Animal welfare, rights, and protection is one of the most popular issue areas to which individual donors give and is an area in which colleagues working in the field are extremely passionate. Many experts spoke of the importance of protecting animals similar to protecting the marginalized in society. Without human support, many animals face abuse, neglect, and suffering.
Experts were asked to recommend nonprofits that work within one or more of the following categories: protecting companion animals, farm animals, animals used for research, and wildlife animals. Types of nonprofits might include advocacy, legislation, education, regulatory, or direct services (shelters, animal rescue, and sanctuaries).
Philanthropedia surveyed 169 experts working in animal welfare, rights, and protection (with an average of 17 years of work experience in the field) to identify those organizations that were making the biggest positive impact in the field. Philanthropedia’s experts (funders, researchers, nonprofit senior staff, veterinaries, etc.) identified 15 top nonprofits (out of 133 total reviewed nonprofits) making an impact at the national level.
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