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Causes: Animals

Mission: Animal welfare education and awareness through publications and conferences

Programs: Animal welfare education and awareness through publications and conferences

animal welfare education and awareness through publications and conferences

Community Stories

63 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

NAIA has been a protector of animals for over 25 years. They as a resource for groups and individuals dedicated to responsible animal care. They help responsible animal owners defeat existing laws that unjustly restrict pet owners rights. They are an all volunteer organization and even the founder does not take a salary! They have an incredible website, www.discoveranimals.org They also provides permanent, loving homes for retired research animals through a nationwide rehoming network. http://www.naiaonline.org/

1 Sue A.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been involved with NAIA since it was originally formed and can tell you, without a doubt, they are the #1 organization for protecting our rights when it concerns animal issues. I gladly and wholeheartedly give them a 5 star rating!

2 Marty G.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

NAIA, founded over 20 years ago by Patti Strand, is clearly the leader in the Animal Welfare arena. Still led by Patti, this is the most highly regarded, science based, reasonable organization in the US. Her board of directors is unparalleled by any other animal welfare organization. Recommendations are made based on science and facts rather than emotion. No other organization of its kind can match the NAIA's resources.

Surendra S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The resources all go towards advocating for animal interest

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fabulous group of people working for the WELFARE of animals and the rights of animal owners.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization serving the interests of animals AND the people who care for them. We need more groups like NAIA and less animal rights groups.

Cathi J G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This non-profit genuinely reviews all legislation proposed in the US that impacts the dog world in a negative way, then responds , with others, to ensure that the legislation is dropped, or reworked in a way that eliminates the offensive parts.

Cindy219

Board Member

Rating: 5

The NAIA is the only umbrella group out there protecting our relationships with animals on every level. They are avid defenders of animal welfare and the human-animal bond and are relied upon by the public, media and legislators to provide entirely factual information regarding animals, people and our lives together. Anyone who truly loves animals should become involved with the NAIA.

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Donor

Rating: 5

At a time when our critical bonds with animals are threatened in unprecedented ways, I am intensely grateful for the facts, education and compassionate expertise provided by the NAIA. They are uniquely prepared and poised to preserve the human-animal bond, and they are passionate about doing so!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board Member for more than 20 years in this organization. As a Biomedical researcher I consider this organization to be crucially important in protecting my ability to carry out research that one day can lead to cures for both human and animal diseases. NAIA is one of the few legitimate animal welfare organization that stands up to the hateful malevolence of the animal rights extremists whose ultimate goal is to destroy the human-animal bond that enriches all of our lives. Robert C. Speth, Ph.D. http://pharmacy.nova.edu/aboutus/Speth.html

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There is no other advocacy and educational organization that represents the conjoined interests of societal need coupled with animal welfare as does NAIA. Human societies require animal life and animals require our benevolent stewardship. NAIA supports this understanding by educating and pushing back against extremist and anti-human activism. The truth they share is little told by others however all should hear it!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

More than any other broadly inclusive organization, NAIA, ably led by Patti Strand, has created a coalition of people and organizations willing to go to bat to preserve and defend the traditions and industries that together make up a big portion of human - animal interaction.
NAIA tells the truth about animals and their care, and in so doing stands up for animal owners and our society every day. Its diverse supporters make it clear this is no one issue, or one constituency organization, but rather NAIA is on the front lines for all of us. Make it a priority in your charitable giving!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is the best animal protection organization in the nation - bar none! Working to protect our rights as well as the animals!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The NAIA gets 5 stars for being a true animal welfare organization. This organization promotes the humane treatment of all animals and opposes all abuse. This organization also supports the rights of animal ownership and works to expose the animal rights agenda as well as supporting the American mainstream human/animal relationship -- which is why extremist animal rights people have issues with the NAIA. The terms animal welfare and animal rights are not interchangeable and the fact that many animal rights people are trying to deceptively call themselves animal welfare doesn’t make them such. The NAIA deserves the support of all animal loving mainstream America.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are a science based animal welfare group. Great educational conferences and excellent work educating about the himan animal bond and the baluBle role of animals in our lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an organization that is constantly working to strengthen the role of dogs in our society. Fighting for reasonable animal legislation and against unreasonable and dangerous legislation. Protecting and promoting responsible breeding of all animals. Dispensing information and educating anyone willing to listen. I am a former dog breeder and showed them for many years. I own and run a boarding kennel and own goats and a donkey. I am always looking for information from NAIA and am never disappointed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are people out there whose goal is to have no more purposeful dog breeding, with the ultimate goal of no dog ownership by humans. Thank goodness NAIA exists to help advocate for animal lovers who disagree! Purebred dogs are wonderful beings, just like mixed breed dogs, and there should be no shame in striving to create purebred dogs or in owning purebred or mixed breed dogs. NAIA works to protect the interests of many others who work with animals, be they elephants or horses or cattle. NAIA understands the bond between humans and animals and the intensity of this connection between the animals and those who devote themselves to animals. NAIA is advocating for the love of and concern for animals.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The general public does not understand (or maybe care) that there are several organizations in the Country and more in States that have immense treasuries that they use to successfully get more donations, successfully lobby elected officials and donate to re-election campaigns. No single organization has the funds to totally fight this evil.

2 Larry57

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This alliance is so critical to shed light on our true relationships with animals. A history that extends to the earliest stages of human and domestic animal evolution. Thank you for your work and your dedication.

2 Elizabeth201

Donor

Rating: 5

NAIA advocates for our pets and their people. This organization ably works to protect our rights to own, breed and improve those breeds that we love - and even the ones that are widely reviled. They are worth our support and praise on high!

1 Tracy98

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great group. .protecting our rights to own and work with animals.

3 Kathy235

Donor

Rating: 5

The National Animal Interest Alliance does a terrific job of educating people of the deceptive statements and practices of the animal rights organizations (not to be confused with animal welfare). They have tons of data they willingly share and are very easy to work with on issues relating to animal ownership.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Doing a great job of informing people on important issues.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAIA has gone to bat over and over for the rights of animals, especially dogs and cats. They aren't in the business to euthanize a healthy animal and have empathy and understanding of pure-bred breeders (not the enemy!) as well as pet owners whose rights are being diminished every week.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent organization that gets true and factual information out about animal welfare.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent organization that truly advocates for animal welfare.

2 ShelterVet

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAIA is the only group in the country working to preserve all of our relationships with animals. They are true animal welfarists and they treasure the human-animal bond. They support the Right to care for and own animals. LOve them

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA) is a very good organization. It brings together various groups who care about the actual welfare of animals, including pets, as well as the rights and responsibilities of human owners of animals. I attended the group's annual conference the last two years and i was very impressed with the assemblage of leaders and thinkers who focus on animal welfare and law. In 2015 the NAIA also funded a very important study of Animal Shelter data that showed that less than 10% of shelter dogs were marketed by shelters as purebred dogs.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NAIA is an organization that goes above and beyond the typical service of an animal welfare organization. NAIA works hard for the rights of animal owners all over the country. Such an amazing organization run by a wonderful group of people. The amount of education and support they provide is very much appreciated.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The NAIA is a true animal welfare organization and their money goes to support the human/animal bond and not for the big overpaid CEO's of other animal rights organization. There is a big difference between animal welfare and animal rights. One works for the "welfare" of animals and the other works to take that "right" away.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

professional and truly cares about protecting animals

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAIA advocates for all animals including those in the agricultural industry. This organization is a true collaborate effort across industries and interests. Excellent resource for information on animal welfare issues.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This orgaization supports those who care for animals in all aspects of American life. It truthfully brings fact based information about animal related industry and hobbies to the public in an effort to combat negative emotion based distortions of the truth. It strongly supports all aspects of the human/animal bond.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NAIA is the only group in the country working to preserve all of our relationships with animals. They are true animal welfarists and they treasure the human-animal bond. EVERYONE who loves animals should join NAIA now!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Best animal welfare organization! They are the true voice for all domestic animals!!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Ignore the hype of those big-name charities that claim to help animals but are more interested in fueling their animal rights agenda. This is the charity that cares about fostering the human-animal bond and saving our beloved pets by promoting animal welfare. Do right by the animals you love and support NAIA.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If you want accurate information about animal welfare issues, this is the place to go. If you want to help animals and strengthen the human-animal bond, this is the place to go. Lastly, if you think animal rights is the same as animal welfare you really need to go there to get educated.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The NAIA organization promotes the humane treatment of all animals and opposes all abuse. This organization also supports the rights of animal ownership and works to expose the animal rights agenda which is why extremist animal rights people have issues with the NAIA. The terms animal welfare and animal rights are not interchangeable.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

NAIA is one of the FEW true animal welfare organizations rather than an animal rights group professing to care--but really seeking the end to animal ownership, the end of sensible farming techniques, the end of zoos, the end of circuses, the end of rodeos, the end of horse racing, and the end of purebred breeding of all species. Simply stated, the animal rights enthusiasts want to control your very being--and if successful in their advancement of ever more restrictive laws--they'll end animal ownership. If one researches the actual goals of Ingrid Newkirk and Wayne Pacelle, their dislike for animals is evident.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAIA is a tremendous resource and wealth of information. Thank for all that this group does for the entire pet industry!

5

Donor

Rating: 5

With many animal organizations distorting, manipulating and exaggerating, even to the point of lying, NAIA stands apart for its thorough research and in-depth reporting on national issues regarding the treatment of domestic and wild animals.
It's "just the facts, ma'am."
Importantly, the donations it receives do not go into pensions or staff perks.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The only organization that truly supports the rights of responsible animal owners. Without them we may not have any animals in our lives - far more broad spectrum than most people realize. Think of that the next time you pet your dog/cat/ horse , eat a hamburger or use any daily product...

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The wealth of knowledge and experience in all things concerning animals is amazing! The love for animals and the true concern for animal welfare is clear to any animal lover who ever attended a NAIA conference.
An outstanding group!!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NAIA has withstood the test of time for being concerned with all animal welfare; bringing the facts, not emotion to the public; educating the public regarding all animal use.

It remains the premier national animal welfare organization .

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A wonderful group of people that actually care for animals and want to continue the interaction with animals. NAIA offers documented facts and information.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is the email I sent to Great Nonprofits after I saw they were standing behind NAIA.

I found your website for the first time from Transition Project, which you awarded a great nonprofit status in 2013. I am interested in volunteering working with animals and saw that you are standing behind the National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA).

After a bit of research, it is very clear to me that NAIA has no interest in animal rights, and I wondered how you could promote them without research of your own.

Consider:
1) NAIA was founded by breeders and biomedical researchers. SourceWatch explains they have a nonprofit front, are funded by agribusiness to lobby for them, and lobby for human use of animals while remaining tax-exempt.
2) Wikipedia simply copies the mission statement from NAIA's website, then goes on to say they were against CA Prop 2, which was strongly supported by the Humane Society. Also, NAIA works to categorize animal and environmental activists as terrorists; the ACLU is against this because people have the right to protest. Wikipedia goes on to say funding comes from people and trapping, hunting, rodeo, etc., interests.
3) NAIA's website supports animal experimentation and supports circuses and private animal entertainers. True animal lovers know that "care and treatment" rhetoric is inadequate--to get an animal to do human bidding requires removing him or her from a natural environment, caging and feeding an unnatural diet, and hurting the animal to force him or her to do unnatural things like walk on a ball or jump through fire, or get cosmetics in their eyes.
4) All of NAIA's activities seem to come with a statement about good care and treatment that make them seem to be an animal welfare organization, but in reality they lobby FOR the USE of animals in ways that animal rights groups heartily disagree with. They are deeply involved in legislation and write many letters. See the Campaigns section under Issues on their website. For example, they are against pet consumer protection and for breeders; they blame humane organizations for the problem. On the internet, NAIA speaks of "reasonable solutions" and how "man is an integral part of the solution" much like vague political statements that poorly hide their true interests to anyone who takes a second glance.

I would never volunteer for an animal organization that doesn't shelter, rescue, protect, preserve habitat, or otherwise promote the INTERESTS of animals. The NAIA actively promotes their own interests and human interests, which directly counters animal interests. And yes, all living things have self interest. An animal welfare organization should support the interests of animals. An organization that pretends to be while doing the opposite is worse than groups who openly support the use and abuse of animals.

Can you explain why you would find NAIA a great nonprofit?

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Per their own website, they support "circuses, zoos, wild animal parks, aquariums, and private entertainers". They support animals in research & using animals in schools "at all levels of education". They clearly take umbrage with the term "animal rights" or using "guardian" instead of "owner". (Because animals are our property to do with whatever we wish, right?!) They are PRO- ear-cropping, tail-docking, debarking dogs, declawing cats. They seemingly support treating animals any which way as long as humans benefit. This is clearly a front-group whose main goal is the status-quo, limited (if any) protections for non-human animals, and opposing true animal welfare groups in any & all situations. They should be investigated for fraud & misrepresentation!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Strand/Naia should be investigated for fraud/misrepresentation for claiming to be an animal "welfare" organization in their monetary solitication campaigns. Animal "use" enterprises are NOT animal "welfare" organizations. That is why SourceWatch.org has Strand's Naia listed as a "Front Group" - i.e. they are not who they claim to be. - Seal hunt, fur ranchers, puppy mills, using animals for medical research, Iditirod, dog racing, horse racing, animal trappers....... are NOT animal "welfare" organizations. They are animal USE and they are FOR PROFIT businesses. This is fraud and should be reported to the IRS. Ironically, it's Naia and their Akc followers who are the main pusher behind the Hsus/Peta/Aspca smear campaigns. - Note: I wouldn't have given it ONE star but this platform forced me to choose at least "one".

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NAIA is an excellent organization who's aim is to truly protect animals. They tell the truth, the whole truth. Truth's that other "humane" organizations would rather they not tell.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Quite simply, this group is far more concerned with protecting the rights of those who make money from animal suffering. Take a look at their positions on puppy mills, for example. They pretend to be about animal welfare to lure in unsuspecting animal lovers. It's disgusting.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The NAIA is an organization the helps to educate people about the difference between animal welfare (the humane treatment of all animals) and animal rights (the radical groups that wish to abolish animals altogether). They have presented facts about the animal rights groups such as the HSUS and PETA who dupe the public into giving them money thinking that they are helping to take care of animals when in fact a VERY small percentage of those funds goes to anything but lobbying politicians to take away our right to love a pet, eat meat or eggs, wear leather, hunt and so on. They present facts without hype and I for one appreciate their unbiased information.

3 suzyelectracuted

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The NAIA is a lobbying organization for the animal industries. Factory farms, puppy mills, research labs that use animals, and the horse slaughter industry are all represented by the NAIA.

2 amyk1980

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

NAIA speaks all the language of animal welfare and pretends to be an animal welfare organization, but its real purpose is to protect the rights of people to do anything they want to animals in their care.

NAIA actively lobbies against any sort of animal welfare legislation including laws against puppy mills. They have spoken out against animal shelters on numerous occasions, going so far as to accuse them of importing dogs from other countries in order to sell them for a profit. They pretend there is non such thing as pet overpopulation, and that there are plenty of homes for homeless pets, because they gives cover for the high-volume puppy mills that they serve to continue churning out puppies in horrible conditions to sell for vastly over-inflated prices over the internet and in pet stores.

The misinformation and outright lies coming from NAIA are a disgrace, and this organization does harm to every true animal welfare organization in America as well as the animals themselves.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAIA cares about animal welfare - all of us are responsible for the animals in our care. I appreciate the balanced approach NAIA takes in protecting the rights of animals, and defending animal lovers & caregivers from overbearing legislation. There are many more people raising, breeding and caring for animals PROPERLY than those who are cruel and neglectful - but laws that purport to HELP animals by legislating new 'punishments' or fines for mistreatment of animals often have devastating results affecting law-abiding, caring, and responsible people. Please support NAIA !! Donate today!

4 John S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

NAIA is NOT an animal welfare organization.

It is an industry front group defending animal cruelty for profit. Look at its board of directors: circuses, horse slaughterers, factory farmers, rodeo organizers, puppy mill apologists, lab animal breeders and vivisectionists, fur farmers... it's a Who's Who of corporate animal abusers.

This group exists for one purpose, and one purpose only: to defend the ability of corporate interests to profit from the abuse of animals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This does not qualify as a charity! It is a front group for industries that exploit animals for profit. It looks out for profits, not animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

NAIA is THE authority on animal care and welfare. It is a tremendous union of animal owners from livestock ranchers and farmers to every variety of pet owner to performance animals and more.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The NAIA is a group of individuals dedicated to the preservation of the animal human bond. Members from all walks of life strive to support animal welfare and fight against the animal rights movement that seeks to remove animals from our homes. If you love your dog, thank a breeder. If you ate today, thank a farmer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NAIA celebrates the human-animal bond. It supports animal welfare and counters the animal rights movement's lies and exaggerations with the truth. The website is a source of valuable information in countering the animal rights agenda, providing model legislation, white papers,and thoroughly researched articles in its extensive library. Additionally, it maintains a chronology of acts of animal rights extremism, and a large quote file of statements by animal rights leaders that clearly shows their intent to block the enjoyment and use of animals for human benefit. NAIA's annual conferences bring together a wide variety of experts dealing with all areas of animal welfare - pets, animal agriculture, entertainment, biomedical research and more.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank God that NAIA is there to counter the absurdities & misrepresentations of the animal rights fanatics. NAIA is concerned with genuine animal welfare. They focus on sensible, enforceable legislation that is balanced & reality based, not the heart-tugging, hysteria of so many other groups.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been aware of the outstanding efforts of this organization for many years. Dedicated volunteers from across the spectrum of people who work with and depend upon animals devote countless hours to sharing information in support of animal welfare. Professionals share their expertise and help the public keep a sense of balance regarding the human-animal bond. NAIA represents a voice of reason and acts in the interest of all of us...human and non-human animals alike.

5 Sheila G.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a member of NAIA almost as long as I've been fighting the bogus organizations that only *claim* to help animals. NAIA really does help animals to live safe, happy, fulfilling lives, AND THEIR OWNERS to take appropriate care of said animals. One really great project NAIA has ongoing is to colect data from as many animal shelters as possible in all 50 states to determine what the intake, placement and kill rates really are. No one else has does this data gathering, but without it intelligent animal policy cannot be determined.

5 Mary N.

Donor

Rating: 5

NAIA is a fantastic organization! It is all about animal welfare. It is also all about our rights and responsibilities as owners. It is not an animal rights organization that elevates animals above humans. NAIA uses common-sense approaches to today's issues of ownership and breeding of all animals. NAIA recognizes the huge role animals play in our lives. Few organizations today provide the balance between animal welfare and owner rights and responsibilites; NAIA does this exceptionally well. There is a lot of helpful and eye-opening information at their website. It is my go-to source for talking points when reviewing legislation., and deciding whether to oppose or support bills. I hope this organization continues to grow!