10 charities that help Ontario animals to support on Giving Tuesday

Dec 1 2020, 3:02 pm

While Black Friday and Cyber Monday are days dedicated to emptying wallets and filling closets, Giving Tuesday is all about — you got it — giving back.

This year the COVID pandemic has made it extra hard on non-profit organizations and charities, many that rely on in-person fundraisers, to raise cash for operating expenses. And animal welfare organizations, rescues, sanctuaries and support groups are no exception.

This holiday season, there are so many ways for people to give back to our less fortunate four-legged (and two-legged and winged) friends.

Here’s a list of 15 charities helping animals in the Toronto area and across Ontario.

Know another great animal charity that could use a hand this winter? Tweet me at @darcynews or leave a comment below!

Toronto Cat Rescue

Toronto Cat Rescue

Toronto Cat Rescue

TCR’s mission is to rescue and find homes for abandoned, sick or injured cats from situations of abuse, neglect or imminent euthanasia. The group currently has 18 cats and kittens for adoption.

Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary

Esther the Wonder Pig

Esther the Wonder Pig

Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary, located in Campbellville, Ontario, is the home of Canada’s most famous pig: Esther, the Wonder Pig. HEEF is dedicated to rescuing abused, neglected, and abandoned farmed animals — and to educate the public about the true nature of farmed animals through tours, volunteer programs, and community outreach.

Ontario SPCA and Humane Society



The OSPCA offers community-based sheltering, animal wellness services, provincial animal transfers, spay/neuter services, animal rescue, animal advocacy, Indigenous partnership programs and humane education. This year alone, it’s helped adopt out 1,390 animals and spay or neuter more than 4,000.

Canadian Horse Defence Coalition


Jann Arden beside a well-loved draft horse to show the size of the horses sent overseas (@jannarden/Instagram)

CHDC is a collective of groups that have joined together in hopes of banning the slaughter of horses for human consumption in Canada. It is currently lobbying to ban the exportation of live horses overseas for the same purpose. Most recently, singer Jann Arden joined forces with the group and launched its #horseshit campaign to draw attention to the issue.

Animal Justice

Animal Justice is Canada’s only national animal law advocacy organization and has been outspoken in its mission to ending abuse on Canadian factory farms. That includes fighting against the passage of so-called Ag-gag laws that would make undercover investigations into cruelty illegal. Its latest alleged farm animal abuse footage, shown in a CTV W5 investigation, will be the last legally obtained undercover footage from an Ontario farm.

Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides


Lions Foundation of Canada

Lions Foundation of Canada’s mission is to assist Canadians with a medical or physical disability by providing them dog guides at no cost.

CNIB Guide Dogs

Comedy for the Dogs

CNIB Guide dog

CNIB Guide Dogs raises, trains and matches dogs with Canadians who are blind or partially sighted. Its work as a blind foundation is powered by a network of volunteers, donors and partners from coast to coast to coast.

Society for Humane Science

Society for Humane Science is Canada’s first and only registered charity working solely to replace the use of animals in science with human-relevant, non-animal alternatives.

Exposed Wildlife Conservancy

Exposed Wildlife Conservancy

Exposed Wildlife Conservancy

The EXPOSED Wildlife Conservancy is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to creating visual content and photography to inform, educate and enable change. This includes exposing people to the beauty of wild places and the wildlife within them to provide a better understanding of why they deserve our protection.

Canadian Horse Rescue and Re-Homing Society

Canadian Horse Rescue and Re-Homing Society

Canadian Horse Rescue and Re-Homing Society

The Canadian Horse Rescue and Re-Homing Society is dedicated to rescuing and, yes, rehoming Canadian horses at risk of slaughter. Its role is to provide temporary shelter until permanent homes can be found.


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