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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Arts & Culture, Film & Video

Mission: The moving image is arguably the rawest, most powerful educational tool we have to witness our behavioral patterns, attitudes and interactions and aid us in our continued growth... The VISION of the World Animal Awareness Society (WA2S.org) is to focus a lens on a wide spectrum of interactions at the human-animal intersection and curate a detailed filmed archive of behaviors in expectation of observing human evolution.

Results: All programs are tracking: More here: http://www.WA2S.org

Target demographics: produce stories and build educational outreach programs around the world

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 100 animal focused non profits / charities with communication support for critical programs

Geographic areas served: the places where humans and animals interact filming important stories

Programs: Operation Houston - Stray Dog City Operation Punta Cana American Strays 2030 Project All Eyes On The Gulf Expedition Leaving Fukushima EZ The Skype Sessions - Crude Awakening Snapperfest

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99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WA2S is an awesome organization!! I have witnessed the impact their team has had on different cities, people, and animals all across the country. Their dedication to helping people shows in their videos! I love following their YouTube videos to see what they are up to next!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Killing pets for population control is socially unacceptable and morally reprehensible and the work that the World Animal Awareness Society does is pivotal to social change.
I've worked with them in Texas in multiple situations (as the Animal Services director in Austin and during Hurricane Harvey) and plan to keep working with them.
They are documenting and exposing what Is happening to pets. The good and the bad. Without their presence and ground breaking work the killing and abuse will continue. Pets aren't trash and the notion that cities and counties should round them up and dispose of them is barbaric. Organizations fundraising on the claim of saving pets and then selectively killing some of the pets should be illegal.
Humane communities create social capital that draws businesses and people to them.
Why stop professional and civic excellence at animal services? We want the best schools, parks, fire and police departments. Why not also strive for community based municipal -non-profit partnerships designed to prevent the killing, keep pets and people safe and celebrate the human-pet bond? Thanks to WAAS's bold, brave and cutting edge work the world is changing.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is with great pleasure and pride that I am affiliated with WA2S by being a board and film crew member. I have the opportunity to film and share stories of humans rescuing dogs, reuniting families and even showing the heartache and heartbreak and tragedy. Recently we were in Houston, where there is a massive stray dog problem. We were surveying and filming with rescues. Our departure was one day before Hurricane Harvey hit. Once home I could think of nothing other than getting back down to help our friends, which we were able to do. I have never felt so compelled to be somewhere, doing everything we could to help; to share information; to create awareness of the post-hurricane heroes. It was thanks to the bonds we have been blessed to build by doing our work. I look forward to our next follow up with our friends in Houston.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Houstonian, I have seen the importance and impact World Animal Awareness Society has had on our extreme animal overpopulation problem. I was able to work closely with them post-Hurricane Harvey and was able to experience first hand their dedication to those without a voice.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The WA2S is an incredible organization! Having known Tom for over 40 years, I can attest to his commitment, compassion, passion, and integrity. He and his team have brought to light the plight of the voiceless and defenseless dogs around the world with his powerful and educational films/documentaries. Take notice humans, this is on all of us!
Keep up the important work Tom and and crew!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been lucky enough to travel with this organization on a couple of occasions and I have seen an immense level of dedication and passion poured into each mission they go on. I recommend supporting this nonprofit because they are willing to go into some of the worst areas in the country, simply to help save abandoned and innocent animals looking for loving homes. WA2S ALL THE WAY!!

Alicia M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They have spent a lot of time in Houston's 5th Ward with our group Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project . It has helped bring so much awareness to the animal overpopulation crisis here in Houston and that is what we need. It has been a pleasure to work with them and have them follow us to document the dogs we feed and rescue and to help us get an accurate number of just how many homeless animals there are here. Tom and Deanna thank you for your tireless efforts!

Nancy D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do dedicated, loving work to spread the word of desperate,homeless animals! ❤️

peopleforanimals

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful work. We have in housing society pair of dogs and then they had puppies. Somehow someone decided to get rid of them and they packed them (small puppies) and sent away in the village..
As we found in the middle of night we went to search for and Believe it or Not we found :)
Lords special mercy upon them and we are Happy living with them..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Brilliant documentation of animal related issues, unbiased, yet creatively told, through the lens of a camera. The cameraman, Tom McPhee, has an eye for the art of pictorial storytelling. His favorite sidekick, Deanna Vollano, keeps the organization running smoothly, as she coordinates the organizations activities and volunteers. Their mission, unbiased reporting of animal related issues, has an underlying goal to bring humans together, and inspire an opportunity for solutions. The World Animal Awareness Society gives hope to those that have no voice, and a possibility to save the dwindling habitats and animal populations around the world.
It was a great honor and privilege to volunteer for WA2S, to contribute and to be part of the team.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

World Animal Awareness Society is doing a tremendous job illustrating a chronic problem in the US and by doing so creating critical awareness! Thank you.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our Non-profit Animal Rescue organization "Tescatame" recently held a MASH style spay-neuter clinic for 400 dogs and cats in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, in partnership with Caribbean Spay Neuter and the team of Vet Drs., Techs and volunteers who travelled to the DR for this purpose, paying for their expenses and donating their hard work and expertise for the benefit of the animals in need.
WA2S sent their team to Punta Cana, they paid for all their expenses and accompanied us during the clinic, filming the different stages of it and interviewing the Vet Drs, Techs and Volunteers.
We at Rescatame Punta Cana (www.rescatame.org) are very happy about the videos filmed and produced by WA2S during our October 2016 Punta Cana spay-neuter clinic and feel that they are helping spread the word about our organization and the work we do to help the stray animals in Punta Cana.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Noticed they posted some incorrect information with a video. Others commented for the same reason. They would only reply with answers like "No, we wouldn't put that". Even with copying and pasting from their own message they would admit to no wrong doing and just tried to belittle with snide comments in return. They shouldn't be telling a story if they don't want to use correct information. Zero integrity.

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tommcphee 11/15/2016

This is not a valid review. This review was placed here by supporters of the non profit, Michigan Anti Cruelty Society or MACS that did not like a video we posted showing the use of incinerators to get rid of un wanted dogs. MACS incinerates a great many dogs, and by the protests we filmed, nearly all the Pit Bulls that enter their 'shelter'. Our video coverage is of the protesters sharing their experiences. It can be found at the official WA2S Films YouTube Channel and is titled: "Man Brought Back to Life By Dogs Returns Favor Saving Pit Bulls From Horrific Incineration." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDp5YO3merY

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very well documented on animal abuse and rescue I have been on several of the filming's nothing is scripted everything is really happening at the time of filming

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When Tom found out that we are planning to castrate male dogs with calcium chloride at a Spay/Neuter Clinic in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, he enthusiastically offered to come and spend the full 4 days of the clinic to record the issues the local rescue people are dealing with. He is sincerely interested in improving the way we all can assist controlling the stray dog population problem in the world, and he recognizes the possibility that the low -cost injectable castration with calcium chloride in alcohol can and will really make a difference. His crew is ready to record volunteer veterinarians, technicians, rescuers and caregivers at work; and not just the technical stuff; he is working towards a reporting that will show the world the need for this kind of work. We are looking forward to being of assistance to the great work Tom, his crew and his non-profit are doing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization, was helpful in bringing the plight of the Detroit stay dogs to the attention of the public and officials in Detroit.

1 Barbara272

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's great to see people are out there, advocating and bringing awareness to the public about the homeless dog population in some of our major cities, as well as the neglect suffered by so many from their owners. Great job!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that Tom, Deanna and the rest of WA2S does is incredibly inspiring! I consider myself lucky to have had the chance to work with them on a few projects in the past. I can't recommend supporting WA2S enough in any way possible. They are making a difference every single day!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The WA2S is creating an incredible amount of awareness about the stray dog issue in the United States.

2 Lisa565

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Although there are many charities aiding animals in need of rescue, WA2S goes beyond the animal. The video's are great educational aids, world wide. They demonstrate more than just getting stray from street to home. Their interactiveness with community and outreach is barr-none!! Education is key in any project, this group has a formulation that may end homelessness in companion pets, they are with following and contributing to!

Animal related Charity with community interaction and Accountability of projects, World Animal Awareness Society is always my recommendation when others ask who to donate to.