Friends of Animals celebrated 60 years of animal advocacy in 2017. Check out our video below to learn about what we’ve accomplished for domestic and wild animals over the years and what our plans are for the future.
Our Spay and Neuter Program
Our spay/neuter program has been a success for more than six decades. We have operated the only nationwide breeding control program in the United States facilitating more than 2.8 million spay/neuter procedures.
Our partnership with Primarily Primates, the nation’s original primate sanctuary, has been a huge success. We’ve worked together to create a sanctuary that provides a lifelong home for chimpanzees, monkeys, birds and other animals used in laboratory experiments, abandoned as pets or from the entertainment industry.
Our Wildlife Law Program
We’re very pleased with our Wildlife Law Program which was launched in 2013 to fill a niche between animal and environmental activism. The program focuses on the defense of wildlife and their habitats throughout the world and has already had excellent success so far, including having a ruling passed to protect three African antelope species from U.S. canned hunting and having five types of sturgeons considered for “endangered species” status.
Our Work in Africa
We have assisted anti-poaching efforts in Africa by delivering important equipment such as aircraft, uniforms, and tents to hot-spots to assist rangers. We funded a 24-month program, as well, that aimed at protecting the chimpanzees of Senegal. We also assisted with constructing a well, within the perimeter of the village of Ethiolo, resulting in easy and unhindered access to water for the families who reside there.
Our anti-fur campaign efforts have been successful in reaching the public and the media through different tactics such as innovative billboards and magazine advertisements and encouraging consumers to say no to the fur industry. Our lobbying efforts have helped prompted legislation being considered by the council in NYC to ban fur sales.
Educating the Public
We work hard to educate the public about animals and their rights in hopes that it will create an increased respect for animals and decrease human interference in their lives. We have designated a week in March to be “Tundra Swan Watching Week“, conducted hunting surveys, investigated and exposed important information regarding the treatment of animals, and published a wide variety of educational brochures and pamphlets.