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You can generalize and say that most charities exist to protect and advocate for people, places, and things that cannot effectively do so for themselves. Thus, many charities exist for the aid and protection of children, poor people, the disabled, the elderly, the environment, and for animals.
Charities that protect animals are both local and large-scale and focus on domesticated animals as well as wildlife. Such nonprofit organizations include animal shelters, animal adoption services, PETA, the World Wildlife Fund, and the like.