WSPA, the World Society for the protection of animals, operates in many countries around the world. In 1981 the World Federation for the Protection of Animals (WFPA), founded in 1953, and the International Society for the Protection of Animals (ISPA), founded in 1959, joined together and became WSPA.
WSPA often focus on particular aspects of animal cruelty such as bullfighting. In 2012 one campaign by WSPA Canada was to fund help for donkeys in Israel. It brought the Pegasus Israeli donkey shelter to our attention. According to the website:
"In Israel, donkeys are so cheap to buy that when they are too old or tired to work, they're simply abandoned. Vulnerable and hungry, they are at risk of being hit by cars, attacked by dogs – or worse.
Zvika Tamuz runs the WSPA-funded Pegasus shelter in Israel, which at any time is home to up to 100 abused and neglected donkeys. Zvika and his assistant Shimi rescue, rehabilitate and rehome donkeys and horses that have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Some have parasite infestations, some have injuries, and some are malnourished. As you can probably imagine, the list of problems these animals have after being so poorly treated goes on and on.
Zvika does everything he can to care for donkeys in need, but he can't run Pegasus on passion alone. Even miracles cost money, and it's a constant struggle for Zvika to keep Pegasus going.
You could help Zvika save one more donkey.
Please make a donation to WSPA today to help animals in need."
More than four years later the Pegasus Israeli donkey shelter continues to help animals in need. And it needs donations as much as ever.
"Pegasus is an Israeli non-profit foundation located in central Israel which works 24 hours a day 7 days a week toward the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of abused, mistreated and abandoned horses and donkeys in Israel. Pegasus was founded by Zvika Tamuz with the support of WASPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) in 2007. Pegasus works in collaboration with the National Traffic Police, the National Roads Association and various municipal veterinarians, and relies on public donations and support. Our goal is to educate the public about the proper treatment of this animals and keep up the rescuing and rehabilitation work at "Susita" sanctuary where they receive much needed physical and mental care, warmth and love."
Although the advert above shows specific amounts of money WSPA will gratefully accept all donations however small.