The Animal Welfare Institute was founded in 1951 and is dedicated to alleviating suffering inflicted on animals by humans. We need your help to continue our efforts. Please join us by making a membership donation.
Members enjoy many benefits, including a subscription to the AWI Quarterly magazine and an opportunity to receive free copies of our books and other materials as they are published. In addition, we keep you informed of AWI's progress with special mailings as well as an annual report.
With minimal overhead, we put your tax-deductible contribution to work immediately to help animals. AWI consistently receives high ratings from charity watchdog organizations for its wise use of contributions.
The minimum donation for AWI membership is $35, except for a $10 student or senior citizen membership. When you donate, you will automatically begin receiving the AWI Quarterly, and you are immediately eligible for member benefits. Also, ordering an AWI Quarterly subscription through our publication store constitutes a membership donation.
Why Donate to AWI?
Here are some of our most memorable successes during this past fiscal year—made achievable by the support and donations from our dedicated members across the globe:
- AWI provided on-the-ground expertise to help Senegal National Parks and local communities restore wildlife habitat in the Sahel for scimitar-horned oryx, red-necked ostrich, and other native animals.
- We participated in the dramatic rescue and subsequent adoption of hundreds of shelter cats and dogs from the storm-ravaged Virgin Islands during hurricanes Irma and Maria.
- We won decisive legal battles to end outdated and deadly wildlife management techniques in California.
- We partnered with HarperCollins publishers and acclaimed author Katherine Applegate to rally young people to join the fight to protect endangered species.
- AWI brought national media attention to the USDA’s abdication of its legal duty to protect animals from abuse in puppy mills, research facilities, roadside zoos, and elsewhere.
- We collaborated with the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the National Sheriffs’ Association, and others to develop resources to help law enforcement officials crack down on animal cruelty crimes.
- AWI protected animals around the globe by participating in meetings of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the International Whaling Commission, and other international treaties and forums.
- We combated elephant poaching and the illicit ivory trade by a wide array of actions—from providing financial and tactical support to those in the field in Africa who risk their own lives to prevent elephants from being killed for their ivory to working with state legislators to pass a law banning the sale of ivory in Illinois.
- AWI lead efforts to defeat proposals to allow cruel trapping of bobcats in Ohio and Indiana.