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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.

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117 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Ulli I.

Donor

Rating: 5

I bow to Karen Menzer for all her engagement for cats and dogs around the world.

3 Myra H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are very few organizations that donate 100% of your donation. There are probably even fewer that fit in visiting these organizations around their other job.
I personally know one of the shelters that are supported by Animal Kind and know how desperately they rely on this income, to be able to continue to help the animals in some of the poorest countries there are. Countries that poverty and disease are rife and people (often children) still die of Rabies
Without our only shelter the only option for the dogs and cats, is a life scavenging on the streets, feared by many and often sent away, sometimes violently, When a bite or a scratch is a threat to your life or to your child, it is hard to be compassionate.
I and all who help, at every shelter, say thank you AKI. Without your support the world would be a far worse place. Also a mega thank you from all the animals that have been rescued, treated, and found homes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hi I volunteer at Uganda Society for the protection and care of animals, who without the help from AKI would really struggle to not only do what they can, but may have trouble existing at all. Charity and volunteering is a fairly new concept here, they deal with problems in a different way, villagers are family and will help family however unrelated. Even when they have little themselves.
But with the help from AKI we are getting the message out there, through spreading the word at both an adult and school level, to the extent that a few months ago the council agreed to call the shelter when an area has a problem, rather than laying poison to solve the problem, not that it will.
The shelter is our only one in Uganda and it would be a far worse place without the good work they do with help from AKI, who deserve a heck of a lot of credit for what they do, so many animals in some of the worlds poorest area's have benefited from their donations,
THANK YOU ANIMAL KIND INTERNATIONAL
Myra Hill

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Animal-Kind International absolutely do what they for animals in need. I know this for a fact, because the Chair of said foundation came all the way to my country, the Republic of Suriname (South America) to observe and see where AKI could help. Since then we have been able to execute spay/neuter projects and buy food for the stray animals we feed on a daily basis. We also have been able to buy a meat grinder, with which we grind the meat we get donated from local companies. Every day we cook good food for the animals. We would really like to see AKI as a GREAT NONPROFIT because they spend all donations on those who need it: animals in need. Cynthia Ashruf (Foundation Henk Abrahams)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We are the Foundation Henk Abrahams, an organisations which helps stray animals as much as possible. By giving them food, water and if needed, medical care by a vet. We also spay/neuter all the animals we feed on the street. Thanks to Animal Kind International, we have been able to continue this work. Especially regarding the donations we get through AKI and which we use for spay/neuters, some food and vaccinations. Without the help of AKI we really wouldn't have been able to do so much. Fact is that the business community in my country, the Republic of Suriname, is not so willing to donate for animals in need. We are very fortunate to have AKI as a partner/donor.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 2

They are a non profit with a difference. They send 100 recievables to beneficiary organizations. Their presence is also in the deprived west African countries

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Every single penny that is contributed goes toward the care of neglected/abused animals in countries that lack the financial infrastructure to satisfy that need. Without AKI, these animals lives would be largely ignored. Funds for educating the local populations is money also well spent.

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Donor

Rating: 5

There are animals in desperate circumstances all over the world. However, we in the US, have many resources to rescue and help our own animals. AKI is like Doctors Without Borders, addressing the needs of animals WORLDWIDE who need food, shelter, health care, protection and love. This organization knows no limits and works tirelessly to improve the lives of animals in desperate need of aid. Every single cent donated goes to the cause, the way non-profits are supposed to operate.

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3

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization helping animals worldwide. Karen responds quickly to questions about how donations are spent and provides updates on programs through a Facebook page and a newsletter. 100% of donations go towards helping animals.

3 Lori175

Donor

Rating: 5

Animal Kind International helps animals around the world, in the neediest pockets of our earth...bringing help, love, hope and life to many animals who would otherwise go hungry, homeless and sick. Thank you for your unending, kind and selfless efforts.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a member of an animal welfare ngo. in the Caribbean, I have watched the work of AKI and fully support this org. They are helping those that cannot speak for themselves, and there can be no greater calling than this.

3 Robyn14

Donor

Rating: 5

When even human rights are compromised in many developing countries, Animal-Kind has helped people with compassion help 'those with no voice'...and this starts the process of respecting human rights as well. I know this because I am a Returned peace Corps Volunteer, and AKI has helped me meet humane activists in many countries. I've seen their good work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Most places in the developing world have very little in the way of human rights----but there is always a minority watching out for animals---the most vulnerable. This really helps people understand the role of community in compassion. Without the assistance of Animal-Kind, they could not do what they do. I think this 8is a great organization, and commend Karen for keeping it going.

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2 Elizabeth89

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a board member of Animal-Kind International. AKI supports our partner organizations in poor countries. These partners organizations do great and much needed work protecting and medically serving domestic animals. AKI is financially transparent and your donation all goes to our partner organizations. AKI keeps donors updated with newsletters, blogs, twitter posts, Facebook page and web page.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very proud to be a board member of Animal-Kind International (AKI). AKI provides our partner organizations with critical supplies and services. We pay for spay and neuter days. We pay for emergency care for domestic animals. AKI also helps fund shelter buildings and repairs. AKI provides much needed food and medical supplies. AKI is a transparent nonprofit that gives 100% of all donations to our partner organizations.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am both a donor and board member for AKI. It's the only non-profit I know of where all donations go to support the beneficiary organizations, unless a donor affirmatively specifies the money can be used for administrative expenses. There also is no question that AKI works to fill a need -- support for local organizations working to end the suffering of animals -- in settings where the need cannot be questioned. AKI is a model of philanthropy supporting indigenous reform efforts, and It's an honor to be associated with it in any capacity.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with and around many non-profits, and AKI is exceptional. It is focused, efficient, and its structure matches its mission -- to help grass-root organizations improve the lives of the animals in their areas. It is a perfect example of the truth of Margaret Mead's quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AKI is doing a great job to help the poor animal around the world

4 Cornelia C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Animal-Kind Internationals Founder Karen Menczer has visited The Hope Sanctuary Barbados and all our staff have been impressed with Karen Menczers professionalism, compassion and efficiency. She has helped our organisation tirelessly. Animal Kind International deserves the support of all animal lovers who want to make a difference.
Cornelia Coulthrust Founder of the Hope Sanctuary

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a unique organization in that it reaches developing and underserved communities in countries that lack in humane education and fair loving treatment of dogs and cats. I only hope that this organizations continues to grow and partners with rescues in the United States to encourage more humane treatment of animals internationally. Karen is incredible and I would love to accompany her on a trip to a shelter that AKI helps fund. Thank you and please let us know how we may help more!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

The work and efforts for animals made by Karen Menczer and the members of this group are phenomenal ! I am proud to be a donor and plan to support this group as they continue their great work worldwide. Thanks for what you do!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have been working with AKI for several years now to help with stray dogs of Bosnia. We know how much effort goes into their operations and every donation will go to the right hands. Thanks Karen and AKI for everything you for those who have no voice.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Everything I have seen and read about this organization says it is wonderful. I am thankful that they support animal caregivers all over the world. It is never enough because the need is so great, but they do what they can. They provide plenty of pictures of animals before and after and show how money is being used. I have no questions when donating to them and hope they continue to grow and spread.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

AKI fills a huge gap for animal welfare organizations in poor countries. There are so few foundations and other grant making organizations that support animal welfare outside the US, Canada, EU, Australia. We help fill that funding gap (although so much more money is needed than what we are able to raise so far). I'm proud that we have such great relationships with all our partner organizations, as well as with other animal welfare orgs in poor countries, so we are able to let donors know just what their donations are doing, and we're helping some very worthy organizations that are not partners [yet!] to become stronger.

5 Ann_104

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Karen Menczer for many years and there is not a finer, more focused and ingenious trail blazing volunteer/employer/employee living today.
This organization with her help and that of the other members is making a huge impact on the lives of our furry and not so furry friends who inhabit this green planet.
Kudos to you.

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.

3

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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Animal-Kind International 05/21/2013

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