In a world filled with animals dependent on humans, there are organizations that can provide medical attention or a safe environment in which to flourish. Dr. Linda Gottwald, a dedicated animal advocate herself, provides a list of some national organizations that can help people contribute to animal welfare.
1. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) – PETA is the largest animal advocacy group in the world and confronts a variety of animal-rights-related issues, including the fast-food industry, entertainment, and fashion.
2. The Humane Society of the United States – The Humane Society supports various animal advocacy campaigns, shelters, and rescue operations throughout the country.
3. National Institute for Animal Advocacy (NIFAA) – NIFAA is a politically charged organization that works to develop and change laws to benefit animal populations.
4. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) – The ASPCA works in multiple capacities to prevent the inhumane treatment of animals. They work closely with shelters, rescue operations, and political groups to advocate the better treatment of animals in homes, on farms, and in commerce.
5. Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) – The ALDF uses the legal system to help animals by filing lawsuits, offering free legal advice to prosecutors dealing with animal cruelty cases, and working with the federal government to uphold and strengthen existing anti-cruelty laws.
Dr. Linda Gottwald works with these organizations as Executive Director of Pine Cone Farm in Michigan. Pine Cone Farm is an animal shelter near Traverse City in northern Michigan.