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Unheralded: Lesser Known Nonprofits that Help Homeless Animals

By: Brittany Engelmann-- 2017-03-28 6:03 am --

In the past few years pet adoption from shelters and rescue groups has gained popularity for those seeking a new furry family member.

But cats and dogs aren’t the only animals who end up in search of a new home. From donkeys to big cats, there are many animal rescues that you have likely never heard of.

The Conservators Center

Located in North Carolina, The Conservator’s Center boasts the largest population of lions and big cats in the Southeast. But it’s not just large felines that they rescue. The Center is also home to binturongs, Fennec foxes, kinkajous and even a few domestic canines help keep everyone entertained. According to the Conservator’s Center website, the animals come “from a variety of situations. Some of our much older animal residents came to us from dire negligent circumstances, or as an alternative to euthanasia.”

National Fox Welfare Society

In the UK, foxes are facing a crisis. With the human population growing their habitat is getting smaller, and with limited habitat comes increased risk of disease. In particular, Sarcoptic mange and Toxoplasmosis have ravaged some fox populations.

Thanks to the all-volunteer organization National Fox Welfare Society, some foxes receive treatment for their ailments, are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. And for those less fortunate foxes who can’t be released, there are foster parents waiting to give them a permanent home.

Aruba Donkey Sanctuary

When the Spanish Conquistadors colonized Aruba, they brought donkeys with them to help out.  Donkeys were the primary mode of transportation around the island until the 1970’s when cars became increasingly common. As people purchased cars and their donkey’s services were no longer needed, they became free to roam the island.

However, this resulted in an increase in disease and injuries from cars, and one group felt something needed to be done to address the issue. 

In 1997 the Aruba Donkey Sanctuary was started. It operates as a safe haven for “wild” donkeys. Each donkey gets a name and receives the benefits of living at the sanctuary, including being petted and eating apples.

Southeast Llama Rescue

The mission of Southeast Llama Rescue is to “protect the quality of life and improve the well being of abused, neglected, unwanted and behaviorally unmanageable llamas through prevention, education, intervention, placement and lifelong care.”

Llamas may be cute, but they don’t necessarily make great pets. Often people purchase llamas to have as pets due to their cuddly appearance and quickly find out that looks can be deceiving. Southeast Llama Rescue seeks to find better situations for llamas who have found themselves in less than ideal situations and place them in new homes where they are understood and well cared for.

How you can help

If you’re looking for a way to support your favorite animal rescue, the Dollar Days 5% Give-Back Program can help. You’ll be prompted at checkout to nominate your favorite nonprofit, and we’ll donate 5% of your total merchandise purchase to the organization you choose! It’s that easy!