GOOD WORKS WE SUPPORT

In 2020, a year of global crisis, The Village Dog's owner donated $75,000 to game-changing non-profit organizations on every continent in order to help them continue their vital work to protect and support threatened wildlife, ecosystems, and community/wildlife initiatives. We celebrate their compassion and dedication!  The Village Dog is committed to supporting non-profit organizations that focus on ending wildlife captivity and animal laboratory testing, fighting wildlife trafficking, fighting animal abuse in food systems, encouraging plant-based nutrition, and developing productive human/wildlife conflict resolution programs. We're committed to supporting the courageous, compassionate visionaries who are working to bring about positive change.

Following is an introduction to a selection of non-profits we support.

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Click on the organization name to go to their website. Scroll down for a more complete list of the game-changing non-profits we support. . 

Trunks Up  Trunks Up works to preserve and protect the critically endangered Asian Elephant with particular focus on supporting the renowned work of Lek Chailert, founder of Elephant Nature Park and Save Elephant Foundation. Trunks Up works to help return to freedom captive Asian Elephants so to live their lives without abuse and deprivation and enable the wild Asian Elephant population to thrive.  

In Thailand alone, there are over 2000 captive elephants in desperate need of rescue from decades of abuse and horrific suffering. Their exploitation includes horrific conditions, isolation, and brutal 'training' for use in tourist trekking camps, circus shows, street begging, and the logging industry. In addition to their rescue, land purchase is vital to giving these elephants the home and freedom these sensitive and majestic animals deserve. Their average lifespan can be 60 yrs. so they endure decades of suffering.

Trunks Up also supports efforts to conserve Southeast Asia’s rainforests, underserved schools, and provide local communities with a mobile veterinary clinic, offering free care to the animals. The goal of Trunks Up is to identify, recruit, galvanize, and form a worldwide “herd” of volunteers and supporters to work together to save Asian elephants from captivity while raising awareness and critical funding.

Farm Sanctuary   Farm Sanctuary is dedicated to farm animal protection, and works to promote compassion, and enact laws and policies that protect the welfare of farm animals.  With sanctuaries in New York and California, and with national campaigns, they focus on advocacy, education, and rescue. 

Saving The Survivors  Saving the Survivors was founded in 2012 by Dr. Johan Marais to attend to injured endangered wildlife that have fallen victim to poaching or traumatic incidents. While they will attend to the needs of any injured animal, most of their efforts have been directed at rhino due to the vicious and often fatal attacks that many of them have fallen victim to by poachers. The majestic rhinos that once roamed much of the African continent are now mainly found in only four countries – Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia, and South Africa. Within these countries, very few rhinos live outside of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Due to poaching, there are now only 2 northern white rhino's left in existence with the prospect of extinction imminent.  Please note: The video below includes brief footage showing a rhino injured from poaching and may be difficult for some to see.

Trees for the Future  Working to improve environmental conservation and the livelihoods of impoverished farmers in Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, and Tanzania. Worldwide, we lose trees at a rate of 50 soccer fields per minute as our current food systems completely destroy our ecosystems. Most of this degradation occurs in the developing tropics of Africa, Latin America, and South and Southeast Asia where hundreds of millions of chronically-hungry, smallholder farming families use established destructive and short-sighted agricultural practices that further degrade their communities trees, soil, water and biodiversity. Trees for the Future's 4-yr training program teaches regenerative farming practices that revitalize degraded lands which benefits the people, wildlife and ecosystem of these areas.

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No Barriers USA  

No Barriers welcomes people with disabilities, with illness or life challenges, veterans, young people and all others to an uplifting path of positive growth, fulfillment and community. No Barriers believes that by taking people out of their comfort zones and exploring the world, you could forever shift the lens through which they understand their own strengths and locate their North Star to navigate life. Click here to go on an inspiring journey with No Barriers and Melissa, an expedition member who hasn't let cerebral palsy get in the way of her dreams or willingness to spread joy.  

Protect Our Winters   Since 2007, Protect Our Winters has been growing a social movement on climate, designed to activate a passionate community of outdoor enthusiasts and create the political will for meaningful action by state and federal policymakers.  We all need winter!

World Wildlife Fund    Today, human activities are placing more pressure on nature than ever before.  It's up to enlightened people to change this trajectory. Together, we can address the greatest threats to life on this planet and protect the natural resources that sustain and inspire us. World Wildlife's mission is to conserve nature and to reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth while building a future in which people live in harmony with nature.

National Angels  

National Angels provides meaningful support to children in foster care. Their national program provides intentional giving and mentorship through thoughtful, meaningful relationships, interactions, and resources that meet the real needs of the child and their family. By building community around foster and kinship families who care for children who have been through trauma, abuse, and neglect, the children and the families caring for them learn they are not alone and see a brighter present and future for themselves. 

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A COMPLETE LIST OF NON-PROFITS WE SUPPORT INCLUDES:  Big Life Foundation; Animals AsiaWild Tomorrow FundAnimal Defenders International: Global Sanctuary for Elephants; Virunga National ParkWildlife Conservation Trust; Gentle GiantsThe Humane LeagueWorld Land TrustAfrican Parks Foundation of America; International Animal RescueOrangutan FoundationSumatran Orangutan FoundationWildlife SOSNorth American Primate Sanctuary AllianceChimp Haven; Panthera; Mercy For Animals; Animal Legal Defense Fund; Animal OutlookFour Paws International; World Animal Protection; Free the Bears; Aussie ArkAfrican Wildlife Foundation; Free Wild Horses; Safe Haven for Donkeys; Ewaso Lions; Niasso Lions; Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest; Northern Rangelands TrustNon-Human Rights Project; Rhino Recovery Fund; Save Giraffes Now;  Lion Guardians; Lion Recovery Fund; Alaska Wilderness LeagueSave the Chimps; Born Free USA; Wildlife Conservation Network; Shark Allies; Mission Blue; Keep Alaska Wild;  Colobus Conservation; Phoenix Zones Initiatives; Earth Justice; Animal Welfare Institute; Painted Dog Conservation; Ol Pejeta; Spectacled Bear Conservation; Woodstock Animal Sanctuary; Tusk Trust; Ventana Wildlife Society; Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary; Luvin Arms; American Bird Conservancy; Earth Justice; Snow Leopard Trust; Sidekick Foundation; Animal Save Movement; Free Me Wildlife Rehabilitation; Philippine Eagle Foundation; Conservation Through Public Health Uganda; Scales Conservation Fund; Proyecto Titi; Regenerative Organic Alliance.