Animal Rescue Sites
There are many animal welfare organizations in the world, some with a narrow focus and others quite broad in scope, but a few shine as the top animal rescue sites in the world. These are animal rescue sites that either handle a lot of animals, or may offer their services to a small but often neglected type of animal.
- North Shore Animal Rescue League. As the world's largest no-kill animal rescue and adpotion organization, this group has saved over one million animals since 1944. You can use their website as a portal to find an adoptable pet in your area, or visit their home shelter in New York State.
- Best Friends Animal Society. This animal rescue site is the largest in the United States for abused and neglected animals, ranging from common household pets to wildlife taken in from all around the country. The Best Friends Network can be used to find places to adopt, donate, or volounteer. They also have a magazine that covers pet ownership issues, rescue stories, and general animal rescue news.
- International Animal Rescue. Founded in 1989 with offices in the UK, Netherlands, the US, Malta, India, and Indonesia, this group covers a good chunk of the globe, and can put you in touch with other groups if they don't cover an area. This organization offers services for wild animals as well as domestic, in areas of the world that do not have a long history with animal welfare activism, has education programs, and maintains active partenrships with many other animal rescue sites.
- Animal Asia. This animal rescue organization is based in the US and the UK, but works mainly in Asian countries to halt animal cruelty. Their main focus is on ending endangered bear poaching for their bile, and the eating of dogs and cats. They also rescue abused animals, including over 350 moon bears, lobby Asian governments, and send therapy dog envoys to asian hospitals in an effort to educate and develop empathy for domestic animals.
- International Fund for Animal Welfare. This animal rescue site was orginally founded in Canada to work against commercial harp seal hunting, but has expanded its effort to all forms of endangered wildlife across the globe. With a base of 1.2 million supporters, this organization is able to work with regional governments, send experts to train local law enforcement personnel, and engage in multiple ongoing campaigns to stop illegal animal trade. They also provide vetrinary care for animals in impoverished countries, and help their governments to find humane solutions to stray animal problems.