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Causes: Animal Services, Animals, Education

Mission: The National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) is dedicated to ending the exploitation of animals used in science. NAVS promotes greater compassion, respect and justice for animals through educational and advocacy programs based on respected ethical, scientific, and legal theory. Supported by extensive documentation of the cruelty and waste of vivisection, NAVS works to increase public awareness about animal experimentation, to promote positive solutions that advance humane science, to support the development of alternatives to the use of animals, and in cooperation with like-minded individuals and groups, to effect changes which help to end the unnecessary suffering of animals.

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132 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAVS promotes greater compassion, respect and justice for animals through educational and advocacy programs based on respected ethical, scientific and legal theory. Supported by extensive documentation of the cruelty and waste of vivisection, NAVS works to increase public awareness about animal experimentation, to promote positive solutions that advance humane science, to support the development of alternatives to the use of animals, and in cooperation with like-minded individuals and groups, to effect changes which help to end the unnecessary suffering of animals.

1 DeeWriter

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAVS is a smart, mixed group of people who understand NO animal-Non-human-is owned by a human. They research their science and put forth reasonable and practical alternatives to avoid using non-humans for medical other types of trials. I'm sticking with NAVS all the way. They can be my voice in the lobby against cruelty and abuse towards non-humans!

1 Debi K.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i love them they are the ones that are fighting for the rights of all animals

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I support the National Ant-Vivisection Society because they keep me informed of misleading results that sidetrack meaningful scientific and medical progress. They encourage a movement away from animal experimentation toward the use of human-relevant tools. They help improve the discovery and testing of treatments for humans.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization - one of only a few orgs that is trying to STOP vivisection practices. We donate to this wonderful animal welfare org.

1 June B.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

stop experimenting on innocent animals. test on human criminals in jail and make them useful for a change.

1 Robin C.8

Donor

Rating: 5

NAVS has shown exemplary leadership to end the cruel usage of animals in research studies. Evidence show that other methods can be just as useful, if not more so, in finding solutions to current diseases. They have my complete support!

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Donor

Rating: 5

THEY ARE AMAZING AND AT THE FOREFRONT OF PROMOTING SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE OUT DATED ANIMAL TESTING!

1 Nicki P.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAVS stands for all animals. They are fantastic at getting it out there that there is no need to use animals for testing anything.

1 Misspia

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has a cause that speaks to my heart and could not be more important. Their newsletters are always very informative and well written.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAVS has an extremely easy-to-use Advocacy Center that helped me make my voice heard on issues affecting animal lives -- such as the wanton theft of companion animals that are sold for research purposes ( https://secure.navs.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=903 ).
NAVS really is working towards great causes!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a monthly donor to NAVS because of their wonderful work to change our view of animals and to create ethical change in scientific research. NAVS works for the good of humans so studies are more accurate without animal abuse. I find this to be a wonderful trait and wish more organizations would step up to help this ethical change to become the norm in society.

1 Elsy S.

Donor

Rating: 5

It’s a wonderful charity. Transparency and ethics are important to me. I’m glad there’s such charity that cares deeply about unnecessary animal cruelty in labs.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Have followed NAVS since inception and they have the best mission for their amazing efforts.
I've been an ethical vegan for 53 years (started at 13) and absolutely love this organization.
God Bless them all

2 amykerwin

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Primates Incorporated sanctuary is grateful to NAVS for supporting our monkey rescue needs. We were able to help monkeys retire from the pet trade and laboratories with the generous support of their sanctuary fund which enabled us to pay for transportation and modify enclosures.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NAVS is a highly effective organization and a vital member of the animal protection community. The organization employs a variety of approaches to ending cruelty to animals used in experimentation: working to change laws, funding and exploring humane and more effective alternatives, and raising awareness and activating public advocates. The organization also supports the victims of vivisection through its Sanctuary Fund. This funding is critical for sanctuaries, like Born Free USA’s Primate Sanctuary, to provide a home for animals formerly used in research – so they can live the remainder of their lives in peace.

Amy Birnbaum H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NAVS is an incredible resource for animals in need. Their support, knowledge, kindness, exceptional communication, professionalism and resources have helped to strengthen our organization's mission.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NAVS is a wonderful, ethical organization that we have worked with for many years. They have provided our animals at Cochise Canine Rescue several emergency medical/sanctuary grants, enabling us to help animals in dire straights. We cannot thank them enough!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

NAVS has been there for Cochise Canine Rescue on many occasions, helping us with Emergency Medical Grants for injured animals. They are a wonderful, important organization, helping animals through all their many programs....and helping to end cruelty against those with no voice.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great people who are working to use technology instead of the sacred animals for testing to be humane to the animals.

Donor

Rating: 5

Their motto...advancing science without harming animals....says it all. I've been a life member all my life. Imagining one of my pets picked up and put in a cage and given drugs, viruses, surgeries experimentally is devastating. So wonderful to support an organization that is actively seeking non animal solutions that impress even those who think animals are just tools for man's use or abuse.

DM B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a close follower for years. This group is wonderful about sharing information that is in the forefront of saving the lives of innocent animals- giving options and hope for virtual and artificial dissection and vivisection and anti-cruelty measures.

I will continue signing petitions, notifying political representatives and sending financial support to one of my favorite groups!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This charity works steadily to remove sentient beings from being carved up!!! In this day and age, there is NO reason to experiment on animals. It can be done virtually or on volunteers with incentives, if need be, but to take an innocent animal and torture it, for what? Cosmetics or some such stupid human crap? Really???

Anne Little

Donor

Rating: 5

National Anti-Vivisection Society is the best animal rights charity bar none. They continue to focus on their core mission and do it consistently and effectively. They are science based and continue to bring forth the best research and ideas that can help save animals that are subject to horrific lab experiments and yet these new ideas are even better at helping medical researchers with combating disease. A fabulous model of how all charities should function.

Donor

Rating: 5

The first animal rights organization I joined! Having researched them when I lived in Chicago (their home base) their industry knowledge, excellent use of donations and science-based, factual publications (online and paper) have continued to impress me as a primary source of information when educating others.

I love this organization and everything it stands for. They neither sensationalize nor downplay the horrific plight of animals who are tested on. Instead, they weather the course- in good times and bad, NAVS stands strong.

...and I am still a member, 20 years later. What does that tell you?

Emma G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAVS is a great non profit institution that has brought light into the world of animal testing. NAVS speaks up for the numerous voiceless suffering animals in the cruel world of animal testing. They are a caring organization that takes action on behalf of the many suffering laboratory animals, but also believes in science without cruelty.

Ann_129

Donor

Rating: 5

NAVS Is one of the best nonprofits! They work tirelessly to protect people and animals by promoting alternative methods in animal testing research and medicine. Improved non-animal testing eliminates millions of needless animal deaths and suffering while allowing for better outcomes in human health. We need to keep pushing for these changes in our archaic testing labs and facilities in order to promote the best outcomes for all. Thank you NAVS for fighting for the countless voiceless animals in labs who are needlessly abused in research every single day!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting NAVS for many years and have found it to be the best of the non profits! They work tirelessly to end the suffering of animals in labs while promoting alternative methods with sound facts.

Felix U.

Donor

Rating: 4

NAVS promotes greater compassion, respect and justice for animals through educational programs based on respected ethical and scientific theory and supported by extensive documentation of the cruelty and waste of vivisection.

Donor

Rating: 5

Charity is great about providing information and awareness about the ability to make useful medical advances without harming animals. It provides an easy way to write to members of Congress too.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been donating to this organization for years. The information I receive from NAVS is easy to understand and contains quality studies and science. This organization strives to save animals from being tested on unnecessarily. I highly recommend them to all of my friends as a valuable non-profit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been donating to NAVS for over 10 years now, from the first time I read about their efforts to stop animal testing by promoting positive solutions that will end the cruel, costly and flawed animal experiments (NEVER has their animal "testing" been viable to human). Their efforts of educating people about more modern, human-relevant innovative methods of research are more fact-driven than the "fairy Tales" those barbaric "scientist" who still use the old archaic, worthless and barbaric use of animals. a costly worthless attempt to line the pockets of these hacks regardless of the inhumane acts they commit. NEAVS has been at the forefront of many grass-root campaigns to get the use of animals out of the medical School class curriculum/ Military trama practice and cosmetic testing among others!! I've followed them in helping animals long enough to say that without their tireless efforts animals would be in a fare worse place then they are now.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

National Anti-Vivisection Society works tirelessly and intelligently to stop the pointless abuse and torture of animals, when resources should be spent on computer models and human models. These are far more accurate than expensive and terrifying tests on animals, the results of which rarely translate to human benefit, as can be seen by the plethora of lawsuits against medications and surgical techniques based on other species reactions. National Anti-Vivisection Society is an effective voice of reason.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

navs one of the premier orgs in the fight to stop the use of any animals in any kind of testin, experiments, etc etc onw of olseat orgs doing this work. any and all efforts with animals up to now from what iunderstand have been not successfful lets say, bottom line is we are human and they are not, and in this scenario the animals are or will be put throught hell that no sentitent being shoild be put through. i believe and support navs push to move to opt out organ donor programs as is the norm in several other countries, more persons most likely will NOT opt oujt as it will become normal for you to be on a list for such as worthwhile cause and the ultimate is NO SUFFERING FOR ANY KIND OF ANIMAL IN USELESS ESTS, ETC.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAVS is a wonderful organization dedicated to ending the exploitation of animals used in the name of science by promoting more relevant, viable and superior alternatives to animal testing.

Jacqueline B.2

Donor

Rating: 5

National Anti-Vivisection Society works tirelessly to advocate for replacement of animals in research with more technologically advanced and more accurate non-animal testing methods. It works to advance legislation resulting in more humane treatment of animals. It educates companies and the public about more suitable, non-animal methods, and supports research into non-animal testing methods. I have observed its work and the results it achieves for years and am a proud supporter of NAVS. I could not think more highly of its mission, its work, or its achievements. NAVS is on the front lines every day, fighting for a more humane and ethical world for those who humans exploit and abuse but have no voice in our society.

lisaleah

Donor

Rating: 5

The National Anti- Vivisection Society is on the forefront of this important issue. Their work is invaluable for these captive and tormented animals. I give whenever possible, knowing the money will be used in the most effective way. Their educational materials and action alerts are extremely helpful to those of us who want to see an end to this cruel and archaic practice.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Always bases its calls-to-action on compassion plus information, rather than on compassion alone. Explanations given about a situation are articulate and thorough, including historical background, current state, and what the future state could be if the call-to-action is successful. The website functions swiftly and without breakage, and when once I submitted a help request regarding updating my information in their system, their response was prompt and resolved my issue.

Donor

Rating: 5

NAVS is an excellent organizatio.n devoted to saving animals from useless testing in labs

dbobotis

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My beagle, Betsy, passed away a year ago from a brain tumor. There was never a more loyal friend, companion, and caring little girl, she never met a stranger, and loved everyone. After she passed, I began to get more involved in animal advocacy. I was shocked to learn that millions of animals are used in labs across America every year. Most are bred in cages (see USDA Class A Breeders article) and then transferred to labs. Their lives are spent in steel cages as they endure test after agonizing test--these are dogs like my Betsy (beagles are favored because of their docile nature). They never leave the steel cages and never know the love and companionship they so deserve. This is not acceptable. And, NAVS is doing something about it. NAVS is a leader in non-animal research methods. They help educate and inform--because the truth is that animals are not accurate test models for humans. For example, in skin allergy tests, a combination of chemistry and cell-based alternative methods predict human reactions 90% of the time....those kind of results cannot be ignored. NAVS is at the forefront of seeking out cutting edge technology needed to forever end using animals - like Betsy - in research. I am so thankful for NAVS and all they are doing to end the suffering of animals in labs across America by implementing non-animal test methods!! Thank you NAVS!!!

Ellen E.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this group and have supported them for years. Most people don't realize how many millions of animals are tortured and killed in labs on research that has been done over and over for the last 50 years. There is no excuse for the killing to continue and NAVS is working to make that happen.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Paws for Life NC, a foster-based animal rescue in rural North Carolina, was fortunate to receive a grant to fund medical care for two cats and a dog from NAVS. Hemi required a leg amputation after a harrowing a frightful rescue from a busy highway, Mika needed extensive medical care due to a deformity of her ear, and Goldie was heartworm positive and nearly starved to death in an abandoned house. All now healthy and two out of the three adopted. Interacting with NAVS staff was a pleasure and it was clear they are passionate about promoting animal welfare. NAVS makes a difference in the lives of animals each day. The support to the rescue community is outstanding. The advocacy to stop unnecessary suffering is essential to protect animals against needless harm. Thank you for advancing animal-friendly laws and policies in the scientific community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

NAVS generously provided funding for emergency repairs to TreeHouse Wildlife Center's Flight Cage. We needed the repairs to ensure the safety of our raptors during their rehabilitation before release back into the wild. It is comforting to know that NAVS works hard to ensure animals receive the care and respect they are due.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fauna Foundation is a sanctuary for chimpanzees, monkeys, and farm animals in Quebec. We have a diabetic monkey who needed positive reinforcement training (PRT) to accept insulin injections which will get his diabetes under control. It is through the generosity and good work of NAVS that we are able to have a specialists spend time at the sanctuary training both Eugene and his caregivers in PRT. NAVS helped us in a critical time and we are grateful for their amazing support!

Melanie M.1

Donor

Rating: 5

There are so many charities that aren't run well fiscally, so I like to check before I donate too much. Charity Navigator says that NAVS could do a little better with their money but otherwise uses their funds well.
I am especially interested in ending man-made animal suffering, so I do give monthly to help educate others on why and how we can pay for less pain. When we buy certain products, we support how those products got on the shelves.
I also love how caring but brief their emails are - victories galore! It's fun to watch the progress!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very communicative, informative, professional, intelligent, reliable, current. Excellent resource. Absolutely outstanding nonprofit!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAVS has consistently been a leader in freedom for all species even with their particular concentration in rights for animals. Decades ago I remember NAVS as being "reachable" and having the character of a sincere and devoted organization for the voiceless. No other animal rights group / org is more caring and effective in its essential work. We trust NAVS and at this time tell you & NAVS to keep up the good work because we have faith in it. We need NAVS to run strong and successful and we are proud to be part of the human race who recognizes NAVS as being 100% essential for progress all round.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Everything the NAVS is doing is for the good of the animal. Please help them. At least we have an organization that will help these animals and we can help too by donating to this cause. Animals need not be treated which so much cruelty and we have to make it known to the public what is happening. Please spread the word to everyone you know...friends, family, employees at work etc. It is for a good cause if you love animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAVS HAS DONE WONDERFUL WORK HELPING ANIMALS . I DONATE AND BELIEVE THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST ORGANIZATIONS FIGHTING FOR THE RIGHTS OF ANIMALS. i BACK THEM ONE HUNDRED PERCENT.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. They do get changes for better animal welfare especially for lab animals. Lab animals live their lives in misery only to be tortured for mad science by mad scientist. United we stand for the voiceless, the animals.. RB

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary has been blessed to receive funding to help with rescue of criminally abused and neglected animals from NAVS for years. With each large-scale rescue we take on we know that NAVS will be there to support us not only with the cost of rescue and rehabilitation but also with the promoting of our work. Each rescue is followed up by NAVS with request for after pictures - pictures of the happy endings we provide. This is so important and we feel so supported that this amazing organization cares from beginning to happy end. Thank you NAVS for all you do! *pictured is Gatlin from Paryss who was rescued in a 14-horse rescue made possible with funding from NAVS.

1 Lisa-11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I run a small nonprofit cat rescue. NAVS has come through with Sanctuary grants that enabled us to help with rescues above and beyond our normal scope of business. Without their help we couldn't have saved as many animals as we did who were affected by natural disasters or rescued from hoarding situations. Because of NAVS, many cats got a second chance for the happy lives they deserve. They're a wonderful organization of caring, compassionate people and a pleasure to work with!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization staffed by caring people! I run a small nonprofit rescue and through their Sanctuary Grant program, I've been able to help many animals in crisis who I otherwise couldn't. They do so much good for so many animals and animal-related causes and I highly recommend them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Peaceable Primate Sanctuary is a retirement sanctuary for primates that are retired from laboratories. Our sanctuary has been the recipient of two NAVS grants, with their support we were able to build a 1/2 acre open top enclosure that has allowed our primates to feel the sun on their faces and soft ground under their feet. These primates have given so much to expand our medical knowledge, the least we can do is give them a kind reward. NAVS is committed to supporting animals in need and we are honored to be one of the many organizations that benefits from their generosity.

saintseton

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NAVS is extremely dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals. This organization helped us to purchase medical equipment so we could treat hundreds of pets in poverty. This is an awesome organization who most certainly rates as a Great Non-profit.

1 htfas1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary and NAVS has helped fund several of our rescues in recent years. It is obvious from our interactions that they are first and foremost concerned with getting injured and abused animals the care they need, and they understand that nonprofits need financial assistance to ensure that every creature receives the best medical care possible. We are grateful for their assistance! Here's a picture of Tank and his new adoptive mom. Tank came from a horrible situation in Portage County, OH and NAVS assisted us with the funding necessary to help get these animals back on their feet and into loving homes!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We at Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary are extremely grateful for the support from NAVS! They have provided financial assistance for some of our most horrific cases of abuse and have helped us in the journey of healing our animals so that they can find new forever homes, filled with love!

2 Renee K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We at Rowdy Girl Sanctuary had a beautiful experience with NAVS during and after our evacuation from Hurricane Harvey. Their staff was very knowledgeable and they extended their services and resources to our desperate need during our time of crisis. Words can't adequately express our gratitude for this compassionate organization that is changing the world one person and one animal at a time - We thank you, Renee King Sonnen, Founder and CEO of Rowdy Girl Sanctuary - Angleton, TX

Jim C.5

Donor

Rating: 5

The best advocacy leader! Makes it very easy to contact my elected officials, THANK YOU NAVS!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NAVS does a great job getting the word out about animal abuse & cruelty. I fully support them. No human should ever have such power to abuse or mistreat or test on any animal.
It must stop happening.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

NAVS was instrumental in helping us cover the vet expenses for Clancy, one of the cats living at the Broken Promises SW sanctuary. Clancy needed surgery to remove the growths in his ears which are harming his hearing and causing him significant discomfort. Without the grant from NAVS our small and under-funded rescue would have suffered considerable hardship to pay his bill

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hazel was a ten-week old pup whose owners were going to have her euthanized because she had parvo and they said they could not afford her treatment. Luckily the veterinary hospital reached out to A Pathway to Hope and asked if we could help. We said that we would save Hazel's life. Little Hazel hovered at the brink of death for almost a week ~ dehydrated and vomiting and not responding to treatment... And then she finally turned the corner. She recovered and became the beautiful happy little pup we knew she would be and found her forever home.
This success story would not have been possible with wonderful non-profit associations such as National Anti-Vivisection Society. As Hazel's medical bills grew, we reached out to NAVS and asked if they could help. We were granted a very generous Sanctuary Fund which went toward Hazel's medical bills.
A small rescue such as A Pathway to Hope relies on the assistance of wonderful non profits to help us continue the work we need to do to save lives.

ErikaFleury

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for an organization that has been the recipient of NAVS's Sanctuary Fund. They were a delight to work with and are always eager to help organizations who help animals. I appreciate all they do!

piggyparade

Client Served

Rating: 5

NAVS does amazing work, our favorite thing they do is to help animals directly with funds when large emergency rescues come up and also helping sanctuaries with much needed projects. They are always awesome to work with and generous with their help. A terrific organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are the Yellowstone Wildlife Sanctuary and we give forever homes to non-releasable, native Montana wildlife. We have received two grants from NAVS. They have made a huge difference for our facility. Our first grant helped us build a permanent home for 'Margi' our yellowbellied marmot. Our second grant will enable us to give year round homes to our migratory Sandhill Cranes and turkey vultures. NAVS has been a truly wonderful asset to our organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

I like the work of this organization very much. I give regularly because I know they are working hard to free animals from the horror of vivisection.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NAVS does not feel like a distant animal rights organization run not by humans but by computer code. NAVS is on the ground keeping in touch with individuals in the several states where legislation is pending on animal rights. I know because I'm one of those individuals they personally contacted. Through NAVS I got the opportunity to take local action and to feel that I was really accomplishing something on behalf of laboratory animals. Thanks, NAVS!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been with the N.A.V.S. for many years now. This group does great work for the animals. Our animals needlessly suffer experimentation that is cruel and deadly and has always been unnecessary.

Thank God and thank you for never giving up on our animals.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so please to receive emails from this organization. They are doing an amazing job at bringing animal injustices to light. Please consider visiting their website and reviewing their work. I am so happy that they exist!