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WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society

Rating: 4.86 stars   21 reviews 1,159

Address:

1725 I Street Suite 300 Washington DC 20006 USA

Mission:

Our mission is to protect and defend all native and non-native wildcats.

Results:

The WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society was founded on the premise that education and objectivity are the key components in order for us to achieve our mission and to “ensure a wild future for all wildcats.” In 2016 we launched Project Re-Design creating a "Brand New Look," to keep up with the latest technological advancements in presenting our programs, services, and information. Our website provides a valuable reference tool to research the existing state and federal laws that affect wildcats in captivity as well as their comrades in the wild. In April, WCCLAS introduced a new weekly podcast series: "WildCat News Brief," with host Alex Warner; providing a recap of the latest news around the world on captive and wild cats; legal updates; trafficking, trade and transport of wildlife, scholarly publications of note, and of course our work in progress. The Journal of the WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society, our legal and academic publication, provides a unique forum for professionals and scholars to analyze and comment on the issues affecting wildcats around the world, reflecting the perspectives of all disciplines including law, education, medicine, science, philosophy, religion, humanities, social science, and art. Contributing authors and artists are experts across the curriculum and from world-renowned institutions. Two issues will be published back to back in December and late January, one devoted to African Lions and the second on the proceedings from the 17th Conference of the Parties, to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna & Flora. WCCLAS will be represented at CoP17 as an approved NGO Observer. WCCLAS continues to bring education out to the community in the form of legal bar conferences, elementary and high school class programs, partnering with other organizations; and have become part of international and local coalitions in order to engage collectively in our efforts to restore wild populations and combat the atrocities of commercial exploitation of captive and wild cats. Our initiative to prohibit caged, confined or canned hunting of big cats is building a strong group of public supporters! We will continue to press our federal and state congressional members to implement measures to ban this activity. We will be launching Phase I of our comprehensive captive wildcat database in July 2017 along with in-depth research reports on the status of captive wildcats in the U.S. and domestic and international trade.

Target demographics:

To help everyone understand the issues with captive wildcats and why a wild future is important for the survival!

Geographic areas served:

We work in all areas in the U.S.

Programs:

Legal aid and advocacy; educational programs and materials, and research information.

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202-349-3760
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Reviews for WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society

Rating: 5 stars  

I am delighted to write another review for WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society. When I was in grad school I contacted them for information on cheetahs for a project. They were exceptionally helpful! After I completed my studies, I became a part-time volunteer research assistant and love every minute I am able to contribute to help them fulfill their mission. Everyone is wonderful to work with and I am so proud to be involved with such a great group.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm not a client but a grad student and was looking for background information on lions and cheetahs both captive and wild. A professor suggested I contact WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society. I visited their website which is very impressive! I sent an email and received a response the next day. A staff member spoke with me for over an hour and provided me with additional information he put together!

I hope I will be able to give them some of my time when I finish school as a volunteer! They are wonderful!

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

No changes but help get the word about the work they do and so they could have more support.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

WCCLAS is a wonderful group of talented professionals and volunteers who are so dedicated to the cause of saving all wildcats--especially eliminating the commercial exploitation of wildcats in captivity. I've been working for WCCLAS for many years now and is such a rewarding experience.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society has a wonderful team of volunteer professionals who mainly work part-time. We all enjoy our work and time spent together building WCCLAS' reputation as the "go-to" wildcat organization for objective, well-researched and accurate information. We receive emails and telephone inquires from individuals, students at all levels, news and media outlets, as well as other NGO's on a variety of wildcat issues. Our CEO will take the time to speak with folks directly and follow-up with specialized written reports. This part of our work is not readily seen, however, we are here and always willing assist with wildcat research.

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

None; only to see the organization grow.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I can say unequivocally, that one of my best decisions was to answer WCCLAS’ call for a volunteer and to have been chosen by WCCLAS for the work that this non-profit does for the betterment of all wild cat species. The staff are engaged, action-driven and responsive to the plight of wildcats by planning and initiating projects (often) designed to either fulfill an existing need, or one that has a direct impact on legislation affecting wild cats.
As a volunteer, I have been treated with the utmost respect and consideration by the two staff members who assist me with the work I am doing for WCCLAS. These members are unfailingly kind, considerate and supportive, and always available to answer my questions concerning the work. The assignments that I have been given are challenging and interesting, and knowing that these projects are being conducted in part, to raise public awareness or to advocate for legislation beneficial to native and non-native wild cat populations, makes it that much more rewarding for me.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am delighted to write a review in support of the fabulous wildcat advocacy work and related programs being done by WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society.

Our long-term and new volunteers are truly a talented group of professionals who are striving to make WCCLAS the best in providing objective research articles and reports, educational programs, and legal reform.

One specific group is diligently working on one of our most challenging initiatives: our U.S. captive wildcat database. The database is currently going through implementation testing and we plan to launch Phase I in July 2017.

The WCCLAS crew launched a "new look" in keeping up with new trends in technology and are amazingly creative in presenting material in new formats, such as the creation of a weekly podcast series: WildCat News Brief, hosted by a phenomenal voice-over artist Alex Warner.

I am so very thankful to my fellow board members, our volunteers, and our supporters, for making the important work achieved by WCCLAS possible.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am honored to once again write a review in support of the fabulous wildcat advocacy work and related programs being done by WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society. A truly gifted group of volunteer professionals who are striving to make WCCLAS the best in providing objective research articles and reports, educational programs, and legal reform. The staff continues their work on one of our most challenging initiatives~our U.S. captive wildcat population database, Project Sabu, which we hope to launch in 2014. I am delighted to work with the staff and am always pleased when presented with new ideas and concepts to address the issues involving captive and wild cats.

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

None other than to see them continue grow...

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so proud to serve on the board of directors for the WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society (WCCLAS). My fellow board members and our volunteer staff are all creative, innovative and experts in their respective fields. Everyone generously donates their time and resources and is dedicated to their roles within the organization in order for WCCLAS to further its mission. From educating the public and enhancing the welfare of all wildcats through research and by engaging the legal system is performed professionally, objectively and compassionately.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Contributing to the growth of a young and passionate organization driven by true altruism that gives back not only to the global human community but our shared environment by protecting one of nature’s phenomenal creatures: the wildcats, has given my life a new perspective, meaning and purpose.

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

None

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

As an avid supporter of organizations attempting to protect our severely shrinking wildlife populations, I am seriously impressed by the WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society. I found their organization listed as a resource by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's David Suzuki for his program "The American Tiger", which was released in 2012 as part of his series called "The Nature of Things" I have found his work to be quite compelling and therefore looked up this organization. WCCLAS is the most serious professional organization that I have found to date to deal with the legal protection of wild cats and the public education of their plight.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

just got back from south africa. i'm so glad Wildcat Conservation Legal Aid Society exists. we need to continue to protect these amazing animals.
i'm glad i'm a part of this organization.

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

just try to get the word out more!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I attended a number of presentation delivered by this organization and they were more illustrative and informative than numerous books and movies on the same subject

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

WCCLAS is a competent and committed wildcat advocacy organisation. Many people underestimate the importance of animal advocacy, preferring to support more visible and tangible wildlife sanctuaries. But cruelty to animals and poor conservation is always a failure of policy, and advocacy works at a policy level to improve the lives of animals. You can save dozens of animals in a sanctuary, but by changing policies for the better, you can save thousands.
And make no mistake, it is exhausting and time consuming work.

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

perhaps get more active on social media and Internet marketing of the goals of WCCLAS

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

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

My only experience with this org is through their Journal, which I contributed to. As you can see the Journal is a serious and comprehensive publication, featuring expert and well researched articles relevant to wildcats.
Lisa Ann was efficient and helpful, and dedicated to her cause..

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their Journal.

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

make more use of social networks to spread the message and drive relevant traffic to the WCCLAS website

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It is with great pleasure that I write this review on behalf of WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society. I am honored to lend my professional experience as a volunteer advisor to assist in the development of their future programs and services. The CEO is smart, personable, inventive, objective, humorous and humble; these traits are also reflective of the organization. A truly positive advocacy force in the field of big cat conservation.

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

Continue their growth

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am happy to endorse the work and mission of WCCLAS. Their contribution to conservation thru education and legal advocacy is a significant one. The information provided on the website and in the Journals is a trusted source of truth in a sea of misinformation. And, as an animal rescue volunteer, I’m especially interested in WCCLAS’s new initiative on prohibiting caged, confined or canned hunts of big cats. The impact of this work could do so much to reduce exploitation and relieve suffering right here in the U.S. Four paws up for more success in the future.

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

none

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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