03/16/2012 05:47 pm ET Updated Mar 17, 2012

Top Local Nonprofit Of The Month Helping Animals (VOTE!)

Many lesser-known nonprofits nationwide are making all the difference for animals desperate for shelter and for people who can benefit from animal therapy.

And we at HuffPost Impact salute you.

As our second installment of the "Top Nonprofit Of The Month" contest, in collaboration with, we're showcasing 10 outstanding, local nonprofits that are rescuing animals in greatest need and training animals to heal others.

Check out the personal testimonies from people who have witnessed these organizations' benevolent efforts, and cast your vote for the nonprofit you think is doing the most inspiring work.