You realize of course that very little of the money that these sad commercials brings in actually helps the pets? Your money would be much better spent - as would everyone's money - being donated locally to a shelter. And then work to improve the laws that currently do not make animal abuse enough of a crime, and work with shelters on publicizing spay and neuter so that fewer animals are born into the world. Work to ensure inspections that would shut down puppy mills. This makes a real difference, the money you are guilted into sending from those commercials does not. In the US alone, there are almost 4 million cats and dogs, kittens and puppies put to death in the US every year, mostly because of allowing pets to breed, and then not having enough homes for them.