The actions of humans have created many threats to wild animals. As human populations increase, these threats multiply, leading to a fewer number of some species, and total extinction of others. All animals contribute to the ecology of the earth and are vital to its health and continuation. Many species are threatened with extinction, and many critical wildlife habitats are being destroyed. The need for conservation was created by humans.
In a perfect world, animals would be free to live their lives to the fullest: raising their young, enjoying their native environments, and following their natural instincts. However, domesticated animals cannot survive "free" in our concrete jungles, so we must take as good care of them as possible. People with the time, money, love, and patience to make a lifetime commitment to an animal can make an enormous difference by adopting from shelters or rescuing animals from a perilous life on the street.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
HELP SAVE SPECIES
Conservation is the protection of things found in nature, including species, their habitats and ecosystems. It encourages the sensible use of the planet’s natural resources so they do not go extinct, and promotes keeping the environment clean and healthy.
"Compassionate living" is a concept based on the belief that humans have a moral responsibility to treat animals with respect, and that the interests of humans and animals should be considered equally.
Ethics addresses questions of morality, such as what makes our actions right or wrong. Animal ethics focuses upon the constantly evolving way in which society thinks of nonhuman animals.
It is only through generous donations from individuals like you that makes it possible for WAF to carry out its mission of preserving and protecting the planet and its animals. Donate online by credit card: Fast, Easy & Secure. Start making a difference for the animals and the planet.
ADVOCATE FOR ANIMALS
Anyone can be an activist. It does not take any special skills or superhuman abilities. You just need to care enough about animals to want to help them.
Help WAF spread the word about environmental and animal issues. Choose the issues you are most passionate about and distribute our free fact sheets and mini posters to everyone you know; everywhere you go.
Wilderness or wildlands are natural places on our planet that have not been significantly modified by humans. These last, truly wild places that have not been developed with industry, roads, buildings and houses are critical for the survival of many plant and animal species. They also provide humans with educational and recreational opportunities, and are deeply valued for aesthetic, cultural, moral and spiritual reasons. We must act now to save these natural habitats.
Farm animals have unique personalities. They're fascinating creatures with the ability to love, form friendships, mourn, get angry and show a variety of other emotions. They are deserving of our respect and our compassion. The consolidation of farms in recent years has radically altered the face of farming. Today more animals are being raised on less land, with profound effects on the animals, rural communities and the environment. This shift in farming has been termed "industrial agriculture" or "factory farming."
ADOPT A WILD ANIMAL
Adopt A Wild Animal from World Animal Foundation - make a difference for animals and the environment. Your WAF Adopt An Animal Kit comes in a deluxe WAF Folder and includes: Glossy Photo of Your Adopted Animal & Fact Sheet; Animal Adoption Certificate In Deluxe Cover; Animal Action Cards Packed With Information On How You Can Help Animals. Adopt an animal for yourself or as a gift.
ADOPT A COMPANION
Adopt a dog or cat from a local shelter. Search adoptable dogs, cats and other shelter animals near you by zip code. View pictures of adoptable dogs and cats who need a home at your local shelter, humane society, SPCA or rescue group. Search by age, breed, size and color. Find a dog, find a cat, find a small animal, find a farm animal and more. Simply enter your zip code and choose a species, breed, age and sex.
ADOPT A FARM ANIMAL
Adopt A Farm Animal from World Animal Foundation - make a difference for animals and the environment. Your WAF Adopt A Farm Animal Kit comes in a deluxe WAF Folder and includes: Glossy Photo of Your Adopted Farm Animal & Fact Sheet; Animal Adoption Certificate In Deluxe Cover; Animal Action Cards Packed With Information On How You Can Help Animals. Adopt a farm animal for yourself or as a gift.
Interested in making a difference for the planet and the animals that inhabit it? One of the best places to volunteer may be right near you:
Whether you walk dogs at your shelter, stuff envelopes for an educational mailing, clean cages or assist with a fundraising event, you can make a difference in the lives of animals.