Born Free Usa

Rating: 4.58 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: P O Box 22505 Sacramento CA 95822 USA

Mission: Mission is to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife — including highly endangered species — in their natural habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. .
Geographic areas served: National and International
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 1 stars  

I do not know to much about this organization. I did inquire about why they are supporting to ban hybrid cats on California, and working with Big Cat Rescue, which uses domestic bunnies and feeds the bobcats their rehabiliting. How ADLF and this sanctuary can turn it ignore this abuse, especially when wildlife release specialist do not support this method. How these can blantly ignore this abuse is beyond me, as they say they love animals.

This ban they are supporting is horrid for owners and breeders with young generation. If they are Generation 1-3 and this ban passes, our beloved pets, and members of family, would be legally stolen from us. These beautiful animals would live with in sanctuaries with lions and tigers or be murdered by animal control. If you rescued a hybrid cat, and cannot prove their generation, they will die.

Is mass killing of a breed a act of a animal organization that cares for welfare of these felines? Not from my point of view, then they lie and say that we will not loose our cats, and they will be grandfathered in. That is if you have a older generation!

Any organization that truly cares about animals does not support legislation that kills them or removes them from loving homes. I own two Bengals, so I oppose this ban. I have been called a animal abuser. But this organization is, as is all the sanctuaries, are.

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

Not support legislation that kills or removes pets from home. Not support sanctuaries that abuse animals!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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bornfreeusa (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Our actions are guided by our belief that wildlife belongs in the wild – not interbred with domestic animals for the bemusement and profit for people. Hybrid cats create problems and potential threats to humans and to the environment. One of the main concerns is that, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there are no known rabies vaccinations for these hybrids. This poses a risk since many hybrid cats are kept as pets in close proximity to humans and other companion animals. And, should these cats escape – and they do, as evidenced by the media and Born Free USA’s Exotics Incident Database - they can easily breed with feral cat colonies and wreak havoc to the eco system. By all accounts, they retain much of their wild instincts and are superior to the domesticated felines in catching their prey. The Audubon Society already has domestic cats on their radar for mass killings of native birds, we would hate to see the hybrid cats get added to that equation. Please read our CEO’s blog on this issue: http://www.bornfreeusa.org/bfusablog.php?p=4481&more=1

Rating: 5 stars  

Fantastic organization working to end captive animal suffering, and rescue those that they can.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

When I was the president of the Madison, WI bird club, Born Free helped me understand the issues facing pet birds sold in pet stores and the need for tougher legislation. With their help I was able to start a campaign to educate the community, pet stores and legislators. The people involved with Born Free are among the most dedicated and helpful where it concerns animal welfare. I would gladly work with them again.

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

Animal welfare and working to get legislation passed.

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

I can't think of anything.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I know some of the people working for this organization and they are the real deal - they have dedicated their lives to the improvement of animal welfare. People who spend their spare time trapping cats for spay/neuter, fostering animals, etc.

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

I attended a hearing at the CA state capital where a member of the organization was defending a bill to require basic veterinary care and provide some sort of enrichment, like a toy or perch, in toy stores. I used to drive by a statue of an elephant with an anti-circus message that was placed strategically on a busy street.

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

Get more publicity so that people can hear about the benefits of this organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

You don't have a category for Related Organization and you should have because that's my connection to Born Free USA. As Director of TrailSafe Nevada, a statewide grassroots group lobbying for better trap regulation, I called on Born Free USA, the national group devoted to the trapping and fur trade issue, for help. A Senior Program Associate traveled to Nevada and stayed two days. She helped me lobby, she gave me expert advice on lobbying and on writing my proposals, she testified for us at our Legislative hearing. Our bill was heavily amended, but did survive, so now we have a law requiring our Wildlife Commission to regulate trapping in our most congested areas. Born Free USA are high on the list of those who helped make it happen.
The Program Associate continues to help me with tactics and strategy, with model laws from other states, and prompt answers to questions that come up. She is more than generous with her assistance. She also circulates our notices to her mailing list, thereby reaching thousands with our news and messages.
I could not ask for a more responsive, informed, expert, caring organization than Born Free USA.

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

See my story above. With the aid of the Senior Program Associate, I learned the ropes about lobbying, the moods and methods of legislators, and effective tactics. She supplied vital statistics about trapping nationwide and in our state.

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

I would ask that they be greatly supported so that they can open a branch office in Northern Nevada.

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Rating: 2 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've met some of the principal people, but always have to respect the CN rating. Two stars should be a huge red flag for anyone. What are they doing wrong financially? Until they get their rating up, I won't donate again. There are plenty of highly-rated charities that need every dollar.

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

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

improve their financial affairs

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Born Free USA is annually audited by an independent audit firm. Not once in our history has there been a qualified audit of our financial statements nor any question of our fiscal responsibility. Our financial statements are posted on our website and are available on Guidestar, and we are happy to answer any questions about our revenue and expenditures. Charity Navigator has a complex system of rating non-profit organizations. One criteria is a balance of income over expenses. The past few years have been difficult for many charitable organizations, and we have not cut back on our program expenses despite diminishing contributions. We take on the problem of making ends meet and do not sacrifice our work to save the lives of animals just to show a surplus on a tax return. While Charity Navigator would view this as a sign of weakness, we view this as being supremely responsible to our mission, to the public who want us to do this work, and to the animals who need us to continue the fight to secure a safe world for them.

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