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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

130 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Paterne Huston B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On behalf of SAUVONS NOS ANIMAUX/RDC which is the winner of the Aki 2020 grant, Animal-Kind International is the only organization that gives the chance to African animal welfare organizations that do not have support without any distinction. With Animal-Kind International's recognition, we give courage to fight again and again in favor of abandoned, abused and homeless animals. We help animals, 5 years ago, but no other organization has given us considerations like Animal-Kind International. Thank you very much Animal-Kind International

2 Cherilyn H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AKI & Karen Menczer is the best Nonprofit! They are so kind and caring and helpful bringing food, shelter, medical as well as teaching children caring for our fellow animals on Earth it cant get any better than that so please donate to help them be able to always continue to bring these things to where they are needed to help make this World a better place, if not you than who? if not now than when? Be A Voice For The Voiceless and spread Kindness and Love to where it is needed most!
Thank you Karen & AKI for all you do to make a change in the world for innocent animals

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Donor

Rating: 5

The nonprofit that I run has partnered with AKI for several years in an effort to get veterinary supplies to animals in need around the globe. Karen works tirelessly to deliver these supplies, often traveling to remote areas herself to be sure that veterinary equipment, medications, syringes, suture material, etc all make it to their destination. Thank you Karen for all of your hard work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love when I donate to AKI that I get feedback on how my money is used to benefit the animals and organizations that I know need money desperately. I'm always so impressed with how much the organizations in these poor countries can do with so little money. The people who work for and volunteer for them are so dedicated, I'm happy to support them.
Stephanie M.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I first learned about Animal-Kind International (AKI) when I traveled to Yerevan, Armenia for work and was appalled and saddened by the treatment and attitude towards street dogs. In doing a search to try to find if there was a charity or shelter in Yerevan that I could donate to, I came across AKI and learned of their financial support of the country's only animal shelter. From my very first contact with Karen Menczer, I felt that this organization was quite different than other non-profits and exceptional in its dedication and service. The difference lies in the personal contact with donors and close familiarity of partner organizations and the devotion to transparency as also expected in its partner organizations. It is AKI's tireless campaigning for its cause and its always evolving creative communications, such as putting a face to the names of partner organizations through the AKI website and Facebook, that is also remarkable. I admire the commitment and authenticity of AKI and its director, Karen Menczer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Karen Menczer, the founder of Animal-Kind International since we were in college together. I have watched her unwavering dedication to animals in need around the world. Stories she has humbly shared of her life in Uganda and of the animals that she has fed, spayed and neutered as well as educating countless community members on how to care, love and respect dogs, cats and farm animals alike. Animals that would have never had a chance of survival are now safe, healthy and loved because of years of commitment that Karen has lovingly and fiercely put into this project on their behalf.
I admire you so very much. Thank you Karen.
Joyce

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I greatly admire the work of Animal Kind International and Karen Menzer. This organization's commitment to service has helped countless dogs and the communities where they live. It is heartwarming to see before and after pictures of AKI's success stories where there are plenty of happy dogs and smiling faces. I love that all of the money they get goes directly to helping animals and gratified to see such a wide network of volunteers worldwide who help get the work done. It's great to see a wonderful organization doing a great job.

2 Maggie Z.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A very close friend is the hand behind Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras and over the years I have seen her struggle to maintain her shelter with inadequate funds. What a difference ANIMAL-KIND INTER-
NATIONAL has made to her efforts to rescue street dogs, give them good care with veterinary assistance and maintain them in the only available animal shelter in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. AKI has helped in every way, providing food, medications, surgery (both emergency and sterilization), veterinary and shelter care supplies, and support. And I know personally that every cent of every donation goes directly to AKIĀ“s projects. To me, Karen Menczer and Sherry (Pilar) Thorn are angels, direct descendants of Saint Francis of Assisi, and the world is a better place for their work. Thank you, ANIMAL-KIND INTERNATIONAL and Karen, for your invaluable contributions!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have personly witnessed the results of the funding by AKI to the Helping Hounds of Honduras shelter. Pilar would not be able to maintain her rescue shelter without the direct financial help from Karen Menczer. The money is used for food, maintenance, medications, vet care, spray and neuter events, chemotherapy, whatever her beloved dogs, cats, birds need. It is a challenge just to keep the facility running. The cost alone of just feeding everybody can be astronomical. The budget is so tight. AKI makes such a difference. I know that the shelter is so very grateful. Seeing the animals receive such kindness and love along with their necessities is a blessing. As a volunteer at the shelter, I give thanks to Karen and AKI for their assistance to a very unique, deserving, and grateful organization that fills such a great need here in Honduras.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I applaud all who work for AKI. Karen Menczer, the founder and director, is a neighbor and friend. She really is generous with her time and her caring for animals everywhere. Imagine 100% of the donations go to helping animals! You bet I'll donate again to this wonderful organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very impressed that 100% of donations to AKI go to the rescue, protection and care of animals in developing countries. This shows the depth of dedication of the people who run AKI. Clearly for them the animals come first!

3 Ashley105

Donor

Rating: 5

AKI is one of the most effective and dedicated organizations I have encountered, not to mention that 100% of donations go directly to helping animals in developing countries who would otherwise have no hope. Karen is an amazing and fearless leader who truly cares about this cause. She gave me support, advice, and most importantly, her time, when I was trying to start my own welfare group in Senegal. Thank you AKI for all that you do!

1 Karina U.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mother who is Helping Hands for Hounds of Honduras could not do what she does without the help from AKI. I cannot tell you how much she is able to accomplish for the poor abandoned animals. Great organization

2 Karen145

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be founder and director of Animal-Kind International. From my insider's view, I know that we are honest and transparent with our donors and our partners, that we are small, yet powerful, that we use all donor money for ONLY animal welfare purposes (no overhead, every penny raised goes to our partner organizations), and that we fund the best animal welfare organizations in developing countries--and we will continue to do this until our funds are no longer needed!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Animal-Kind International sends 100% of all donations received to their partner organizations. All the money raised goes directly to helping animals in the countries and by the organizations that need it most, and also by the organizations that really make a difference in these countries.

Suze S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AKI is Always involved and interested in the whereabouts of the animals in Bosnia. They assist with sending material and financial donations. We are happy and proud to be one of their members.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

There are not many organizations out there that can hand on heart say 100% of donations go directly to the ground. This is one of them and an very honored to be part of it...

2 Christina49

Donor

Rating: 5

I've visited Uganda Africa many times and I have witnessed the ongoing suffering of stray animals/street dogs in Uganda. I have been donating to the Uganda SPCA and I deeply appreciate the support they receive from Animal Kind International. I will always support AKI as they strive to make the world a better place for animals.

Christina Coburn, Victoria BC Canada

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thank you Christina for being such a dedicated supporter! you are really making a difference for Uganda's dogs and cats.

2 Patti Foy

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been hugely impressed with Animal-Kind Int'l for quite some time.

I know the founder (Karen) personally and can assure you of her integrity and the legitimacy of this organization. It's been a labor of love for her and she's extremely dedicated to it -- at the same time she's an excellent organizer with great connections so it all runs very efficiently. It's established and has a great track record.

I think it's an excellent place for any of us who love animal-kind to put our dollars

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I interviewed the director of Animal-Kind International for a profile of my blog, streetdogstory.com. Having spent the last decade overseas in countries with serious street animal problems and knowing how difficult it is to find reputable organizations to which I can donate, I am double impressed by both the concept and the efficacy of AKI. They have done a careful vetting of animal charities in some of the most devastating (for dogs and cats) situations in the world, allowing would-be donors to be certain their money is being well-spent. When I published the interview on my blog, I got many comments from people who had excellent experiences with AKI and with the charities they represent. I strongly recommend this group as an exemplar of one getting it right.

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Donor

Rating: 5

What makes this group different from many others is that 100% of your donation goes directly towards helping the animals. I was impressed when promptly after my donation, I received a personal thank you. Animal-Kind International assists many small, relatively unknown rescue groups & often these shelters/clinics are the only ones in that particular country. In the AKI newsletters, I enjoy reading the recipients' thank you notes which state exactly what the money was used for. Someday I would love to visit one of the projects they support.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am not sure how I found Animal-KIind, but Karen Menczer does a great job of publicizing groups in developing countries that need assistance. I have donated to a group in Malawi, where i served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and with Karen's help was able to visit a forest dog sanctuary in Istanbul. Animal-kind International does a lot with very little.

Vedrana C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I could sit here and go on about the wonderful things AKI does for animals, the countless strays they save, but we all know those stories, we've seen them most of our lives. Animals are the ones people always forget. The ones who can't speak for themselves, and so, organizations like AKI speak for them. However, what is truly special about AKI is that they speak for the animals that are the most forgotten, the ones on the outskirts of the world, in countries torn with war/conflict/poverty. In these countries, people mostly focus on the people, getting them food, shelter, water, which is understandable of course, but there is a tendency to forget that there are animals suffering in these countries too. I can't justify one life over another; a person's over an animal's, so I am really grateful for organizations like AKI who don't forget the animals in these countries like Bosnia, where I'm from, or Honduras. In Bosnia dogs are beaten, have acid thrown on them or simply shot. While many people are suffering in Bosnia after the war, this does not justify this abysmal treatment of animals. In Bosnia it is typical to hear: "Animal rights? Forget animal rights! What about human rights?!" - this alone gives you a clear picture of where things stand in post-war countries. Thank you AKI for not forgetting that animals feel pain too, regardless of where they are! You're truly amazing and the work you do is truly life-changing for these animals, and honestly, gives me hope. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

If animals in Kingston Jamaica could talk they would pick up a phone and call Karen Menczer to say THANKS FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS! And.. IF they could get visas, she would have thousands and thousands of grateful dogs, cats, goats and every other 4-legged animal at her door to hug and kiss her! Animal-Kind International is wonderful, simply wonderful....we won't forget her, ever.

1 Kelsey D.

Donor

Rating: 5

A few years ago I decided I wanted to do something different for my birthday. So I asked my family to make a donation to Animal-Kind International instead of buying a traditional gift. As an animal lover, it is the best gift I have ever received to know that my family and friends' donations went to support such a worthy cause.

4 Mandy8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had heart warming experiences with AKI, with both their Honduras and Uganda shelters. They help an area of the world where humanity is suffering so animal life is usually lowest on the priority list. Without AKI these animal populations may be forgotten or severely underfunded.

1 Dori D.

Donor

Rating: 5

Animal-Kind International is an awesome organization. I personally know people who donate their life to this program. I have visited Africa multiple times, and I know how important this organization is to the small villages where animals are living below the survival line. This organization deserves 10-stars. Trust me! Dori Dumont, Vancouver WA