The following links relate to a selection of international animal and wildlife charities.
All links featured on this page appear on a non-commercial basis and their inclusion is by no means intended to favour one organisation over another. Each one delivers incredible work and is shown to highlight the varied and fascinating endeavours being undertaken every single day. If you’d like to get involved in any of the charities, please get in touch with them directly.
Finds homes for unwanted cats, dogs, small pets and horses across the UK. Animal hospitals also treat sick and injured pets when their owners can’t afford private fees.
Born Free Foundation
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.
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.
For over 100 years the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection has been campaigning peacefully to create a world where nobody wants or believes we need to experiment on animals. The BUAV is widely respected as an authority on animal testing issues and is frequently called upon by governments, media, corporations and official bodies for its advice or expert opinion.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat welfare charity, rescuing, rehoming and reuniting 46,000 cats and kittens every year, through their network of over 250 voluntary-run branches, 29 adoption centres and two homing centres.
It is widely acknowledged that pets can positively benefit the well-being of elderly owners. For many elderly people living on their own, their pets are their reason for living. Cinnamon Trust is the only specialist national charity which seeks to relieve the anxieties, problems, and sometimes injustices, faced by elderly and terminally ill people and their pets, thereby saving a great deal of human sadness and animal suffering
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.
The Donkey Sanctuary’s mission is to transform the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships. They work towards a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued.
European Society of Dog and Animal Welfare works mainly to disseminate information and understanding of companion animals living situation – abandoned, stray and homeless animals in the EU and Europe – to create public opinion and political pressure for better laws – they work for long-term and permanent solutions, laws and regulations.
Humane Society International
The Humane Society International is one of the only international animal protection organizations in the world working to protect all animals – including animals in laboratories, farm animals, companion animals, and wildlife.
International Animal Rescue
Works to save animals from suffering around the world. Their work includes cutting free and caring for dancing bears in India, rescuing primates from captivity in Indonesia and sterilising and vaccinating stray dogs and cats in developing countries. Wherever possible they return rescued animals to their natural environment but they also provide a permanent home for animals that can no longer survive in the wild.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare saves individual animals, animal populations and habitats all over the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW provides hands-on assistance to animals in need, whether it’s dogs and cats, wildlife and livestock, or rescuing animals in the wake of disasters.
League Against Cruel Sports
Leading UK charity helping to prevent cruelty to animals associated with sports such as fox hunting, game bird shooting and wildlife crime. Work includes campaigning to keep the Hunting Ban and preventing illegal hunting with dogs which, despite the Hunting Act, is still happening around the UK.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the voice for everyone who loves the sea. They work to secure a future for our living seas, and to save our threatened sea life before it is lost forever.
OneKind is a UK-based animal protection charity working to end animal suffering through campaigns, research and education.
Panthera works to ensure the future of wild cats through scientific leadership and global conservation action. It brings together the world’s leading wild cat experts to direct and implement effective conservation strategies for the world’s largest and most endangered cats, with its conservation approach rooted in science and based upon decades of first hand field experience.
PDSA is the UK’s leading veterinary charity, caring for more than 400,000 pet patients belonging to people in need.
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.
Pets as Therapy
Community based charity providing therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other establishments from volunteers with their pet dogs and cats. Also provides individual animal assisted therapy (AAT), working with stroke patients and people with dog phobias.
The RSPB is the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with their partners, they protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. They also play a leading role in a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.
Leading UK animal welfare charity. Specialises in rescue, animal welfare and preventing animal cruelty.
Save The Whales
Save the Whales was founded in 1977 and focuses on educating the public, especially children, about marine mammals and the fragile ocean environment. Save the Whales believes children, the future of the planet, need to be empowered and know that their actions can promote change. Education is the key to saving whales, oceans, and ourselves.
The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA) is Scotland’s animal welfare charity. They encourage kindness to animals, aim to prevent cruelty through education, investigate abuse, rescue animals in distress and find animals new homes.
SPANA (the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad) is the charity for the working animals of the world. Across Africa and the Middle East, SPANA clinics treat hundreds of thousands of donkeys, horses, mules, camels and livestock every year. Their education programme teaches children and owners respect and compassion for animals. During conflict, drought and natural disaster, their emergency programme gets help to animals and the communities who depend on them, whenever and wherever they’re needed.
Dedicated to the rescue, care and rehabilitation of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife, Wildlife Aid’s aim is to return every animal that is capable of surviving back into its natural environment.
Wildlife Conservation Society (Europe)
WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, field conservation programmes, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks. WCSE works to develop links between these initiatives and European partners and institutions in pursuit of broader WCS policy and programme goals and of its own specific conservation objectives.
The World Society for the Protection of Animals exists to tackle animal cruelty across the globe. It works directly with animals and with the people and organisations that can ensure animals are treated with respect and compassion. It campaigns to combat the world’s most intense and large-scale animal welfare issues, helping people understand the critical importance of good animal welfare, encouraging nations to commit to animal-friendly practices and building the scientific case for the better treatment of animals.
Pioneers to save and protect iconic wildlife like pandas, tigers, whales and rhinos, while working towards ultimate goal of “people living in harmony with nature”. Works to promote respect and value for the natural world and finding ways to share the Earth’s resources fairly.