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Animal History Museum

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Natural History & Natural Science Museums

Mission: The Animal History Museum is the first museum dedicated to understanding and celebrating the human-animal bond. Its purpose is to serve and educate the public through the creation of a museum in Los Angeles County, California, for the collection, preservation and exploration of the history, culture, science and law relating to the relationship between human and non-human animals; by presenting exhibitions, lectures and other activities that are consistent with, and supportive of, the museum’s educational goals and purpose.

Results: Since our social media launch Jan. 23, 2012, we have a growing online art gallery & library, over 12,000 Facebook and Twitter fans as well as scholars, authors and artists around the world who have offered to help us develop exhibits for our planned brick and mortar space!

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lisa581

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A few years ago, I was honored to curate an on-line Gallery for the story of National Dog Week and its Founder Capt. Will Judy, for the Animal History Museum. I often share the site on my social-media sites encouraging visitors to that exhibit, as well as the many other well-executed Galleries honoring the long history of the animal-human bond so important in American History, and helping to promote an author in her work!

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Animal History Museum is helping to preserve important, yet often obscure, chapters of Animal History in the US and around the world while promoting animal welfare and animal advocates who have, and are, making a positive difference in the way animals are perceived by the public at large. As an author, it was an honor to have an exhibit presented by the AHM based on my book about the history of National Dog Week: "Who Let the Dogs In." The AHM is the perfect venue for helping to share the story of Captain Wm. Lewis Judy, the founder of National Dog Week.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's been my absolute privilege to be on the board of this organization. AHM has been blessed with enthusiastic volunteers, some great opportunities to hold events around town with more established nonprofits as we try to establish our own brand, and a vibrant social media community that has exceeded our expectations for a relatively new organization. It's also been a real pleasure to meet the many scholars and other professionals who have been donating their time and talents to serve as other board members, advisory council or content developers. I can't wait to see how AHM grows over time!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people at AHM are a great bunch of hard-working individuals who strongly believe in the Museum's message. I've worked with them at several events, and can say I enjoyed it every time.

Marco N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animal History Museum is superb and run by the best people!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For my seminar class of Applied Anthropology: Human and Animal Relations I wrote several essays on Indigenous peoples bonds with animals. The peoples were the Maya of the Yucatan, the deer herder peoples of Russia, and the Cree of Canada.
volunteering for the museum has been a great experience as well I would say. The events are friendly and are great for animal lovers. The last event I volunteered for allowed people to bring their dogs. I see myself helping out again!

Jennifer592

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a really cool cause and a nice bunch of people dedicated to the love of animals. It's nice to find people with such passion for the welfare of all creatures and who are willing to work so hard to bring that message to everyone. The idea of bringing art and animals together to celebrate the bond we have have with the animals in our world is such a great idea, and I hope this fledgling museum has great success!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place and people behind the name--such a pleasure to work with and will always be keeping an eye on what new events and things they have going on!

Jessica298

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful people run by wonderful people! Highly recommend!

Brandon30

Donor

Rating: 5

Have had a great time working with this non-profit and attending their event 'preview pawty' the other night. You can tell just by the vendors and attendees who came how much passion they inspire in caring for and supporting our animal companions. Look forward to doing more with them in the future!

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a great organization! We love animals of all kinds, and when we were approached to be part of this great project at an event, we couldn't have been happier to say yes! We took our little guy Oliver and he was right at home. Can't wait for the doors to open to this amazing Museum.

john

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an animal lover, I was intrigued as soon as I heard this museum was in development and instantly wanted to be a part of it. I started volunteering right away. There are stellar people involved in getting it up and running and I will be so proud and excited to see it open its doors. Everyone I've met that is invested in the project has a great heart, good intentions, and valuable skills to contribute; who better to collaborate with? Can't wait to see the first exhibit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've been working with the Animal History Museum as a community partner at Cal State Northridge; two students in my class "Humans and Animals" have been doing research for the Museum's upcoming exhibit. So excited to be a part of this process to bring more consciousness about animals into pubic view!

1 Cristina9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Spreading goodwill towards those who have no voice is the best way to garner the attention they need. Animal History Museum does just that, through their sometimes thankless hours of dedication!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A project run with great skill, enthusiasm, intelligence, friendship and commitment to create a resource that is absolutely necessary.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Animal History Museum is truly a gem. The outreach in the local community is amazing. Amy passion and love for children and animals is fantastic! I have both volunteered and donated to the Animal History Museum. I can't speak highly enough of the Animal History Museum!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Animal History Museum has had a presence at Kidspace Children's Museum a handful of times this year, and it's been a great way for us to broaden our goal of inspiring children to learn about our natural world. Our guests have enjoyed the animal-based activities they've provided, as well as the opportunity to learn more about the animal kingdom. We (and our guests) look forward to having them back!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Animal History Museum had a booth set up at an after hours event. They provided diverse activities at their booth that they matched with our theme & were flexible. They advertised for us, & we did the same which was a nice way to network with their audience. I appreciated what they offered our guests & were a bonus to the event!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently relocated to the Los Angeles area over the summer and am a big animal rights activist and was looking to get involved with an organization in the area. Amy was welcoming and passionate about the organization. There are so many stories in the news of people abusing animals, it is refreshing seeing an organization combating that and have a legal mind-frame to make a difference!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Animal History Museum is a wonderful display of the human animal relationship and explores this ancient bond. I have enjoyed working with the material and different subject matter. I am honored to work with the amazing people involved with this museum!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter actually volunteered last year, and after meeting and working with some of the wonderfully creative Staff (*everyone comes from such different backgrounds, it's exhilarating)... I'm HOOKED! What a wonderfully INSPIRED Museum and I can't believe the level of academic and professional people who are already involved and dedicated, much less honing the sincerest interest in all things animal. I've found the Museum Founders to be of the most dedicated, friendly and professional group...and I can't wait to see MORE of what the Animal History Museum will be doing in the FUTURE!

Rossyo O.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful resource! The staff,other volunteers, and animal lovers who contribute are clearly devoted. I am excited to partake I'm many future events, Amy has many wonderful intentions and ideas, and her actions towards bringing AHM up are all manifesting wonderfully!

Katrina11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Animal History Museum is an outstanding non-profit! I approached AHM as a volunteer and witnessed first hand in my three months of collaboration, the commitment and leadership of the Executive Director Amy Breyer in promoting the message of compassion towards animals and promoting the Human-Animal bond. This museum is a much needed space in our community because it recognizes the history of animals, thus communicating the need to further animal rights and guard their welfare.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. I've enjoyed learning more about the non-profit, and I'm looking forward to future events to spread the word about the importance of the human-animal bond.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Animal History Museum fills an important void in the non-profit world. There are lots of natural history museums and zoos, but the Animal History Museum is the only museum investigating and celebrating the special bond between humans and animals. It offers cool family-friendly events as well as news regarding cutting-edge research on communication between people and animals of all kinds. Check out its fun Facebook page, including contests!

1 Coco-Mau A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal History Museum is an amazing non-profit organization which created "Understanding and Celebrating the Human-Animal Bond®" idea. As a passionate animal lover, I am impressed with so well thought concept. I think that helping people to better understand and connect with animal kingdom, will benefit all creatures of the world.
I have an honor to present my pet fashion during "Inspire" pan LA Fashion Event. It is great pleasure to participate in such a noble fundraiser. Everyone involved is dedicated, well organized and genuinely interested in helping animals. Executive Director, Amy, is an incredible person who works very hard to achieve best possible results. She has very strong work ethics and charisma which benefits the Museum.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've experienced Amy and the museum through two fundraising events and I must say that The Animal History Museum as a nonprofit is incredibly organized. It is run well with an exceptionally strong leadership to guide them. I look forward to visiting their museum when it is up and watching their development!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Animal History Museum since the beginning of the summer. I have worked with many different animal organizations, and AHM is truly made up of some of the most dedicated and spirited people I have ever met who are involved with animals. They are dedicated to educating others about the human-animal bond and their events are filled with so many amazing activities and opportunities to have fun. They are all skilled, intelligent, and amazing people and I hope to continue working with them for a very long time!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am really enjoying my time helping out the Animal History Museum. They are a great cause and helps educate the importance of the co-dependent relationship of animals and humans. Everyone has been so positive and helpful, its been delightful helping this organization any way I can!

ygar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering here since June 2014 and I can truly say it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made! Amy has been a pleasure to work with and I have learned so much about what it takes to run a non-profit. Working with AHM for their Inspire event has also taught me about fashion, something I never imagined learning about at an animal organization. I cannot wait till the museum has a physical location and finally opens!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a great pleasure volunteering for The Animal History Museum at their pop up gallery events. I have volunteered in many different situations before and AHM has been really great. The people who volunteer with you are wonderfully supportive not just of the cause but of each other.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been such a pleasure working with the AHM on Inspire: an L.A. Fashion Week event that promotes cruelty-free couture. Their Executive Director, Amy Breyer, is very thorough, organized and driven to accomplish anything that will benefit the organization. This organization gave me an opportunity to utilize my skills toward the greater good and share in the love of our furry little friends.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in many non-profit organizations, as a staff volunteer up to and including holding Board of Directors positions. The Animal History Museum administration and staff are doing an exceptional job with their work mission. With any non-profit there is the possibility of some disorganization, but the AHM is an exception, and both routine projects and major events are handled with skill and earnestness, always with an eye toward increasing volunteer participation and with great consideration given those donating time and resources. This organization is well-run and is being directed with great care and purpose by its executive staff and board. I am proud to be associated with this group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved remotely (out-of-state) with development of the online galleries for this wonderful museum. The staff has been a pleasure to interact with, and the work interesting and rewarding.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was at the grand opening of this museum. Everyone involved in this organization truly cares about the plight of animals and the animal rights movement. I support their work.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The work of the animal museum is very important, since it is is the only organization collecting the history of the animal movement. It is a tremendous resource. I wish it every sucess.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Animal Museum is a pioneering new venture, which documents the history of the humane and animal protection movements. There is nothing else like it. It deserves our warm support.
The Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.

Andy F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have found those at the AHM to be professional individuals who i have been able to develop close working relationships with. Working as an advisor to an online organisation has the potential to throw up a whole host of problems. However, clear communication has meant that this has been easy, and has been an experience that i've relished.

Donor

Rating: 4

I’m so very pleased to be a founding member of and donor to the Animal History Museum. This one-of-a-kind organization celebrates the human-animal bond and educates the public about the importance of this relationship. I look forward to learning more about the Grand Opening as the date draws closer!

Donor

Rating: 5

The Animal History Museum in Southern California has been a great find. It offers many opportunities, in the form of events, exhibits, lectures, etc., for people to come together for the benefit of animals and to help us understand the bond we have with them. Since I live in Northern California I really look forward to checking out their website and their FaceBook postings.

David184

Advisor

Rating: 5

This organization has been active for over a year. It has reached out to individuals dealing with both the substance of animal issues and the techniques of display of information so as to create an international set of contacts and resources to produce high quality materials. The Director is very capable with social media allowing a wide following on Facebook. They are ready to become a physical reality.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5


“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Our country has a long way to go. The Animal History Museum is a great start.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I highly recommend this non-profit. The focus and energy in understanding the bonds and relationships with the animals we live with and share our environment is amazing. Their board and volunteers are sure to lead the charge in a most impressive way!

Donor

Rating: 5

I was delighted to learn of The Animal History Museum. We share our home planet with many species. Too often, we humans do not appreciate our impact on the creatures around us. Mankind has had it's long history intertwined with many animals. It is time to recognize their values.

Marcy L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

If we are to evolve as a society, our circle of compassion must continually expand. The Animal History Museum is a fabulous up and coming organization that will educate, inform and inspire generations to come regarding our relationship with and treatment of non-human animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal History Museum is a truly unique entity that is dedicated to further exploring and educating the public about the human animal relationship throughout time. It is incredible how persevering this small, but growing, Museum is. As a volunteer, it is an honor to watch as Animal History Museum volunteers work tirelessly to further the cause of animal welfare. I believe in Animal History Museum wholeheartedly and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a worth cause to dedicate either their time or monetary donations to.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Animal History Museum is an amazing organization. All of the volunteers and workers are so dedicated to the organization and passionate about what they do. They completely celebrate the relationship between animals and humans and want to spread the word about these established relationships. Their focuses are not merely on serious topics, such as animal rights, but their websites give access to silly and fun aspects of having pets and relationships with animals. I'm so grateful to have stumbled upon this organization and honored to have been able to work with everyone on the team!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Engaging and informative, this non-profit offers the public an in-depth look at how animals and humans help each other to live in today's society. We often take for granted those we care about the most and the little things that make life special. The Animal History Museum helps us to remember that compassion exists all around us. Through guest speakers, lectures, endearing photos and a sharp wit, we can take the knowledge they provide and turn it into a meaningful form of co-existence between animals and humans. Hats off to them for bridging this gap in a thoughtful, insightful manner.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Animal History Museum, while a new organization, is exceptionally well organized with a clear mission to collect, preserve and document the rich and varied history of animals, and to present this history in permanent and traveling exhibits which educate and promote greater awareness and appreciation for the contributions of animals to society through the ages.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working as a volunteer for The Animal History Museum, was a rewarding experience. During my time as a volunteer, I was acquainted with different organizations concerned with the welfare of animals. Being able to work with the museum's President, Amy Breyer, and see her passion for this organization was quite inspiring.
In addition to my volunteer work, I also attended a fundraiser, where I met many dedicated animal rights advocates who educated me about the impact that animals have had on human history.
This was one of the best volunteer opportunities that I've had, and it definitely increased my passion for animal rights and animal history.

Steven32

Advisor

Rating: 5

No movement can understand where it is going unless it knows where it has been. The Animal History Museum applies a much-needed plug in a hole in the animal rights and animal protection movements. It is unique and rapidly expanding. Tune into it and learn.