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World Animal Awareness Society

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

Mission: 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: We work around the world to help amplify the impact of stories about animal welfare

Programs: RUFF LIFE, A Stray Dogs 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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112 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the Executive Director for Abandoned Animal Rescue in Magnolia, TX. We have worked with Tom McPhee for the past several months and the work he has done is amazing! I honestly was not sure at first that we had a story to tell, but he confirmed that is not the case! All of the filming he has done for our animals has been done at no charge to the rescue. This is huge for us as we are run solely by public donations so extra funding for filming is just not in the budget. Tom is usually out two times a week to film and is always professional, kind, respectful, and really a joy to have around. We look forward to continuing our work with WA2S Films!

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tommcphee WA2S Films and the World Animal Awareness Society couldn't be more excited to partner with Abandoned Animal Rescue on our newest series: The Abandoned Dog Rescue Show. AAR is heads above so many other NGO's in how the approach their business, a full service shelter run entirely by volunteers. Truly amazing to observe and present the stories from AAR. check out the most recent episode - #6 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPxBzzRYk8Q

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for about 3 years (2015-2018), this npo does solid work.
This is an example of a current project of theirs -

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I know this society from Facebook, I am on the animal rescue pages and came across team WA2S of World Animal Awareness Society from there. I find them very knowledgeable, expert posts, which I share on my page and I know thst they are shared across Facebook. I would like to thank them for all their exceptional work and kindness

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Deanna & Tom to help them build out their film-making capabilities. They keep growing their story-telling and science and innovation development by leaps - between the canine survey and viral videos series' they are true pioneers. I am really looking forward to helping them distribute the new documentary, RUFF LIFE - the truth about why millions of homeless dogs are killed in America every year. I am proud of what we are doing.

1 Field H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Worked with Tom. Super professional and the org is doing great work!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have really enjoyed watching your videos and seeing your heart that you have for the animals. Then getting to work with you was great. Tom is such a nice and talented professional! Thank you for all of your hard work and telling the stories of these shelters and animals!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am new to the volunteer role, so I do not have much hands on experience. Saying that, World Animal Awareness Society was the key to me to act and do something. Their informative videos detail the daily life of what is involved in animal rescue and shelter. Tom McPhee pours his heart in soul into showing the world the plight of our abandoned animal population. Please keep up the great work Tom! Paul Gourley

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Abandoned Animal Rescue for 10 years. The videos that Tom McPhee and WA2S produce of this facility show the day to day happenings at our rescue/shelter. I like that not only the dogs are viewed but also the volunteers who make this place run. I share these videos with my friends and family giving them a better idea of what is involved. Always looking for more volunteers, education to spay/neuter pets, the goodness that comes from adopting a rescued dog and WA2S videos are doing that.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tom’s compassion and love for animals is evident in the way he depicts his videos. His raw footage gives viewers a first hand experience of what happens behind the scenes at our shelter, Abandoned Animal Rescue. Truly inspiring to say the least. Kudos to you Tom for all that you do and all you have yet to explore. Yvonne

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization and it's leader, Tom McPhee, is absolutely amazing! They capture the epidemic of unwanted/ abandoned animals and the people who work tirelessly to rescue them. The stories capture the heart of what everyone involved in this field goes through, each day. His film style is unique and brings to light the GREAT, bad and sometimes ugly reality of a day in the life of these animals. Every video is inspiring and makes me want to help, want to give and want to protect the animals - through no fault of their own - are struggling every day to survive. I hope his spirit and devotion to bring awareness to this ongoing plight, changes the view in this world. Animals have hearts, they live and breath, hurt and love; watch his videos, be moved by the stories, and save two animals - the one you adopt and the one you make room for! LOVE WA2S!!!! Keep doing what you're doing - it is FANTASTIC!

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Their effort and purpose is great but the director, Tom, is unstable and a very nefarious and toxic person. A shame for such a good cause to be over shadowed by a terrible individual.

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tommcphee 07/13/2019

This reviewer, "Greg1982" has never volunteered with the World Animal Awareness Society. This is a fake account of a questionable animal welfare non profit we have under investigation for abusing animals. The WA2S has a very finite number of volunteers we have worked with since our inception in 2010. This person posing as a reviewer is not one of them. This is how bad organizations attempt to get revenge on the WA2S for bringing their questionable practices to light. The WA2S Films team has a lens focused on more than 6 organizations that we are documenting currently engaged in highly questionable and in some cases illegal activity. Take a look at all the reviews of legitimate organizations that identify themselves here and the free voluntary work the WA2S team does with them through partnerships. Lastly, we've sent this review and reviewer to be reviewed by GNP to be yanked for being bogus. We'll see.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A recent story published by WA2S, Starving Chained Dogs Living in Feces Rescued, reinforces its mission to not only share stories of human animal interaction, but to affect change. This story ran full circle starting with a family that watches our videos reaching out for help with a situation they knew needed attention - multiple dogs not being taken care of properly. WA2S went on location, analyzed the situation, reached out to local authorities, and spoke with the dogs' owners. The video was published with a call to action as the owner agreed to release the dogs to a rescue. With multiple organizations offering aid, the dogs were given the opportunity to be taken care of and prepped for adoption.

I am so proud that WA2S was able to build a bridge between all of these parties and affected change for the better of everyone involved! This is what it's all about!! Great work WA2S!!

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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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I'm a big believer in this type of work, but working with the World Animal Awareness Society was awful. These are some nasty people. If you're looking for the type of work that they're doing, please try another NPO.

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tommcphee 10/28/2018

As investigators of people and organizations that have an impact on animals, not everyone like what we do. This individual is not a fan of the WA2S because we discovered they were abusing and engaged in criminal activity against animals. It is no wonder they find us nasty. When it comes to taking down bad people and bad non profits that are not helping animals, the World Animal Awareness Society has no peer.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!!

1 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!

1 Nancy D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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