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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

94 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Geesche

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animal Kind International is doing awesome and important work!

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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!

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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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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.

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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.

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

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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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 hondudog

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

Animal-Kind International has consistently supported Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras. AKI helps not only with financial support to treat, vaccinate and spay/neuter abandoned, sick and injured dogs and cats, they also help with food, construction, and paying people to help with the cleaning and upkeep of the shelter. Knowing they are there to support and give advice is a big plus in a country with little regard for animals left to die on the streets. They respond quickly to any inquiries made by tourists about animal welfare here.

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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.