If nothing breaks your heart more than the thought of animals being neglected or abused, you probably want to give money to an animal charity. But who should you give to?
The Good Cause Co. has evaluated three of Australia’s most well known animal charities to help answer this question:
Which animal charity is the best?
Of this group, we did not see any outstanding animal charities. Two of the charities we reviewed achieved our ‘Donate’ recommendation: Animals Australia and Lort Smith. These charities demonstrate a basic level of trustworthiness and display signs that they are probably effective, but need to give more evidence of their effectiveness before we are able to recommend with confidence. We issued a 'Do not donate' recommendation for RSPCA Australia. The reason we suggest avoiding RSPCA Australia is that it is unclear what they do. The operational and funding arrangement between RSPCA Australia and its state and territory Societies is ambiguous. They also do not give evidence that they are effective.
Of the better animal charities, who should I give to?
There are two approaches that animal charities use to protect and care for animals - advocacy and direct action. To decide which animal charity you should give to, think about how you want your donation spent.
If you think the best way to care for animals is by advocating government to change laws and implement policies that offer better animal protection (like banning live exports), donate to Animals Australia.
If you would prefer your money to be given directly to those providing veterinary services to animals in need, donate to Lort Smith.
The Good Cause Co.’s “Should I Give To…” provides independent evaluations of Australia’s largest charities. We will be publishing over 50 critical reviews of charities that are seeking your donation. It’s time to find out which Australian charities are the star performers!