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. 


Heaven on Earth  

FOUR PAWS and Heaven on Earth in LA join forces to rehome rescued cats from the Vietnam. As a part of our Fight For Cats and Escape The Trade initiatives, for the very first time, we are bringing cat meat trade survivors to the US to find their forever homes. 

Founded in 2000, Heaven on Earth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has saved the lives of thousands of cats in Los Angeles by rescuing them from overcrowded shelters and directly from the streets. They adopt cats into new loving homes at their adoption center, Perry’s Place, named for Seth and Rachael MacFarlane’s mother, Perry, at local pet stores and through their foster care program. Their professional veterinary team provides high-quality on-site care to cats who are sick, injured, or in need of specialized treatment. In addition, they run the Heaven on Earth Veterinary Clinic and perform high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services for owned and unowned dogs and cats and hold vaccine and wellness clinics for the public. Heaven on Earth is proud to partner with FOUR PAWS in an international effort to adopt cats saved from slaughterhouses in Southeast Asia into new loving homes and raise awareness to help bring an end to the killing of cats for their meat in the region. 

Learn more about Heaven on Earth on their website

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot in San Diego, California joined FOUR PAWS “Escape The Trade” initiative serving as the U.S. shelter for Cambodian slaughterhouse survivors.

The Barking Lot’s mission is to ensure every dog gets the life they deserve, and they believe that life is one where they thrive, forever. They provide caring foster homes for dogs in search of their forever homes. Their foster network is essential for these dogs as it gives them time to adapt to their new surroundings and learn how to live as a companion animal.

Since this partnership started in 2020, 14 dogs have been flown to California via three 3 flights and brought to the Barking Lot. Most of these dogs were rescued when FOUR PAWS closed down the Cambodian slaughterhouses that had them in 2019 and in 2020. A few were found and rescued individually. All are now safe! Check on the status of these dogs here.

Although these “Freedom Flights” are on a small scale, this is just one tactic FOUR PAWS is using to help our local charity partners with the rescued dogs in Cambodia. While we know that cross-border adoption is not the only answer, it is a significant and effective step in working towards our goal of Ending The Dog and Cat Meat Trade in Southeast Asia.

Find out more about The Barking Lot here on their website.


Connect a Pet New England

FOUR PAWS partnered with this shelter and foster network in 2019 to house, treat, assimilate, foster and rehome 12 dogs rescued from the Cambodian dog meat trade. 

Read about the rescue and transport of Boomer, Maddie, Gabby, Hope, Archie and Widget here. 

Read about the story of the 3 puppies, Bates, Bene and Nicky, here. 


The Coalition to Ban the Crates

The Coalition to Ban the Crates proudly supports legislation (A5236/S3401) to ban the cruel confinement of mother pigs in gestation crates and newborn calves in veal crates.

Animal cruelty has no place in a civilized society, but sadly it is still legal in New Jersey to confine a mother pig and veal calf in a crate so small they are unable to stand up, turn around, and take more than one step forward or backward.

Help Us End the Cruel Confinement of Mother Pigs and Veal Calves in New Jersey! Learn more here

Fur Free Alliance (FFA)

  • 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  

National Council for Animal Protection (NCAP)

  • 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

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN)

  • 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

Coalition Actions

APRIL 2020: FOUR PAWS has joined a coalition of over 54 organizations (representing environmental, worker, health, animal, and food advocate groups) has called on Congress to protect food and farm workers, uphold environmental regulations, and ensure that COVID-19 food and agriculture funds are used to support local and sustainable food systems (vs industrialized factory farms) to ensure public health and safety for the future.

Read the open letter here

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

BALLOT INITIATIVE 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.