Charity Navigator says United Animal Nations outperforms 85 percent of charities
SACRAMENTO, CA (November 6, 2007) – United Animal Nations (UAN), a national animal protection organization that pioneered disaster relief for animals 20 years ago, today announced that it received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for the second year in a row.
Charity Navigator’s four-star rating is its highest possible rating. It indicates that UAN efficiently manages its finances, is growing its programs and services over time, and successfully accomplishes its programmatic goals. According to Charity Navigator’s Web site, a four-star rating indicates that UAN “exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause.” Just 15 percent of non-profit organizations evaluated by Charity Navigator earned a four-star rating this year.
“We pride ourselves on using our donors’ contributions wisely and responsibly,” said UAN president and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “We are thrilled to be recognized for our efforts to use our donors’ money as they intended it – to bring as many animals as possible out of crisis and into care.”
Founded in 1987, UAN provides the following programs for animals nationwide:
- Through its volunteer-driven Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS), UAN provides free emergency sheltering and disaster relief services for animals in communities that become overwhelmed by natural disasters or other crises. EARS volunteers have cared for thousands of animals during more than 70 disasters, including wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and the 2001 terrorist attack on the WorldTradeCenter.
- Through the LifeLine Grant Program, UAN offers funding to rescue groups, Good Samaritans, small non-profit organizations and others to help them obtain lifesaving veterinary care for animals. Right now, UAN is offering LifeLine Crisis Relief Grants to people affected by the Southern California wildfires who need assistance paying for veterinary care, temporary boarding or transportation for their pets.
- UAN’s Premarin Awareness Campaign educates women and others about hormone drugs derived from pregnant mares’ urine (PMU) and helps people adopt mares and foals used in the manufacturing process who would otherwise be at risk for being slaughtered.
- UAN’s new Humane Education Ambassador Reader (HEAR) program helps children develop critical thinking skills and compassion by exploring the human-animal bond through stories and discussion. It is being piloted in three cities in 2008: Sacramento; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Washington, DC.
MEDIA CONTACT: Alexis Raymond, (916) 429-2457.
Now celebrating its 20th year, United Animal Nations (UAN) is North America ’s leading provider of emergency animal sheltering and disaster relief services and a key advocate for the critical needs of animals.
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