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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To serve the animal advocacy community through communication with lawmakers, businesses, media and other decision makers, and to assist in animal relief aid during natural disasters.

Programs: Provided animal rescue financial aid and volunteers to assist in the rescue of neglected animals. Volunteers helped locate and report suffering animals to area volunteer veterinarians, provided shelter and treatment for injured and abandoned animals.

animal rescue relief during natural disasters (ie: hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes and floods) and communication with the animal advocacy community through web site maintenance, literature and action campaigns.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I know firsthand that Kinship Circle has falsely stated that they were on the ground rescuing and raised money when they were not rescuing.

Review from Guidestar

1

Donor

Rating: 4

Kinship Circle is a wonderful organization. They are founded on providing solid, very well-researched information, and getting that information into people's hands. (Their website has tons of quick-read pdf files.) And they are very dedicated to rescuing animals in disaster areas. They are a very "boots on the ground, doing the manual labor" organization with strong dedication.

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 4

I have found this organization to be very reliable and honest in its reporting. It gathers all pertinent information, making sure it is accurate, and makes it very easy for people to respond where needed.
For example, you can go to their website and find an animal welfare issue that particularly concerns you, and immediately see all the contact information, such as emailing gov't officials, listed right there.

They make it quick and easy to respond to an animal welfare issue.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I would definitely recommend Kinship Circle for anyone looking to volunteer or donate to a great organization.

KC has turned into an international animal disaster relief and advocacy organization with volunteers all over the United States and now world. Pretty incredible and shows how dedicated the leadership and core volunteers of KC are.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became aware of Kinship Circle and its founder, Brenda Shoss, upon returning home to New Orleans and beginning animal rescue work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Brenda was providing invaluable assistance in the form of her website updates, which provided volunteers with essential information related to assisting animal victims of the storm. I and hundreds of other volunteers learned about animal rescue through Brenda. Throughout the Gulf Coast animal rescue operations, In addition to providing vital communication links for animal rescue responders., Kinship Circle volunteers maintained a direct presence on the Gulf Coast after Katrina by raising funds and sending volunteers to assist.

More recently, Kinship Circle sent a team of skilled volunteers to assist with needs of animals left stranded or injured after the Chilean earthquakes. One day, Kinship Circle volunteers arrived with pet food and supplies at a camp, just as families were about to destroy their beloved family pets, because it seemed more humane than allowing them to starve. Can you imagine the joy and relief of children who would be able to continue their comforting relationship with their own pets because some food was delivered?

Kinship Circle struggles to monitor disasters around the world and provide direct care and support services to animals in need. A rescue team has been serving the areas hardest hit by the mudslides in Brazil while arrangements are underway to send volunteers to rescue animals suffering in the Japan disaster area.

Review from Guidestar

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kinship Circle is active, dedicated, full of heart, and does an amazing amount of work rescuing animals in disaster situations, getting letters sent to decision makers to make the world a more compassionate place, informing members of animal suffering worldwide and letting us know what we can do to help--and all this on a small budget. The budget is spent on the work being done to help animals not on glossy, expensive fund-raising materials. A famous poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, once wrote:
I am the voice of the voiceless;
Through me the dumb shall speak,
Till the deaf world's ears be made to hear--
The wrongs of the wordless weak.
And I am my brothers keeper,
And I will fight his fights;
And speak the words for beast and bird--
Till the world shall set things right.
Kinship Circle is the voice of the voiceless and much more, because they take action wherever they possibly can to "set things right."
The Great!I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I follow their progress online and am amazed at the amount of excellent work they do with a small staff and budget.

Ways to make it better...If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would do what I could to help them raise more money so that they can do more rescue campaigns.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kinship Circle is active, dedicated, full of heart, and does an amazing amount of work rescuing animals in disaster situations, getting letters sent to decision makers to make the world a more compassionate place, informing members of animal suffering worldwide and letting us know what we can do to help--and all this on a small budget. The budget is spent on the work being done to help animals not on glossy, expensive fund-raising materials. A famous poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, once wrote:
I am the voice of the voiceless;
Through me the dumb shall speak,
Till the deaf world's ears be made to hear--
The wrongs of the wordless weak.
And I am my brothers keeper,
And I will fight his fights;
And speak the words for beast and bird--
Till the world shall set things right.
Kinship Circle is the voice of the voiceless and much more, because they take action wherever they possibly can to "set things right."

Review from Guidestar

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Brenda Shoss and Kinship Circle represents what can be accomplished with big hearts and intelligent action. On a shoe-string budget, many lives have been saved, many minds have been educated, and many hearts have been opened. I have been a proud supporter and periodic donor (funds permitting) of Kinship Circle for several years. To me, the world and it's inhabitants are better for having Kinship Circle. Brenda Shoss is nothing short of a hero to me. She is a true example of the power of the human spirit.

Review from Guidestar

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Brenda Shoss and Kinship Circle accomplish more with less than just about any other charitable or advocacy organization I know. When I support Kinship Circle I know that every dollar is used for the animals, and that decisions are made based on what's best for the animals. Aren't those two things we seek in the charities we support?

Review from Guidestar

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this group! They go anywhere there is a need for animal rescue/help. They don't have fancy advertising or send out expensive mailings. Most of the information I get from them is sent via email. I greatly admire how hard they work to help animals, especially during natural and other disasters. I have never hesitated to donate to them.

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are so many ways so help animals, but it all takes money. I’ve spent years researching the best organizations with which to get the most from my hard-earned money. Kinship Circle has no big office or highly paid staff and they don’t mail you those annoying address labels! Every single penny goes for rescue, disaster aid, investigative research or educational materials. Alerts are posted on the web site for current issues and even the most wonderful letters provided so anyone can take action.
I give confidently now without the “what will they do with my money” concerns I’ve had in the past. And its tax deductible.

Review from Guidestar