The World League for Protection of Animals Inc (WLPA) is a ‘no kill’ Australian campaign and rescue organisation which has been fighting for the rights and well-being of animals, both native and non-native, since 1935. WLPA was registered under the Charitable Collections Act NSW 1934 on 14 May 1937. Donations to WLPA are tax deductible.
The term, ‘no-kill’ underpins all our work. It refers usually to companion animal species and means an ethical stance to never convenience kill eg because an animal is sick or because the pet’s owner is moving house or alergic or any other number of common, inadequate reasons. Under the ‘no kill’ philosophy, every effort to treat a sick animal is provided. Similarly, desexing and excellence in rehoming is the answer to overpopulation. Finally, only humane euthanasia is a satisfactory reason to kill and only after treatment and end-of-life care has been reasonably considered and provided.
WLPA is self-funded. A volunteer management committee runs the charity, the committee of members being elected each year. WLPA has a small operational team of staff but relies significantly on volunteers for rescue work, animal care at the Adoption Centre and in foster care. A hand full of committed team members find the animals a home. A secretariat in Gladesville coordinates campaign, media, rescue and rehoming work and a small low-intake Adoption Centre. WLPA has only one FTE paid staff member. Volunteers from all walks of life are vital to our work. Membership is open to all.
WLPA prides itself on excellence in re-homing without which, being ‘no kill’ is not feasible.