List of Organizations

This list represents organizations that we examined in some way during our recommendation process. We have categorized each organization by their type of work and status. In total, we have considered over 170 animal organizations, conducted exploratory investigations on 76 charities, and conducted a deeper analysis of 18 charities. We also considered three organizations which requested not to be listed here.

It is important to note that the small number of highly recommended organizations below is the result of a deliberate decision to provide clear and actionable recommendations to donors who are seeking to find the highest impact uses for their donations. We believe that many more of the animal organizations listed below also do excellent work on behalf of animals.

For more recent thoughts on sanctuaries, including their values and how to maximize their impact, see our blog entry from September 24, 2015.


Humane Societies/Companion Animal Shelters
General Animal Rights
Industrial Agriculture
General Animal Welfare
Animal Testing and Vivisection
Meat Alternatives and Lab Meat
Wild Animal Rescue and Shelter
Legal and Legislative
Animal Meta-charity

Organization Review Organization Type
Top Charities
Animal Equality
Mercy For Animals
The Humane League
Standout Charities
Albert Schweitzer Foundation
Animal Ethics
Animals Australia
Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)
Humane Society of the United States' Farm Animal Protection Campaign
New Harvest
The Nonhuman Rights Project
Vegan Outreach
Charities Considered
America For Animals
Animal Welfare Institute (AWI)
Anonymous for Animal Rights
A Well Fed World
British Hen Welfare Trust
Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals
Carnism Action and Awareness Network
Centre for Animals and Social Justice
Christian Vegetarian Association
Compassion in World Farming
Compassion in World Farming USA (CIWF)
Compassion Over Killing (COK)
Compassionate Action for Animals
Factory Farming Awareness Coalition
Farm Forward
Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO)
Global Animal Partnership
Help Animals India
Movement for Compassionate Living
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
Sentience Politics
Toronto Pig Save
Vegetarian Society
269 Life*
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)*
Animal Aid*
Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)*
Animal Liberation Victoria*
Animal Place*
Animal Protection and Rescue League*
Animal Recovery Mission*
Animals' Angels*
Association Against Animal Factories*
Beyond Factory Farming*
Canadians for the Ethical Treatment of Food Animals (CETFA)*
Catskill Animal Sanctuary*
Chicken Out! Vancouver Humane Society*
Compassion for Animals*
Eurogroup for Animals*
Fishcount (UK)*
Food Animal Concerns Trust*
Food Empowerment Project*
Friends of Animals (FoA)*
Hong Kong Vegan Association*
Humane Farm Animal Care*
Humane Farming Association*
Humane Slaughter Association*
Humane Society International*
Life Conservationist Association*
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine*
Shanghai Veggie Club*
The Monday Campaigns*
Vegan Australia*
Vegan Society*
Vegetarian Resource Group*
VINE Sanctuary*
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary*
World Animal Protection* 
600 Million Dogs
Abolitionist Approach
ACTAsia For Animals
Alley Cat Allies
American Humane Association
Americans For Medical Advancement
Animal Chaplains
Animal Defenders International (ADI)
Animal Defense League
Animal Law Coalition
Animal Liberation Press Office
Animal Protection Institute (API)
Animal Rescue Corps
Animal Rights Action Network (ARAN)
Animal Rights Party USA
Animal Rights UK
Animals and Society Institute
Anti-Cruelty Society (Chicago)
Arizona Humane Society
Bat Conservation International
Bat World Sanctuary
Beauty without Cruelty
Best Friends Animal Society
Big Cat Rescue
Born Free Foundation
British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV)
Canadian Farm Animal Care Trust
Care for the Wild (Int., UK)
Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing
Center for Biological Diversity (CBD)
China Animal Protection Network
Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade (CAFT)
Ducks Unlimited
Especismo Cero
Fishcount (US)
Foundation A.MAR.TE
The Gentle Barn
Grey2K USA
Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary
Hong Kong SPCA
Hooves and Angels
Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA)
Humane Alliance
Humane Party (US)
Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV)
In Defense of Animals (IDA)
Indraloka Animal Sanctuary
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
International Primate Protection League
International Society for Animal Rights
It's Meow or Never for Ferals
Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE)
L214 Ethique et Animaux
Last Chance for Animals (LCA)
Lobster Liberation Front (LLF)
Maddie's Fund
Marine Connection
Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition
Michigan Humane Society
Monkey Madness Primate Sanctuary
National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS)
The Animal Museum
New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS)
Northfield Animal Haven
Pallets of Pet Food for American Shelters
Party for the Animals USA
Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
People for Animal Liberation (PAL)
Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
PetSmart Charities
Primate Freedom Project
Protection Mondiale des Animaux de Ferme (PMAF)
RedRover- United Animal Nations
Responsible Policies for Animals (RPA)
Revolución Animal
Sacred Friends Wildlife Rehabilitation
Sanctuary One
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK)
Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL)
Soceity of Animal Welfare Administrators
SPEAK (Society for the Promotion of Education in Animal Kindness)
Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN)
The Animal A.R.K.
The Blue Cross Veterinary Hospital
The Party for the Animals (Dutch)
WDCS (Whale and Dolphin Conservation Socitey)
Wildlife Conservation Network
Wolf Preservation Foundation (WPF)
World Event to End Animal Cruelty (WEEAC)
Animal Charity Evaluators‡
Direct Action Everywhere†

* Declined to be reviewed.
† Voluntarily removed from consideration, usually due to donations made to ACE from organizational leadership.
‡ Not considered because the group falls outside our scope of consideration or because of a conflict of interest.