Following our Safar-Zee fundraising efforts we wanted to update you all on where some of the donations are going! We changed up our donation process this time around and instead of donating one lump sum to a single organization we have been making smaller donations to various animal and wildlife organizations worldwide.
In addition to In-Sync Exotics and our pal Mystery, below are some of the organizations members of our staff have chosen to receive donations on behalf of our players.
Thank you again for your awesome support for animals worldwide- we couldn’t do this without you! Munzee on!
Wildlife Warriors Worldwide
Chosen by Rob Vardeman, CZeeO
“Established by Crocodile Hunters Steve and Terri Irwin in 2002, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors strive to be the most effective wildlife conservation organization in the world through the delivery of outstanding outcome-based programs and projects, inclusive of humanity.”
Animal Angels Sanctuary
Chosen by Cecie Newman, EVP of Operations
“My son and his family couldn’t keep 2 of their dogs. They were heartbroken until they came across this organization that is a 38 acre haven for abused animals and pets that can no longer be taken care of properly. They promise that 100% of every donation goes directly to animal benefit, paying no salaries for Staff or Board of Directors.”
Chosen by Teraca Grim – Director of HR and Operations
“I am a huge cat lover. I know all the hard work that Cat Matchers does to help unwanted or lost cats. I have reached out to them and know what nice people they are and how much they need donations. ”
North Texas Rabbit Sanctuary
Chosen by Scott Foster, VP of Technology
“My 6 year old daughter begs my wife and I everyday that she wants a rabbit as a pet. This donation will help explain to the public ( and my daughter ) how to take care of rabbits, what equipment is needed, and what food they need.”
The Beagle Freedom Project
Chosen by Dylan Derryberry, Director of Creative Operations
“Beagle Freedom Project negotiates with laboratories across the world to secure the release of dogs and other animals and give them a chance at a normal home life after everything they have endured for vanity and scientific curiosity. The organization uses the rescues to draw public attention to the plight of animals languishing in labs and to promote cruelty-free lifestyle choices everyone can make.
The beagles act as ambassadors who give faces to animal testing victims and remind the public that these animals are not just furry test-tubes, but dogs no different from their pets. BFP has rescued hundreds of animals, including beagles, mixed-breed hounds, cats, rabbits, ponies, pigs, goats, guinea pigs, ferrets, rats, and even goldfish from laboratories, in cities and countries spanning the globe.”
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Chosen by Matt McCann, Director of Media and Player Relations
“Growing up by the ocean, wildlife preservation and restoration was a focal point of my community. Sea Turtle, Inc. was a large part of that. They rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured sea turtles as well as educate the public and assist with conservation efforts. I’m proud to donate to such a great cause that I grew up being able to help first hand..”
Chosen by Louise Gibson, Events Queen
“Tiggywinkles is a wonderful place, it’s a specialist hospital dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating all species of British wildlife. All casualties brought to the hospital are treated completely free of charge and are released through a controlled programme, back to the wild, when they are fully fit. Every casualty is given a chance and any animal or bird unable to be released back to the wild is maintained at the hospital, in as natural conditions as possible.
Tiggywinkles survives on a solid base of membership and relies on donations from the general public and sponsors to thrive. It receives no state funding of any kind and no financial assistance from conservation groups. Our money would really make a difference. We could adopt Al Pacino the Fox, Susie the Hedgehog and Roxy the Raven to name a few or make a one off donation. I love the story of how and why the hospital was created by Les Stocker and everything he and his family have done to keep the place going. Sadly Les died last year but we can help his legacy live on: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/obituaries/2016/07/19/les-stocker-st-tiggywinkles-founder–obituary/”
Tierschutzverein Chemnitz und Umgebung e.V.
Chosen by Daniel Fischer, Backend Developer
“The “Tierschutzverein Chemnitz e.V.” is a non-profit society running the local animal shelter in Chemnitz/Germany. They take care of 800 to 900 animals per year who suffer hardship. Beside hosting and caregiving found or stray animals, they also try to raise awareness about animal protection and acting responsibly towards also pets and wildlife. The society receives municipal subsidization, but is highly dependent on additional donations.”
Adams County SPCA
Chosen by Daniel Hammock, Player Support
“Adams county SPCA throws events to help raise funds for the animals. Plus they have a network of helpers who drive long distances to rescue other dogs from shelters and adopt them out through their shelter.”
Texas Little Cuties Rescue
Chosen by Donovan Carreno, Mobile App Developer
“We have adopted from them, and we like to support our local shelters..”
Animal Welfare Institute
Chosen by Dan Parker, Mobile App Developer
“This organization spends over 90% of donated funds on its programs. It is rare that a charitable organization spends over 90% of donations on what they claim to do because there are administrative costs to running any organization. This high percentage of funds allocated to purpose shows the company’s commitment to their cause. I respect that.”
Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
Chosen by Judy Nguyen, Front End Developer
“I like birds.”
Denton Animal Support Foundation
Chosen by Delana Adams, Eventzee Customer Service
“This is the organization that helped keep my current fur babies in the shelter for as long as they did (they’re older dogs), so they hold a special place in my heart. Without DASF we might not have found them. This organization helps with the adoption subsidy of older and harder to adopt animals, and helps find homes for animals uprooted from their homes.”
National Wildlife Refuge Association
Chosen by Trish Vandehey, Graphic Illustrator
“I grew up in the forests of the Pacific Northwest wandering through nature with friends and family, and my best memories of childhood are all closely related to this. Even now, it plays a strong role in my adult life. When I am not working you will often find me exploring the woods or lakes, taking long hikes and watching wildlife with my children and grandchild. Preserving wildlife and spaces for them to flourish for future generations is paramount. Because of their focus in the conservation of wildlife and habitat in North America I have chosen to donate to the National Wildlife Refuge.”
Chosen by Robbie McGuire, WallaBee Director
“Kelsey and I have two dogs, both of which are from rescues. Tessa was rescued from a shelter here in Texas, but Rollie was adopted from Lovebugs Rescue in CA. Lovebugs is a non-profit animal rescue organization that works with local Southern California shelters to lower the number of euthanized animals. For more information, check out their website.”
Chosen by John Rogeles, Graphic Artist
“I want to give back to the people who have given me so much through my dog.”
Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary
Chosen by Sheryl Marusic, Queen Of All Trades
“This is a charity for wolves, who are dear to my heart. Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity in Montgomery, Texas, whose mission is to rescue and provide a loving, exceptional home to non-releasable wolves and wolfdogs, and to educate the public about these animals.”