Animal charities are set up to protect animals from the threats of cruelty and from extinction and also to provide medical care and rehabilitation services. Many of the 150,000 registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK exist to help care for vulnerable or endangered animals of an array of sizes and species, both at home and abroad.
Charities can work across various areas of animal care:
Around the world animals are still, unfortunately, subjected to mistreatment at the hands of humans, from endangered species being poached for the valuable commodities they possess, such as fur, skin, ivory or meat, to domestic animals living in awful conditions. A large number of charities work on behalf of the animals, essentially, to keep them safe from other humans.
Adoption and rehabilitation
Many animals need to be rehoused after periods spent in care homes or rescue centres. Charities and adoption services work together to help people find animals that need caring for, and animals find loving owners.
In many cases, animals that end up in care or rescue homes have suffered some form of abuse or neglect and need to go through periods of rehabilitation before they can be rehomed.
Many charities are set up to conserve animals and wildlife around the world. These types of charities help endangered animals and animals that are affected by changes in their environment, such as climate change, natural disasters and human activity.
Who is responsible for the medical care of animals? In most cases involving pets, and farm or domestic animals, it is the owner. However, many animals do not have owners to provide or pay for healthcare. Some charities exist to help the pets of people who cannot afford or access veterinary care and to promote responsible animal ownership. Others are set up to provide veterinary services to wild animals.