Animal Welfare

Under construction, but here's a start . . .

Many excellent organizations serve the welfare, and fight for the rights, of animals. Here are a few:

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA):

PETA receives much media attention for its sometimes flamboyant public relations campaigns. Those campaigns have been successful in calling attention to the abuse of animals, and many animals are now alive, or no longer being abused, thanks to PETA. PETA has brought to the forefront the torture of animals in packing plants, animal experiment laboratories, factory farms, puppy mills, the so-called "entertainment" businesses,and other settings. They've caused many businesses to terminate animal testing and other abuse.

PETA has a library of undercover videos that are often difficult to watch because of the graphic portrayals of torture to animals. I try to watch them because if animals have to endure the pain and suffering we humans inflict on them, I think I should at least have to watch it.

Here are two links to PETA videos:

Undercover Videos of PETA Investigations
"Whose Skin Are You In"     The animal abuse that occurs in the name of "fashion".

RedRover Responders:

RedRover Responder volunteers establish and work at shelters to care for animals displaced by natural disasters and other crises, such as criminal seizures and hoarding cases, in the United States and Canada.

(For photos of an emergency shelter in Maine, at which I worked as a RedRover volunteer for 10 days in 2007, after a criminal seizure of 240 dogs by the State of Maine, click here.)


American Humane Association


American Humane has worked to protect animals since 1877, providing a voice for the nation's most vulnerable. All efforts of its Animal Protection Division are focused on preventing cruelty, neglect and exploitation of animals and assuring that their interests and well-being are fully, effectively and humanely guaranteed by an aware and caring society. Its Animal Emergency Services rescues, shelters and cares for animals during and after disasters and helps communities and animal welfare organizations prepare for the unexpected.