Love Animals? 5 Non-Profit Organizations Devoted To The Rights Of Animals

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Image Credit: Pixabay, Susannp4

When you are volunteering at a nonprofit organization, you should be giving your time towards something you personally love and believe in. For some people, this might be caring for the homeless, for others, delivering meals to the elderly, or cleaning up the streets. But if you’re interested in animals,  there are hundreds of nonprofit organizations that you can volunteer at which concentrate on the rights and care of animals. So whether you want to spend your time fighting for the rights of abused and mistreated animals, or you want to cuddle up to homeless puppies and kittens, then you are sure to find an organization that suits you. Take a look at some popular organizations below..

1. Animal Humane Society (AHS): This organization provides a home, and care for hundreds of displaced cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters, birds, guinea pigs, mice, rats, gerbils, chinchillas, and ferrets until they have been adopted. The AHS vision statement  is “to compassionately and responsibly create a more humane world for animals.”  Volunteering opportunities offered at AHS range from caring for animals in the shelters to reaching out to communities to help spread the AHS message. To sign up for a volunteering position, either fill in their online application or apply at any of their numerous shelters, located in the United States.

2. World Animal Protection Society: Formerly known as the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), the World Animal Protection Society is an international organization that works towards the end of needless suffering of animals. They aim to put animals on the global agenda and to help the world see how important animals are to all of us. The World Animal Protection Society offers volunteering opportunities in the form of office jobs or advocating on the animals behalf by volunteering to be a passionate World Animal Protection speaker.

3.  Best Friends Animal Society: This worthy organization has made it its mission to end the needless killing of animals in America’s animal shelters. In order to fulfill this mission, the Best Friends Animal Society has rescued animals available for adoption. Additionally, they provide spay/neuter services and host several local programs. You can help out at the Best Friends Animal Society by volunteering at their sanctuary in Utah, which is home to over 1,700 animals.  Alternatively, you can volunteer at the Best Friends nationwide events.

4. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA): PETA believes that “animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.” As a result, they focus largely on four areas in which animals are most often abused. These areas include factory farms, clothing trade, laboratories, and the entertainment industries. If you want to join PETA on their mission to put an end to animal abuse, then you can volunteer to assist with office work, which helps to provide a foster home to displaced animals. You can also participate in PETA programs, and hand out leaflets to help spread the word.

5. Volunteer Abroad: For the adventurous, volunteering abroad offers the chance to travel to exotic locations, and work towards protecting animals. A few of the options include, but are not limited to caring for orangutans in Java, sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica, or caring for big cats in South Africa. To find more volunteering abroad options and to sign up, check out the websites of organizations like i-to-i and Animal Experience International.

Animals all deserve the right to live without suffering in our shared world. If you work hand in hand with one of these worthy non-profit organizations, there is no doubt that you too, will create a substantial difference in the lives of many animals.

Victoria E.