DONATION TIPS: Tall Tails Doggie Day Care Encourages Support of Local Shelters

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As PETA and other nationally-known animal charities come under fire, local shelters emerge as the ideal venues for charitable giving—and Massachusetts business Tall Tails Doggie Day Care says local donations can make a much greater impact.

For animal lovers, the chance to make charitable donations to shelters and rescues is always a welcome opportunity. According to recent reports, however, these animal lovers would do well to do their research and select their chosen charity with care. Reports have come out showing that PETA, a nationally known organization famous for its staunch defense of animal rights, might not be living up to its own high standards. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have revealed that, in 2010 and 2011, the Norfolk PETA shelter killed nearly all of the adaptable animals in its care. For Massachusetts business Tall Tails Doggie Day Care, this report should encourage animal lovers to make their donations to smaller, locally based shelters.

“With such large organizations, it is simply much more difficult for the consumer to know where his or her money is actually going,” notes Jordan Holt, the owner of Tall Tails Doggie Day Care. “By making donations to smaller, local organizations, it is much easier to do the homework and deduce exactly where the funding is going, and to see first-hand that the organization is doing good work on behalf of the animals in the community.”

The Tall Tails Doggie Day Care owner is not the only one encouraging animal lovers to make their donations to local shelters as opposed to national chains. An editorial from the Times of Trenton notes that while an organization like PETA might be good at raising awareness regarding important pet-related issues, smaller shelters can “more efficiently provide care.”

Holt agrees. “Giving to national organizations means that the local branches, which actually do the brunt of the hands-on work with animals, receive just a fraction of the donation,” he notes. “Meanwhile, giving to smaller shelters means that the full donation can be allocated to the work being done with adoptable cats and dogs.” He says it is also easier to get a feel for the values and priorities of these smaller shelters, ensuring that they are not putting animals down with the same frequency as the Norfolk PETA shelter.

Holt’s company, Tall Tails Doggie Day Care, offers full- and half-day playtime packages for dogs in the Charlestown, Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford areas.


Tall Tails Doggie Day Care is a Massachusetts business dedicated to providing pet owners with affordable alternatives to leaving their pets at home all day. Serving Cambridge, Charlestown, Somerville, and Medford, the facility offers all-day play options for the dogs enrolled. Tall Tails Doggie Day Care was founded by Jordan Holt, and can be reached via


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