Although we're very fortunate in Britain to have our animals and wildlife protected by both government statute and highly effective regulatory agencies, animals elsewhere in the world are not so fortunate. Two overseas charities that are trying to make a difference to the lives of indigenous animals are "Nowzad" in Afghanistan and "Save Our Street Dogs" in Singapore; although as neither one receives any sort of central funding, they rely entirely on the generosity of their members and that of the general public, both in their own countries and from abroad.
The first charity, Nowzad, is an animal welfare organisation dedicated to caring for Afghanistan's animals, most notably the dogs and cats, which are generally considered to be unclean and are therefore treated little better than pests. Additionally, Nowzad also tries to arrange for the repatriation of those dogs and cats that have been rescued by our service personnel, including US, British, German and Canadian soldiers who come to care for the individual animals they encounter in this war torn country. A truly worthwhile cause! Check it out for yourself at www.nowzad.com
The second charity people might want to take a look at is a Singapore based charity called "Save Our Street Dogs", which a truly courageous band of volunteers who dedicate their time and their very limited resources to helping the countless homeless dogs who find themselves abandoned on the streets of this apparently economically successful Asian superpower. I challenge anyone with a heart to read the story of "Ol Boy", a dying street dog to read about his final few days of life and not feel choked by the thought of any animal having to live and die in those circumstances. See for yourself at www.saveourstreetdogs.com and see if you can help make a difference