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January 4, 2010

9 Top Animal Charities on Twitter

This has been the hardest list to do, and I am aware of important charities missing from this list.  Please forgive me, comment, and let me have a second chance at a more refined list later.  For now, however, I just had to go with my gut feelings, and these particular charities stand out on the Twitter scene.  I would have liked to select more wildlife charities, but this will probably be a different list with the exception of the one wildlife charity I have included here.

American Animal Hospital Association Foundation
US and Canada (office in CO)
Bio We provide grants for emergency and non-elective veterinary care of pets in need. AAHA-accredited veterinary practices apply on behalf of their clients.
Why they're on the list: In these tough economic times I admire the American Animal Hospital Association Foundation for helping abandoned pets and pets with financially strapped owners to receive necesarry veterinary care. Their fund enables Veterinarians to be philanthropic, and helps needy families keep their pets. I especially love the stories of "Pets We've Helped" on their web site home page.
Sample Tweet: Approving a grant for Darius, an English Bulldog in WA who has an elongated palate. Poor puppy! Really hope this helps.

Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education & Safety
Peru and USA
Bio Animal, Human health, safety in poorest areas of Peru´s Amazon. Since 2004. Doris Day Animal League Honoree, Brigitte Bardot Fnd. Grantee
Why I'm on this list:  Well, it is my list, after all!  We have changed cultural indifference in the small part of the world where we operate.  We are 100% volunteer driven in the USA.  We are involved with animal rescue, street animal birth control, humane education, wildlife conservation and assisted animal therapy projects.  In addition to a modern clinic we operate a no-kill shelter.  We focus on Twitter above other social media formats. We are a lot poorer than we look!  LOL
Sample Tweet:  Volunteer in Peru! Love dogs? You don't have to be a vet to help out!

Bernie Berlin
Sumner County, Tennessee
Bio My name is Bernie Berlin Author of Artist Trading Card Workshop : I run a full time animal rescue, called A Place To Bark. Life is worth saving! Follow me:)
Why they're on the list: Since it's my list, I can be biased.  I am a Tennessee native, and live in Nashville when not in the Amazon (jungle, not bookstore!). The South is the worst region of the USA to be an abandoned dog.  Did you know many New England rescue organizations regularly work to save dogs from the South?  Bernie Berlin (love her name) saves dogs from high-kill rate shelters.  Her shelter is truly a no-kill shelter, like ours at Amazon CARES! 
Sample Tweet:  Planning to get started on finishing the shelter!!! 2 weeks & we start building, baby!!! WooHoo... YOWZA:)

@Big Cat Rescue
Big Cat Rescue
Tampa, FL 33625
Bio Providing permanent home to 100+ lions, tigers & wild cats. Ending the breeding, trade, use and abuse w/ better laws at
Why They're on my list:  In the Amazon we see so many oncilla and jaguar babies taken in as pets and then abandoned when they grow larger.  It is a terrible fate for many wildlife animals here.  I can't ignore the work of this tremendous organization.  Recently they have been more interactive with Amazon CARES on Twitter, and I appreciate their taking time to give us a shout out or a hello.
Sample Tweet:  CatBlog 'Homesick' tiger to be kept under 24x7 surveillance: 'Homesick' tiger to be kept under 24x7 surveillance200...

Black Dog Rescue
North Ogden, Utah
Bio Black Dog Rescue Project provides education to improve adoption rates for homeless black dogs. Spread the Word... Save a Life!
Why they're on the list: "Black Dog Syndrome is a very real phenomenon. Rescues and shelters around the country know that black dogs are the last to be adopted and among the first to be euthanized." from their website.  I couldn't say it better.
Sample Tweet:  Bambi - a tripod lab with a rough start finds her forever home in time for Christmas!

Dogs Trust
Bio Tweets by Dogs Trust digital team: Alex, Lo & manager Jacqui. Erm... woof? Bark! Whiiiine...
No kill and 100% funded by donation, this UK based charity saved 16,000 dogs last year!  They have various giving options to fit many budgets.  All in all, a very professonal organization, and one of the few "big ones" that made this list.
Sample Tweet:  *beaming* RT: @MrPCollins: Sponsored a @dogstrust dog for my girlfriend for Christmas. Perfect until we can adopt a real one!

United States
Bio: (In Memory Of Magic): To better the lives of sick, injured, abused animals. To educate about proven health risks for unaltered animals.
Why they're on the list:  Their name struck a chord, as my work is dedicated to the memory of Gretchen, my 14 ear old pet that passed away while I made the decision to live in Peru.  They are 100% volunteer driven.  That I can relate to as well!
Sample Tweet: Many people don't know that IMOM is a 100% volunteer-based organization. Fortunately, our family, spouses, & children love animals too. :)
Sample Tweet:  IMOM pledged $400 to Daisy-Doo, a dog needing emergency back surgery today.

Ratbone Rescues
Bio Ratbone Rescues, a Rat Terrier Rescue founded in 1999, is a 501(c)(3) National Rescue organization dedicated to helping Rat Terriers in need.
Why they're on the list:  It's hard to hghlight a breed rescue group, as all dog breeds of worthy of special attention.  However, on Twitter, RatboneRescues really thrives, raising the profile of their charity while making new friends and supporting others.  Their website sells great goodies.  Despite running my own charity in need of funds, I couldn't help myself and purchased this great tee-shirt.

Teeny's Friends
Austin, Tx
Bio Teeny's Friends is an organization dedcated to providing toys for needy dogs
Why they're on the list: Teeny lives up to a much bigger name!  How can one not adore and smile at his happy grin!?  Providing toys to shelter dogs is a great idea to involve the community (through toy drives) and bring attention to rescue oranizations.  Busy staff & volunteers don't have time to socialize with the shelter animals, and something as teeny as a toy can make a big difference in a dog's mental stimulation.  This makes the dog more likely to be adopted!  Additionally, Teeny is a friend to EVERYONE, with fun, interactive tweets.  Teeny recently admitted a desire to join me in Peru for fun New Year's Eve celebrations!!  LOL
Sample Tweet:  We are trying to think of our New Year's resolutions and would love it if you would all share some of yours with us!
Sample Tweet:  Teeny's Friends 1-fur-1 tug toy 4 sale on our blog! For each 1 bought, we donate 1 to needy dogs. Only $4.99!