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Animal-Kind International

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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

106 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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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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Board Member

Rating: 5

Animal Kind International occupies a much needed place in the animal humane world. AKI raises money for resource poor countries that face many challenges. AKI partners with local organizations and their work together includes: spay & neuter clinics, animal humane education, rescue and rehabilitation and rehoming cats and dogs. AKI does an excellent job of keeping donors current in all their activities. It's an honor to serve as a board member!

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.

1 Geesche

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal-Kind International supports Namibia's cats and dogs and it's only mobile spay/neuter clinic! We love Animal-Kind International and we would love to give 50 stars!

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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!

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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.