A former student of mine is heavily involved with Critter Crusaders.I am a volunteer TKD instructor at a non-profit school. Students pay, but we are cheap.
Have been helping the gf with an animal charity Critter Crusaders. They pay for medical treatment for various shelters/rescues all over Iowa. Rescues can't afford to drop a few grand on a surgery, so CC steps in. It's absolutely the lost causes that they save. What's impressive to me as a outsider is that CC has connections at Vet clinics all over Iowa, plus ISU, UW, Colo St. They know the best place to go depending on the injury, and they get great deals from different clinics and vets since it's a charity thing. They have pulled off some miracles!
Also, Angie, GREAT thread idea. Very positive and uplifting, we could all use some of that.
We donate all of our used cans to them now.