The Animals for Armed Forces Foundation® – is dedicated to reducing the number of sheltered animals in the country while, at the same time, giving U.S. veterans and current members of the military affectionate and loyal pets. Animals for Armed Forces also works to educate the public using social media and other platforms about the great services performed daily by heroic servicemen and women.
Ocean Defenders Alliance
Ocean Defenders Alliance – was one of the first organizations to offer conduct hands-on, ocean floor cleanup servicesoperations—and remains the only organization in the State of California with this sole mission. To date, Alliance ODA crewsteams have cleaned up many thousands of pounds of deadly marine debrisrefuse during hundreds of dive excursions, and liberated countless fish and marine mammals from the masses of discarded netting, traps, cages, lines, and other trash.
Another important aspect of the ODAAlliance’s work is to raisinge awareness about commercial fishing practices to restaurants, grocery chains, and other seafood retailers. The team also conducts seminars and presentations at schools, dive and fishing clubs, and expositions in order to educate the public about the dangers of polluting our oceans.
The Wildcat Sanctuary
The Wildcat Sanctuary – is a rescue sanctuary that keeps and cares for wild cats that have either been seized by government wildlife officials or voluntarily surrendered by former owners. More than 100 cats are currently housed by the sanctuary. The new construction of Feline Meadows will provide free-roaming habitats for bobcats and other small wild cats. It also will have a central temperature-controlled building where animals can escape the elements.
The Wildcat Sanctuary is a 501c3 non-profit, rescue facility located in Sandstone, Minnesota with facilities that include a large outdoor habitat that allows the cats to roam freely. The Sanctuary has rescued captive born wild cats from over 29 states and 2 countries.
MuttNation Foundation – has successfully raised money across the country to aid organizations and governmental institutions or entities that build animal shelters for better care, increase pet adoption and encourage responsible pet guardianship, rehabilitate sick or unsocialized animals, fund spay/neuter programs, reduce/eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals, and train shelter dogs for purposes of therapy programs, assistance for wounded military personnel, and dogs-in-prisons programs. As a family operated 501(c)3 organization, the goal of MuttNation is to have every donated dollar assist animals in need.
Animal Defenders International
Animal Defenders International – was founded in 1990. With offices in Los Angeles, London and Bogota, ADI campaigns across the globe on animals in entertainment, providing technical advice to governments, securing progressive animal protection legislation, drafting regulations and rescuing animals in distress. ADI has a worldwide reputation for providing video and photographic evidence exposing the behind-the-scenes suffering in industry and supporting this evidence with scientific research on captive wildlife and transport. ADI rescues animals all over the world and educates the public on animals and environmental issues. ADI has received many celebrity endorsements, which include Ricky Gervais, Sir Paul McCartney, Corey Feldman and Bob Barker.
Logan’s Law – requires that those convicted of a crime against animals pay a yearly fine to the registry, as well as update their current address. Proponents of connected bills HB4534 and HB4535 anticipate that the cost of maintaining the registry would be covered by the offenders’ yearly fines. While animal adoption centers would be required to check the registry before allowing animals to be adopted, animal retailers will be under no such legal obligation. Nonetheless, access to the registry would be open to everyone, and anyone privately selling animals is free to check the list before finalizing a sale. While the registry prevents animal abusers from adopting animals, it also levies a fine of $1,000 and/or one year in jail to any Humane Society official that allows the adoption of an animal to anyone on the registry.
Paw Project – as produced a documentary film explicitly showing the effects declawing has on cats. Declawed cats often feel discomfort for the rest of their lives. Many have difficulty walking, they cannot defend themselves, and are disproportionately abandoned to shelters and to the streets because the declawing process affects their behavior, causing them to be erratic, nervous and unsocial.
Star Eco Station
The STAR Eco – Education began as a children’s outreach and enrichment program in 1986 in Culver City, CA. Eleven years later, the Bozzi family founded STAR Eco Station as a subsidiary of STAR Education. Housing over 200 rescued exotic animals at any given time, the STAR Eco Station is a last chance for exotic animals that have been turned away by other facilities. Animals often arrive in terrible condition; neglected, injured, sick, or suffering from emotional distress. The animals are sheltered, given the necessary medical treatment, and provided with expert care. In addition to rescuing exotic animals, the STAR Eco Station offers educational programs for the public and schools in over 40 California school districts. Through public tours, field trips, assemblies, workshops, events, and day camp, visitors are given a first-hand experience with parrots, reptiles, wild cats, small mammals and aquatic life.
Leader Dogs – for the Blind (http://www.leaderdog.org) was founded in 1939 by three Detroit area Lions Club members. The men were unable to obtain guide dog training for a visually impaired friend, so they set out to open their own guide dog training facility from a farm in Rochester. To date, Leader Dogs for the Blind has trained more than 14,500 guide dogs.
The dogs are housed by volunteer puppy raisers for one year before returning to Leader Dog for their formal guide dog training. Leader Dog clients are screened to ensure that their needs and lifestyle are appropriate to partnership with a guide dog. The welfare of the dogs is as high a priority as the training of the clients.
Leader Dogs for the Blind also has a career changed dog adoption program, where dogs that are either found to be unsuitable for guide dog services, or are changing careers can be introduced into a family as a pet, or employed as a service dog in another vocation.
Barks of Love
Barks of Love was established in 2008 with the purpose of placing shelter dogs with stable and loving permanent residences. Although there is no centralized boarding facility for the dogs, Barks of Love does use a large network of foster homes for the dogs, which provides the animals with the necessary supplies, training and medical care.
Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was established as a 30 acre habitat in 1984 by Pat Derby and Ed Stewart in Galt, California. The facility, called PAWS ARK 2000, has since grown to over 2,300 acres and moved to central California where it is home to three female African elephants, three female Asian elephants, two bull Asian elephants, eight bears, six African lions, five primates and 29 tigers.
For the past 30 years, PAWS has been a champion for exotic animals, and has not only ensured the protection and safety of performing animals, but has also worked internationally for animal preservation and rescue. PAWS assisted with the founding of habitats in India, Cambodia, Africa and Mexico, where exotic animal poaching is rampant.
Cedar Rapids AniMeals
Cedar Rapids AniMeals is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization operated exclusively by volunteers. It offers food and spaying/neutering assistance to pet owners who are receiving social security or disability assistance. Currently, it serves more than 400 pets monthly, including dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets. Cedar Rapids AniMeals works closely with local veterinarians to subsidize spay or neuter procedures for dogs and cats enrolled in the program.
Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
Institute for Marine Mammal Studies – began in 1984 as an educational resource for both public and private services needing information about the biology of marine life. The center offers expert medical care for injured marine mammals, as well as state of the art research facilities and funds for graduate students in the field of marine mammal science. Additionally, the IMMS also initiates periodic beach clean-ups, animal rescue and community outreach services for the purpose of instilling pride in Gulf Coast communities.
Ace of Hearts
Ace of Hearts – “We are a 501c-3 dog rescue foundation dedicated to rescuing dogs, the day they are to be euthanized, from various Los Angeles shelters and placing them in loving homes. We do NOT take dogs in … we rescue only from shelters. The Ace of Hearts Foundation is in memory of “Ace”, a wonderful American Bull dog who was rescued from death, and touched the lives of many! (Especially founder Kari Whitman!) We rescue all breeds…and don’t discriminate against any!”
ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide.
The Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. We rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. We’re there for all animals, across America and around the world.
Foster Parrots, Ltd
Foster Parrots, Ltd is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and sanctuary of unwanted, languishing and abused captive parrots and other displaced exotics.