The best way to contribute to animal welfare and conservation is to engage with organisations that focus on programs that care for animals and prioritise their wellbeing above all else. There are numerous non-profit organisations in Australia and around the world who offer volunteer and internship opportunities for animal loving people, like you, who want to make a difference in the world. This can be achieved by focusing our efforts on supporting projects and the people who believe that animals have the right to live out their existence in the most natural way possible, and that this objective should not be compromised by any human intervention that has a negative effect on the animals wellbeing.
Search online and you will find valuable resources that will help you discover an array of partnership opportunities for working with animals. Whether you want to volunteer or simply financially support a project, there are organisations that are committed to eradicating the wrongful and frequent substandard practices in the world of animal welfare and conservation. They advocate ethical, sustainable, legitimate, and conscientious projects that have sincere missions, goals, and objectives that support quality animal care. A cautious review of these organisations are the best place to start, but be mindful that many groups only seek to profiteer from animals and wildlife communities, and aim to take advantage of the heart and the advocacy of naïve animal lovers.
Often, volunteer recruitment agencies and organisations do not take the time to verify whether or not the projects they are supporting truly have the best interests of the environment and the animal kingdom at heart. Questionable groups not only result in unsustainable projects and unethical and harmful behaviours toward animals and their protection, but hugely disadvantage legitimate local wildlife groups and organisations who are truly in need of support and partnership. Fortunately, there are not for profit volunteer recruitment organisations whose aim is to work closely with animal welfare organisations so that they can ascertain whether or not to promote and support each project. There are few who take the initiative to roll out Wildlife Codes and Ethical Standards to ensure that potential partners are sincere in their efforts to protect and care for animals. If the organisation does not meet these standards, then there is no partnership.
If you are seeking an organisation in your pursuit of making a contribution to animal welfare and conservation, do your research and take the steps in order to choose an organisation that values animals first and foremost, as individuals who deserve a quality of life without hindrance from people. Ethical Standards and strict criteria regarding the care of animals are good signs of a trustworthy partner organisation. If you have a brilliant animal welfare and conservation project idea in mind, but lack the support you need to mobilise, or if you simply want to contribute time or donate good money to conservation causes, there are many great animal welfare organisations you can turn to in order to channel your contribution. This kind of volunteerism is a great way to give back to the environment.
About the Author:
This article is written by Tracy Leske. She is the Director of Oceans2earth.org. It is a website of a non-political, non-religious organisation that provides opportunities for individuals to interact with people of diverse cultures. They offer amazing volunteering and adventure travel experiences for ethically minded animal and conservation lovers looking for the trip of a lifetime.