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Nonprofits of the Month :: August 2010 :: Animal Sanctuaries

August 2, 2010

Animal sanctuaries exist because there are places, people and things that animals need sanctuary from. Chimps are used in labs for animal testing. Elephants are forced to perform silly tricks through submission in circuses. In many states it is legal to own tigers as pets, but once they grow too large they are often abandoned or sold on the black market. Untold millions of dogs and cat are euthanized each year – a lucky few make it to no-kill sanctuaries. Factory farming is the cruelest of all.

The nonprofits below work on every one of these issues and provide sanctuary for all kinds of animals in need, and they pretty good at utilizing social media too. Please friend, follow and fan!

Twitter: Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Facebook: The Elephant Sanctuary of Tennessee
YouTube: Big Cat Rescue
MySpace: Best Friends Animal Society and Sanctuary
Flickr: Farm Sanctuary

Related Links:
The Trouble With Tigers
Free Tony the Tiger
American Anti-Vivisection Society
Factory Farming
Free and Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Database

5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2010 3:52 pm

    It breaks my heart that people can treat animals so poorly. I don’t understand why so many people lack compassion.

    I myself have been using social media to promote a cause that I feel passionate about. Check out the first episode of a YouTube mini-series I made to raise awareness:

    I created this while working as a student intern at the Children’s Medical Research Institute (an Australian Non Profit).

  2. August 5, 2010 8:52 pm

    Thank you for the post about animal sanctuaries, and for including the link to Tony’s blog, Free Tony The Tiger. July 2010 marked the 10th year Tony has be “on display” at Tiger Truck Stop in Louisiana. The FTTT campaign is committed to relocating Tony to an accredited big cat sanctuary such as Big Cat Rescue in Tampa FL.

    • nonprofitorgs permalink
      August 6, 2010 3:54 am

      You are doing a great job. Keep it up!

  3. August 16, 2010 3:25 pm

    What a great cause! I just wanted to let you and your readers know about our Top-Rated Animal Welfare Nonprofits List. There are some great organizations on the list that have been highly reviewed. The list can be found at

    This would also be a great opportunity for anyone who has experience working with an animal sanctuary or other kind of animal-related nonprofit to share their story on

    Thanks for all your great work. We’re big fans of the blog!

    Emma Bundy

  4. September 27, 2010 3:03 pm

    There is also a great sanctuary in upstate NY called the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. They use a three tiered approach of: education, rescue, and nutrition. They do a lot of video and photos to illustrate the importance of these three facets. More info at

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