Since 2006 I have been extensively involved with Animal Aid Unlimited. At Animal Aid I have witnessed first hand, the lives of thousands of animals saved, and a compassionate transformation of an Indian community. This US-based organization runs a busy animal hospital and shelter in Udaipur, Rajasthan India, where ownerless street animals are rescued, healed, loved, and returned to the neighborhoods from where they came. Since 2002 over 30,000 animals have been treated by this inspirational organization. Animal Aid's mission is to both bring relief to suffering animals, and to awaken compassion among people. Showing everyone a path for action is where we begin.
In 2009 I interned at Farm Sanctuary, in New York State. I witnessed first hand their hard work to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living. Farm Sanctuary advocates for animals through investigation, prosecution, legislation and litigation. They are the leading organization within the US fighting for the farm animals that are so commonly disregarded by the rest of the human population.
Although I have not yet have worked directly with Sea Shepherd, I am a huge supporter of this international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Their mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas.
Founded by Jill Robinson in 1998, Animals Asia Foundation is devoted to the welfare of wild and urban animals in Asia. We also work towards the conservation of endangered species. Animals Asia is an Asian-focused registered charity with headquarters in Hong Kong and offices in Australia, China, Germany, Italy, the UK and USA, as well as Moon Bear Rescue Centres in China and Vietnam.
Tree of Life for Animals (TOLFA) is located in Ajmer, India. They run exceptionally successful sterilisation and rabies vaccination projects. Since the start of TOLFA in 2005 they have sterilized, treated and given shelter to thousands of animals in need. The hard work and devotion of the people at TOLFA saves and changes lives everyday.
Snooters is a privately run and funded farm animal sanctuary in Ontario, Canada. They offer safe, forever homes to rescue animals that have come from a variety of places. Some from families who grow tired of them, some from factory farms, some strays & many with disabilities. I have witness the incredible work that is put into keeping the animals in their care happy, comfortable.
The aim of International Animal Rescue is to come to the aid of suffering animals around the world. Wherever possible they return rescued animals to their natural environment, but they also provide permanent sanctuary for animals that can no longer survive in the wild.
Toronto Pig Save aims to erect glass walls at Toronto's slaughterhouses in order to encourage people to try a vegan lifestyle, protect the environment, and support local farm sanctuaries. TPS calls for a just transition for workers as we adjust our food economy to a local, organic, and whole grain plant-based diet.
In Rwanda I had the opportunity to visit with the dedicated veterinarians saving and protecting the magical mountain gorillas. Without the MGVP, mountain gorillas might not exist today. For nearly 20 years, veterinarians have been helping mountain gorillas survive by providing them with life-saving veterinary care for human-caused or life-threatening illnesses and injuries.
I had the opportunity to volunteer with Lamu Animal Welfare Clinic in Lamu, Kenya. They are a small charity providing animal care to local animals that live in the streets, mostly cats. This determined organization alleviates the suffering of thousands of animals that would otherwise receive no medical treatment, as well educate local people about animal welfare. The clinic promotes better treatment of animals as well as providing free services to locals to encourage them to bring their sick and wounded into the clinic. In the last few years over 5,000 animals have been treated here.
India's wildlife is under severe threat. Wildlife SOS is an organization in India that was formed by a small group of individuals inspired to start a movement and make lasting change to protect and conserve India's natural heritage, forests and wildlife wealth. Today, the organization is mainly known for their work eliminating the business of 'dancing bears' in India. But they also have active projects to help leopards, elephants, reptiles and other animals. Their work has evolved into the protection Indian wildlife, conserving habitat, studying biodiversity, conducting research and creating alternative and sustainable livelihoods for erstwhile poacher communities. I have had the opportunity to visit and get to know the founders of this organization and am inspired by their passion and hard work.
A primary focus of the Fauna Foundation in Quebec, Canada is providing for chimpanzees rescued from research. But this non-profit organization works to provide rescue and a permanent home for any animals that have been used, neglected, abused or rejected by humans. Established in 1997, they provide a better life for many different species. Fauna has rescued animals from farming, entertainment, education and research. They are the first sanctuary to accept HIV infected chimpanzees from a laboratory. The care that I have witnessed being given to the animals at Fauna is incredible.
I was lucky enough to witness firsthand the incredible work that The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is doing in Africa. As well as being a powerful force behind wildlife conservation in Africa, the organization recues and rehabilitates orphaned, injured and stranded infant elephants and rhinos. Since 1977 the trust has played a significant role in Kenya's' conservation effort, speaking out when necessary on controversial issues and stepping in to bridge a gap or meet a shortfall that jeopardizes wildlife during times of Governmental economic constraints.
In beautiful south India I spent time volunteering at IPAN. IPAN is an animal welfare organization, dedicated to preventing cruelty towards animals, to improving the health and welfare of domestic and wild animals, and to protecting the environment. The Hill View Farm Animal Refuge run by IPAN is a place for abandoned and injured animals to recover and retire in a peaceful and caring home.
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