How Your Money is Being Spent
TAMPA, Fla. - ...The best three out of 62 bay area agencies evaluated by the respected and independent Charity Navigator are Big Cat Rescue, Special Operations Warrior Foundation and Homeless Emergency Project.
Big Cat Rescue got top marks for spending 87 percent of its revenue on programs and less than six percent on fundraising. But a big part of the rating is accountability and transparency, which includes listing board members, key staff and making their IRS form 990 available to anyone.
"They want to make the information accessible to people and have information on their website so people can look at it. That helps their score" said Tampa Bay Business writer Marin Guta.
The two worst-rated charities in the bay area with zero stars are the Defeat Diabetes Foundation in Madiera Beach and Copperhead Charities in Palm Harbor...
So whether your soft spot lies with hungry seniors or exotic wildlife, donor's should not expect perfection. But they should feel free to demand accountability.
"They shouldn't necessarily stop supporting, but maybe encourage those organizations to disclose more information," Guta said.
March for Lions Proceeds Continue to Help Lions
Events and Activities
2nd and 3rd May Cape Town SA
Bev and Chris attended the annual Travel Expo at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. They went stall to Exhibit stall, handing out flyers and interacting with travel agents and tour operators. By participating in the seminars and asking questions the message of responsible tourism ie avoiding cub petting, lion walking etc went out to hundreds of relevant industry players.
On the Sunday, there was a Memorial Service organised by Nikki Elliot and her team. Attendance was adversely affected by the notorious Cape Town weather, but the clouds parted long enough for the gathering to happen. It was a good opportunity for local activists to get together and network.
Friday 30th May to Sunday 1st June. Johannesburg SA
The Outdoor Expo near Kyalami, Johannesburg.
After some early drama involving the Lion Park wanting to bring lion cubs to the event, and a number of heated emails to the organisers by animal lovers, the show went on - without the lion cubs.
Full marks to the hard working Jo'burg team for their interaction with hundreds of outdoorists over three exhausting days. What a team!
Read Linda's report and see the photos here:
31st May. Madrid Spain
Yesterday, (31st May 2014) we attended the open house of GREFA, (Rehabilitation Group for Spanish Wildlife and It´s Habitat), www.grefa.org.
GREFA is a wildlife hospital with an emphasis on protecting a number of Spain´s Birds of Prey that are in danger of extinction; programs and activities that will enhance and improve man´s understanding of the importance of protecting Spain´s wildlife. A lot of wildlife is admitted to the hospital throughout the year, (last year over 4,000).
8th June. Madrid Spain
Last night, we attended a fund raising event hosted by FAPAM. FAPAM, www.fapam.org is a federation of the following animal protection associations: ALBA, ANDA, APAP Alcalá de Henares, EVOLUCIÓN, JUSTICIA ANIMAL, La Voz Animal, PERRIGATOS EN APUROS, SPAP de Madrid, with the support of of Fundación de Ayuda a los Animales.
Full reports by CJ and Luis Munoz at:
8th June Parma Italy
The Parma Etica Festival.
On Sunday, June 8, at 9.30 am, the Conference Room of this amazing Festival hosted the first workshop organized by Dr. Aldo Giovannella, Chairman of Pengo Life Project, of a number of associations working in Italy for endangered species on behalf of international organizations: Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), Animals Asia Foundation, Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH) , The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and Sea Shepherd.
See report by Andrea and Roberta with photos here:
12th June Los Angeles CA
Chris had a TV interview with celebrity Animal Talk host Katie Cleary. The former Supermodel and actress has won awards for her animal welfare productions. Read more about her here:
15th to 21st June. Cannes France
CACH will be represented in Cannes, France at the Cannes Festival, thanks to our talented representative Julie Lasne.
21st June. Madrid Spain
CACH Spain - CJ & Luis - will be having a little open "town" house event of their own for the members of CACH-Spain.
24th June George South Africa
Presentation at York High School, George. We have been invited to talk about canned hunting to the school children.
28th June Madrid Spain
CACH Spain will be at the Madrid Zoo. CJ & Luis will set up an "information stand" for the public at the entrance. They intend to have placards and posters, etc., visible to all and be ready to talk.
Remember - these global marches are service delivery protests aimed at supine conservation authorities. Help us evolve from a pressure group in to a politically significant constituency. How? By getting involved!
See below how animal advocacy becomes policy and legislative change.
In March, the IFP Opposition party with the active support of Adv. Anthony Mitchell MP introduced a Motion to the National Assembly asking Parliament to:-
a) pay attention to the significance of the Global March for Lions.
b) endorse the Kenyan view that trophy hunting is ‘a barbaric relic of colonialism.’
c) deplore the conversion of live lions into souvenirs and wall hangings
d) amend our laws immediately to give higher protection to African wildlife, in particular to lion, rhino and elephant.
Thanks to our colleague Donalea Patman, Jason Wood MP has taken up the issue of canned hunting in the Australian Parliament. Watch his powerful speech to Parliamentarians on his website http://www.cannedlion.org/cachaustralia.html
He now needs our help in supporting this legislation by having the public behind his campaign and by signing the petition. Please circulate far and wide and get as many people to sign as possible...it’s so very important. This petition will probably only have a life of about 2-4 weeks so urgency is required.
A motion tabled in the Italian Senate in May 2014, promoted by Mrs Monica Cirinna, recites the abuses of canned lion hunting and the plight of wild lions in Africa. One of the law makers supporting this bill is Mrs Fedeli, the Vice Chairman of the Senate.
The Senate calls for:-
a) The formation of an EU Task Force to combat wildlife crimes.
b) The EU to use all means to discourage EU citizens from participating in canned lion hunts.
Paul Tully writes:
An EDM (Early Day Motion) was tabled in the British Parliament. The primary 'sponsor' as they're called was Jeremy Corbyn, with the other main 'sponsors' being Adrian Sanders, Mary Glindon, Kelvin Hopkins, Mark Durkan and Katy Clark.
Following the success of the Global March for Lions Green Party MEP’s Jean Lambert (London) and Keith Taylor (South-East England) presented a formal question to the European Parliament. They asked if the EU Commission would introduce legislation to ban the import of lion trophies into the EU.
In response, the EU Commission confessed that CITES and EU laws were inadequate, and undertook to strengthen EU regulations to give the Commission power to suspend imports of lion trophies.
Read the full report by the Green Party …
You can see from the Parliamentary activity above how important animal advocacy is.
Make sure you are part of this global movement. The animal welfare community is growing.
See you on 4th October, which is established internationally as World Animal Day.
4th October - World Animal Day.
This is the big one. We have joined the Global March for Eles and Rhino, and this promises to be even bigger and more successful than the Global March for Lions in March.
Publicity plans which are currently in negotiation will mean that our message will reach billions of people (yes, billions with a 'b').
Read more to see how you can help and get involved. http://www.cannedlion.org/
Pet Alliance's 'Cat-a-palooza' to Feature Free Cat Adoptions
Courtesy of Hill's
June 21-22 Event Seeks to Find Forever Homes for Shelters'
ORLANDO, Fla., June 16, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando today announced the first ever "Cat-a-palooza" event at its animal shelters in Orlando and Sanford, Florida. Celebrating "all things cats," the event seeks to find homes for the shelters' cats and kittens, with Hill's Pet Nutrition underwriting the adoption fee for the first 100 felines adopted during the event, which runs June 21-22.
"Summer is the time of year we receive the most cats and yet adoptions are low," says Kerri Burns, Executive Director for Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. "We are so excited to partner with Hill's Pet Nutrition not only to celebrate cats but also to put the extra effort into finding every cat in our shelters a forever, loving home." The Pet Alliance animal shelters are filled to capacity with adoptable cats and kittens, all of which are available for viewing at www.PetAllianceOrlando.org.
In addition to the free adoptions, every adopted cat will also receive a free bag of Hill's Science Diet cat food, 6 months of flea and heartworm prevention and free pet health insurance. As a special bonus, the first 20 cats adopted during Cat-a-palooza will receive a very special designer cat bed filled with toys and treats, a $200 value.
"We think cats are fantastic every day," says Dianne Perkins, U.S. Shelter Program Manager for Hill's. "During our Cat-a-palooza partnership with Pet Alliance we are focusing special attention on felines and doing everything we can to adopt cats into new homes. We hope the community takes advantage of the very generous offer from
On average, the Pet Alliance invests $254 in every adoptable cat. Every cat and kitten adopted by Pet Alliance has been spayed or neutered, permanently identified with a microchip, fully vaccinated and treated for fleas.
About Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando
Formerly the SPCA of Central Florida, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is the oldest and largest animal welfare organization in Central Florida. Today, Pet Alliance is laser focused on saving the lives of dogs and cats. As the "go to " experts, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando provides emergency shelter, affordable veterinary care,
"meals on wheels" for dogs and cats, and community education, helping tens of thousands of animals each year across Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties. Funding for Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando programs comes from individual and corporate donors within the communities it serves. More information about Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is available at www.PetAllianceOrlando.org.