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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.


To become an AWI member, click here. For more information, call (202) 337-2332 or email

Why Donate to AWI?

Thanks to the support and donations from our dedicated members across the globe:

  • We won a preliminary injunction to block the Bureau of Land Management from proceeding with outdated and inhumane sterilization surgeries on wild horses.
  • We persuaded a federal court that the US Fish and Wildlife Service is violating the Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act by failing to protect the only wild population of red wolves.
  • We released a first-of-its-kind report that quantifies farm animal deaths from barn fires across the country and continue our work to prevent such horrific incidents in the future.
  • We provided crucial evidence that enabled the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Standing Committee to determine that Japan’s marketing of products from sei whales hunted on the high seas violates the treaty.
  • We succeeded in getting the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act passed by Congress and signed into law. The PAWS Act expands resources to help domestic violence victims find shelter for themselves and their companion animals while providing law enforcement agencies with additional tools to protect people and pets from abuse.
  • A bill we introduced into the Illinois legislature to ban the sale of animal-tested cosmetics in the state passed and was signed into law.
  • In addition to our efforts in the United States, we worked with legislators in Canada and Ecuador to pass groundbreaking laws prohibiting the public display of and trade in whales, dolphins, and porpoises.
  • We partnered with HarperCollins publishers and acclaimed children’s book author Katherine Applegate to rally young people to join the fight to protect endangered species.
  • We launched the Animal Welfare Institute Scholarship—a scholarship program for exemplary students who intend to pursue a career that will seek to reduce animal suffering and safeguard vulnerable species.


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