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All creatures great and small

CFC spotlights animal welfare

Animal care includes veterinary and other services.

The Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week is animal welfare.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated,” Mahatma Gandhi said.

When we help animals, we help ourselves.

The ways to support this sector are almost endless. Options include:

• Rescue organizations and shelters;

• Specific animals, such as endangered species, marine mammals, pets, ocean life — even guinea pigs and donkeys have their own rescue groups;

• Advocacy groups;

• Nonprofits that train guide dogs for the blind and others with disabilities;

• Groups that work to ease the suffering of farm animals; and

• International groups.

If you are still unsure of where to focus your giving in this category, the website for the campaign, also known as the CFC, makes it easy:

Under “Donors” on the home page, choose “Online Charity Search” from the drop-down menu.

The second field is “Select a Specific Category.” From there, choose “Animal-Related.” Thirty-seven pages of charities devoted to animals can help guide your choice.

The Combined Federal Campaign is the federal government’s workplace charity drive. The latest campaign began Sept. 1 and runs through Jan. 15.

Participation in the CFC is voluntary.

The website has more information.

This is the sixth in a series of articles spotlighting the Combined Federal Campaign’s Cause of the Week. Next week: faith-based charities.