Non-Ranked Nonprofit Reviews: National Animal Welfare, Rights, & Protection 2011

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Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein
Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

This is the complete list of all non-ranked nonprofits reviewed by our experts. We do not have enough information at this time to recommend these organizations, but have provided you with the complete expert reviews to learn more.


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American Humane Association (18 recommendations) American Humane Association has been a leader in child and animal protection since the late 19th century, and has brought about great improvements in the lives of pets and farm animals without the radical methods and politics of other national organizations such as PETA or Humane Society of the United States. It offers a creditable, authoritative and objective source of information about pets and farm animals to journalists, elected officials, law enforcement, educators, veterinarians and the general public.
American Humane Association
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http://www.americanhumane.org/

Evidence of Impact

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American Humane Association has been a leader in child and animal protection since the late 19th century, and has brought about great improvements in the lives of pets and farm animals without the radical methods and politics of other national organizations such as PETA or Humane Society of the United States. It offers a creditable, authoritative and objective source of information about pets and farm animals to journalists, elected officials, law enforcement, educators, veterinarians and the general public.
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They fulfill a unique niche of link between animal cruelty and family violence and also have a unique "no animals were harmed" certification.
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They have a long standing record of work in animal and child welfare. They have a strong diverse staff. They have some focus on research, which is badly needed in the area of animal welfare.
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They have developed food animal husbandry and best practice guidelines are best suited for working with agriculture. Their middle ground position with animal protection is paramount in their standards.
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This is a longstanding and effective organization committed to both child and animal welfare. Their animal related work covers a broad range of animals and contexts (e.g., companion animals, emergency services, farm animals and animals in entertainment). The organization is constructively shedding more light on human animal connections and interactions in a way which encourages small but steady progress for both human and animal welfare.
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This organization has a long history of animal welfare involvement and are currently refocusing on this critical need. They have a national network that knows the field.

Organizational Strengths

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The American Humane Association's early understanding and investigation of the human-animal bond has shaped how Americans now understand and treat animals. Its Animal Assisted Therapy program has helped children to learn social skills, patients to rehabilitate and demonstrates that animals can be part of the cure. Yet AHA is not sitting on its laurels - it is constantly seeking new ways to prevent abuse and neglect of children and animals.
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The American Humane Association is long lived with over 100 years in animal welfare business and they have strong standards.
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They have a tempered, cooperative and seemingly professional approach to many issues. They work with affected interests to monitor and improve animal welfare.
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They have a limited but knowledgeable staff and leadership that bridges animal and human needs/welfare. They have a specific research focus and are putting resources toward evidence-based research to address critical issues.

Areas for Improvement

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They should expand programs to a greater national level, seek partnerships in allied fields for greater impact, such as American Humane Association has recently done with the AVMA for its adopt-a-cat initiative.
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The organization is going through severe re-alignment in both management and staff. Currently they have limited financial depth and security.
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Their focus and work in animal welfare has declined over the last few years but it is my opinion that they are not redirecting their attention and resources toward this field.
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AHA has had leadership problems at least since the 1980's, although many would say it has been since the 1950's. They are constantly on the verge of financial failure. AHA has had a lot of turnover in CEO, senior staff and program focus for several decades. AHA seems to either design good programs and then not support them, or tries to copy the programs of other organizations and interferes with the efforts of others. AHA needs to find its own niche and focus on helping animals, not competing with other groups.
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This organization is in dire need of restructuring and turn-around leadership. It has in the past had a huge impact on animal welfare, but has lost its identity/brand, and the public as well as the animal welfare community do not know who they are any more. They need to focus on their mission and they need visibility to their fellow animal welfare colleagues. They also need to work collaboratively and get input from the industry if they are going to survive.
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A strength is probably that the organization has name recognition however the name is misleading as the organization supports and promotes policies seen by many in the animal protection movement has "inhumane" and contrary to the goals of the movement. This organization could improve particularly in the farmed animal welfare by basing policies that actually have an impact on animal welfare rather than focus on placating the industry. They could also improve its certification of animals used in film, to ensure that animals used in film are not abused, their assurance of no harm has become meaningless.
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Until the AHA stops being an apologist for the animal training (for movies, TV, and ads) industry, they will have no credibility in my book. Their monitoring of the use of animals on set is used as an excuse and justification for the continued cruel exploitation of trained exotic animals in the film and TV industry. They do not monitor training off set, so even if an animal is not beaten or injured on set, that doesn't mean they weren't behind closed doors. The AHA is paid by the movie and TV industry, which is an enormous conflict of interest, and even when they take a rare stand and fail to give their 'no animals were harmed' seal of approval, it has no impact on whether a movie is released or people go to see it. To include the AHA on this list is, in my opinion, an insult to the other organizations listed here, as well as an insult to the many excellent organizations who are absent from this list who are not apologists for an industry that abuses and exploits animals.
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They are re-inventing itself. They have a long history and strong reputation but is slipping. They have a bright future ahead. The sector misses their presence and moderate stance. Important programs remain, including disaster preparedness, food animal certification. They should choose to focus on children or animals and get on with it.
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I don't know they have done any work in the farm animal arena.
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The farm animal standards this group implements are appalling weak. AHA has aligned itself with the animal use industry and is serving as their puppet.
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AHA has, in my opinion, been a negative, rather than positive, voice for animals in agriculture.
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They are too concerned with what animal-using industries think of them (film, agribusiness, etc.).
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This organization recently reduced its commitment to animal protection activities in preference to its child protective side. Those who remain on the animal protection side for disaster response and statistics are capable.
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This organization capitalizes on a name that suggests it is dedicated to animal protection and on its cozy relationship with the entertainment industry in Hollywood. However, it has compromised itself to the industry it supposedly oversees, i.e. the movie industry, that it is now complicit in the horrific animal abuse upon which the training of animal used in entertainment is based. The organization now gives cover to an industry that is doing nothing to protect the animals it ruthlessly exploits for profit.
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American Humane Association may be the most effective voice in it's mission for children, and perhaps in protection of animals in the film industry, but for animals they are so quiet as to be virtually off the stage all together. I follow this movement closely and over the past 10 years they have nearly disappeared it seems, in terms of achievement and audible voice for animals in terms of broad public reach.
No Kill Advocacy Center (5 recommendations) Helping communities develop sustainable no-kill animal shelters.
No Kill Advocacy Center

http://www.nokilladvocacycenter.org/whatsnew.html

Evidence of Impact

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Helping communities develop sustainable no-kill animal shelters.
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The No Kill Law & Advocacy Center has called national attention to the moral responsibility of animal shelters to save animals lives through adoption and other life-focused programs rather than to simply fall back on destroying animals. Hosts a national conference that brings together concerned citizens with leaders who have dramatically increased the save rate for animals in their communities. Writes thought-provoking, if sometimes controversial, commentary that has prompted self examination and change within the animal sheltering world.
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The No Kill Law & Advocacy Center has inspired many groups to work on making their community No Kill by following 10 basic principles. They have brought No Kill into the forefront of the conversation and made it more mainstream.
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There is no animal-welfare nonprofit has had anywhere close to as dramatic, substantial, and wide impact on animal welfare in the last few years than the No Kill Advocacy Center. The No Kill Advocacy Center has completely changed the landscape for companion animals not only in the United States, but throughout the world, by changing the public's expectations about how an animal shelter should operate. Shelters all across the country are changing the way they do business, placing emphasis on lifesaving, proven, and cost-effective alternatives to killing because of the work that the No Kill Advocacy Center is doing. Shelters have gone from less than 50% save rates to as high as 90% save rates through working with the NKAC and following its guidelines. The No Kill Movement is sweeping the country, and the NKAC is its heart and soul.
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This organization is actually most effective at the national level through securing changes to state and local laws that pertain to the reduction of killing in animal shelters. NKAC runs an annual conference that attracts attorneys, rescuers, legislators, and academics from across the country and some other countries. It also sponsors laws that give mandatory access to rescue groups whose missions are to responsibly place shelter animals in new homes. The head of the NKAC is a very smart, very ethical individual whose leadership keeps the organization on a highly ethical track.

Organizational Strengths

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This organization has a strong leader and a good educational program.
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The organization is led by a passionate and articulate individual, Nathan Winograd. His compelling writing has been thought-provoking, inspirational and informative. Winograd is not afraid to ruffle feathers to create positive changes for animals.
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Marketing is a strength as I believe they do more of that than anything. The marketing has allowed this group to appear in many different types of media which gives it the illusion of being everywhere. That kind of marketing gives the impression that No Kill is more mainstream than it was which makes it become more mainstream. They are definitely a leader in No Kill as well as they state.
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The leadership of the NKAC is its core strength. Its efficiency is downright jaw-dropping. The fact that it has had the kind of impact it has had, with a bare-bones budget, is nothing short of astonishing.
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KR is run by a hard-working board; it is not run exclusively by one or two people, although the President of KR, Ben Lehrer does exercise significant leadership skills. The KR volunteer network raises funds in creative ways, including its annual Fur Ball, team sponsorship for the LA Marathon, vegan bake sales at events, and yard sales.

Areas for Improvement

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Provide more materials and success data that could be used in local community presentations on developing a no-kill shelter in their area.
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Increased funding would allow more outreach. Additional voices might strengthen the effectiveness of the message.
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This group could give more one-on-one guidance and be less negative towards individuals who do not embrace No Kill.
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It could certainly be bigger; its minimal staff surely has had some impact on its ability to reach a greater audience.
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I think that they are doing absolutely everything they can do, and, if they are not, I, as an outsider, would not likely see what they could do better.
Defenders of Wildlife (DOW) (4 recommendations) Many successful campaigns (letter-writing and lobbying) to provide protections for wildlife from terrible poisons, oil drilling in the Arctic Preserve and in other sensitive wildlife habitats, securing protections for wolves in re-entry programs, launching compensatory measures (for ranchers who lose wildlife), rewards for illegal killings of re-introduced wolves, educational efforts to counter misinformation and hatred of wolves.
Defenders of Wildlife (DOW)
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http://www.defenders.org

Evidence of Impact

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Many successful campaigns (letter-writing and lobbying) to provide protections for wildlife from terrible poisons, oil drilling in the Arctic Preserve and in other sensitive wildlife habitats, securing protections for wolves in re-entry programs, launching compensatory measures (for ranchers who lose wildlife), rewards for illegal killings of re-introduced wolves, educational efforts to counter misinformation and hatred of wolves.
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The nonprofit manages a huge program reintroducing wolves and other species and protecting endangered and vulnerable species (e.g. polar bears).
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The organization has strong leadership on predator conservation - wolves, etc.
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This organization primarily focuses on wolf work.

Organizational Strengths

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Extremely and consistently good organization; wide dissemination of urgent measures before lawmaking bodies; a reputation as an excellent, effective user of funds; thoughtful leadership.
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This organization has great capacity to mobilize membership action - e.g. they can generate tens of thousands of constituent letters in support of species protection. They are also in a leadership role in climate change and wildlife adaptation - e.g. polar bears.
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They are bold and innovative, they are not afraid of controversy.
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DOW has provided leadership on wolf advocacy in western US. It also is quietly building relationships with landowners (ranchers, tribes, etc.) in very difficult times.

Areas for Improvement

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Perhaps DOW should reconsider its support for reintroduction programs for wolves, given the heartless and cruel killings that wolf-haters continue to perpetrate.
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More effort on public education - we need to get away from a focus on dogs and cats as animals that people should care about - groups like Humane society do a disservice to conservation!
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They should be more strategic in their involvement with wolf politics out west, which got way out of hand. They should also not get themselves too closely associated with developers down in South Florida with respect to preserving Florida Panther Habitat.
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It could be more nimble and a bit braver at times. It has not responded to big misinformation campaign from most vocal and strident in hunting and ranching community who spread misinformation about impact of wolves on ungulates and the landscape in general. They will paint you as extreme no matter what you say- so go for strong, positive messages. Don't waiver!
Humane Research Council (HRC) (4 recommendations) HRC is unique in its focus on data and evidence-based advocacy. They have special programs to allow small, grassroots groups with access to their expertise and data-driven approaches.
Humane Research Council (HRC)
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http://www.humaneresearch.org

Evidence of Impact

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HRC is unique in its focus on data and evidence-based advocacy. They have special programs to allow small, grassroots groups with access to their expertise and data-driven approaches.
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It was a toss up between the Humane Research Council (HRC) and PCRM; which would have been my 4th, for moving the animal message to "health" A brilliant strategy. But I think HRC takes a more lasting approach by helping ALL animal organizations be more strategic and spend their time and money on messages aimed and target audiences that have the best chance of getting thru and making lasting change. HRC also helps remove the frustrating duplication of work by pulling together all the marketing research that exists, so no group has to redo what another group has done - or, they can build on what another group has found, for even farther reaching understanding of the market, in relation to animal issues.
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The great thing about the Humane Research Council is that they are working quietly to compile what we know about animal welfare and rights issues in order to be more effective in our work. By publicly providing this research, the HRC is enabling animal advocates and anyone interested in this research to engage in discussions about it.
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This organization has made the many agencies working in animal welfare smarter and more strategic by providing free access to research and data about animals and the human-animal bond. It has changed the way many agencies create and evaluate programs for the better.

Organizational Strengths

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HRC has a special role in helping to translate scientific findings/reports/data into language and information that other groups and individual advocates can use on behalf of animals.
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Very small, underfunded for their potential, but extremely powerful and able to help behind the scenes. They Human Spot database alone can empower any individual activist or group to message smarter - and to take advantage of some of the knowledge the larger organizations have, by storing all marketing research for animal issues and making it not only accessible, but understandable. It is like working in an advertising agency/branding firm and hiring a research firm - but for free. Indeed their low cost and grants help smaller groups "hire" HRC for specific projects as well.
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Extremely efficient, large impact per dollar spent.
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Research staff is excellent and, in general, the organization is efficient.

Areas for Improvement

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In addition to the great work they are doing, helping advocates understand the power of data and ways they can use evidence and scientific findings might increase their impact. Limits in scientific literacy and critical thinking skills mean that HRC products and services have a select audience, which they may be able to expand with other tool kits and trainings.
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I think the hardest part is getting groups to know about HRC and getting them to stop and take the time to do some research - even if just through humanespot.org. Part of this is due to the inherent issues that come with having a small staff (doing the work, no time to market ourselves) and the cost of outreach.
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They could expand their impact by offering trainings on HOW to best incorporate data and research into program planning or non-profit management. They could do a better job of marketing.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) (4 recommendations) PCRM advocates for removing animal products from the human diet using evidence-based science concerning its effect on human health. In so doing, they can accomplish things and reach people that animal welfare-based groups cannot.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)
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http://www.pcrm.org/

Evidence of Impact

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PCRM advocates for removing animal products from the human diet using evidence-based science concerning its effect on human health. In so doing, they can accomplish things and reach people that animal welfare-based groups cannot.
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PCRM brings awareness to our medical communities and has the most potential to make a huge impact on doctors and scientists with regards to forming new opinions about the way animals are treated in research and science. PCRM brings credibility to the table with doctors as representatives who can influence their peers through sound logic and research of their own.
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PCRM works through advocacy and education, getting almost all medical schools in the U.S. to discontinue "dog labs" and other painful and unneeded use of live animals in medical education.
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Their use of science and medicine to support their mission to promote veganism.

Organizational Strengths

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Its website is well-organized and user-friendly and the organization makes speakers available at no cost.
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The literature of PCRM is top notch and make sense to anyone who reads it. It is not written as though it were directed to physicians only, and it creates an awareness of the animal abuse issues in the medical field. They also are well respected and known as a fact-based organization, not an organization based on sensationalism.
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Credibility, because of the many physicians who provide scientific and ethical perspectives opposed to experimentation on animals; effective and sound argumentation in their publications.
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Strong staff, political connections.

Areas for Improvement

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I would like to see more visibility of this organization. It would be great to get more local stories about their work in the newspapers and for them to provide ways for people locally to get involved. Perhaps they would host seminars at local medical schools if the schools would cooperate.
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Higher visibility and a broader audience would be helpful.
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More publicity - more outreach.
Vegan Outreach (VO) (4 recommendations) The sheer volume of outreach that they pack in each year!
Vegan Outreach (VO)
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http://www.veganoutreach.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The sheer volume of outreach that they pack in each year!
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Vegan Outreach has been able to persuade a measurable number of college-age consumers to adopt a vegan diet. This has a direct impact on the number of animals harmed and killed in the animal agricultural system, which arguably abuses the largest number of animals of any industry in the world.
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VO has excellent publications and coordinates systematic leafleting that has reached more than 10 million students on college campuses across the USA.
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VO's focus on education and providing scientific based information on vegan diets. It's hard to measure impact directly from giving out brochures as there is no way of knowing how many individuals become vegan or supportive of reforms due to the literature. However I put them in high impact because the information provided is high quality and has set the bar in the vegan and farmed animal protection movement in general for providing accurate information with gives integrity to the movement.

Organizational Strengths

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VO pinpointed a great target market and works endlessly every year to saturate their market. Market saturation is their strongest point. They are amazing at it. Their workers are also ridiculously dedicated to the cause.
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Integrity and accuracy in its literature, combined with a pragmatic approach to animal advocacy.
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This non-profit is highly specific in what it does and is highly efficient. It does not spread itself too thin, it knows its niche and fills it.

Areas for Improvement

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Needs to explore evidence about whether leafleting delivers the maximum possible payoff to animal cruelty reduction for dollar spent.
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A challenge for most small non-profits - it could use more media exposure.
WildEarth Guardians (4 recommendations) Engages in hard hitting advocacy for large carnivores at the national level. Maintains edge while remaining credible, hasn't fallen victim to the moribundity of most of the large "mainstream" national ENGOs.
WildEarth Guardians
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http://www.wildearthguardians.org

Evidence of Impact

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Engages in hard hitting advocacy for large carnivores at the national level. Maintains edge while remaining credible, hasn't fallen victim to the moribundity of most of the large "mainstream" national ENGOs.
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For its size and budget, this organization does fantastic work on behalf of wildlife and habitat. They have an experienced staff and are willing to take on difficult lawsuits and campaigns.
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This organization strategically and passionately addresses wildlife/carnivore protection through education, litigation, legislation and advocacy. Uses best available science, recruits volunteers and the public, builds coalitions with key stakeholders. Promotes humane ethic and co-existence.
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WildEarth Guardians work to gain more protections for endangered species through petitioning the USFWS to list species. Also using the courts to overturn damaging wildlife polices - example recent overturn of a U.S. Forest Service decision authorizing coal mining and recent victory in protecting Utah prairie dogs.

Organizational Strengths

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Talented staff with strong understanding of science, wildlife ecology and conservation.
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WildEarth Guardians has very strong leadership and uses its money wisely. They also are very effective campaigners.
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This organization's strengths are its intelligent, experienced and compassionate leadership, its highly competent and driven staff, its sustainable operations and healthy finances, its supportive and committed board of directors.
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The output to size ratio of this organization in impressive. It accomplishes a lot with a smaller staff and budget than many larger high budget organizations. Efficient.

Areas for Improvement

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Don't weaken on the wolf/ESA issue!
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Again, most people have not heard of WildEarth Guardians and they need to work on visibility.
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Staff can, at times, be over-burdened. Recognize the potential for burn-out.
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I don' t know enough about internal operations to give recommendations for improvement.
Animals & Society Institute (3 recommendations) A&S developed a Rapid Response to threats and acts of violence against animals so that the criminal justice system is made aware of the animal cruelty in their jurisdiction and take appropriate action to provide a strong message to communities that animal abuse will not be tolerated (e.g., felony charges, jail sentences and treatment with Anicare - a treatment method for perpetrators of animal abuse developed by this organization).
Animals & Society Institute
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http://www.animalsandsociety.org/

Evidence of Impact

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A&S developed a Rapid Response to threats and acts of violence against animals so that the criminal justice system is made aware of the animal cruelty in their jurisdiction and take appropriate action to provide a strong message to communities that animal abuse will not be tolerated (e.g., felony charges, jail sentences and treatment with Anicare - a treatment method for perpetrators of animal abuse developed by this organization).
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The organization has developed a summer fellowship program that brings scholars from a variety of disciplines to further the research about nonhuman animals.
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This is a relatively new nonprofit that does education, research and direct intervention in the area of the relationship between human cruelty and animal cruelty. It has been recognized that people that abuse animals usually go on to abuse people. This group has done a huge service in recognizing and publicizing this link with data. They work closely with law enforcement and social service agencies.

Organizational Strengths

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The Anicare treatment model is being used in 29 states and is recommended by judges and DAs for perpetrators of animal cruelty - and it is being assessed for efficacy at this time. This organization has leadership with many decades of experience and scholarly research in the field of animals in our society. It has a board of mental health and other professionals.
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They have also developed a program about animal abuse that is nationally recognized. Additionally, their white papers are used by humane and animal protection organizations.
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They emphasize that the positions they take are based on sound science. They also are one of the few non-profits that is directly pursuing research and education about the relationship between humans and animals.

Areas for Improvement

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More marketing might benefit this organization as well as outreach to non-professionals and the lay public.
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If they find more funding, they should increase the fellowship program.
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I don't know enough about this organization to say how they could improve.
Compassion Over Killing (3 recommendations) Good literature that gets passed out nationwide.
Compassion Over Killing
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http://www.cok.net/

Evidence of Impact

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Good literature that gets passed out nationwide.
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The organization has worked over the years to educate the public in a wide variety of avenues: TV commercials, street festivals, restaurant outreach, etc.
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This organization fights for protections for animals used in the agricultural industry.

Organizational Strengths

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Good investigations of factory farms.
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The leader of COK, Erica Meier, has a great personality and is very dynamic.
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The organization promotes vegan lifestyle and sticks to its principles.

Areas for Improvement

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Needs more media attention.
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This organization needs more national exposure to a broader audience.
Foundation for Biomedical Research (3 recommendations) FBR has developed a variety of important expertises that it now uses to create educational materials in many formats, promoting ethical animal research across the US under its ResearchSaves rubric. The materials include award-winning print (magazine), radio, award-winning video (YouTube and TV), and outdoor advertising such as billboards. FBR has also tracks public attitudes about animal research. The FBR daily e-newsletter provides background on and links to legislative, regulatory and legal aspects of animal research, as well as information on medial reports (pro and con), the activities of those who would illegally halt animal research, and new scientific breakthroughs based on animal research. For the research community itself, FBR has created a Grand Rounds presentation that has been presented around the country on the public's attitude about ethical animal research.
Foundation for Biomedical Research
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http://www.fbresearch.org/

Evidence of Impact

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FBR has developed a variety of important expertises that it now uses to create educational materials in many formats, promoting ethical animal research across the US under its ResearchSaves rubric. The materials include award-winning print (magazine), radio, award-winning video (YouTube and TV), and outdoor advertising such as billboards. FBR has also tracks public attitudes about animal research. The FBR daily e-newsletter provides background on and links to legislative, regulatory and legal aspects of animal research, as well as information on medial reports (pro and con), the activities of those who would illegally halt animal research, and new scientific breakthroughs based on animal research. For the research community itself, FBR has created a Grand Rounds presentation that has been presented around the country on the public's attitude about ethical animal research.
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Mainstream public communication messages.
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The Foundation for Biomedical Research is a major leader supporting humane treatment of animals.

Organizational Strengths

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FBR has been most effective in garnering support and focusing the public's interest in and knowledge of animal research. It has also been the only organization that provides statistically valid tracking of public support of ethical animal research.
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Finances - they seem to have the resources to carry out national - large audience kind of marketing strategies.
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The nonprofit maintains a strong commitment to the issues.

Areas for Improvement

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The Grand Rounds presentation should be online.
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Better mechanism to share messages and resources at the state level.
Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs (ACC&D) (2 recommendations) ACC&D has and will impacted the issue of overpopulation of cats and dogs in the United States by bringing to the forefront the need for alternates to surgical sterilization of companion animals in order that sterilization programs reach as many animal needed to reduce this population to the point where there are not homeless cats and dogs in the US. They are the only organization to take on this issue.
Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs (ACC&D)
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http://www.acc-d.org/

Evidence of Impact

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ACC&D has and will impacted the issue of overpopulation of cats and dogs in the United States by bringing to the forefront the need for alternates to surgical sterilization of companion animals in order that sterilization programs reach as many animal needed to reduce this population to the point where there are not homeless cats and dogs in the US. They are the only organization to take on this issue.
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ACC&D has successfully gathered information, thought leaders, and policymakers to bring the field of spay/neuter forward, all on a small yet efficient budget.

Organizational Strengths

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The first strength is the passion and drive to take on this massive issue. The second is the leadership shown through the ED to keep the interest of the public, to move the question forward, to attract individuals and corporations for funding purposes interested in making an impact in this area.

Areas for Improvement

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ACC&D needs to be stronger in making their message known to the public and funders. They are not as well known as they should be. Finding the right tools to get the job done will be seminal in animal welfare in this country and beyond. I would guess that this PR problem is driven through a lack of funds and while ACC&D has found lots of money for research they need to be able to sell their story to funders who would help on the PR front.
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I wish this group would give more attention to calcium chloride nonsurgical sterilization-- but that is a personal opinion, not necessarily a failing of theirs. Seriously, it's hard to think of much else-- maybe they could put out their newsletter more often.
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (2 recommendations) The professional leadership of this member organization is extraordinary. The role and reach of the organization in the development of highly competent workforce for the care and use of laboratory animals nationwide and internationally are unmatched by any other organization and does an astounding service to all who benefit from the scientific advances that require the use of research animals.
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science

http://www.aalas.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The professional leadership of this member organization is extraordinary. The role and reach of the organization in the development of highly competent workforce for the care and use of laboratory animals nationwide and internationally are unmatched by any other organization and does an astounding service to all who benefit from the scientific advances that require the use of research animals.
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The leaders in educational opportunities for people working in the field.

Organizational Strengths

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The leadership of the organization heeds and hones the advice of the many professionals who volunteer their time and effort to organization's initiatives. The staff is highly coordinated, proficient and professional in its production and delivery of high quality services and products for the membership of 14,000 individuals. This has lead to the world wide recognition and admiration of the organization.
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The organization provides educational materials for helping the public understanding the issues.

Areas for Improvement

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This nonprofit should market itself internationally with greater vigor. This would entail the active recruitment of international participation requiring the organization to invest resources. It also should build greater involvement of scientists who are not currently affiliated with the organization. A name change, dropping the "American" for more neutrality internationally and emphasizing the central role of the organization to scientific advancement would be beneficial.
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Receive more funding to support more educational outreach for K-12.
Americans for Medical Progress (2 recommendations) AMP provides extensive information and guidance to research organizations that use laboratory animals. This information includes updates on regulation and legislation that affect animal research, media stories about animal research (both pro and con), tracking of illegal activities by those who want to halt animal research, and information/developments on the 3 R's front. In addition, AMP creates powerful educational tools, including DVDs and classroom programs, to broaden public understanding of ethical animal research and its importance to improving human and animal health. AMP also sponsors the Hayre Fellowship for promising students.
Americans for Medical Progress
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http://www.amprogress.org/

Evidence of Impact

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AMP provides extensive information and guidance to research organizations that use laboratory animals. This information includes updates on regulation and legislation that affect animal research, media stories about animal research (both pro and con), tracking of illegal activities by those who want to halt animal research, and information/developments on the 3 R's front. In addition, AMP creates powerful educational tools, including DVDs and classroom programs, to broaden public understanding of ethical animal research and its importance to improving human and animal health. AMP also sponsors the Hayre Fellowship for promising students.
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This organization maintains programs to provide public outreach. AMP is making a positive impact by funding/creating programs (both products for distribution and the development of programs that provide an effective forum) that communicate an accurate message about animal research to the public.

Organizational Strengths

N
AMP is extremely fluent in all aspects of the research animal/animal rights debate and tracks more media in real time than any other organization dealing with this topic. AMP advice and consultancy are considered the best and most accurate by people interested in animal research.
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The strength of this nonprofit is due to the expertise, knowledge, helpfulness of its staff. And due to its commitment to collaborate and share resources with other organizations.

Areas for Improvement

N
AMP needs to start producing its own national conferences and events. It also ought to develop more on-line and student-friendly (K-12) materials.
N
This nonprofit could improve by securing more funding to enable it to expand its programs and organization.
Animal Welfare Institute (2 recommendations) Technical expertise in a variety of fields that positively impacts national and international policy.
Animal Welfare Institute
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http://www.awionline.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Technical expertise in a variety of fields that positively impacts national and international policy.
N
The Animal welfare Institute has a program to promote and identify high welfare farming systems.

Organizational Strengths

O
AWI's strength is its staff and institutional knowledge.

Areas for Improvement

O
It needs more visibility. I suspect its donor pool is growing older. It may need a newer communications strategy.
N
They need larger reach and increased presence.
Arcus Foundation (2 recommendations) The Arcus Foundation works towards social justice and conservation of great apes worldwide.
Arcus Foundation
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http://www.arcusfoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
The Arcus Foundation works towards social justice and conservation of great apes worldwide.
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While single-species specific, ARCUS grant making is a model for other private foundations to follow.

Organizational Strengths

O
This nonprofit has incredible leadership, worldwide reach and constant review of the issues and why they support what they support.
N
Outstanding leadership, strong staff, wide & deep in all program areas.

Areas for Improvement

N
More leverage grants available in order to assist the smaller nonprofits supported by ARCUS to grow.
Association of Shelter Veterinarians (2 recommendations) ASV has made a huge impact on the animal sheltering community. This organization has promoted the addition of shelter medicine, animal behavior, and animal welfare topics to veterinary college curricula. Many colleges now have specialized classes and programs and most have incorporated the topics in various required courses so that new graduates have a better understanding of these issues. ASV has published guidelines that help establish national standards for animal care in spay/neuter clinics and for improving animal care and well-being in animal shelters. These provide shelter animal care professionals and veterinary surgeons with the tools necessary to evaluate and improve animal health and welfare. ASV educates veterinarians and animal care professionals through many local, state, regional, and national conferences.
Association of Shelter Veterinarians

http://www.sheltervet.org

Evidence of Impact

O
ASV has made a huge impact on the animal sheltering community. This organization has promoted the addition of shelter medicine, animal behavior, and animal welfare topics to veterinary college curricula. Many colleges now have specialized classes and programs and most have incorporated the topics in various required courses so that new graduates have a better understanding of these issues. ASV has published guidelines that help establish national standards for animal care in spay/neuter clinics and for improving animal care and well-being in animal shelters. These provide shelter animal care professionals and veterinary surgeons with the tools necessary to evaluate and improve animal health and welfare. ASV educates veterinarians and animal care professionals through many local, state, regional, and national conferences.
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ASV is hands down driving the next wave of change within sheltering based on standards, protocols and data.

Organizational Strengths

O
The board is made up of volunteer veterinarians with extensive experience, varied backgrounds, and a great deal of dedication. This board provides excellent leadership with a clear sense of direction. ASV has accomplished a great deal in a short period of time demonstrating the ability to identify existing needs and complete projects that help address those needs.
N
Excellent research and top notch leadership. They focus on true underlying mission issues.

Areas for Improvement

O
ASV has grown very quickly and needs more staff and infrastructure to support their work. They have recently hired a new executive director with a support staff to help address this need. Additional funds are needed to help continue this growth allowing the organization to increase education and outreach efforts to those caring for the millions of homeless pets.
N
Much of what is created by this organization is left to "hang freely". It would be great to have a more active professional staff to promote and promulgate the extremely valuable information they have been gathering.
Certified Humane (2 recommendations) Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) has a narrow mission, focusing exclusively on farm animal welfare and specifically through the medium of a labeling program that has established high standards for the humane care, handling and slaughter of animals being raised for food and fiber. Although the mission is small and focused, the sheer numbers of animals in the food system provide a huge "target" for their efforts, and they have been able to positively impact the lives of millions in only a decade or so of operation. Although other "humane labeling" programs have been developed, the model created and implemented by HFAC appears to have stood the test of time thus far, has support from the country's largest humane organizations, and appears to date to be the most practical in engaging the livestock community in substantive change.
Certified Humane
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http://www.certifiedhumane.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) has a narrow mission, focusing exclusively on farm animal welfare and specifically through the medium of a labeling program that has established high standards for the humane care, handling and slaughter of animals being raised for food and fiber. Although the mission is small and focused, the sheer numbers of animals in the food system provide a huge "target" for their efforts, and they have been able to positively impact the lives of millions in only a decade or so of operation. Although other "humane labeling" programs have been developed, the model created and implemented by HFAC appears to have stood the test of time thus far, has support from the country's largest humane organizations, and appears to date to be the most practical in engaging the livestock community in substantive change.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have been particularly successful in engaging individuals with academic and scientific credentials in farm animal welfare to assist in the development of detailed, comprehensive standards. At the same time, they also have a board with diverse expertise in animal welfare, nonprofit governance, and farm animal advocacy.

Areas for Improvement

F
The organization is still principally founder-driven and the founder has received considerable recognition both through Asoka and as a Purpose Prize finalist. But succession planning, if not yet addressed, will need to be undertaken soon.
N
Greater awareness of the complex market. More press presence.
Denver Dumb Friends League (2 recommendations) DFL was pretty much a home grown effort. They have taken the models and experience that they have seen elsewhere, tweaked and modified for their community and created models that work within their region. They are significant since the work they have done in Denver, and their influence throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region is unique. Most of the other effective local programs are located near the east and west coasts. They have demonstrated success in America's heartland. They are also one of the few local/regionals that have played an important leadership role in national activities.
Denver Dumb Friends League
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http://www.ddfl.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
DFL was pretty much a home grown effort. They have taken the models and experience that they have seen elsewhere, tweaked and modified for their community and created models that work within their region. They are significant since the work they have done in Denver, and their influence throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region is unique. Most of the other effective local programs are located near the east and west coasts. They have demonstrated success in America's heartland. They are also one of the few local/regionals that have played an important leadership role in national activities.
O
They are one of the first animal shelters in the nation to have led the creation of a regional coalition, then they have used their influence to help other communities model their experience. Through collaboration within their coalition, they have successfully partnered to reduce euthanasia in their region of Colorado.

Organizational Strengths

N
Senior leadership; program staff; effective outreach to the veterinary community and regional philanthropy and foundations.
O
They have a strong, cohesive, educated, strategic board. With top leadership solidly in control and on track, they are able to set goals and repeatedly achieve and beat their goals. They have a strong Executive Director who has been on the job for many years giving the organization stability.

Areas for Improvement

N
Greater openness in working with national groups on key initiatives; evidence of a succession plan beyond current CEO, senior leadership.
O
Their Executive Director can be hard to approach and reach for networking and support. They have been perceived at times as having all the answers and not giving credit to other individuals and organizations.
Global Animal Partnership (2 recommendations) In past 3 years, this group has had 140 million animals involved in their five step animal welfare program; they are the first program to be adopted by a major food retailer Whole Foods Market; they are opening markets for sustainable farmers.
Global Animal Partnership

http://www.globalanimalpartnership.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
In past 3 years, this group has had 140 million animals involved in their five step animal welfare program; they are the first program to be adopted by a major food retailer Whole Foods Market; they are opening markets for sustainable farmers.
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This organization strives to bring farms into compliance with basic, but meaningful, animal welfare standards.

Organizational Strengths

N
Strong Executive Director who has extensive contacts both nationally and internationally. Within a short period of time, less than 4 years they have had the most penetration into the food retail and restaurant market place. Beginning to move to international/companies.
O
Strong leadership.

Areas for Improvement

N
Need more staff. Need more visits with sustainable farmers world wide.
O
Expand standards to include more species.
Humane Society Legislative Fund (2 recommendations) Organizations that get the big picture know that the only way to end abuse is through more protective legislation and that only happens when the right people are in office. I would have chosen Humane USA PAC for this one, but HSLF is my second choice. It is because of the funding they are able to put behind efforts such as requiring truth in fur labeling that these ancient ways of the past are finally being put behind us.
Humane Society Legislative Fund
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http://www.hslf.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Organizations that get the big picture know that the only way to end abuse is through more protective legislation and that only happens when the right people are in office. I would have chosen Humane USA PAC for this one, but HSLF is my second choice. It is because of the funding they are able to put behind efforts such as requiring truth in fur labeling that these ancient ways of the past are finally being put behind us.
N
The foundation has an impact on Federal policy changes as well as raising awareness of the strength of the animal vote to politicians.

Organizational Strengths

O
Same strong leadership as HSUS and a dedicated staff of people who get it. They work very lean and put the money into making progress and not fancy offices, or the trappings of human comforts.
N
Strong leadership.

Areas for Improvement

O
The only failure of this organization is that it is not well-known, even to those who care about animals. It needs a higher profile and a public who understands why politics matter.
N
It needs a stronger funding base as well as a stronger profile.
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) (2 recommendations) Although the bulk of IFAW's programming is international in scope, they have significant impact in the US through three of their programs: (1) they are one of two key international leaders in emergency/disaster response, leading and/or providing experienced, on-the-ground and technical support for handling of all species of animals in natural and human-caused disasters; (2) they operate the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and are the key agency coordinating stranding response in New England and the Northeast; and (3) utilizing their unique experience working with companion animal problems in developing countries, they have a history of assisting Native American Nations with companion animal issues on reservations. Finally, the international perspective they provide through their Washington, DC office has been instrumental in influencing legislation and regulation around illegal trade in endangered wildlife and wildlife products, marine mammal issues, etc.
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
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http://www.ifaw.org/ifaw_united_states/

Evidence of Impact

F
Although the bulk of IFAW's programming is international in scope, they have significant impact in the US through three of their programs: (1) they are one of two key international leaders in emergency/disaster response, leading and/or providing experienced, on-the-ground and technical support for handling of all species of animals in natural and human-caused disasters; (2) they operate the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and are the key agency coordinating stranding response in New England and the Northeast; and (3) utilizing their unique experience working with companion animal problems in developing countries, they have a history of assisting Native American Nations with companion animal issues on reservations. Finally, the international perspective they provide through their Washington, DC office has been instrumental in influencing legislation and regulation around illegal trade in endangered wildlife and wildlife products, marine mammal issues, etc.
R
IFAW does important work on disaster relief. Of all animal protection groups, I think they do the best job balancing programs on wildlife relative to companion animals and other animals in captivity.

Organizational Strengths

R
With many important animal issues, the scope of this nonprofit is truly international; their campaigns clearly highlight how local, state, national and international issues are related. Their campaigns and use of media are very compelling.

Areas for Improvement

R
With more outreach and regional focus, IFAW will be able to increase their visibility in the US. They are doing amazing work and I look forward to watching them grow and increase their impact even further.
International Primate Protection League (IPPL) (2 recommendations) IPPL is probably the single most effective international organization working to protect primates around the globe. The fact that they are grassroots and directed by one woman with a passion makes them even more remarkable. They have successfully encouraged governments to stop exporting their primates, broken up primate smuggling operations, rescues gibbons in the US and provides support to numerous primate sanctuaries all around the world, closed a laboratory, stopped cruel research projects, etc. Through means such as a single phone call to grassroots letter writing campaigns, IPPL has directly improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of non-human primates over the years.
International Primate Protection League (IPPL)
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http://www.ippl.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
IPPL is probably the single most effective international organization working to protect primates around the globe. The fact that they are grassroots and directed by one woman with a passion makes them even more remarkable. They have successfully encouraged governments to stop exporting their primates, broken up primate smuggling operations, rescues gibbons in the US and provides support to numerous primate sanctuaries all around the world, closed a laboratory, stopped cruel research projects, etc. Through means such as a single phone call to grassroots letter writing campaigns, IPPL has directly improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of non-human primates over the years.
N
This is the lead organization representing the needs and protection of the less glamorous primate species. While most groups rally behind chimpanzee issues, other primates are suffering in far greater numbers and are in need of protection from international trade -- use in research, the bushmeat trade, and the pet trade. The organization has been effective in protecting both individual animals who were suffering and species as a whole.

Organizational Strengths

N
Challenging the "big groups." IPPL does not shy away from pointing out the large amounts of money raised by large conservation organizations and zoos, and their relatively small impact. Navigating international law. IPPL is very effective at monitoring things like CITES and building relationships and support within governments.
N
The organization has an amazing network and is thereby able to get inside information on illegal activities so that it can work to expose and stop it. The organization is very streamlined, maximizing use of donor contributions in its programmatic activities.

Areas for Improvement

N
Succession planning. Dr. Shirley McGreal has led the organization for nearly 40 years. I worry what will happen to IPPL if something ever happens to her. Marketing to younger people. If the attendance at the biannual IPPL meeting is any indication, IPPL's supporters are aging.
N
The organization is modest in size so it is a shame that it isn't able to use its winning formula at a larger scale.
National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) (2 recommendations) The agency's educational initiatives and promotion of responsible dog breeding practices to ensure both healthy animals and satisfied and knowledgeable members of the public. The alliance focuses on improving the welfare of animals as well as the quality of human and animal interactions.
National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA)

http://www.naiaonline.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The agency's educational initiatives and promotion of responsible dog breeding practices to ensure both healthy animals and satisfied and knowledgeable members of the public. The alliance focuses on improving the welfare of animals as well as the quality of human and animal interactions.
O
The quality of factual information offered by NAIA in the realm of the animal welfare vs. animal rights struggle in this country is unsurpassed. They surround themselves with the true experts in every field and ground every policy decision on facts, data and science, rather than emotion. Their Shelter Project is the only study of its kind in the U.S., providing hard data in graph form to reveal the truth about the animal intake and disposition numbers in shelters throughout the country. They host annual conferences that bring experts in all animal welfare endeavors together to share their knowledge and commitment to the improved welfare of animals in all venues.

Organizational Strengths

N
The organization's strength is in the research, data analysis and educational outreach. They disseminate in-depth research (and hence knowledge) of the threats facing domestic and wild animals and a strong educational component to disseminate that knowledge.

Areas for Improvement

N
The agency's staffing and infrastructure is so bare-bones that the aren't as efficient as they could be in disseminating some of their research and in responding to queries from the public. Their fund development also requires further development to ensure that the agency is funded at a sustainable level. The infrastructure and fund-development need to grow in order for the organization to have the impact that it ought to have.
O
They need to enlarge their membership and visibility with the media and legislators. They need more funding to be able to afford future studies.
Petfinder Foundation (2 recommendations) Technological developments to provide people a national database to assist people to find pets for adoption
Petfinder Foundation
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http://www.petfinderfoundation.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
Technological developments to provide people a national database to assist people to find pets for adoption
N
The Petfinder.com Foundation makes it possible for thousands of dogs to get adopted - those who had next to no chance of being found through local pet fairs and individual websites. They provide grants to other nonprofits. Via their website, we get hundreds of hits more per week than we ever did on our own website alone.

Organizational Strengths

N
Honestly, I'm not privy to this level of their information. Their website and search engine are very user-friendly. It's an invaluable service.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could benefit from having a more studied approach on the next step to provide a national database to search assist in other areas like rehoming pets directly (keeping them out of animal shelters) or re-uniting lost pets. Also, technology improvements are necessary to enhance fundraising and outreach programs/coordination with external organizations.
N
There are some tweaks I'd make to the user interface, and I'd add some more breeds and categories for the search engines to use. For instance, they only list "schnauzer" as a breed rather than allowing for miniature, standard and giant. There are several other breeds that are in similar need. I would also suggest adding a search criterion such as "non-shed" or "hypoallergenic."
Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (2 recommendations) For many years SCAW has devoted extensive time, resources and expertise to assuring that laboratory animals receive the best and most expert care possible. They do this through professional conferences, publications and training programs, each of which has the goal of improving the skills of lab animal staff and management or deepening the commitment to the 3 R's among all lab animal workers, researchers, ethical oversight committees and program leaders. The attendee list at their programs is a who's who of those responsible for lab animals, from front-line husbandry to senior oversight and management.
Scientists Center for Animal Welfare

http://www.scaw.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
For many years SCAW has devoted extensive time, resources and expertise to assuring that laboratory animals receive the best and most expert care possible. They do this through professional conferences, publications and training programs, each of which has the goal of improving the skills of lab animal staff and management or deepening the commitment to the 3 R's among all lab animal workers, researchers, ethical oversight committees and program leaders. The attendee list at their programs is a who's who of those responsible for lab animals, from front-line husbandry to senior oversight and management.
O
This nonprofit focuses on advanced training for IACUC members and addresses the balance between scientific needs and humane care of research animals.

Organizational Strengths

N
SCAW has extensive roots and is able to gather national and even international expertise for program presenters, authors and session leaders. SCAW staff itself is deeply involved in lab animal issues and has first-hand experience on a variety of fronts including, for example, IACUC community member service.
O
Well-developed operating strategy that maximizes minimal resources. Leadership is expert in animal welfare and ethics policy.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need a better and clearer and more up-to-date website and they need to improve their newsletter so that it is more current and informative.
O
Strategic planning for long term goals. Succession planning for administrative support.
The Humane League (2 recommendations) The Humane League does an enormous amount of grassroots activism to educate people about vegetarianism. They do massive outreach to all the colleges in their various locations (Philadelphia, Boston, Maryland, Virginia) and also tour throughout the summer doing out reach at concerts, all on a shoestring budget.
The Humane League
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http://www.thehumaneleague.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
The Humane League does an enormous amount of grassroots activism to educate people about vegetarianism. They do massive outreach to all the colleges in their various locations (Philadelphia, Boston, Maryland, Virginia) and also tour throughout the summer doing out reach at concerts, all on a shoestring budget.
N
The Humane League reaches thousands and thousands of today's youth with the message of vegetarianism and compassion to animals, changing thousands of hearts, minds, and dietary choices through leafleting, online advertising, and classroom presentations. More vegetarians translates to fewer animals that will have to endure a lifetime of misery; the Humane League creates lots of new vegetarians.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are very efficient with funds.
N
The founder, Nick Cooney, is immensely dedicated and bright, the staff is great, they are super cost-efficient, they are strategic in focusing on campaigns that do the most good per dollar donated, and they are good about working with other like-minded groups rather than reinventing the wheel.

Areas for Improvement

N
I have no constructive criticisms of The Humane League - they appear to be doing all one could expect and more.
N
I don't have anything to add; they seem to be doing everything quite perfectly.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) (2 recommendations) The Nature Conservancy has protected very large amounts of Wildlife Habitat all over the world.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
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http://www.nature.org

Evidence of Impact

N
The Nature Conservancy has protected very large amounts of Wildlife Habitat all over the world.
N
The Nature Conservancy protects millions of hectares of habitat that animals require.

Organizational Strengths

N
The size, efficiency, scale of operations, fund-raising, and non-controversial approach are all major strengths of the organization.
N
They are the largest environmental NGO in USA - able to negotiate the big deals needed to make things happen.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could be more careful about partnering with industry groups and wealthy individuals in ways that do not suggest corruption/conflicts of interest, and they could retain more scientists to be sure they are protecting the best areas.
N
They need greater focus on social dimensions of conservation and stronger public education programs.
The UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program (2 recommendations) This program is the leader in shelter medicine. They have a fantastic web site for shelter medicine as well as student and post graduate vet training, shelter outreach. Unparalleled.
The UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program

http://www.sheltermedicine.com/

Evidence of Impact

O
This program is the leader in shelter medicine. They have a fantastic web site for shelter medicine as well as student and post graduate vet training, shelter outreach. Unparalleled.
O
UC Davis Shelter Medicine Program has led the field of shelter medicine in many areas, establishing the first residency program and managing an extensive and growing web resource for animal shelter professionals. They provide outbreak diagnostic services, shelter consultations, and education seminars that directly impact the health and well being of sheltered animals

Organizational Strengths

O
They have a dynamic and innovative leadership team with good operational support.

Areas for Improvement

O
They have been impacted by decreasing financial support from the university. Better funding could also allow them to improve their marketing.
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA USA) (2 recommendations) An effective voice for endangered species. One of the few groups that is global in scale, but still runs effective targeted campaigns on the ground.
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA USA)
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http://www.wspa-usa.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
An effective voice for endangered species. One of the few groups that is global in scale, but still runs effective targeted campaigns on the ground.
N
This nonprofit has a broad reach/impact on developing communities.

Organizational Strengths

R
High profile, sound scientific underpinnings. Global focus. Reacts quickly to new information and issues.
N
The organization's major strength is found in the marketing/leadership.

Areas for Improvement

R
More grassroots work. Their underlying philosophies could be a bit clearer, but I understand the problem here when you have a broad remit.
600 Million.Org (1 recommendation) They have focused the attention of many in the community on the high impact and strategic prevention of cruelty, to a staggeringly huge number of animals: in excess of one billion animals per year, by finalizing the world's first pills that can end the dog and cat overpopulation problem, without spay and neuter surgery and without euthanasia by humane societies, worldwide. It is nothing less than historic, not to mention paradigm shifting.
600 Million.Org
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http://www.600million.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have focused the attention of many in the community on the high impact and strategic prevention of cruelty, to a staggeringly huge number of animals: in excess of one billion animals per year, by finalizing the world's first pills that can end the dog and cat overpopulation problem, without spay and neuter surgery and without euthanasia by humane societies, worldwide. It is nothing less than historic, not to mention paradigm shifting.

Organizational Strengths

N
Willingness to put the interests and needs of the mission, ahead of their own needs and interests. Inclusiveness; they are very open to working with others in an non-competitive atmosphere, and they are very open to sharing any and all recognition and even taking a back seat to recognition, using a true "team" approach to solving problems. Another example of the organization putting the interests of the mission, ahead of their own interests; a rare breath of fresh air.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need more and better internal organization.
AAEP (1 recommendation) This foundation reaches a broad group of people internationally. It provides continuing education for veterinarians and care for animals in crisis due to natural disasters.
AAEP
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http://www.aaep.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This foundation reaches a broad group of people internationally. It provides continuing education for veterinarians and care for animals in crisis due to natural disasters.

Organizational Strengths

F
Continuing education, leadership and staff are all strengths within this community.

Areas for Improvement

F
This area could improve in marketing. Often the members of AAEP do not know of the Foundations activities or services. This could be improved and therefore the Foundation would be able to reach more people/animals.
AAHA Helping Pets Fund (1 recommendation) This organization has a broad impact on animal care in veterinary medicine. Without this organization, no small animal hospital would have the ability to be classified above any other animal hospital for the care animals. AAHA provides guidelines and recommendations for all American small animal clinics to enable these clinics to provide the best care for their animal patients and human clients.
AAHA Helping Pets Fund
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http://www.aahahelpingpets.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This organization has a broad impact on animal care in veterinary medicine. Without this organization, no small animal hospital would have the ability to be classified above any other animal hospital for the care animals. AAHA provides guidelines and recommendations for all American small animal clinics to enable these clinics to provide the best care for their animal patients and human clients.

Organizational Strengths

F
Leadership, marketing and operations are all strengths of this organization. AAHA is constantly striving to improve the standard of care for animal patients.

Areas for Improvement

F
I only wish that there was a large animal equivalent to monitor clinics and provide a standard of care required to become certified through an organization like this.
American College of Animal Welfare (1 recommendation) ACAW is comprised of a unique group of veterinarians who are expert in animal welfare. This organization is unparalleled in the United States. ACAW influences other veterinarians in topics of animal welfare and promotes credibility with the public regarding the veterinarian's role in promoting animal welfare.
American College of Animal Welfare

http://www.acaw.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
ACAW is comprised of a unique group of veterinarians who are expert in animal welfare. This organization is unparalleled in the United States. ACAW influences other veterinarians in topics of animal welfare and promotes credibility with the public regarding the veterinarian's role in promoting animal welfare.

Organizational Strengths

N
ACAW has petitioned the American Veterinary Medical Association for recognition as a veterinary specialty organization under the AVMA. Although independently incorporated, such recognition will vastly expand the influence of ACAW within the profession. ACAW deals with the welfare of companion animals, agricultural animals, zoo animals and wildlife, equines and laboratory animals. The College is comprised of a diversity of species experts with a common purpose of promoting animal welfare.

Areas for Improvement

N
Recognition by the AVMA as a specialty organization will considerably raise awareness of the College and its mission.
American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (1 recommendation) The American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) has professionalized the role of the veterinarian in biomedical research for more than 50 years. Veterinarians in this specialty are recognized for their commitment to animal welfare, to the development of practice guidelines that ensure the continual evolution of high quality veterinary medical care and to the prudent use of animal models under conditions that minimize adverse clinical outcomes as well as faulty research findings. ACLAM's impact bridges four critical spheres of influence in the discussion of contemporary animal research: public perceptions of research, the wisdom and limits of regulatory authority, the urgency of science and veterinarian's support for science.
American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine

http://www.aclam.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) has professionalized the role of the veterinarian in biomedical research for more than 50 years. Veterinarians in this specialty are recognized for their commitment to animal welfare, to the development of practice guidelines that ensure the continual evolution of high quality veterinary medical care and to the prudent use of animal models under conditions that minimize adverse clinical outcomes as well as faulty research findings. ACLAM's impact bridges four critical spheres of influence in the discussion of contemporary animal research: public perceptions of research, the wisdom and limits of regulatory authority, the urgency of science and veterinarian's support for science.

Organizational Strengths

N
ACLAM is a financially sound organization, and it sponsors the ACLAM Foundation which funds research projects to promote state-of-the-art practice standards and sound decision-making. It has published a series of educational textbooks (eleven volumes since just since 2000) that are internationally recognized as references. It also sponsors or participates widely in education conferences that influence the care and use of animals in research worldwide. Finally, it has served as the model for the development of professional certification systems for laboratory animal veterinarians in other countries including Korea, Japan and within the European community.

Areas for Improvement

N
ACLAM is the first, largest and most developed organization promoting veterinarians as research partners and most regions of the world have no provisions for this. Accordingly, ACLAM should solicit external philanthropic support to develop a complete, web-based educational resource for veterinarians to acquire specialty training in the veterinary care, management and use of research animals in scientific endeavors.
Animal Defenders International (ADI) (1 recommendation)
Animal Defenders International (ADI)
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http://www.ad-international.org/adi_world/
Animal Friends Rescue Project (1 recommendation) They coordinate and facilitate the rescue of hundreds of dogs and cats each year. Much of the transports are coordinated from and through several states. Animals are taken to different areas where they have the best chance of being adopted. For instance, CA is overrun with chihuahuas and chihuahua mixes. AFRP gets them transported to shelters out of the bay area and out of the state where they're more likely to be adopted. They also facilitate spay & neuter for those who can't afford it, which is a huge undertaking as well.
Animal Friends Rescue Project
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http://www.animalfriendsrescue.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They coordinate and facilitate the rescue of hundreds of dogs and cats each year. Much of the transports are coordinated from and through several states. Animals are taken to different areas where they have the best chance of being adopted. For instance, CA is overrun with chihuahuas and chihuahua mixes. AFRP gets them transported to shelters out of the bay area and out of the state where they're more likely to be adopted. They also facilitate spay & neuter for those who can't afford it, which is a huge undertaking as well.

Organizational Strengths

N
They excel at networking and coordinating places that will take dozens of dogs and/or cats at a time. They also have enough resources to put together successful fundraisers.

Areas for Improvement

N
I would like to see them include more local rescues rather than only shipping big quantities of animals to other shelters. Let the shelters handle the overflow. Foster homes should be first choice.
Animal Place (1 recommendation) Provides a final sanctuary to farmed animals in need. Uses the sanctuary as an educational tool and advocates for reforms in the protection of farmed animals. Very effective.
Animal Place

http://animalplace.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Provides a final sanctuary to farmed animals in need. Uses the sanctuary as an educational tool and advocates for reforms in the protection of farmed animals. Very effective.

Organizational Strengths

N
Good leadership. Strong financials. Expansive vision.

Areas for Improvement

N
May be held back somewhat by founder's syndrome.
Animal Protection and Rescue League (1 recommendation) Working behind the scenes in a number of high impact cases, often politically and legally, but without public disclosure of their name ~ more so than the large majority of organizations who require that they receive a high profile role which often equates with failure.
Animal Protection and Rescue League

http://www.aprl.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Working behind the scenes in a number of high impact cases, often politically and legally, but without public disclosure of their name ~ more so than the large majority of organizations who require that they receive a high profile role which often equates with failure.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strategic thinking and planning is some of the most advanced in the field at this time.

Areas for Improvement

N
The organization could work more inclusively, and less exclusively, but this is easier said than done when you need to work quietly behind the scenes!
Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach (1 recommendation) I make this recommendation because Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach ("ARAA") is the only entity I can think of that advocates CONSISTENTLY for veganism as the "moral baseline" for animal advocates. ARAA (which is essentially a website maintained by Professor Gary Francione of Rutgers Law School) issues a clear call to do the only thing that's right, the thing PETA claims to have as its motto: Stop viewing animals as property and recognize that they do not belong to us, period, end of story. An organization like PETA undoubtedly reaches more people, but PETA reaches those people with a watered-down message. ARAA may reach fewer people, but it reaches them with an unequivocal call to veganism.
Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach

http://www.abolitionistapproach.com/

Evidence of Impact

R
I make this recommendation because Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach ("ARAA") is the only entity I can think of that advocates CONSISTENTLY for veganism as the "moral baseline" for animal advocates. ARAA (which is essentially a website maintained by Professor Gary Francione of Rutgers Law School) issues a clear call to do the only thing that's right, the thing PETA claims to have as its motto: Stop viewing animals as property and recognize that they do not belong to us, period, end of story. An organization like PETA undoubtedly reaches more people, but PETA reaches those people with a watered-down message. ARAA may reach fewer people, but it reaches them with an unequivocal call to veganism.

Organizational Strengths

R
The organization has a great website. Logical consistency

Areas for Improvement

R
Professor Francione, whose work is featured on the website, tends to attack anyone who disagrees with him on even the smallest point. He can be consistent in his position without interrupting people, talking over them, calling their position a "misrepresentation" of his position, etc. They need to figure out how to reach more people. I don't have a great suggestion, but that is what's needed.
Animals Asia Foundation (1 recommendation) Animals Asia Foundation works to protect individual bears from suffering -- and in Asia rescues them from lives of misery -- while also working in the US and elsewhere to educate people about animal cruelty, wildlife trade, and the need to protect bears and other species from cruelty in traditional medicine trade. Their message and vision are focused and the efforts are often successful.
Animals Asia Foundation

http://www.animalsasia.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Animals Asia Foundation works to protect individual bears from suffering -- and in Asia rescues them from lives of misery -- while also working in the US and elsewhere to educate people about animal cruelty, wildlife trade, and the need to protect bears and other species from cruelty in traditional medicine trade. Their message and vision are focused and the efforts are often successful.

Organizational Strengths

N
AAF uses its funds wisely, ensuring that as much as possible goes to campaigns and animal care. the efforts they put into animal care then reciprocally translates into more support for their overall efforts. The operations are lean and incredibly sound. They are leaders in the field -- the narrowly crafted effort -- in which they are involved.

Areas for Improvement

N
It is difficult to raise money and profile when fundamental operations are based overseas, but I wish the AAF marketing and fundraising efforts could be expanded so that more people can be aware of their good works and they could garner more support for their efforts.
Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC) (1 recommendation) Through its voluntary accreditation program, AAALAC International ensures that the world's animal research facilities meet exacting standards of care for laboratory animals.
Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International (AAALAC)

http://www.aaalac.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Through its voluntary accreditation program, AAALAC International ensures that the world's animal research facilities meet exacting standards of care for laboratory animals.

Organizational Strengths

N
AAALAC International is known worldwide for its strong leadership in the field of animal protection. Its veteran staff focuses on the well-being of laboratory animals and is currently taking its program internationally, to ensure that high standards in the US and UK are in place and that laboratory animals are protected in facilities in emerging nations as well.

Areas for Improvement

N
AAALAC International could do more outreach to the public, so that the humane conditions inside accredited animal research institutions are better known.
Big Cat Rescue (1 recommendation) Big Cat Rescue was the first to publish the fraud perpetuated by zoos and entertainers whereby they duped the public into believing there was such an animal as a Royal White Bengal Tiger. Now AZA zoos and the Species Survival Plans have finally come out against the practice of inbreeding to create a mutation that results in the white coat. Big Cat Rescue fought for and won federal legislation the made it illegal to sell big cats across state lines as pets, and was the leading factor in FL legislation that required a 10,000 bond for liability by those in possession of big cats in FL and also was able to have the cougar re-classed from an animal that can be kept as a pet to one that cannot.
Big Cat Rescue
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http://bigcatrescue.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Big Cat Rescue was the first to publish the fraud perpetuated by zoos and entertainers whereby they duped the public into believing there was such an animal as a Royal White Bengal Tiger. Now AZA zoos and the Species Survival Plans have finally come out against the practice of inbreeding to create a mutation that results in the white coat. Big Cat Rescue fought for and won federal legislation the made it illegal to sell big cats across state lines as pets, and was the leading factor in FL legislation that required a 10,000 bond for liability by those in possession of big cats in FL and also was able to have the cougar re-classed from an animal that can be kept as a pet to one that cannot.

Organizational Strengths

O
It is the only accredited sanctuary that is exceeding expenses by approximately half a million per year and is building an endowment to insure the long term care of the animals. Big Cat Rescue's leaders have been hosting training sessions for other accredited sanctuaries to help them be better staffed, better funded and more capable of long-term success.

Areas for Improvement

O
It needs a larger board of active members who are influential in the community. It is unique in that it has very low admin costs and is run by highly trained volunteers, but that volunteer and intern program needs better leadership.
BirdLife International (1 recommendation) Birdlife International has a powerful model to mobilize civil society around the world in support of bird conservation.
BirdLife International

http://www.birdlife.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Birdlife International has a powerful model to mobilize civil society around the world in support of bird conservation.

Organizational Strengths

N
Outstanding science, excellent governance.

Areas for Improvement

N
Gaps in geographic coverage.
Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Program (1 recommendation) Actual recovery progress with an endangered species. I think it is important to recognize specific groups dealing with specific problems. The black-footed ferret is just one species in need of immediate assistance and this recover program has a proven track record.
Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Program

http://www.blackfootedferret.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Actual recovery progress with an endangered species. I think it is important to recognize specific groups dealing with specific problems. The black-footed ferret is just one species in need of immediate assistance and this recover program has a proven track record.

Organizational Strengths

R
The focus on 'big' groups ignores that small focused groups are often the most efficient and effective in achieving specific goals. This group is appealing with good spokespeople and they get the job done. The ferret cam was also adorable. The program has proven success in both captive breeding and reintroduction. The people behind it make a very good impression both in person, on TV and online. You can see where the money is going.

Areas for Improvement

R
Their website could be better and their options for donating could use some tweaking. Their website needs some work. but their ferret live-cam was a genius idea.
Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research (1 recommendation) This group is targeted with their support of companion animal cancer studies dedicating much needed resources to this area
Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research

Evidence of Impact

F
This group is targeted with their support of companion animal cancer studies dedicating much needed resources to this area

Organizational Strengths

F
Blue Buffalo has done a great job of leveraging their position in the corporate world to raise awareness for the need for companion animal cancer research.

Areas for Improvement

F
Continue and maybe strengthen outreach to other corporate partners.
Born Free USA (1 recommendation) They do excellent work helping wildlife and addressing exotic pet issues, which is an area highly underserved.
Born Free USA
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http://www.bornfreeusa.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They do excellent work helping wildlife and addressing exotic pet issues, which is an area highly underserved.

Organizational Strengths

N
They understand their role in the arena on animal nonprofits and work very well at addressing issues in that niche.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could be better at marketing and getting the word out about their campaigns.
Carolina Canines for Services (1 recommendation) This group is about more than just the Carolinas. They provide service dogs to veterans and people in need, and help prison inmates by teaching them to train dogs. This group is all about helping people, but they do it by helping animals. What a great way to celebrate our common bond between people and pets.
Carolina Canines for Services
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http://www.carolinacanines.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This group is about more than just the Carolinas. They provide service dogs to veterans and people in need, and help prison inmates by teaching them to train dogs. This group is all about helping people, but they do it by helping animals. What a great way to celebrate our common bond between people and pets.
Colorado Animal Welfare League (1 recommendation) This is a grassroots, volunteer-run organization that has made a tremendous dent in the suffering and euthanasia of dogs and cats on the Shiprock New Mexico Navajo and Towaco Colorado Mountain Ute reservations. Every other month, they bring high quality/high volume veterinarians and technicians from all over the country to provide free sterilizations and vaccinations for pets in these very poor under-served areas. They also transfer dogs and cats to foster families in the Denver Metro area where they are rehabilitated and eventually adopted out.
Colorado Animal Welfare League

http://coloradoanimalwelfare.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This is a grassroots, volunteer-run organization that has made a tremendous dent in the suffering and euthanasia of dogs and cats on the Shiprock New Mexico Navajo and Towaco Colorado Mountain Ute reservations. Every other month, they bring high quality/high volume veterinarians and technicians from all over the country to provide free sterilizations and vaccinations for pets in these very poor under-served areas. They also transfer dogs and cats to foster families in the Denver Metro area where they are rehabilitated and eventually adopted out.

Organizational Strengths

F
This group is great at making connections with tribal leaders and local animal welfare agencies and engage them in promoting and staffing these clinics. They are very fiscally responsible and manage to run these clinics with volunteers.

Areas for Improvement

F
CAWL could improve upon its mission if it had more resources to provide humane education in the areas that it serves. Having a full-time staff would also lead to improvement.
Earth Island Institute (1 recommendation) Earth Island Institute nurtures and supports individuals who are the most talented and experienced in a specific field of advocacy by offering an umbrella 501(c)(3) and access to tools and resources. This organization's projects address some of the most critical humane issues facing the animal protection field and the planet such as the International Marine Mammal Project- keeping dolphins safe and exposing the heinous practices and moral crimes of the captive/aquaria industry; WildFutures which focuses on wild carnivore conservation for those who are the most exploited and yet critical to healthy ecosystems: Cougars and bears. Project Coyote which fosters education and co-existence with this country's most abused wild canid and also the most adaptable to human interference.
Earth Island Institute
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http://www.earthisland.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Earth Island Institute nurtures and supports individuals who are the most talented and experienced in a specific field of advocacy by offering an umbrella 501(c)(3) and access to tools and resources. This organization's projects address some of the most critical humane issues facing the animal protection field and the planet such as the International Marine Mammal Project- keeping dolphins safe and exposing the heinous practices and moral crimes of the captive/aquaria industry; WildFutures which focuses on wild carnivore conservation for those who are the most exploited and yet critical to healthy ecosystems: Cougars and bears. Project Coyote which fosters education and co-existence with this country's most abused wild canid and also the most adaptable to human interference.

Organizational Strengths

F
This organization's strengths are having highly talented, experienced, savvy, intelligent leaders addressing urgent and significant humane and ethical issues of our time.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could improve their communication and sharing among project leaders. Better reporting to funders/donors. Improved access to funding resources
EmanciPET (1 recommendation) Emancipet offers low cost spay/neuter surgeries, as well as low cost veterinary services. Epet often partners with other organizations (such as Love-A-Bull) to offer free surgeries for certain groups. They have mobile services as well, that go into targeted neighborhoods where residents often don't have transportation to get to Epet's facility.
EmanciPET
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http://www.emancipet.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Emancipet offers low cost spay/neuter surgeries, as well as low cost veterinary services. Epet often partners with other organizations (such as Love-A-Bull) to offer free surgeries for certain groups. They have mobile services as well, that go into targeted neighborhoods where residents often don't have transportation to get to Epet's facility.

Organizational Strengths

O
Epet has good staff and leadership. They are fairly well-connected in the community, and seem to be willing to partner with other organizations to save animal lives.

Areas for Improvement

O
Epet could do a bit more advertising/marketing, but for the most part, they are an outstanding group.
Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) (1 recommendation) This group does excellent work promoting vegetarianism. They also organize annual animal rights conferences which are superbly run and cover a wide array of issues.
Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)
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http://www.farmusa.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This group does excellent work promoting vegetarianism. They also organize annual animal rights conferences which are superbly run and cover a wide array of issues.

Organizational Strengths

N
This group is very gutsy and is fearless in selecting conference speakers, who range from conservative to radical. Dogs are allowed to attend. I admire this group's courage and commitment to the First Amendment.

Areas for Improvement

N
Again, I have nothing to say because I totally admire FARM.
Feline Conservation Federation (FCF) (1 recommendation) This organization offers funding for conservation actions specific to preserving small wild cat habitat, and provides educational programs regarding responsible ownership of these species in captivity.
Feline Conservation Federation (FCF)
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http://www.felineconservation.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization offers funding for conservation actions specific to preserving small wild cat habitat, and provides educational programs regarding responsible ownership of these species in captivity.

Areas for Improvement

N
The FCF has grown to the extent that it needs to hire additional staff to effective provide services to its growing membership. Name recognition continues to be a challenge.
First Coast No More Homeless Pets (1 recommendation) This group has paved the way for saving feral cats who end up in shelters through innovative, common sense solutions such as those used for urban wildlife.
First Coast No More Homeless Pets
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http://www.fcnmhp.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This group has paved the way for saving feral cats who end up in shelters through innovative, common sense solutions such as those used for urban wildlife.

Organizational Strengths

N
The efficiency and creativity of their operations is fantastic. They address the community's dislike or affinity of feral cats through marketing of solutions and ideas. They also have fast and streamlined processes that get cats back out to their communities quickly before they get ill in a shelter.

Areas for Improvement

N
I'm not sure but it sounds like they need a way to determine which cats are truly feral vs a very scared/mad housecat. It may not be a problem as the cat ends up in it's home environment anyway.
Found Animals (1 recommendation) The huge prize that the foundation is offering to find a non surgical sterilization solution is great and has motivated the entire industry. In addition, they are working to find solutions to the pet overpopulation issue in LA and will use those proven methods to help others succeed.
Found Animals
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http://www.foundanimals.org/about-us/contact-us

Evidence of Impact

N
The huge prize that the foundation is offering to find a non surgical sterilization solution is great and has motivated the entire industry. In addition, they are working to find solutions to the pet overpopulation issue in LA and will use those proven methods to help others succeed.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have amazingly deep pockets and an excellent and well educated staff that can make things happen.

Areas for Improvement

N
Use even more of their money to fund pilot projects in LA to more quickly find effective programs and put them to work.
GREY2K USA (1 recommendation) GREY2K USA has achieved significant results in banning greyhound racing in several states across the country.
GREY2K USA
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http://www.grey2kusa.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
GREY2K USA has achieved significant results in banning greyhound racing in several states across the country.

Organizational Strengths

N
GREY2K USA has strong leadership, effective staff and volunteer base, and focused remit.

Areas for Improvement

N
GREY2K USA achieves a lot given their finite resources. However, they might be able to achieve more with increased fundraising and increased brand awareness.
Geos Institute (1 recommendation) The small staff working under the direction of Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick manufacture and distribute the immunocontraceptive PZP to those looking to control populations of wild horses, zoo animals, deer, African elephants and others, without killing or stressing them through unnecessary gathers. They also provide training to the end users from the nation's zoos, wild horse rescues and governmental agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service among others.
Geos Institute
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http://www.geosinstitute.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
The small staff working under the direction of Dr. Jay Kirkpatrick manufacture and distribute the immunocontraceptive PZP to those looking to control populations of wild horses, zoo animals, deer, African elephants and others, without killing or stressing them through unnecessary gathers. They also provide training to the end users from the nation's zoos, wild horse rescues and governmental agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service among others.

Organizational Strengths

F
This is a very lean operation where every dollar is carefully spent. Yet the research done and meticulous care taken in production is first-rate.

Areas for Improvement

F
Should the use of PZP become more accepted within the BLM, production would need to be expanded and training numbers increased. They might need to investigate mass production opportunities for at least some of the steps.
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (1 recommendation) GFAS is nearly single-handedly improving the professionalism level of the equine rescue and sanctuary field through their accreditation program which includes guidance and strategic planning for well-meaning but often all-volunteer groups with limited experience in running a sustainable nonprofit.
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries

http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org/gfas/home/

Evidence of Impact

F
GFAS is nearly single-handedly improving the professionalism level of the equine rescue and sanctuary field through their accreditation program which includes guidance and strategic planning for well-meaning but often all-volunteer groups with limited experience in running a sustainable nonprofit.

Organizational Strengths

F
The small staff calls on an amazing network of experts to help inform their work. They are nimble -- frequently reviewing and revising their requirements to recognize regional differences.

Areas for Improvement

F
They need to build up staffing and increase fundraising efforts in order to do so.
Greenpeace (1 recommendation) Generating public awareness of climate change, oil and gas development, whaling.
Greenpeace
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http://www.greenpeace.org

Evidence of Impact

R
Generating public awareness of climate change, oil and gas development, whaling.

Organizational Strengths

R
Marketing, field operations.

Areas for Improvement

R
Increase use of science-based actions.
Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital (1 recommendation) This nonprofit delivers much-needed service to the community and do it well.
Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital

http://cvmf.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=27

Evidence of Impact

F
This nonprofit delivers much-needed service to the community and do it well.

Organizational Strengths

F
Committed staff, excellent job engaging local community members for fundraising.

Areas for Improvement

F
Local marketing and outreach could be improved.
Helen Woodward Animal Center (1 recommendation) The job that MikeArms has done in 16 years going from a 300,000 dollar endowment to a 16,0000 million endowment is amazing. They adopt out so many animals and their programs for children are great
Helen Woodward Animal Center
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http://www.animalcenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
The job that MikeArms has done in 16 years going from a 300,000 dollar endowment to a 16,0000 million endowment is amazing. They adopt out so many animals and their programs for children are great

Organizational Strengths

F
The organization's strength is found in the leadership, staff, marketing/fundraising. The way they involve the public and get their stories out in the media are great.
IACUC 101 SERIES (1 recommendation) This nonprofit actively engages the research community in the education and training of new and seasoned members of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees.
IACUC 101 SERIES

http://iacuc101.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
This nonprofit actively engages the research community in the education and training of new and seasoned members of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees.

Organizational Strengths

O
The faculty are exceptional leaders in the area of research animal welfare. The use of electronic audience response equipment brings a welcome element of novelty to the adult education arena.

Areas for Improvement

O
Enhanced opportunities to share their resources through web site development and enhanced scenarios in their workshops.
IFAW Holding Co Inc (1 recommendation) The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) works to help animal victims of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami.
IFAW Holding Co Inc

Evidence of Impact

N
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) works to help animal victims of the Japanese earthquake/tsunami.

Organizational Strengths

N
The organization leads in pressing animal welfare and conservation challenges.
In Defense of Animals (IDA) (1 recommendation) They do an excellent job at bringing attention to the plight of zoo animals.
In Defense of Animals (IDA)
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http://www.idausa.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They do an excellent job at bringing attention to the plight of zoo animals.

Organizational Strengths

N
They make it easy to take action due to their action alerts.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could do better at collaborating with other animal protection groups.
Institute for In Vitro Sciences (1 recommendation) This organization has contributed to several successful validation studies for alternatives to animal experiments and provide regular training courses.
Institute for In Vitro Sciences

http://www.iivs.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization has contributed to several successful validation studies for alternatives to animal experiments and provide regular training courses.

Organizational Strengths

R
Contract research with alternative methods; well-networked.

Areas for Improvement

R
Lack of more modern technological approaches.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) (1 recommendation) Exceptional credibility and legitimacy as a global voice for nature conservation.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
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http://www.iucn.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Exceptional credibility and legitimacy as a global voice for nature conservation.

Organizational Strengths

N
Volunteerism through the commissions, especially the Species Survival Commission, extremely powerful. Able to influence policy at very high levels.

Areas for Improvement

N
Regional offices and programs risk competing with membership.
International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association (IVFSA) (1 recommendation) The International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association is a brand new organization that has the potential to make tremendous impact.
International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association (IVFSA)

http://www.ivfsa.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
The International Veterinary Forensic Sciences Association is a brand new organization that has the potential to make tremendous impact.

Organizational Strengths

O
They bring together cross disciplines to improve the investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty (veterinarians, attorneys, police officers, forensic scientists, animal welfare workers, animal control officers). They are well-positioned to really move this field forward.

Areas for Improvement

O
They are closely tied to the Maples Center at the University of Florida. In order to grow they need to move out from Florida and get around the country. They would benefit from a devoted Executive Director or management company as the growth and progress is being delayed by having a 100% volunteer board of busy professionals.
Island Conservation (IC) (1 recommendation) Island Conservation is highly effective in delivering its mission of preventing animal (and plant) species extinctions.
Island Conservation (IC)
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http://www.islandconservation.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Island Conservation is highly effective in delivering its mission of preventing animal (and plant) species extinctions.

Organizational Strengths

N
This nonprofit has a clear strategy and excellent monitoring of impact per investment.

Areas for Improvement

N
IC should expand to have a broader geographic scope.
Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust (1 recommendation) This Trust has actively supported non-invasive research, conferences to disseminate companion animal health and welfare, and funded efforts to standardize training in shelter medicine in veterinary colleges across the country.
Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust
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Evidence of Impact

R
This Trust has actively supported non-invasive research, conferences to disseminate companion animal health and welfare, and funded efforts to standardize training in shelter medicine in veterinary colleges across the country.

Organizational Strengths

R
This organization has been committed to the welfare of companion animals, even before it became more fashionable to do so. They have funded important initiatives that other organizations would not consider.

Areas for Improvement

R
This organization is sometimes non-responsive to communication with them.
Kindness Ranch (1 recommendation) Volunteer experiences, mission and vision.
Kindness Ranch
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http://kindnessranch.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Volunteer experiences, mission and vision.

Organizational Strengths

R
Strong staff (at least that in 2010) and commitment.
Lambs Farm (1 recommendation) The organization's annual Animal Rights Conference touches roughly 800 people per year, promotes dialogue and collaboration among participants, educates for action on behalf of animals.
Lambs Farm
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http://www.lambsfarm.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
The organization's annual Animal Rights Conference touches roughly 800 people per year, promotes dialogue and collaboration among participants, educates for action on behalf of animals.

Organizational Strengths

R
Strong commitment to bringing people together for education and action, strong support for local activities on behalf of animals.

Areas for Improvement

R
This nonprofit must find a way to breakout into the mainstream public's awareness -- still a rather unknown organization; taking a leadership role in public debates on animal protection issues.
Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART) (1 recommendation) This team focuses on post Hurricane Katrina efforts to really improve the care given to animals in the state during disasters.
Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART)

http://www.lsart.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This team focuses on post Hurricane Katrina efforts to really improve the care given to animals in the state during disasters.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership is decent.

Areas for Improvement

N
Communication and getting back to their support agencies.
Love-A-Bull (1 recommendation) Love-A-Bull is an excellent advocacy group for bully breed awareness. A very small core group runs this very professionally branded and intelligent organization. They organize several events, including a national pit bull awareness day-long event, monthly fundraisers, happy hours (dogs invited!), walks around town to promote the breed, and they offer sharp-looking shirts, mugs, etc.
Love-A-Bull

http://love-a-bull.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Love-A-Bull is an excellent advocacy group for bully breed awareness. A very small core group runs this very professionally branded and intelligent organization. They organize several events, including a national pit bull awareness day-long event, monthly fundraisers, happy hours (dogs invited!), walks around town to promote the breed, and they offer sharp-looking shirts, mugs, etc.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their biggest strength is their commitment to the breed, and the innovative ways in which they promote the breed. In addition to the impacts listed, they also have a Pit Crew that goes into schools and helps educate kids about the breed, kindness to and interaction with animals, all using Canine Good Citizen dogs.

Areas for Improvement

O
The organization would benefit from a larger number of staff - the work tends to fall on one or just a couple of people, causing major burn-out.
Marian's Dream (1 recommendation) Marian's Dream has provided funding and mentoring to 26 states in an effort to promote leadership in the area of high quality/high volume subsidized spay/neuter services. As a result, these programs provide a centralized database to refer low-income clients to clinics in their area via a website and a toll-free number. These programs also have subsidy funds to assist pet owners in areas where there are no clinics.
Marian's Dream
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http://mariansdream.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Marian's Dream has provided funding and mentoring to 26 states in an effort to promote leadership in the area of high quality/high volume subsidized spay/neuter services. As a result, these programs provide a centralized database to refer low-income clients to clinics in their area via a website and a toll-free number. These programs also have subsidy funds to assist pet owners in areas where there are no clinics.

Organizational Strengths

F
Marion's Dream has provided networking, mentorship, and collaborative opportunities for the state spay/neuter programs.

Areas for Improvement

F
This non-profit has only been able to recruit 26 states to participate in its programs and could do more outreach.
Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (MRFRS) (1 recommendation) They have successfully relocated all free-roaming cats in Newburyport MA.
Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society (MRFRS)
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http://www.mrfrs.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have successfully relocated all free-roaming cats in Newburyport MA.

Organizational Strengths

R
They speak nationally and network regionally.

Areas for Improvement

R
Publish their results in some formal way.
Mid-Continent Association for Agriculture, Biomedical Research (1 recommendation) Development of educational materials to help students understand the benefits of biomedical research.
Mid-Continent Association for Agriculture, Biomedical Research

http://maabre.info/

Evidence of Impact

N
Development of educational materials to help students understand the benefits of biomedical research.

Organizational Strengths

N
Supports research in the state through educational materials and programs that strengthen the knowledge base of students and members.

Areas for Improvement

N
Greater financial support to offer more educational programs to K-12.
Mindy's Memory Primate Sanctuary (1 recommendation) There are very few organizations that help monkeys who are suffering as pets or in research, and Mindy's Memory is another primate sanctuary dealing with these issues.
Mindy's Memory Primate Sanctuary
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http://www.mindysmem.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
There are very few organizations that help monkeys who are suffering as pets or in research, and Mindy's Memory is another primate sanctuary dealing with these issues.

Organizational Strengths

N
Compassionate staff and leadership.

Areas for Improvement

N
Funds and staff are needed for fundraising campaigns and general operations.
Morris Animal Foundation (1 recommendation) The Morris Animal Foundation sustains high-level support of research pertinent to animal welfare.
Morris Animal Foundation
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http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
The Morris Animal Foundation sustains high-level support of research pertinent to animal welfare.

Organizational Strengths

R
This organization has strong leadership, staff, scientific advisory boards.

Areas for Improvement

R
Develop partnerships with other wildlife disease organizations to broaden depth of wildlife program - the domestic animal program is considerably stronger.
Mote Marine Laboratory (1 recommendation) This organization has consistently contributed some of the best and most innovative scientific research on marine mammals and other marine species. This research has been helpful in the US and internationally in enhancing education and conservation activities. The longitudinal studies of the Sarasota Bay dolphin population is one of their most unique and valuable contributions.
Mote Marine Laboratory
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http://www.mote.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
This organization has consistently contributed some of the best and most innovative scientific research on marine mammals and other marine species. This research has been helpful in the US and internationally in enhancing education and conservation activities. The longitudinal studies of the Sarasota Bay dolphin population is one of their most unique and valuable contributions.

Organizational Strengths

O
This nonprofit has excellent research staff and capabilities. Solid organization. Partners constructively with a variety of private and public interests.

Areas for Improvement

O
Mote could perhaps be more dynamic in some of its national positioning but they may be a function of being more comfortable with its core research mission. More specifically, they could possibly assert themselves and their knowledge more proactively on certain issues (though they are generally responsive to requests for assistance or guidance).
National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) (1 recommendation) This nonprofit communicates legislative issues and helps state organizations by sharing information and giving advice.
National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR)

http://www.nabr.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This nonprofit communicates legislative issues and helps state organizations by sharing information and giving advice.

Organizational Strengths

N
Staff is extremely helpful and always available. Staff is also extremely knowledgeable in their area of expertise.

Areas for Improvement

N
Better mechanism to share membership benefits (access to database/info/etc) with other non-profits to ensure seamless communication between federal and state level.
National Canine Research Council (1 recommendation) Through studious and precise research, the NCRC is changing the way pit bulls are viewed in America and beyond. The Council is fighting the "dangerous dog" mythology with data, studied analysis, and facts.
National Canine Research Council

http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/

Evidence of Impact

O
Through studious and precise research, the NCRC is changing the way pit bulls are viewed in America and beyond. The Council is fighting the "dangerous dog" mythology with data, studied analysis, and facts.

Organizational Strengths

O
Its staff and leadership are amazing. Karen Delise is nothing short of brilliant, and her communications staff is superb as well.

Areas for Improvement

O
This charity could really benefit from greater visibility.
National Federation of Humane Societies (1 recommendation) The group is fairly new, but has brought together the largest humane societies from around the country to implement joint programs and articulate a common vision for the movement. While the concept of “no-kill” was very controversial among traditional animal shelters just a few years ago, the Federation has helped to transform the national debate on the issue and all the major shelters have now embraced the goal of ending euthanasia for shelter pets by the year 2020.
National Federation of Humane Societies

http://www.humanefederation.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The group is fairly new, but has brought together the largest humane societies from around the country to implement joint programs and articulate a common vision for the movement. While the concept of “no-kill” was very controversial among traditional animal shelters just a few years ago, the Federation has helped to transform the national debate on the issue and all the major shelters have now embraced the goal of ending euthanasia for shelter pets by the year 2020.

Organizational Strengths

N
The Federation draws on the leadership and expertise of CEOs from throughout the humane movement, and those leaders share innovations and best practices.

Areas for Improvement

N
The organization needs to expand and broaden its membership. It currently has about 65 members, and represents most of the largest humane societies in the country, but the ceiling is much higher as there are nearly 4,000 animal shelters in the United States. The largest metropolitan shelters are included, but the smaller and more rural animal shelters and humane organizations are currently underrepresented.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (1 recommendation) Their ability to step up and recognize animal organizations in the mix of various response and relief efforts throughout the US.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

http://www.nvoad.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their ability to step up and recognize animal organizations in the mix of various response and relief efforts throughout the US.

Organizational Strengths

N
Marketing and communications are very strong.

Areas for Improvement

N
Helping member organizations manage resources and training efforts more effectively.
National Wildlife Federation (NWF) (1 recommendation) NWF maintains a willingness to engage in a variety of important arenas.
National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

http://www.nwf.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
NWF maintains a willingness to engage in a variety of important arenas.

Organizational Strengths

N
Willingness to participate in coalitions with other non-profits to increase the effectiveness in achieving goals.

Areas for Improvement

N
Engage in some more controversial topics that require more action to be taken.
Neighborhood Cats (1 recommendation) Neighborhood Cats is one of the leading advocates for free-roaming cat spay/neuter, also known as Trap-Neuter-Return. Their educational materials, including award-winning and nationally distributed books and videos, plus their website, have led to municipalities, animal control agencies and shelters across the U.S. adopting an approach of sterilizing feral and stray cats instead of euthanizing them.
Neighborhood Cats
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http://www.neighborhoodcats.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Neighborhood Cats is one of the leading advocates for free-roaming cat spay/neuter, also known as Trap-Neuter-Return. Their educational materials, including award-winning and nationally distributed books and videos, plus their website, have led to municipalities, animal control agencies and shelters across the U.S. adopting an approach of sterilizing feral and stray cats instead of euthanizing them.

Organizational Strengths

F
Very savvy operations, allowing a small organization to have a disproportionate national impact in their specialized area.

Areas for Improvement

F
Growth in fundraising and revenue. Should be a larger organization considering its outsized impact in the animal welfare field. As a related item, more staff is needed.
Nevada Humane Society (1 recommendation) Marketing and Retail programs -- The Nevada Humane Society is more of a local non-profit making an impact nationally through presentations at conferences about successful approaches to reducing euthanasia.
Nevada Humane Society
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http://www.nevadahumanesociety.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Marketing and Retail programs -- The Nevada Humane Society is more of a local non-profit making an impact nationally through presentations at conferences about successful approaches to reducing euthanasia.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership is strong.

Areas for Improvement

N
This organization, like most, is implementing successful local programs to save the lives of animals, but still struggles daily to provide the resources for sustainability.
No-Kill Nation (1 recommendation) They are providing social media so that activists all over the country can get connected and know what is going on in various places. This bridge helps all of us feel connected.
No-Kill Nation

http://www.thenokillnation.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
They are providing social media so that activists all over the country can get connected and know what is going on in various places. This bridge helps all of us feel connected.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their timely reporting and knowledge of various animal organizations. I do not know who the leadership is, but it appears that their staff is timely and well informed.
Oceanic Preservation Society (1 recommendation) This organization was founded by the director of the movie "The Cove", which demonstrated the horrors of the drive hunts that massacre dolphins in a small Japanese town. The movie won an Oscar and brought this issue to millions of people in many countries.
Oceanic Preservation Society

http://www.opsociety.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
This organization was founded by the director of the movie "The Cove", which demonstrated the horrors of the drive hunts that massacre dolphins in a small Japanese town. The movie won an Oscar and brought this issue to millions of people in many countries.

Organizational Strengths

O
Main strength is the ability to reach people through the mass media. The society uses its funds to drive more media and spin-off programs.

Areas for Improvement

O
The organization is already moving into other areas to help promote the protection of ocean life. The society itself could use more promotion of its efforts to be an anchor for other organization seeking to protect the oceans
Operation Catnip-Raleigh (1 recommendation) They defined how we operate our spay/neuter clinics. They gave us the tools to make the clinics happen.
Operation Catnip-Raleigh
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http://www.operationcatnip.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They defined how we operate our spay/neuter clinics. They gave us the tools to make the clinics happen.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their veterinary leadership is astounding. They are also a leader in the field of research.

Areas for Improvement

N
I don't know enough about the internal workings of the group to comment.
Oregon Humane Society (1 recommendation) A high rate of adoptions for unwanted companion animals and highly professional staff and working environment. OHS appears also to be an effective advocate in Oregon for animal welfare legislation
Oregon Humane Society
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http://www.oregonhumane.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
A high rate of adoptions for unwanted companion animals and highly professional staff and working environment. OHS appears also to be an effective advocate in Oregon for animal welfare legislation

Organizational Strengths

N
OHS's 'brand' is well regarded in Oregon, reflecting a strong marketing team. I have been impressed at its efforts in recent years to develop its own in-house veterinary school, both to treat the animals in its care, but also to offer low cost spay and neuter.
PETCO Foundation (1 recommendation) The Petco Foundation partners with over 7,000 non-profit animal welfare groups to provide the monetary, tangible and educational resources that will help them continue to make a difference in the lives of the companion animals in our nation.
PETCO Foundation

http://www.petco.com/petco_Page_PC_petcofoundationhome.aspx

Evidence of Impact

O
The Petco Foundation partners with over 7,000 non-profit animal welfare groups to provide the monetary, tangible and educational resources that will help them continue to make a difference in the lives of the companion animals in our nation.

Organizational Strengths

O
The organization has consistent Charity Navigator ratings. Very active and innovative board of directors in creating new ways to fundraise.

Areas for Improvement

O
They must focus on planning further ahead as well as ensure that funds are focused enough to make a significant difference.
Panthera Corporation (1 recommendation) Best scientists and wildlife biologists working on saving the world's wild felid species in the most ethical, humane manner possible. Employs a strategy of combining best science, education, co-existence, and cultural sensitivity in innovative ideas.
Panthera Corporation
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Evidence of Impact

F
Best scientists and wildlife biologists working on saving the world's wild felid species in the most ethical, humane manner possible. Employs a strategy of combining best science, education, co-existence, and cultural sensitivity in innovative ideas.

Organizational Strengths

F
Impressive, highly sophisticated marketing and use of media. Staff and leadership are the most widely respected in their fields from countries throughout the world.

Areas for Improvement

F
Again, staff sometimes spread thinly.
Peace Advocacy Network (1 recommendation) Vegan Pledge program convinces others to go vegan (and then they, in turn, are wonderful educators of others to become vegan).
Peace Advocacy Network

http://www.peaceadvocacynetwork.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Vegan Pledge program convinces others to go vegan (and then they, in turn, are wonderful educators of others to become vegan).

Organizational Strengths

O
Good local presence; enthusiastic volunteers.

Areas for Improvement

O
Needs more press coverage of their work (not necessarily their fault); more consistency with horse-drawn carriage campaign.
Polar Bears International (PBI) (1 recommendation) This relatively young organization has a narrow yet vitally important focus. It is constructively focusing attention on the plight of the polar bear in Canada and the US in particular. More than that, it is bringing together different interests to translate awareness into constructive action promoting polar bear and habitat conservation.
Polar Bears International (PBI)
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http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
This relatively young organization has a narrow yet vitally important focus. It is constructively focusing attention on the plight of the polar bear in Canada and the US in particular. More than that, it is bringing together different interests to translate awareness into constructive action promoting polar bear and habitat conservation.

Organizational Strengths

O
Polar Bears International's focus and still expanding expertise and network are real strengths Field presence and related work greatly aids credibility. It seems to work well with a variety of stakeholders to cut right to what matters, i.e., helping polar bears as well as helping people help them.

Areas for Improvement

O
The organization has formidable expertise and substantial partnerships but could raise its profile and expand the range of stakeholders directly involved with them.
Project Coyote (1 recommendation) Leading organization in the US educating the public, policy makers and media on all things coyote. Does an excellent job debunking the myths around coyotes and exposing the mismanagement of these animals by most regulatory agencies at every level of government.
Project Coyote

http://www.projectcoyote.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Leading organization in the US educating the public, policy makers and media on all things coyote. Does an excellent job debunking the myths around coyotes and exposing the mismanagement of these animals by most regulatory agencies at every level of government.

Organizational Strengths

N
The organization has a sound foundation for their efforts based in science and applied ethics. Lean, mean and effective without being bloated like most of the large mainstream ENGOs at the national level. Also, extremely media savvy.

Areas for Improvement

N
Another top-level staffer to take the pressure off the hard working executive director.
Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRM&R) (1 recommendation) This nonprofit is innovative in the variety of resources they offer to the biomedical community for education and dialogue about ethics and application of standards in human subjects, research integrity, and animal welfare.
Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRM&R)
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http://www.primr.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
This nonprofit is innovative in the variety of resources they offer to the biomedical community for education and dialogue about ethics and application of standards in human subjects, research integrity, and animal welfare.

Organizational Strengths

O
Dedicated and industrious staff that is knowledgeable of new social media technologies. Leadership is strong and focused on active outreach across the animal rights, protection and welfare arenas.

Areas for Improvement

O
Continued focus on education to enhance IACUC administrative professionals. Consideration of a recertification mechanism for certified professionals.
Raincoast Conservation Foundation (1 recommendation) Raincoast Conservation Foundation is a small, lean non-profit (based in Canada but with non-profit status in the US) that does very effective work in the area of scientific wildlife conservation and advocacy.
Raincoast Conservation Foundation

http://www.raincoast.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Raincoast Conservation Foundation is a small, lean non-profit (based in Canada but with non-profit status in the US) that does very effective work in the area of scientific wildlife conservation and advocacy.

Organizational Strengths

N
This organization is very effective for its size and I think it uses its money wisely and does not overpay its staff (nor its senior staff). They also have a very strong marketing and outreach division.

Areas for Improvement

N
I think the organization could strengthen its presence in the U.S. and its ability to reach more people through multi-media, social media/networking, etc. Most people have not heard of them and they need to work on this.
SPAY-USA (1 recommendation) Spay USA offers education and funding for spay/neuter programs.
SPAY-USA
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http://www.spayusa.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Spay USA offers education and funding for spay/neuter programs.

Organizational Strengths

N
This nonprofit is organized and has strong leadership.
San Francisco SPCA (1 recommendation) SF SPCA was largely responsible to demonstrating that the evolution of a no-kill community was possible. They continue to demonstrate regional leadership in programs that support no-kill community initiatives.
San Francisco SPCA
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http://www.sfspca.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
SF SPCA was largely responsible to demonstrating that the evolution of a no-kill community was possible. They continue to demonstrate regional leadership in programs that support no-kill community initiatives.

Organizational Strengths

N
Great vision, strong operations, an infrastructure that has allowed changes in leadership while still keeping their mission and vision intact.

Areas for Improvement

N
It would be good is they could provide additional information on the challenges of maintaining a no-kill community and how that impacts resource allocation; can they resurface as a national leader in show how to get to no-kill and how what comes next?
Save the Chimps (1 recommendation) This organization maintains the largest chimp sanctuary in the world. They have done an amazing job. They have essentially built a chimp city in Florida, with unprecedented social groups (over 20), made these islands for the chimpanzees where they can act like chimpanzees. Most of the chimps at the sanctuary were rescued from labs.
Save the Chimps
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http://www.savethechimps.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization maintains the largest chimp sanctuary in the world. They have done an amazing job. They have essentially built a chimp city in Florida, with unprecedented social groups (over 20), made these islands for the chimpanzees where they can act like chimpanzees. Most of the chimps at the sanctuary were rescued from labs.
Save the Manatee Club (1 recommendation) Narrow area of focus very well executed. Works on actual rescue and legislation and education.
Save the Manatee Club
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http://www.savethemanatee.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Narrow area of focus very well executed. Works on actual rescue and legislation and education.

Organizational Strengths

N
Marketing very good-informative, right amount, good presentation. Celebrity power thru Jimmy Buffet. Good marketing - adopt a manatee and manatee related products.

Areas for Improvement

N
Make strategic alliances with other marine mammal organizations.
Saving Grace (1 recommendation) Grace works as a source of support and expertise for sustainable change.
Saving Grace

http://savinggracenc.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Grace works as a source of support and expertise for sustainable change.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership and finance.

Areas for Improvement

N
Greater reach and funding for mission.
Sea Turtle Survival League (1 recommendation) Effective, knowledgeable staff.
Sea Turtle Survival League

Evidence of Impact

N
Effective, knowledgeable staff.

Organizational Strengths

N
Strong reputation for putting sea turtles first. Willingness to engage in shoreline habitat issues.

Areas for Improvement

N
Need to be more willing to engage in more controversial approaches to saving wildlife resources.
Species Survival Network (SSN) (1 recommendation) The “pro-use” or “trade facilitation” groups have been successful in moving the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) agenda toward more permissive trading in endangered species, in part, because few conservation and animal welfare NGOs deeply and regularly focus on the implementation of the treaty, for example, by proposing new resolutions and changes to current CITES resolutions to better control or reduce trade. Species Survival Network is a coalition of NGOs interested in wildlife trade issues which facilitates very effective advocacy both at, at between, CITES meetings. By pooling the experience of its members, it adds value to their individual skills and focus, providing expert legal and scientific advice to its members and CITES parties.
Species Survival Network (SSN)

http://www.ssn.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The “pro-use” or “trade facilitation” groups have been successful in moving the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) agenda toward more permissive trading in endangered species, in part, because few conservation and animal welfare NGOs deeply and regularly focus on the implementation of the treaty, for example, by proposing new resolutions and changes to current CITES resolutions to better control or reduce trade. Species Survival Network is a coalition of NGOs interested in wildlife trade issues which facilitates very effective advocacy both at, at between, CITES meetings. By pooling the experience of its members, it adds value to their individual skills and focus, providing expert legal and scientific advice to its members and CITES parties.

Organizational Strengths

N
Effective use of experts running issue or species-focused Working Groups, and regional experts coordinating lobbying efforts/ By providing high quality analyses of CITES documents and providing a physical forum (a workroom) for groups to work together at CITES meetings, SSN increases the quality of advocacy of its member groups.
States United for Biomedical Research (1 recommendation) SUBR was created by a dozen individual state organizations to hone and enhance their outreach to the public about the vital role of laboratory animals in biomedical research. They share program materials and resources, including classroom curricula on the science and ethics of animal research, and offer national workshops for medical research advocates and practitioners focused on improving the welfare of laboratory animals.
States United for Biomedical Research

http://www.statesforbiomed.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
SUBR was created by a dozen individual state organizations to hone and enhance their outreach to the public about the vital role of laboratory animals in biomedical research. They share program materials and resources, including classroom curricula on the science and ethics of animal research, and offer national workshops for medical research advocates and practitioners focused on improving the welfare of laboratory animals.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership of SUBR is seamlessly rotated among the executive directors of the component organizations. It partners with other national organizations such as the American Physiological Society and Americans for Medical Progress to expand the impact of its programs. SUBR has developed a system of associates in states not represented by a component organization to ensure that animal research education interests in those states are represented.

Areas for Improvement

N
It needs to evolve stronger finances to guarantee the continuation of its valuable education programs.
Stop Animal Exploitation Now! (SAEN) (1 recommendation) This small organization monitors laboratory animals nationwide in the United States and has been very successful at publicizing abuses. It has mastered the art of generating Freedom of Information Act requests, all on a very small budget. I donate to this cause.
Stop Animal Exploitation Now! (SAEN)
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http://www.all-creatures.org/saen/

Evidence of Impact

N
This small organization monitors laboratory animals nationwide in the United States and has been very successful at publicizing abuses. It has mastered the art of generating Freedom of Information Act requests, all on a very small budget. I donate to this cause.

Organizational Strengths

N
The group is run by Michael and Karen Budkie who are dedicated animal activists. They have overcome low operating funds without ever deviating from their mission.

Areas for Improvement

N
I would like to see them better funded. They need more staff.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) (1 recommendation) CAAT has had 30 years of solid work, part of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and makes contributions to various alternatives to animal testing, the prime information portal.
The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT)

http://caat.jhsph.edu/

Evidence of Impact

R
CAAT has had 30 years of solid work, part of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and makes contributions to various alternatives to animal testing, the prime information portal.

Organizational Strengths

R
Based on sound science and they work to assure all stakeholder involvement (academia, industry, regulators, animal welfare).

Areas for Improvement

R
They could do more outreach to lay audiences.
The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC) (1 recommendation) They provide a needed service to animals and do excellent work educating the community.
The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC)
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http://www.marinemammalcenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
They provide a needed service to animals and do excellent work educating the community.

Organizational Strengths

F
The staff is phenomenal and their marketing is excellent; gets the message across without being over the top.

Areas for Improvement

F
Honestly I can't think of a suggestion for improvement.
The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) (1 recommendation) NAVS is one of the few "go to" organizations for students that do not want to dissect. It has a free library of materials that can be used as alternatives to dissection in the classroom. The website also contains a great deal of information on scientific research and product testing and the animallaw.com site has a great deal of legal information.
The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS)

http://www.navs.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
NAVS is one of the few "go to" organizations for students that do not want to dissect. It has a free library of materials that can be used as alternatives to dissection in the classroom. The website also contains a great deal of information on scientific research and product testing and the animallaw.com site has a great deal of legal information.

Areas for Improvement

R
NAVS could benefit from having a higher profile outside the animal welfare community. Ensuring that animal advocates (who may be contacted about these issues) know about the resources available would be useful.
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center (1 recommendation) They have made great strides in networking and mitigating animal response throughout the commonwealth of Virginia.
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
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http://www.virginiaaquarium.com

Evidence of Impact

N
They have made great strides in networking and mitigating animal response throughout the commonwealth of Virginia.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their ability to be the premiere organization of the nonprofits that do work related to the state's animal welfare programs.

Areas for Improvement

N
The organization needs more exposure and funding.
Wild Equity Institute (1 recommendation) This organization builds bridges between environmental justice groups and grassroots conservation to save species and ourselves.
Wild Equity Institute
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http://wildequity.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization builds bridges between environmental justice groups and grassroots conservation to save species and ourselves.

Organizational Strengths

N
The Wild Equity Institute is fast, efficient, and cutting edge.

Areas for Improvement

N
The organization is too small to make significant changes on multiple campaigns simultaneously.
Wildlife Advocacy Project (1 recommendation) Incredibly resourceful animal conservation group with multiple skill sets in a small setting.
Wildlife Advocacy Project

http://www.wildlifeadvocacy.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Incredibly resourceful animal conservation group with multiple skill sets in a small setting.

Organizational Strengths

N
Brilliant leadership, thoughtful actions.

Areas for Improvement

N
This organization is small. Needs to grow.
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) (1 recommendation) WCS funds wildlife research all over the world and has good staff in many countries doing important field work.
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)
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http://www.wcs.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
WCS funds wildlife research all over the world and has good staff in many countries doing important field work.

Organizational Strengths

N
Attention to science, leadership on climate change adaptation.

Areas for Improvement

N
The organization could focus more on US, could get involved more in politically-charged scenarios.
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation (1 recommendation) WRR not only offers home to exotic animals, but also rehabilitates local species for release.
Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation
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http://www.wildlife-rescue.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
WRR not only offers home to exotic animals, but also rehabilitates local species for release.

Organizational Strengths

N
Good internship programs.
Wildlife Waystation (1 recommendation) Incorporated in 1976, the Wildlife Waystation's mission is to provide rescue, medical care, rehabilitation, re-location and permanent sanctuary to wild and exotic animals. The WW also provides educational programs to the general public. In 35 years more than 76,000 animals have passed through the sanctuary.
Wildlife Waystation
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http://wildlifewaystation.org

Evidence of Impact

N
Incorporated in 1976, the Wildlife Waystation's mission is to provide rescue, medical care, rehabilitation, re-location and permanent sanctuary to wild and exotic animals. The WW also provides educational programs to the general public. In 35 years more than 76,000 animals have passed through the sanctuary.

Organizational Strengths

N
The organization rescues animals from all over the US and abroad (Canada, Ireland and New Zealand). In 1995 and 1996, the WW was the first such sanctuary to accept chimpanzees from bio medical research facilities and is the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in the Western United States. The WW has a volunteer base of 100-150 at any one time. Two special programs offered by the WW are a Wildlife Ranger Program fro children ages 5-14 and an Outreach program offered to schools and other public forums to provide information on co-existing with native wildlife and to disseminate information on the plight of animals throughout the world.

Areas for Improvement

N
Succession planning for founder. Business best practices that include performance metrics on all programs. A 5-year strategic plan
Wisconsin Humane Society (1 recommendation) They began a novel adoption program called fee-waived cat adoptions based on creative thinking about where people find pet cats.
Wisconsin Humane Society

http://www.wihumane.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They began a novel adoption program called fee-waived cat adoptions based on creative thinking about where people find pet cats.
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA USA) (1 recommendation) WSPA's global presence and wide breadth of subject-matter expertise have resulted in high-level collaboration with governments, industries, corporations, and grassroots activists alike.
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA USA)
Silver-small

http://www.wspa-usa.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
WSPA's global presence and wide breadth of subject-matter expertise have resulted in high-level collaboration with governments, industries, corporations, and grassroots activists alike.

Organizational Strengths

N
Under new leadership, the organization has been undergoing an overall strategy analysis and development plan, which will result in an even more effective charity.

Areas for Improvement

N
Speed and collaboration.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) (1 recommendation) The foundation is a global conservation organization that protects animal habitat effectively.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Silver-small

http://www.worldwildlife.org

Evidence of Impact

N
The foundation is a global conservation organization that protects animal habitat effectively.

Organizational Strengths

N
Great global capacity - able to leverage resources to protected species that use US habitats, but traverse US borders (e.g. birds from South America).

Areas for Improvement

N
Greater focus on public education to help public understand why habitat matters!

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