List of Organizations

This list represents United States organizations that we examined in some way for our May 2014 recommendation updates. We have categorized each organization by their type of work and status. In total, we considered 100 United States animal organizations, conducted shallow investigations on 29 farm animal charities, and conducted a deeper analysis of 6 charities. We also considered two organizations which requested not to be listed here. We intend to include international charities for future evaluations.


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 Name Review Status Organization Type
Mercy For Animals (MFA) Top Charity
The Humane League Top Charity
Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) Standout Charity
Humane Society of the United States' Farm Animal Protection Campaign Standout Charity
A Well Fed World Reviewed
America For Animals Reviewed
Carnism Action and Awareness Network Reviewed
Compassion Over Killing (COK) Reviewed
Compassionate Action for Animals Reviewed
Factory Farming Awareness Coalition Reviewed
New Harvest Reviewed
Vegan Outreach Reviewed
Animal Place Considered*
Animal Protection and Rescue League Considered*
Catskill Animal Sanctuary Considered*
Compassion for Animals Considered*
Farm Sanctuary Considered*
Food Animal Concerns Trust Considered*
Food Empowerment Project Considered*
Humane Farming Association Considered*
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Considered*
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Considered*
The Monday Campaigns Considered*
Vegetarian Resource Group Considered*
VINE Sanctuary Considered*
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary Considered*
Abolitionist Approach Considered
Alley Cat Allies Considered
American Humane Association Considered
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Considered
Americans For Medical Advancement Considered
Animal Chaplains Considered
Animal Defenders International (ADI) Considered
Animal Defense League Considered
Animal Ethics Considered
Animal Law Coalition Considered
Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) Considered
Animal Liberation Press Office Considered
Animal Protection Institute (API) Considered
Animal Rights Party USA Considered
Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) Considered
Animals and Society Institute Considered
Animals' Angels Considered
Anti-Cruelty Society (Chicago) Considered
Arizona Humane Society Considered
Bat Conservation International Considered
Bat World Sanctuary Considered
Best Friends Animal Society Considered
Born Free Foundation Considered
Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing Considered
Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) Considered
Certified Humane Considered
Ducks Unlimited Considered
Fishcount Considered
Friends of Animals (FoA) Considered
Grey2K USA Considered
Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (HSPCA) Considered
Humane Alliance Considered
Humane Party (US) Considered
Humane Research Council Considered
Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) Considered
Humane Watch Considered
In Defense of Animals (IDA) Considered
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) Considered
International Primate Protection League Considered
International Society for Animal Rights Considered
It's Meow or Never for Ferals Considered
Last Chance for Animals (LCA) Considered
Lobster Liberation Front (LLF) Considered
Maddie's Fund Considered
Massachusetts Animal Rights Coalition Considered
Michigan Humane Society Considered
National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS) Considered
New England Anti-Vivisection Society (NEAVS) Considered
Party for the Animals USA Considered
Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Considered
People for Animal Liberation (PAL) Considered
Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Considered
PetSmart Charities Considered
Primate Freedom Project Considered
RedRover- United Animal Nations Considered
Respect For All Animals Ministry (RFAAM) Considered
Responsible Policies for Animals (RPA) Considered
Sanctuary One Considered
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Considered
Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL) Considered
Soceity of Animal Welfare Administrators Considered
SPEAK (Society for the Promotion of Education in Animal Kindness) Considered
The Animal A.R.K. Considered
The Blue Cross Veterinary Hospital Considered
VegasVeg Considered
WDCS (Whale and Dolphin Conservation Socitey) Considered
World Event to End Animal Cruelty (WEEAC) Considered
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) Considered
Animal Charity Evaluators Not Considered‡
VegFund Not Considered‡
Direct Action Everywhere Not Considered†

* 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.