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Coalitions and Partnerships

FOUR PAWS is involved in many issues, collaborations, and partnerships. From our office based in Boston, Massachusetts, we are pleased to be working closely with these amazing groups and causes below.  


National Council for Animal Protection (NCAP)

FOUR PAWS is a proud member of NCAP whose mission is to help its members achieve individual and collective goals to improve the treatment and status of all animals. The National Council for Animal Protection envisions a world in which every human and every sector of society treats animals with respect and compassion, and in which animals are free from human exploitation. The goals of NCAP are to:

  • Increase the visibility and public understanding of animal advocacy issues
  • Increase public support to end animal suffering
  • Elevate the status of animals as a mainstream issue in society
  • Analyze the current status of the animal advocacy movement and strategize the best methods for advancing our work
  • Enhance the professional skills of people working in the animal advocacy movement
  • Facilitate respect, cooperation, and communication among member organizations

Massachusetts Animal Coalition (MAC)

MAC, Inc. is a statewide, not-for-profit organization formed in February of 2000 to promote collaboration among those who work in animal welfare, both professionals and volunteers. The mission of MAC is to maintain a leadership role within the Massachusetts animal welfare community using sustainable, effective, and widely used forums for dialogue and strategic collaboration to reduce the number of homeless, neglected, displaced, and abused companion animals.


The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN)

FOUR PAWS is proud to be a member of the MNN, which serves as the voice of the nonprofit sector in Massachusetts and understands that strong nonprofits build strong communities. MNN is the only statewide organization dedicated to supporting the entire sector through advocacy, public awareness, and capacity building strategies. MNN’s main goals are to:


  • Promote the image of the nonprofit sector as efficient, effective, and essential
  • Strengthen the nonprofit sector by engaging members in advocacy and affecting public policy initiatives
  • Build capacity in nonprofits across the state

Citizens for Farm Animal Protection, (created for a 2016 Massachusetts ballot initiative, which passed!) 


FOUR PAWS is proud to be a member of this coalition that was created to support a 2016 statewide ballot measure that would phase out extreme confinement and lifelong immobilization of animals on factory farms as well as the sale of products produced under those conditions. The measure would ensure that certain farm animals are able to stand up, lie down, turn around, and extend their limbs by phasing out the extreme confinement of breeding pigs, veal calves, and egg-laying hens. Ten states have already passed laws to address these kinds of inhumane practices, and nearly 100 major food retailers—including McDonald’s and Walmart—are working with suppliers to make similar reforms in their food supply chains.


Among others, the coalition includes the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, The Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, Zoo New England, United Farm Workers, Center for Food Safety, family farmers, veterinarians, and public health professionals.

Fur Free Alliance (FFA)

An International coalition working to stop the killing and exploitation of animals for their fur.  The mission is to bring an end, by appropriate legal and non-violent means, to the killing and exploitation of all animals for their fur by raising public awareness about the cruelty and negative environmental impacts associated with the global fur trade. FFA envisions a world where no animals are killed or exploited for their fur, on the basis that it is morally repugnant to utilize any animal for such frivolous purposes. This is accomplished by:


  • Informing the public about the substantial animal suffering caused by the fur industry
  • Advancing legislative actions and in-depth investigations as needed
  • Targeting consumers and the fashion industry to encourage readily available alternatives
  • Working nationally and internationally through joint or individual campaigns


In particular, the Fur Free Alliance (FFA) focuses on the deprivation and cruelty suffered by fur bearing animals both in wild trapping and industrial fur farming and coordinates worldwide Fur Free Retailer program

Coalition to Protect America's Wild Mustangs


FOUR PAWS is proud to belong to this coalition of roughly 40 NGO’s in the United States that support humane fertility control with immune contraception for maintaining

America's wild horse populations. More information available at

 Save the abandoned chimpanzees in Liberia



May 30, 2017


Success! After two years of public pressure, the New York Blood Center (NYBC) has finally accepted responsibility for their actions after stranding over 60 chimpanzees without food or water on several isolated islands in Liberia. The agreement, made with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), states that the NYBC will provide $6 million (roughly half the cost of long-term care) for the retired research chimpanzees. The HSUS has agreed to provide the remaining funds and assume permanent responsibility for providing lifetime care for the chimpanzees. 


The NYBC had used the chimpanzees for research  in Liberia for the development and testing of  Hepatitis B vaccines. NYBC had been funding the island sanctuaries for the retired chimps until the spring of 2015 when they abruptly ended their support. Resources that allowed for the chimps’ basic care and feeding ceased and emergency action was required to save the lives of the chimpanzees (none of which were able to survive on their own on the isolated islands). Since the NYBC ceased funding the chimpanzees, a coalition of animal and conservation organizations including FOUR PAWS, rose up to defend the cause and mounted support.


FOUR PAWS is thrilled that a long-term solution for the chimpanzees’ care has finally been achieved and that NYBC is once again upholding their obligation to provide lifetime care for these chimpanzees who gave their lives for human health research. 



In collaboration with several other organizations from around the world, FOUR PAWS is part of a coalition to save 66 chimpanzees who were left stranded without food or water on several isolated islands in Liberia.


The chimps were formally used in biomedical research by the New York Blood Center (NYBC), who until this spring had been funding the island sanctuaries for the retired chimps. Without the NYBC’s funds, the resources for the chimps’ basic care and feeding ceased to exist and emergency action to save the lives of the chimps was needed! This is the coalition’s current focus, along with finding a long-term solution to ensure the humane, lifetime care of the chimpanzees. This includes holding the NYBC accountable for its actions and demanding they uphold their obligation to provide lifetime care for the chimps by reinstating funding for the sanctuary.


You can read up on FOUR PAWS's involvement here