Giving Back

Giving Tuesday

Chimpanzees Conservation Jane Goodall Research

I didn't have to think too hard about our November donation... it was (literally) staring me in the face this morning! As I flipped my calendar to the new month, this sweet guy appeared: This is the December image from the Jane Goodall Institute's 2020 calendar. It celebrates the 60th anniversary of her groundbreaking research on the wild chimpanzees at Gombe National Park in Tanzania. I'm not sad to see this strange year move on, but I will miss seeing these wonderful images each month. Hats off to Ms. Goodall and her team.  

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Looking Back But Moving Forward

General Info

In the first blog post (in 2017) I published a list of animal-welfare organizations that I wanted everyone to know about. Now that it's 2020, it's time to update the list with organizations mentioned in the last three years, as well as some new additions:Alley Cat Allies​Animal Law & Statutes of LimitationsAnimal Legal Defense FundAmerican HumaneBeagle Freedom ProjectChicago Bird Collision MonitorsThe Elephant SanctuaryGiraffe Conservation FoundationGreyhounds OnlyGuardians of RescueThe Honeybee ConservancyMontana Grizzly EncounterNational Anti-Vivisection SocietyA big thanks to friends and readers who contributed to this second list, and an even bigger thanks to anyone dedicated to helping this world to be a better place.

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Not Out of Danger

Disaster Relief

I'm returning from a long blog hiatus with a gentle plea to please give whatever you can to help the wildlife that has been deeply affected by the natural disasters in Australia. First the draught, then the raging fires, and now extreme rains are causing floods. ​Here are a few amazing organizations dedicated to that cause:• WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc.) has been rescuing and caring for wildlife for over 30 years and is the largest wildlife rescue organization in Australia. They currently have 3,000 volunteers in 28 branches, and have a dedicated Rescue Office that operates 365 days a year...

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Something to Smile About

Services

Many children around the world are living with untreated clefts. Most have difficulties eating, breathing, hearing, and speaking. Smile Train is an international children’s charity that supports 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care for children globally. Their sustainable model empowers local medical professionals to provide cleft care in their own communities.Every child with a cleft needs more than just surgery — they may also need dental care, orthodontics, and speech therapy. Where these services are available, they do everything they can to provide them to their patients. Smile Train has supported more than one million cleft surgeries since 1999. Every 5 minutes,...

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Loss

Disaster Relief

Our donation this month goes to Direct Relief, one of the many admirable charities helping those affected by the devastating wildfires in California. I know there are several charities involved in this huge rescue effort, but I especially admire that Direct Relief is fully transparent about where the donated funds go: Direct Relief will use all contributions designated for the California wildfires solely for relief and recovery efforts related to the California wildfires. Direct Relief’s donation policy includes no fine print, disclaimer, or qualification. Direct Relief is in close communication with state, county and local health officials about medical needs that may...

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