Tuesday (today!) especially important.

If you can, consider supporting the following wildlife, animal welfare, and environmental organizations:

The Alaska SeaLife Center [Seward, AK]

The Alaska SeaLife Center is primarily dedicated to marine research and education, meaning most of their work is scientific research looking into the role of marine wildlife in the arctic and subarctic marine ecosystems, providing educational resources for the public (like virtual field trips), and running a public AZA-accredited aquarium where marine species like sea otters have been known to reside. If that wasn’t enough, the Alaska SeaLife Center is also the only permanent marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation center in the state of Alaska.

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals [Vancouver, BC]

The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (also known as the BC SPCA] is the largest animal welfare organization in the Pacific Northwest, with 33 branches for abused and homeless animals, 3 farm facilities, three animal hospitals, two spay/neuter clinic, a wildlife rehabilitation center, a provincial call center, and a provincial office that oversees animal cruelty cases and investigations, advocacy work, and education programs.

Conservation Northwest [Seattle, WA]

Working from the Washington Coast to the British Columbia Rockies, Conservation Northwest protects, connects, and restores wildlands and habitats. This organization has, for example, been a key player in the fisher restoration project and the I90 wildlife crossing in Washington. These programs, and the many other programs they do, are vital for all sorts of wildlife for many different reasons. The reintroduction of fishers to the North Cascades and other areas help maintain the biodiversity and balance of the ecosystems they live in while wildlife corridors help reduce the number of wildlife related fatalities on highways and connect vital habitats back together.

Oregon Wild [Portland, OR]

Like Conservation Northwest, Oregon Wild works to protect and restore habitats, waters, and wildlife but focuses on areas within Oregon. This organization has been active since 1974 and has spent the last several decades protecting millions of acres of wilderness, 2,000+ miles of wild and scenic rivers, stretches of old growth forest, and endangered species like the grey wolf. Oregon Wild is also a part of the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund, a coalition of organizations, businesses, and individuals dedicated to funding environmental projects.

Progressive Animal Welfare Society [Lynnwood, WA]

Located just 20 miles north of Seattle, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (also known as PAWS) runs three different facilities related to animal welfare: a companion animal shelter, a cat-only adoption center, and a wildlife center. The PAWS Wildlife Center is a licensed and permitted rehabilitation facility for wildlife and it is one of only two sites in the state of Washington permitted to rehabilitate American Black Bears and marine mammals! PAWS also helps shelter and adopt out homeless cats and dogs, runs a low-income spay and neuter clinic, and provides educational programs for kids.

Whatcom Humane Society [Bellingham & Whatcom County, WA]

Disclosure: In addition to running Animals of the Pacific Northwest, I also work as the Development Associate at the Whatcom Humane Society. The inclusion of WHS on this list is not affected by my working relationship with the organization, as even without working there, I fundamentally believe that WHS is doing amazing work in the animal welfare and wildlife rehabilitation fields.

The Whatcom Humane Society is the oldest animal welfare organization in Whatcom County and nowadays, they operate an open admission shelter for domestic animals, animal control for most of Whatcom County, the only full-service wildlife rehabilitation center in a bi-county radius, a farm facility for rescued and adoptable farm animals, outreach and educational programs, and a pet food pantry and a spay/neuter clinic for low-income communities. This organization easily sees more than 5,000 wild and domestic animals come through their doors every year.

There are, of course, so many other wonderful animal welfare, wildlife rehabilitation, and conservation nonprofits bot in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. By supporting them financially and in other ways, you can help support their work fighting for a better world. Today is a wonderful time to do so if your are able to!

What nonprofits and organizations do you support? Let me know in the comments!

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