Friday, March 2, 2018

#GiveBackGetInvolved: Resources for Animal Welfare and Conservation

March is my birthday month, and it would be my birthday wish for my friends and followers to make a contribution to one or more of the organizations below, if able, and for all of us to be more involved in our communities! If there is an event, organization, or volunteer opportunity you would like to see featured in a future post, please contact me at

Animal Charity Evaluator: organization dedicated to finding and advocating for highly effective opportunities to improve the lives of animals

Anita C. Leight Estuary Center: research and education facility of the Otter Point Creek component of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Abingdon, Maryland, where I volunteered through middle school, high school, and college

Anti-Cruelty Society: Chicago's oldest and largest animal welfare organization, where I adopted my dog Oskar in 2008

ASPCA: the first humane society to be established in North America and, today, one of the largest in the world

Barnyard Sanctuary: facility located in Blairstown, New Jersey, with the mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome farm animals that are displaced, abused, or whose caregivers are experiencing hardships, by providing the animals with a safe, loving and nurturing home

Chicago Bird Collision Monitors: an all-volunteer conservation project dedicated to the protection of migratory birds through rescue, advocacy, and outreach

Chicago Herpetological Society: organization dedicated to educating the general public about reptiles and amphibians, promoting conservation of all wildlife, and encouraging cooperation between amateur and professional herpetologists toward a broader and deeper knowledge of this fascinating field, where I currently volunteer and adopted my snakes Sunshine and Miles

Friends of Scales Reptile Rescue: foster-based reptile, amphibian, and invertebrate not for profit rescue in Wheeling, Illinois, dedicated to the care of ill, injured, neglected, and relinquished herpetiles, with a strong drive for prevention of abuse and neglect through education, rehabilitation, and rehoming

Willowbrook Wildlife Center: native wildlife rehabilitation facility in DuPage County, Illinois, that provides care and medical treatment to injured and orphaned wild animals, and serves as a resource to teach DuPage County's residents about living in harmony with local wildlife

Zooniverse: world's largest and most popular platform for people-powered research made possible by hundreds of thousands of volunteers around the world who come together to assist professional researchers, with no specialized background, training, or expertise required to participate in projects, where I also currently volunteer