National Anti-Vivisection Society

Rating: 5 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Animals, Education

Location: 53 W Jackson Blvd Ste 1552 Chicago IL 60604 USA

Mission: The National Anti-Vivisection Society promotes greater compassion, respect and justice for animals through educational programs based on respected ethical and scientific theory and supported by extensive documentation of the cruelty and waste of vivisection. NAVS? education programs are directed at increasing public awareness about vivisection, identifying humane solutions to human problems, developing alternatives to the use of animals, and working with like-minded individuals to effect changes which help to end the suffering of innocent animals.

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Just 3 weeks ago, we were able to reunite 2 dogs with their family. They'd been separated for 8 months by a foreclosure. Thank to Navs, We were able to step in to help them when we were told of their story. We were able to pay for their dogs vetting and for the 8 months in Boarding where their family came to visit them almost every day of the week. Too many families to count are losing their homes - and being forced to give up their family pets, many of whom are senior dogs or cats and they generally don't do well in a shelter. Many foreclosure pets end up being euthanized as "unadoptable" because they are grieving the loss of their home & families. It's a tragic situation all the way around and we are so very thankful for Navs for giving us the opportunity to help this family. Without their help via a grant - we simply couldn't have helped this family.

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I run a small Non-profit in Illinois and Navs has come to my rescue on 3 different occasions. Each was pretty much an emergency situation where had I not gotten the help I needed so quickly, Families with pets and rescued dog/cats would have suffered. I love the fact that for being so successful, Navs still is very hands on and approachable. I felt, when dealing with Jamie Aitchison, that I was talking with someone I'd known for years and definitely talking with someone who not only cared about the animals but understood all that was involved. I can say firsthand, that NAVS is both efficient and compassionate. They are a strong organization and do their homework as far as grants go - they will never spend the money that is donated to them to help other's foolishly or take for granted the money that is donated to them. This is definitely a place I would be safe and satisfied giving my money to, knowing that they do so very much to help so many in need.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'm really happy to say that I can't think of a single change I'd make.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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As the director of Stray Central, a small animal rescue, I cannot thank NAVS and their sanctuary grant fund enough for all the help they've given us over the years! Because of them, we've been able to help many feral cat colonies, assist in hoarding situations, give many animals much needed vet care, help communities ravaged by mother nature, and many other projects we wouldn't have been able to take on without their assistance. They're an absolute delight to work with, staffed with very knowledgable and caring people, and their focus in near and dear to my heart. I can't say enough about what a fantastic organization this is! :-) Bless you, NAVS!! Lisa Barnett

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A lot

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2014

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I've been in animal rescue since 1983 and was a veterinary technician for 7 years. My rescue, Stray Central in NW Arkansas, was in dire need of funding when we were asked to help with the many cats left homeless from the Joplin, Missouri tornado back in May, 2011. Having exhausted, and been turned down, by countless other organizations, Fate guided me to the NAVS page where I discovered their Sanctuary Grant program. With one phone call from Clare Haggerty, my app was approved and I had funding within a few days! NAVS was there for us last year when we undertook a massive TNR project and again this year when we were asked to assist with a hoarding situation. I can't say enough great things about NAVS - not just their Sanctuary Grant program but the work they do in general! Everyone I've ever dealt with has been wonderful - friendly, helpful, and obviously care for animals of all species. In short, NAVS is FANTASTIC!!

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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2013

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As a representative of Compassionate Animal Rescue for Medical Aid (CARMA), I can honestly say that it has been an absolute pleasure to work with NAVS. The service they provide for animals is invaluable, and it is an honor to work with a group of people who share our commitment to improving the lives of the people in our community through our love for animals. The support they have shown for CARMA and many other organizations has helped us to achieve our common goals.

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NAVS has been there for us. Since 2002 when we did our first major abuse rescue of 120 potbellied pigs abandoned in a house in North Carolina to our recent project, providing a pre-built small barn to a small rescue with a sudden influx of starving pigs in Minnesota. NAVS has been there with us, sharing the load. Assistance after flooding and booklets for our interns on "Cruelty Free" products and information on legislation for animal welfare. They have always been there. We are appreciative and very honored by their support.
Peggy Glover Couey
Shepherd's Green Sanctuary
Cookeville, Tennessee

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KITTY DEVORE RESCUE NETWORK - Saving the cats of Devore Shelter, one kitty at a time - No Friendly left behind

The Kitty Devore Rescue Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit rescue group comprised of dedicated rescue workers throughout California and areas of Arizona, Washington and Utah who volunteer their time, energy and on a daily basis to the mission of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming the cats and kittens of Devore Shelter in San Bernardino, California.

Each day the KD Team works diligently to coordinate rescue efforts designed to save the cats and kittens unfortunate enough to find themselves admitted to this high-kill shelter. Our rescue efforts don't end when a cat is liberated from the shelter; it's only the beginning of the new beginning. We rehabilitate these amazing cats in preparation for adoption by individuals and families who will love them for a lifetime. We do all we can to be their bridge between the literal dead end of the shelter and the happily ever after of a wonderful new life.

Over the past two years we have successfully save 2,000+ cats from Devore shelter and are working tirelessly to do even better this year.

NAVS donated to us generously this year, and has allowed us to spay/neuter over 20 cats and kittens in our foster care system, which in turn allows them to be adopted in to their forever homes, and allows us to save more cats from the shelter!

NAVS is a wonderful organization and Kitty Devore Rescue is beyond grateful for all they have done to help us!

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NAVS helped our rescue, Critter Camp Exotic Pet Sanctuary, with an emergency grant this spring. We cannot thank this organization enough for coming through when it was most needed. We care for many small pets that are unadoptable and most funding sources do not address these needy animals. The people we worked with at NAVS were also wonderful, kind and caring. Thank you NAVS for your support all animals!

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I became involved with NAVS thinking that its mission was solely to replace the animal dissections (think splayed out dead frogs) with sophisticated computer animation programs.

After reading their materials I quickly realized that NAVS is much more than that. NAVS provides sanctuary to animals in distress, has cruelty free products that build on the dissection alternatives I was aware of, provides awareness and promotes new laws for animal protection and much more.

I wish I would have know about NAVS sooner, perhaps this effort will help others find tis great organization.

Gentre Vartan

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A lot

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2013

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NAVS has been extremely generous and instrumental in supporting the mission of Save the Chimps (STC) - the world's largest sanctuary chimpanzees rescued from bio-medical research, entertainment, and the pet trade. The compassion and dedication that they have demonstrated over the years for STC has enabled Save the Chimps to relocate several chimps from their former homes to their permanent sanctuary home in sunny Florida. For these chimps, their lives have been enriched and forever changed for the better.
NAVS has also featured some of our beloved residents in their materials including a calendar helping STC spread the word about the work we do with a like minded audience. We are eternally grateful for the invaluable support and compassion NAVS has not only for our chimpanzee residents but for all the beautiful creatures we share the planet with.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2013

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NAVS is a wonderful organization that reaches out to help other Non-Profits. In March of this year their Grant to Stamp Out Starvation Of Horses, Inc., allowed us to geld 20 stallions to help control the horse population in Georgia. They are wonderful to work with and I highly recommend them. Doris Buckley / CEO Stamp Out Starvation Of Horses, Inc., Clarkesville, GA

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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NAVS never ceases to impress me. This is much more than just another animal protection group, and "Advancing Science Without Harming Animals" is more than just a slogan. When I donate to any organization, I want to know that my support is making a real difference. With NAVS I am confident that my contributions are used wisely and effectively, and that is a great feeling.

Not only does NAVS work towards a long-term goal of ending animal experimentation; their sanctuary fund grants literally help save the lives of hundreds of animals every year. I love getting the calendar each fall and reading about some of those animals (and some of the organizations that received that year's grants), knowing that my support helped make those stories a reality. Plus the pictures are great!

But they also know that saving individual animals isn't going to stop the cruelty of using (and abusing) animals in the name of scientific research. That can only happen by changing the law (which starts with advocacy and public awareness). I try to visit their website often to read all about current legislative efforts, meaningful advancements in the scientific arena, and so much more. And I'm constantly learning more about what is being done, what needs to be done, and how NAVS is working to accomplish its ongoing mission.

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2013

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