World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
Our vision: A world where animal welfare matters and animal cruelty has ended.
With consultative status at the United Nations and the Council of Europe, WSPA is the world's largest alliance of animal welfare organizations. We are proud to coordinate this growing network of more than 1000 organizations worldwide.
WSPA brings together people and organizations to challenge animal welfare issues. WSPA has 17 offices and hundreds of thousands of supporters worldwide.
WSPA’s origins go back more than 50 years. The organization as it is today was created in 1981, with the merging of the World Federation for the Protection of Animals (WFPA), founded in 1953, and the International Society for the Protection of Animals (ISPA), founded in 1959.
WFPA and ISPA were the first organizations to campaign internationally on animal welfare issues such as the Canadian seal hunt, whale hunts and the international transportation of horses.
From its original bases in the UK and US, WSPA has expanded and developed the work of these organizations, establishing new offices throughout the 1980s in Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia and here in Canada. Today WSPA has 17 offices worldwide, and is the world’s largest network of animal protection specialists.Learn more about the history of WSPA >>
The World Society for the Protection of Animals, commonly known as WSPA, is an international animal welfare organization. Working with more than 1,000 organizations in over 150 countries worldwide, WSPA is the single largest animal protection network in the world.
WSPA was born out of the desire that humane societies and animal welfare organizations should work together. Here in Canada, our partners include the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, the Animal Defence League of Canada, and many provincial humane societies.
Since 1981, WSPA has striven to protect, rescue and care for animals. A hands-on network of animal protection professionals, WSPA field teams often go where other organizations can't or won't. Our leadership in the animal protection field has earned us consultative status with the United Nations Economic-Social Council and the Council of Europe.Read more about WSPA >>
WSPA has 15 offices around the world, which can be found in the following countries:
United Kingdom (headquarters)
United States of America
You can change or cancel your monthly donation at any time. Simply email: email@example.com or call us at: 1-800-363-9772 to make the change to your account. WSPA requires 5 business days to effect changes before the next transaction date.
While there are several volunteer opportunities available within WSPA, most of these fall under the realm of administration and fundraising. No program currently exists for volunteers to accompany WSPA into the field to rescue animals during natural and man-made disasters or hands-on projects. The majority of our project field and rescue work is carried out by trained WSPA staff working with one of our member societies. Joining forces with our member societies allows WSPA to work with personnel who are citizens of the country in which the disaster or need is happening.Information on how to become a WSPA Volunteer >>
We do not currently run an adoption scheme.
This is because we can no longer keep track of the animals that we previously put up for adoption because they have been released back into the wild.
It is our policy, wherever possible, to try to rehabilitate any rescued animals so that they will be able to live out the rest of their lives in the wild. Where this cannot be done, we re-home animals in sanctuaries.
By making a one time donation or becoming a member of our monthly-giving team. Rescuing animals takes a lot of time and money. As a WSPA member, you are an important part of our animal rescue team. Without the support of WSPA members around the world our animal protection projects would not be possible. This includes our disaster relief work. While time and money are usually limited, the needs of animals around the world are not.
You can also help animals by taking action in our campaigns to improve legislation governing animal welfare.
66% of WSPA’s spending is directed to animal protection programs in Canada and around the world. 29% of WSPA’s spending is directed to fundraising initiatives to ensure that our programs have the funding needed to continue. 5% of WSPA’s spending is directed towards administration.
In order to carry out our global animal protection programs and build a strong future for the animals, WSPA must expend some money on fundraising. We strive to conduct our fundraising in a responsible manner, with the highest level of integrity and care for how donor funds are being spent.
Our commitment is that no more will be spent on administration and fundraising than is required to ensure effective management and resource development. The program is reviewed regularly for this very reason.
As part of their guidelines for charities, the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) evaluates the ratio of fundraising costs to fundraising revenue. A ratio of less than 35% is considered acceptable, or “unlikely to generate questions or concerns”.
For 2009, WSPA’s fundraising costs of $1,189,536 for 2009 divided by its income of $4,612,811 equals a ratio of 25%.
For more information read our Annual Report >>