Designated charities


I’ve selected three national nonprofits, and three based in Charlottesville, VA, that I consider especially notable, to which I will be donating a portion of the proceeds of my book.  You might consider also donating to these organizations; where possible, please note “Shayna Sutz” in your transaction:

National nonprofits:

Best Friends  A sanctuary in Utah “where about 1,700 animals are turning their lives around, receiving the medical help they need, and getting love and acceptance to help them overcome their past. While searching for their forever homes, they live in a scenic, healing environment among human and animal friends.”  Donate here.

Pets for Vets  “Our goal is to help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing them with a shelter dog that is specially selected to match his or her personality. Professional animal trainers rehabilitate the dogs and teach them good manners to fit into the veteran’s lifestyle.”  Donate here.

Courthouse Dogs  This organization trains and provides dogs for courtroom settings, for the purpose of helping victims of crimes – particularly children – to feel more comfortable testifying against the accused.  Those who read my book will understand why I feel compelled to help support this organization.  Read this recent news article that alerted me to this remarkable organization.  Donate here.

Charlottesville, VA nonprofits:

Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA  This is where I adopted Shayna, on April 7, 2002.  A remarkable, nationally-renowned no-kill shelter.  Donate here.

Piedmont Court-Appointed Special Advocates  This organization “provides trained volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children, promoting and supporting safe, permanent and nurturing homes for child victims… (and) promotes awareness about child abuse and neglect through community education and outreach.”  Those who read my book will understand why I feel compelled to help support this organization.  Donate here.

Service Dogs of Virginia  This organization raises, trains, and places dogs to assist people with disabilities.  Donate here.


Fetch-A-Cure is a Richmond, VA charity that donates to help pay for cancer treatments for dogs in Virginia.  In early May 2013, in advance of what I thought was going ot be Shayna’s upcoming heart surgery, I submitted my application.  When Shayna needed to have this surgery on an emergency basis on May 29, Fetch-A-Cure’s Companions In Crisis program jumped into action, and within 24 hours had reviewed Shayna’s medical condition, and donated more than half the cost of her surgery.  I will be forever grateful to this amazing charity, and the professionalism with which they came to our aid.
If you can, please donate to help support Fetch-A-Cure here.

Canine Assistants: This remarkable organization trains and provides service dogs to disabled and special needs adults and children. See a 2010 PBS documentary about CA here, and make a donation here.