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How do you donate to animal rescue centers?

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Donations to animal rescue shelters are often procured through links on their websites. If no link is available, rescues often list addresses to which monetary donations can be sent on the contact page of their websites.

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Monetary donations are not the only donations sought by animal rescue centers. Often, rescues provide wish lists—either on their websites or registered through a site like Amazon.com—that describe needed items that directly benefit the animals for which they care. These lists can contain items ranging from packs of paper towels to large bags of animal food. Items typically can be purchased and shipped to the address listed on the rescue's website.

Sometimes the best donation an animal rescue center can receive costs absolutely nothing. Volunteering to help a rescue by representing them at community events or working hands-on with the animals in their care is considered a rewarding experience. Reputable rescues, particularly ones with 501(c)3 non-profit, tax deductible status, typically do not have paid employees. Instead, they rely on volunteers for the day to day operation of the rescue. Many rescues also need help behind the scenes in areas such as web design, accounting, grant writing, volunteer recruitment and engagement, fund raising or event planning.

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