Animal Charities

 There are a number of animal and wildlife charities around the world dedicated to tackling issues about animal welfare and conservation and providing much needed support and advice to pet owners.

Founded in 1961, the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) is known for it's pioneering work to save and protect endangered species of wildlife such as pandas, tigers, whales and rhinos. They campaign about important issues such as conservation, climate change and sustainability and there are lots of ways you can get involved, including adopting animals.

The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), founded in 1917 is the UK's leading veterinary charity that celebrated 94 years of caring for sick and injured animals in 2011. They promote responsible pet ownership and provide advice on pet health and welfare. This year PDSA will provide more than 2.2 million free treatments to sick and injured pets and more than 360,000 preventive treatments.

Dog's Trust
Founded in 1891, Dogs Trust (formerly the National Canine Defence League) is the largest dog welfare charity in the UK. Their mission is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction. Each year they care for around 16,000 dogs at their nationwide network of 17 rehoming centres.

Cat's Protection
From humble beginnings in 1927, Cats Protection has grown to become the UK's leading feline welfare charity. They now help more than 230,000 cats and kittens every year through their network of over 250 volunteer-run branches, 29 adoption centres and their homing centre.

The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment.
They are the largest wildlife conservation organisation in Europe with over one million members. They have more than one million members, over 13,500 volunteers, 1,300 staff, more than 200 nature reserves, 10 regional offices, four country offices... and one vision - to work for a better environment rich in birds and wildlife.

Brooke are an international animal welfare organisation dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world's poorest communities.They provide treatment, training and programmes around animal health and wellbeing, operating across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) have been looking out for animals since 1824. They work to improve the welfare of pets by ensuring that every pet is cared for properly and has a good home, ending cruelty to pet animals, raising standards for pet animals worldwide and stopping pet overpopulation.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is the world's leading international animal welfare organization. With the help of their 1.2 million supporters worldwide they engage communities, government leaders and like-minded organizations around the world and achieve lasting solutions to pressing animal welfare and conservation challenges-solutions that benefit both animals and people.

The Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) supports animal welfare charities across the globe with volunteer teams, veterinary drugs, equipment and advice.

The Blue Cross
The Blue Cross are a charity dedicated to improving the lives of sick and unwanted pets. They take in animals of all shapes and sizes, from hamsters to horses, and  find them loving new homes. They make sure thousands more get the veterinary treatment they need when their owners cannot afford to pay.

Born Free

The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild.

The Wildlife Trusts
Today there are 47 individual Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK and the Isle of Man and Alderney and together The Wildlife Trusts are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild places everywhere – at land and sea. Every year The Wildlife Trusts work with thousands of schools and welcome millions of visitors to their nature reserves and visitor centres. Their vision is “an environment rich in wildlife for everyone”.

Vegetarian Society
The Vegetarian Society is an educational charity working to support, represent and increase the number of vegetarians in the UK. They work constructively with businesses, government agencies, policy makers and professionals, whilst always remaining independent. Established in 1847, they are the oldest vegetarian organisation in the world.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation is a UK-based charity dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals. PETA and their affiliates around the world educate policymakers and the public about cruelty to animals and promote an understanding of the right of all animals to be treated with respect. PETA works through public education, research, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement and protest campaigns.