National Nonprofit Day

If you are anything like me, you were not aware that there was a National Nonprofit Day. Or maybe, you did know, I don’t get out much. And why shouldn’t there be a National Nonprofit Day? There is National Chocolate Day, National Take Your Teddy Bear to Work Day and even Talk Like a Pirate Day. On August 17th, National Nonprofit Day (NND) recognizes the goals and positive impacts nonprofits have on communities and the world.

Nonprofits run the gamut from lawyers that help with low cost legal advice, to medical clinics to nonprofit funeral homes. Through nonprofits, awareness, research, and aid reach the people who need it most. Nonprofits also produce tremendous benefits to their surrounding communities and the broader world. Most nonprofits run on tight budgets, with little funding for program development, training, marketing and communications, or other specialized services.

Some famous non-profits that you may recognize are YMCAs, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Goodwill Industries National and Boys and Girls Club of America. But since we are an “animal minded” blog, let’s talk about some national animal nonprofits:

  1. Austin Pets Alive: Founded in 2008, The Nonprofit is responsible for the formation of different programs like Parvo Puppy ICU and Dog Behavior Program which target the demographics of animals who were previously killed in municipal shelters due to their health or behavior problems. As an organization this non kill shelter has saved over 40,000 dogs and cats who faced euthanasia in other shelters.

  2. Best Friends Animal Society: This nonprofits mission is to, “Bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets.” They thrive on 6 guiding principles like leadership, authenticity, and kindness which directs their efforts to, “demonstrate compassion and respect for all living animals.”  Founded in the 1980s, by a group of like-minded friends, Best Friends Animal Society addresses the cruel and outdated management efforts of many shelters who use killing as a method of population control in their facilities. One of their major projects combats breed discriminatory laws, namely those regarding pit bull terriers, so that the disproportionately high number of those dogs can migrate from a shelter to home with owners who are helping to shatter the negative stereotype that certain breeds carry.

  3. The Humane Society of the United States: This organization, the largest of its kind, helps over 100,000 animals each year with hands-on relief efforts. The Humane Society combats many large, extreme cases of animal cruelty like instances of animal fighting and wildlife trades. They recognize the importance of education on these issues and train others on the prevention of animal cruelty is better understood and more widespread. The Humane Society of the United States leads our nation in advocacy for the humane treatment of a