Square Peg’s Mission is simple: We turn “I Wish” into” I Can.“ Established in 2004, the Square Peg Foundation teaches horsemanship to kids from different backgrounds and with differing needs. Using rescued and donated horses, animals roughly 15 times larger than people, students gain confidence from the new skills they learn and improve their interpersonal skills by working together with their peers, instructors, and volunteers. In this way, Square Pegs helps students improve their self-image and feel more empowered.
Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs – Savage, MN www.PawPADs.org
PawPADs works to enrich the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with exceptionally skilled assistance dogs, and to utilize the power of the human-canine bond as a therapeutic, educational, healing tool.
Berkeley Humane provides complete care for homeless animals, from rescue to rehabilitation to placement. We match animals with loving and committed adopters, strengthen the human-animal bond, and promote the humane treatment of animals.
Best Friends Animal Society – Moab, UT www.bestfriends.org
Best Friends Animal Society works to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets®. We do this by demonstrating and promoting exemplary animal care and building community programs and partnerships.
Humane Society of the United States – Washington, D.C. www.hsus.org
The Humane Society of the United States and our affiliates provide direct care to more than 100,000 animals each year—more than any other animal welfare organization—through our sanctuaries, veterinary programs and emergency shelters and rescues. We work to professionalize the field of animal care with our education and training programs.
Founded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institute is a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things. Our work builds on Dr. Goodall’s scientific work and her humanitarian vision. Specifically, we seek to:
Improve global understanding and treatment of great apes through research, public education and advocacy
Contribute to the preservation of great apes and their habitats by combining conservation with education and promotion of sustainable livelihoods in local communities
Create a worldwide network of young people who have learned to care deeply for their human community, for all animals and for the environment, and who will take responsible action to care for them
Guided by the humane ethic, Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA builds healthy relationships between people and animals
Since 1980, Wildlife Associates has provided nationally acclaimed educational programs for children, families and adults throughout the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. At our 120-acre wildlife sanctuary in Half Moon Bay, we care for more than 50 non-releasable animals that could not survive in the wild. These amazing animals take on the role of “Wild Teachers” in our educational programs.