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Causes: Animals, International, International Development

Mission: AKI raises funds for and donates supplies to our partner animal welfare organizations in poor countries so they can continue to improve the lives of animals. Through AKI, donors can be sure that 100% of their donations are going to help animals in poor countries.

Results: AKI has supported spay/neuter campaigns, emergency vet care, shelter maintenance, purchase of food and shelter supplies, vet and shelter staff salaries, infrastructure improvements-mainly new pens, quarantine kennels, & fencing, and other priority needs of our partner organizations. Rather than providing grants to undertake projects, we support our partner organizations' priority needs; without this support, many of our partner organizations would have to shut their doors.

Target demographics: Animal welfare organizations and animals in poor countries in Africa and Latin America/Caribbean and in Armenia

Direct beneficiaries per year: Uganda SPCA's shelter, The Haven, pay rent, cover staff salaries, provide cat & dog food & vet care; Liberia AWCS provide humane education for >10,000 students; Ghana SPCA take students on 4 field trips to a vet clinic, groomer, a monkey sanctuary, and university vet program; Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras provide vet care for the 25 special needs cats & dogs at the sanctuary; Kingston (Jamaica) Community Animal Welfare feed weekly >500 street cats and dogs & s/n them and help feed & care for pets of poor people; Tanzania Animal Welfare Society hold 3 donkey clinics, treating >1000 donkeys; Save the Animals-Armenia feed, spay, & provide vet care for the shelter dogs; & cover Have A Heart spay/neuter (>100), provide basic needs of rural Namibia SPCAs, and cat & dog food and vet care in Katutura, Namibia, a very large & ver poor township outside of Windhoek, Namibia..

Geographic areas served: Uganda, Liberia, Namibia, Ghana, Tanzania, South Sudan, Armenia, Jamaica, Barbados, and Honduras.

Programs: Uganda & Ghana Societies for the Protection & Care of Animals; Liberia Animal Welfare & Conservation Society; Namibia rural SPCAs and Have A Heart-Mobile; Tanzania Animal Welfare Society; Mbwa wa Africa (Tanzania); Kingston Community Animal Welfare (Jamaica); Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras; Save the Animals-Armenia; Hope Sanctuary-Barbados; & South Sudan humane education volunteers.

Community Stories

117 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Donna235

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor and a participant in the grant award review process, I am so impressed by the amazing work that Animal-Kind International does to help animals. Their founder does painstaking research into each group before awarding any grants and she visits each grant recipient individually. I feel so good about donating to this worthy group because I know that every penny goes toward improving the lives of animals. I highly recommend the work this group does.

1 Nicole M.14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They clearly have a great love for animals and concern themselves with care whereever it is needed, which is at a lot of places. They consistently report the their fans what they are doing!

2 hondudog

Client Served

Rating: 5

Animal-Kind International has supported Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras for more than ten years mainly with food and funds for spay/neuter and other medical procedures. Because of AKI, HHHH has been contacted by many foreign visitors resulting in the rescue and adoption of several stray cats and dogs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Animal-kind International has consistently helped the less fortunate animals in countries around the world where they are often ignored or even harmed. AKI and Karen Menczer have helped by donating medical supplies, by funding spay/neuter surgeries for rescued animals, and also by being available for emotional support. I whole heartedly give them an A plus for all they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My very favorite non-profit helping animals and, by extension, people. I measure success in terms of the numbers of animals saved/helped and the numbers of minds changed about the way we treat animals. Animal-Kind International excels at both. I'd give 100 stars if I could.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been following this organization for years, totally impressed with the carefulness with which they choose and support member rescue organizations. Also that they don't take a cent of the donation money - it all goes to the local non-profits they support. I cannot rate them highly enough.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Animal-Kind International is among the main organizations supporting animal welfare endeavors across Africa & is responsible for saving the lives of countless animals. The organization also has a strong, competent, trustworthy leadership & not only provides financial support, but also works to improve animal welfare measures in shelters across Africa. A highly recommended organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It's my pleasure to serve on the board of Animal-Kind International. AKI works with partner organizations in countries which have a lack of financial resources for companion and working animals . Our founder, Karen Menczer, shares the great work of our partners on multiple social media sites. 100% of our donations go to are partners and they make great use of their funding.

Betsie Van Dyke

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Animal-Kind International (AKI) is an outstanding non-profit for many reasons. 100% of our donations go to our partner organizations. Karen Menczer, our Executive Director, does a great job keeping our donors informed of how their donations are used. AKI has an excellent presence on social media. Anyone interested in volunteering with or donating to AKI can find out all about us. AKI's mission supporting animal welfare, rescue and protection in financially poor countries by partnering with local animal protection groups is so needed but also so appreciated! I am gratified to be a board member.

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Geesche

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love Animal-Kind International!!! If there is any non profit out there that does good and one can trust 100 %, it's AKI!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animal-Kind international is such an amazing organisation and deserves 500 stars!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animal-Kind International is changing the world to a better place! The impact AKI has in so many third world countries is remarkable! 100 % of the donations go straight towards the animals in need, in many poor countries for the local charities there is no other way to get any funds to help!

Animal-Kind International deserves full support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Probably some of us have had an experience of traveling to a country where we have seen awful cases of animal suffering. We wonder what we can do to help - is there no one who is taking care of injured street dogs, packs of starving feral cats, overburdened beaten donkeys? The answer is that there are very few organizations working in these areas and even less donations flowing in to support them. I am so pleased AKI and its local partners are around to make a difference - both to the animals that they are helping, but also in changing people's attitudes towards animals and their potential for suffering. I've volunteered at a few of their sterilization clinics in Uganda and humane outreach sessions in classrooms - donations are going to the local staff and shelters who do the work on the streets and in the communities. It really is making a difference step by step.

1 Ilina V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Because they provide help where no one else does. Help where is most needed!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animal Kind helped open my eyes to getting a glimpse of just how much work and effort goes into the saving and care of any animal in need. The Rosie dog story (attached in the viedo link) is the perfect example of Animal Kind going above and beyond to save a life and enforces there motto kindness to animals has no boundaries. Highly reccomend the story/video be shared because it offers a small glance of what extraordinary work this organization is capeable of.

Without this organization and the amazing volunteers staffing it there would be in my opinion zero chance of animals getting the chance they deserve to survive from the most harshest unforgiving parts of the world. Thank you for all you do and all you have done!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love everything they do! Would give a million stars!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since 2009, I have volunteered with animals (both domestic and wild) at 17 different places around the world and these experiences have given me knowledge and experience about what makes a good animal welfare organization. Using what I have learned and observed, along with following Animal Kind International's work for 5+ years, I can say it is a excellent organization. In addition to the fact that AKI gives away 100% of its donations, I appreciate their transparency. The organization has precisely detailed end of the year reports, their web page is very thorough and they also post frequent written, photographic and video updates on their Facebook page. The founder's career takes her to several of the countries that receive funding, so during her free time at these places she visits the organizations' offices and sites to see their work. AKI plans to increase its aid to other domestic animal groups in Africa and they are doing this in an organized, methodical and logical manner with input from its supporters.
When it comes to animal welfare, a specific area of interest to me is education, especially to children. I love that several of the African groups helped by AKI use their money to teach young people humane education, both in class and on field trips. These children can then share their knowledge with family, friends and community members creating a ripple effect that will slowly, but surely change how people view and treat animals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AKI and Karen Menczer are my rock. Over the last several years, HHHH has counted on AKI to pay for spay/neuter surgeries, medicines and food for dozens of abandoned and injured strays. I know that all donations they receive go directly to help needy animals around the world in the poorest places.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

5 big golden stars for Animal-Kind International!!
We couldn't do what we do without their support and friendship! Hundreds of dogs and cats in Tanzania could be rescued, fed, treated and re-homed due to AKI and their wonderful donors!
As an Animal Rescue in a country like Tanzania it is extremely important to have a reliable partner - and AKI is above the ordinary in every way!
5 million stars (if we could) and Thank you's !!!!!

1 Barbara97

Board Member

Rating: 5

AKI provides much needed funding for spay/neuter, deworming, surgery and general veterinary care in developing countries around the world. 100% of your donations go directly to these services. We have added humane education programs in Africa in order to foster a caring attitude towards stray animals. A truly worthwhile nonprofit.

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Donor

Rating: 5

For over 30 years, Karen Menczer, founder and director of AKI, has devoted all her spare time to helping abused and neglected animals around the world. Through her travels throughout Africa, South and Central American and Eastern Europe, she has help to found or fund SPCAs or animal welfare groups in the poorest countries in the world. These countries do not have the funding that the US provides to our ASPCA. 100% of donated funds are sent to the animal welfare organization of your choice. My daughter's high school animal welfare club is in the process of raising money for AKI's partner organizations. Please consider getting involved by fundraising for Animal Kind International. As Karen has explained many times, society learns to be kind to their people by being kind to animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

AKI is a truly amazing animal organization that does what it says. It supports local animal organizations that use donor funds to support dogs, cats and donkeys that are work donkeys. Funds help in spay and neuter clinics, donkey clinics to teach local citizens to use better gear for the donkeys, food, vetinary bills, shelter operation and just as important is Humane education. Teaching children what it means, in areas that do not treat animals well, provides hope that all the work AKI and other organizations does will perpetuate. Already people are adopting animals in areas that wasn't done, picking up phones to report animals in trouble and even elders of communities approving the assistance. The money goes 100% to the organizations. Theres no high paid CEO's or personnel. It's operated by volunteers. The organizations the money goes to are required to report back. AKI then sends out reports and blogs more than any animal organization that I've donated to and keeps donors informed. The one thing I like most is that Karen Menser, is on site visiting these organizations as part of her world wide travels with her environmental job and takes advantage of checking on the partners to see first had they are doing as they say. I rate them 5++++++++.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've donated to several projects and know where every penny of the money went to. I'm given frequent project updates and progress pictures. I've kept up with the organizations progress and feel confident that all of my donations are used wisely to improve the lives of animals. They have given me the opportunity to help and I trust them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the kind of organization one dreams of finding.
They are committed to the cause of rescuing animals internationally with heart and mind.
I have absolute trust in their work and am deeply impressed with the integrity by which they pursue their mission.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am volunteering at one of the organizations that AKI supports in Tanzania, Africa.
This is the type of charity that everyone hopes to find. The woman leading AKI makes site visitations to ensure that the places receiving donations are using the money well. While visiting us, Karen not only came to see what we were doing, but she chipped right in to help us as well as poured additional love on the abandoned pups. She even saved some mistreated dogs herself while on her visit. In addition, the information from AKI is always timely, interesting and current. All of the donations are used for the animals. It is an exemplary organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

Animal-Kind International is a fantastic nonprofit that uses 100% of the donations received for the animals welfare. They have provided medical care, housing and love for many, many abandoned, mistreated and sick dogs, cats and burros. In addition they are reaching out to the children of the countries that are supported by AKI donations and teaching them how to respect, and care for and love dogs and cats. The children then pass this positive knowledge and behavior on to their families and communities. AKI supports organizations that provide medical care, housing, love and adoptions for animals that under the circumstances of where they live would have had minimal to no chance for survival. I love and help support through donations, AKI.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animal-Kind International is an amazing nonprofit that is reaching animals (dogs, cats and donkeys) that have had no chance to a life without fear, pain and starvation. AKI has made it a priority to educate people, starting with the children, (as a regular class in school) on how to treat these animals with kindness, see to their needs and to provide them with a proper diet and in return they will receive unconditional love. AKI provides much needed money and supplies (through donations) to house, feed, spay and neuter and healing for both medical and psychological problems for animals and in some places where people do not traditionally touch, let alone hug and pet and play with dogs and cats. The kindness to animals later translates into kindness for other humans. The money collected by AKI is used exclusively for the above purposes. I donate to numerous animal welfare nonprofits, but AKI is my favorite and thus gets my biggest donation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been following this group for quite a while now. They have a very reasoned approach to what they can do as they don’t want to let anyone down. At the same time, they’ve been gradually and carefully growing their services so that more grassroots organizations can get support for their animal welfare initiatives. AKI also constantly keeps all their supporters up-to-date with their operations and are interested in supporters’ input. I delight in knowing how much good they do where good needs to be done! It is the most righteous animal welfare non-profit I know of! I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm so happy to know there is an organization so effective at the grass-roots level! It is great to get stories and accomplishments with the Director on the ground while visiting the local facilities, volunteers and animals.. The volunteers do so much to stretch donations to help as many animals as they can, often under extremely difficult conditions.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a board member of this organization, which is so effective, careful with donor funds, and so caring, while filling a huge need-funding for animal welfare in countries in Africa and other regions where support for animal welfare is hard to come by.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The animal rescue organizations that Animal-Kind International raises money for really rely on AKI supporters. This is a case where without AKI support, many of the animals would not be helped. AKI is committed to being transparent and fully accountable to donors. I feel confident that my donation is going to help animals and not in anyone's pockets!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great example of how a non-profit should run. Its all about the animals and resources are allocated with their care in mind. I salute all who are involved and encourage others to support AKI.

1 Jane115

Donor

Rating: 5

Kudos to Animal-Kind International for their humane education efforts that go a long way to cultivating an appreciation of, and compassion for, animals. Their work includes site visits to the local rescue operations that they support; provision of supplies and materials; and sharing of best practices across the different rescue operations. They help the local rescue operations know that they are not alone in the challenges they face. Important work by smart, big-hearted people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Well run non-profit that ensures 100% of donations go directly to their agents in the field who care for animas in developing countries. Excellent documentation of their work and the work of their field agents.

AKI efforts manifest love for all creatures; as such, they are changing human and (other) animal lives for the better.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a great organization. One feature I especially like is the "in memoriam" page. To be able to turn the loss of a beloved pet (yours or someone else's) into a better life for a struggling street dog is a great thing. Our monthly donation to this non-profit is one of the most satisfying things we do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love so much about this organization - the transparency with which donations are treated, the many stories and pictures of what the organization does, and the real results that support for AKI brings to animals in limited-resource communities around the world. The organization's memorial page is also a really nice way to show sympathy for those who have lost a pet.

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Karen M.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm proud to be part of AKI because I'm proud of the 11 partner animal welfare organizations that we support. I feel that AKI's work is so important because we bring our partners' work to so many more people than each partner would be able to do on their own. We make sure our partner organizations report to us in a transparent and accountable fashion so that we can report to our donors. And the bottom line: because of donations that AKI receives and sends to our partners, they are able to help so many more cats, dogs, and donkeys, and accomplish so much--much more than what they could do without us. Plus, we help our partner organizations, develop, grow, mature--that's so important for making advances in animal welfare in poor/under-resourced countries.

1 Petra4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal Kind International is doing amazing work all over the world. Always helping The Hope Sanctuary in Barbados. Thanks, Animal-Kind International, Karen. You guys are the best.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

AKI is helping animal shelters all over the world. Wonderful work well done. I have met Karen while on a work project in Barbados, where she spent all of her weekends donating her work and free time to The Hope Sanctuary Barbados. A true loving soul. She also has supported The Hope Sanctuary in other ways, mailing sponsorship proposals etc. Thank you, AKI for all your support for Barbados.

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Donor

Rating: 5

5 stars hardly seems enough for AKI -- everything about this organization is OUTSTANDING: Their founder/director Karen Menczer, their donation policy of 100% going directly to fill the needs of the animals (i.e. NO OVERHEAD), the energy, expertise, and love that is displayed by the well-vetted (no pun intended) partner organizations that AKI funds, and of course the spirits (and bodies) of the many animals that are helped on a daily basis, which is why we are all blessed to have such an organization to trust with our hearts and our billfolds. If you want to help a lot of animals in need, AKI is the way to do it!
Thank you very much to AKI--and to their donors too! May you and all connected with you continue to flourish!

2 Vicky van G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AKI is a great organization. Although not partnering with LPA in Dakar ( yet) we've received a small donation in the past that was put to great use. Reading about the work they do in the rest of Africa is a source of inspiration for us. In Africa in particular it's tough going for animals and AKI is making a huge difference The photos attached here are of a mass sterilization campaign LPA held in August 2016 where we used the sutures so kindly donated by AKI

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a recipient of financial, emotional and moral support from AKI. I wouldn't be able to help and save the hundreds and hundreds of animals that I do otherwise. Nothing less than a 5 star review for this wonderful U.S. based organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Karen Menczer's exceptional leadership has made Animal-Kind International an outstanding organization for the welfare of animals. AKI is what it is today because Karen - and her staff and donors - has put her heart and soul into helping animals who otherwise might not have survived. Thank you Karen and AKI!

3 Samantha84

Donor

Rating: 5

I have first hand experience of seeing this charity in action and I am really impressed with their passion for and dedication to improving the lives of hundreds of animals across the world. I enjoy regular personalised feedback informing me of where my money is going and love the stories of hope on their facebook and webpage.

3 Ali M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with AKI's affiliate in Kingston, Jamaica, and can attest firsthand to the huge difference this incredible organization makes. With partners all over the world, AKI is manifesting big change by helping animals. And it's not just the animals that benefit. I witnessed the huge shifts that the people in these communities experienced too as we delivered food, medicines, and love to animals in some of the poorest neighborhoods in town. People's lives have been turned around by their experiences helping to care for and defend these animals. By helping animals, AKI helps the whole world!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My sister and I spent several days working with AKI-affiliated Deborah Binns in Kingston, Jamaica. Alone or with the help of only a few people, Deborah travels a different route around Kingston every day to feed and medicate malnourished dogs and cats. Her work has saved countless lives. On top of that, Deborah's efforts have led to incredible changes in the communities she visits. She has inspired people within these areas, especially children, to see animals differently. Because of this they have become more humane, not only to the dogs and cats of the streets, but to themselves and other people as well. Deepest love and respect to Deborah and to AKI!!

3 Nicole D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Animal-Kind International is one of my favourite charities. They are actually on the ground supporting countless shelters and individuals all around the world who are actually making a difference for animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animal-Kind International is by far my favourite animal charity in the world. They have gone above and beyond for so many shelters and rescue groups around the world who have found themselves in the most dire situations and often times in countries that are going against everything they are standing for in regards to animal welfare and animal rights. I have had the pleasure of bringing various donations and supplies to AKI supported shelters such as the USPCA in Uganda and Helping Hands for Hounds in Honduras. From my first hand experiences, I know for a fact that Animal-Kind International is a class act charity that deserves all the support and recognition that they can get!!

3 Mary229

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to AKI for years, I personally know the dedication, integrity and compassion of this organization. I too assist in international animal welfare along the US border and through my animal welfare work I ran across AKI, they are an amazing organization, working on the ground with local shelters in some very tough places to be an animal. Completely trustworthy nonprofit with a true global vision so help improve the lives of animals working through local groups.