Working in Italy providing care and protection for thousands of animals
For over 60 years AISPA has been the voice of those who do not have a voice. Our work speaks louder than words: It is our long established involvement in the field that defines our values and identity.
Throughout the years we have expressed our passion, determination and commitment in different operational areas and in the year ahead, we will be supporting over 30 Projects across Italy through:
- Continued financial support of local/regional shelters
- Outreach spay and neuter programmes and emergency field work
- Provision of medicines, veterinary supplies, surgical equipment and rescue vehicles
- Training for animal welfare professionals and volunteers
- Educational programmes and awareness raising campaigns in schools
- Environmental conservation projects for the benefit of birds and wild fauna
While the Charity is based in the UK, our advisors and voluntary veterinary representatives are based in Italy and work closely with our projects offering advice and support. They also liaise with local authorities and government agencies, to try and bring about lasting improvements in animal welfare.
How we operate
We believe that the key for long-term sustainable animal welfare improvements lies in the empowerment of local organisations and stakeholders. For this reason we fund projects in which we see potential for growth and improvement. We guide our partners to ensure they grow and prosper, enabling them to stand on their own two feet and progress independently. This is why all the projects supported by AISPA are encouraged to pursue independent fundraising and to gain support from within their local communities.
It does not matter how big your project is, or where in Italy it is located. AISPA welcomes the most diverse array of projects and will always evaluate requests for support with an open mind.
Our projects are often referred to us by AISPA representatives, advisors and supporters or the project managers themselves. We consider their needs and context and proceed with a careful field evaluation of their requests assisted by our veterinary representatives. It is only after making sure that such projects comply with our aims, values and good-practice requirements, that our Executive Committee makes a decision on forwarding financial support.
Continued funding is conditional upon regular monitoring and evaluation that animal welfare standards are respected and maintained. We believe that this is necessary for the welfare of the animals, it is only fair for our donors and supporters who can trust us to use their money wisely and it is crucial for the ethical conduct of the Society.