AAS uses the donations given to it for spay/neuter programs for dogs, cats, and rabbits, and for our animal advocacy campaigns. But the most important use of the donations sent to AAS is for the rescue and rehabilitation of suffering dogs. That means vet, training, boarding and food bills to pay. We call these expenses our Rescued and Sick Animals Fund.
This is where most of our money goes. Real animal welfare — fixing, not killing — is expensive. Vets and behaviour rehabilitation is what AAS is known for.
Animal Advocates is a registered charity (#887809267 RR0001).
Here are the stories of a very few of the animals that donations to us have helped:
Only vets and rehabilitators are paid at Animal Advocates. Volunteers, taking time - sometimes a lot of time - from their private lives, relieve the suffering of helpless animals and prevent cruelty through rescue and advocacy.
Not every animal-lover can do that, but since everything costs money, sending a donation means you're helping in the way you can. Most of the money we receive goes to what we call hands-on expenses - vets, spay and neuter, food, shelter, training, board, rehabilitation, vehicle. The rest goes to advocacy - office, computer, photocopying, telephone, etc.
But every penny is directly helping animals!
Many people have told us to just do one or the other - either the hands-on rescue/rehabilitation/rehoming work, or the advocacy work.
Both jobs are huge!
But we look in the eyes of the suffering animals we are documenting for the advocacy work, and we promise to help them. So that means hands-on must be done too. Advocacy and reform are the things that will make the lives of all suffering animals better, not just the lucky ones we see and help. And so we must do both, hands-on rescue and advocacy. Raising money is last on our list of priorities, but look at the stories below, of individual animals that have benefited from the people who donate to us.
Read Happy Endings to see where much of your money goes.