Times are tight. Thanks to a few creative websites, now it’s easier than ever to help animals in need. With a few simple changes to your daily online behavior, you can support animal welfare organizations, including your favorite local shelters and rescues, without spending a penny. Look what you can do.



Kibble for Your Thoughts
and Freekibblekat.com donate ten pieces of tasty kibble to shelter pets when you answer a daily trivia question at one or both of their sites. Visit the sites, support the pets and pick up some fun pet facts while you’re there.


Click Here to Give
Visit The Animal Rescue Site to provide food and care to animals in need. Just click the purple “Click Here to Give – it’s FREE” button and site sponsors pick up the tab for animals at pet shelters supported by the Petfinder Foundation, the Fund for Animals renowned animal sanctuaries, the North Shore Animal League and other worthy pet causes supported by the GreaterGood.org foundation.


Click Away
Thanks to Care2’s Race for Pets in Need all you have to do is “Click to Help” up to once per day and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Rural Area Veterinary Services program receives a donation. So start clicking today – 100% of the donations cover the costs to spay and neuter, vaccinate and provide check-ups to homeless pets.


Search for Homeless Pets
Put your daily web searches to work for pets. GoodSearch.com, a Yahoo-powered search engine donates a penny per search to the cause of your choice. Just pick a charity or add your own to their database of thousands and search away as you normally would – those pennies really add up.


Search and Rescue
Start any web search from Dogpile.com and you help generate funds for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for homeless pets. Help dogpile.com raise one million dollars for pet rescue in 2009 without spending a cent. It’s easy. So far, the tally is over $185,000.


Give More, Get More
Begin your shopping at an online mall that donates a percentage of every purchase to your favorite charity. Visit Goodshop.com, sister site of Goodsearch, and between .5 and 9 percent of your purchase price will be donated to the charity of your choice at no cost to you. You’ll find more than 700 retailers – Amazon, Target, Bloomingdale’s, Sephora and Best Buy are just a few of the stores that participate.

Other websites that offer similar charitable giving through shopping include GreaterGood.com and iGive.com.