There are currently 1.2 million known species of animals across planet Earth, with an estimated 8.7 million species all together if you think about what hasn’t been discovered. That’s a lot of animals. We as humans likely disrupt the lives of many of them without even realizing it. Some are deeply affected by the activities of mankind, and others seem to be unphased, instead of adapting to living alongside us. Since so many animals exist, it’s no surprise that many nonprofit organizations also exist to help out the animals that need it most. Here are a few of the best nonprofit organizations that are making efforts to help animals in need.

Best Friends Animal Society

Hitting a little closer to home, Best Friends Animal Society is on a mission to try and bring an end to pet homelessness. This nonprofit was founded in the 1980s by a group of friends who were tired of seeing the way many shelters treated homeless animals. Best Friends works off of 6 guiding principles – Golden Rule, Kindness, Positive Influence, Leadership, Authenticity, and Transparency. With these principles under their belt, they work on a variety of projects such as fighting against breed discriminatory laws, especially with pit bull terriers. 

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is located in the sunny state of Florida and is on a mission to preserve both marine life and the environment through education, research, and conservation. The organization’s staff also works on a rescue, rehab and release lifestyle, working to save sick and injured animals, help them recover, and then release them back into their natural habitat. At times it isn’t always best to release the animal back into the wild, so CMA works with outside agencies to help make the decision of whether or not it should become a permanent member of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

The Elephant Sanctuary

Based in Tennessee, the Elephant Sanctuary is America’s largest natural habitat refuge for endangered African and Asian elephants. They’ve been providing refuge to elephants for over 25 years and have helped 28 elephants since then, all usually retiring from zoos or circuses. They’re currently housing 11 elephants. One of their biggest goals outside of refuging elephants is to raise awareness to the public of the needs that elephants in captivity require. Due to wanting to make things as natural as possible for the elephants, they’re not open to the public.

American Eagle Foundation

Another one located in Tennessee, this nonprofit organization works to protect the Bald Eagle, the national symbol of the United States. They offer environmental recovery and education programs and care for over 80 birds of prey, all non-releasable. The organization was founded back in 1985 and was actually funded by coin containers held by volunteers in front of multiple Walmart’s in Nashville.