Giving Tuesday: This year, Dec. 3 – is a global day of online charity giving that helps balance out all those post-Thanksgiving days of spending: Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. On Giving Tuesday last year, people around the world made 3.6 million online donations totaling more than $400 million to the charities of their choice. While this is a worldwide event, it’s also very local: There are 1,586 Maryland nonprofits participating in Giving Tuesday, including many in Anne Arundel County.

One of those is very dear to our hearts: Friends of Anne Arundel County Animal Care & Control. Our nonprofit was created by shelter volunteers in 2014 to help improve and save the lives of its homeless pets. Friends of AACACC pays for things the shelter cannot afford, such as: urgent care at local vet hospitals for severely ill or injured animals; medications for all the animals who arrive at the shelter infested with fleas and/or ticks; weekly pet exams at the shelter by a veterinarian (there still is no vet on staff) and microchips for all adopted cats and dogs so they can be reunited with their owners if they get lost. This year, a supporter of Friends of AACACC will match up to $10,000 in donations made to us on Giving Tuesday through this website or our Facebook page.

If you do not share our passion for helping homeless pets, so many other good causes– local, national and international – could use your assistance. Whatever the cause, your Giving Tuesday donation to a nonprofit will do something no Black Friday shopping spree is apt to do: make this world just a little bit better. #givingTuesday