African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) – (international)
The African Wildlife Foundation, together with the people of Africa, works to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever. It is engaged with the conservation of ecosystems along with the protection of wildlife and resolution of human-wildlife conflict.
Address: Headquartered in Kenya with many global offices. US office at 1400 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Suite 120, Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (888) 494-5354
Alameda Creek Alliance - (Alameda Creek)
Works to restore native wildlife, plants, habitats and ecosystems within the Alameda Creek watershed as much as possible given modern constraints. We also seek to protect undeveloped areas along the creek for their habitat value to native flora and fauna. Our efforts are focused on bringing wild steelhead trout, often cited as an “indicator species” of watershed health, back to our watershed. But restoration involves far more than charismatic fish, for as John Muir famously said, “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.”
Address: PO Box 2626, Niles CA 94536
Tel: (510) 499-9185
Amazon Watch - (International: Amazon Basin)
Works to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. We partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon's ecological systems.
Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) – (national focus)
The Animal Legal Defense Fund’s mission is to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system. ALDF accomplishes this mission by filing high-impact lawsuits to protect animals from harm, providing free legal assistance and training to prosecutors to assure that animal abusers are punished for their crimes, supporting tough animal protection legislation and fighting harmful animal protection legislation, and providing resources and opportunities to law students and professionals to advance the emerging field of animal law.
Address: National Headquarters, 170 East Cotati Avenue, Cotati, CA 94931
Tel: (707) 795-2533
Animal Place - (Grass Valley, CA)
One of the oldest and largest sanctuaries for farmed animals in the country. Nestled on 600-acres in Grass Valley, CA, Animal Place provides refuge to hundreds of neglected farmed animals. In addition to permanent sanctuary, Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch is a 60-acre adoption center, placing needy, farmed animals into permanent homes. Sanctuary is important work, but Animal Place strives to create meaningful change for farmed animals through advocacy and education. Thousands of visitors flock to the sanctuary each year to learn more about the animals and farming. Volunteer classes introduce folks to the more intense ways people can help. Internships are also available.
Address: PO Box 1118, Grass Valley CA 95945
Tel: (530) 477-1757
Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) – (Walnut Creek, CA)
Saves dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and brings people and animals together to enrich each others lives. ARF strives to create a world where every loving dog and cat has a home, where every lonely person has a companion animal, and where children learn to care.
Address: PO Box 30215, Walnut Creek CA 94598
Tel: (925) 256-1273 (1ARF) Fax: (925) 977-9079
Animal Switchboard - (San Francisco Bay Area)
Providing information, connections, resources, and referrals on animal rights, animal welfare, animal legislation, spay/neuter, rescue/adoption, volunteer opportunities, animal organizations, and other animal-related issues and concerns.
Tel: (415) 533-0133
Animals Asia – (Asia focus, head office is in Hong Kong, US office is in San Francisco, CA)
Animals Asia promotes compassion and respect for all animals and works to bring about long-term change. We work to end the barbaric bear bile trade, which sees over 10,000 bears kept on bile farms in China, and, according to official figures, about 1,200 suffering the same fate in Vietnam.
Animals Asia has rescued over 500 bears, caring for them at its award-winning bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam. Animals Asia also works to end the trade in dogs and cats for food in China and Vietnam, and lobbies to improve the welfare of companion animals, promote humane population management and prevent the cross border export of "meat dogs" in Asia. In addition, Animals Asia campaigns for an end to abusive animal practices in zoos and safari parks in Asia, and works closely with governing authorities to improve animal management and increase awareness of the welfare needs of captive animals.
Address: offices are located in countries all over the world, US office is at 300 Broadway, Suite 32, San Francisco, CA 94133-4587
Tel: (415) 677-9601
Web: Website Link
Animals Voice Magazine
A one-stop resource of information and actions independent of any organization. We’ve been active for the rights of animals for more than 25 years
Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls (BAD RAP) – (San Francisco Bay Area focus, office in Oakland, CA)
More than a rescue group, we provide information, training, owner support, disaster relief services and animal welfare program models to help dogs everywhere.
Address: P.O. Box 27005, Oakland CA 94602-0005
Bay Area Mycological Society – (San Francisco Bay Area focus, office in San Leandro, CA)
BAMS is dedicated to increasing knowledge of and appreciation for the wonderful world of mushrooms. We teach the safe and mindful collection of mushrooms, through field trips, lectures and classes, references and an online pool of local experts. We encourage the celebration of the beauty and wonder of mushrooms through photography and illustration, poetry and prose.
Address: PO Box 164, San Leandro, CA 94577
Web: Website Link
Bay Area Vegetarians (San Francisco Bay Area)
A grassroots, all-volunteer organization dedicated to supporting and promoting a compassionate, vegan lifestyle through our calendar/newsletter covering the 9 counties within the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma). We also offer an online guide to vegan and vegetarian restaurants and services, and the email discussion list SFBAVeg. Volunteers welcome.
Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) – (San Francisco Bay Area focus, office in Oakland, gear libraries in Oakland and Milpitas)
Bay Area Wilderness Training’s mission is to create opportunities for youth from the San Francisco Bay Area to experience wilderness first hand. To achieve our mission, we train teachers and youth workers, provide outdoor gear loans, give financial support, and foster community collaboration. BAWT envisions a world where all youth have access to the wilderness. We believe that youth, once exposed to the wilderness, have a broadened sense of themselves, one another, and the world around them and are better prepared to lead social and environmental change.
Address: 1050 8th St., Oakland, CA 94606
Tel: (510) 452-BAWT (2298)
Bay Nature Institute - (San Francisco Bay Area focus, office in Berkeley)
The Bay Nature Institute, based in Berkeley, California, is dedicated to educating the people of the San Francisco Bay Area about, and celebrating the beauty of, the surrounding natural world. We do so with the aim of inspiring residents to explore and preserve the diverse and unique natural heritage of the region, and of nurturing productive relationships among the many organizations and individuals working towards these same goals.
Address: 1328 Sixth Street, Suite 2, Berkeley CA 94710
Tel: (510) 528-8550 x107 (Beth )
Fax: (510) 528 528-8117
Berkeley Animal Shelter
The time and talent of many animal-loving volunteers is essential to providing quality care for shelter animals and finding them new homes. Whether working with the animals, the public, or behind the scenes, volunteers improve the quality of life for the animals in Berkeley shelter and improve their chances of adoption.
Address: 1 Bolivar Drive, Berkeley, CA 94710
Tel: (510) 981-6600
Web: Website Link
Berkeley Community Gardening Collaborative (BCGC)
BCGC is composed of diverse community garden members who share a common commitment to organic, urban agriculture and access to healthy food for all residents of Berkeley. By providing a forum for mutual support and the sharing of common resources, BCGC assists and protects existing gardens, facilitates the formation of new gardens, and advocates food security initiatives in our local schools and city.
Address: Ecology Center, PO Box 2801, Berkeley CA 94702
Tel: (510) 883-9096
Berkeley Humane serves the people and animals of our community by providing life-saving programs for cats and dogs, cultivating compassion, and strengthening the human-animal bond. Because the well-being of animals reflects the well-being of our community, we engage minds, hearts and hands to provide care for dogs and cats in the East Bay.
Address: 2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
Tel: (510) 845-7735
Berkeley Partners for Parks (BPFP)
A nonprofit organization that encourages volunteerism in and community stewardship of parks, community gardens, creeks, trails, open space, and recreation in Berkeley and neighboring cities upon request. We help citizens form new "friends" groups, providing them with technical assistance, financial and volunteer resources, and serve as their 501(c)3 nonprofit fiscal sponsor, offering affiliated groups bookkeeping, tax filing, and insurance services, along with the ability to receive tax-free donations and grants.
Address: PO Box 12521, Berkeley CA 94712
Tel: (510) 849-1969
BigCatsWildCats – (media, international conservation and resource guide)
An international big cats and small cats conservation and resource guide. This site contains big cats and small wild cats facts, news, research, videos, photos and links to big cat and small wild cat conservation organizations, programs and projects throughout the world. Organizations, universities, environmental groups and zoos involved in wild cat conservation projects throughout multiple regions, including research, field work and rescue; international wild cat conservation organizations.
Web: Website Link
The leading US publisher of independently- produced, environmental DVDs & videos, that point the way to living healthily, happily, and with greater concern for the other inhabitants of this planet, and for our descendants. We also distribute world-famous performing arts programs from Rhombus Media.
Tel: (800) 543-3764 Web: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com
Butterfly Rescue International – (international)
Have you ever found an injured butterfly or caterpillar and wanted to help it but didn’t know how? Butterfly Rescue International to the rescue! The Butterfly WebSite & butterfly expert Rick Mikula have compiled this group of butterfly experts from around the world who appreciate your love for butterflies and are here to help you help them.
Web: Website Link
California Native Plant Society (CNPS)
Works to protect California's native plant heritage and preserve it for future generations. CNPS actively promotes the use of science in land use and management decisions through our Online Rare Plant Inventory and essential reference book: Manual of California Vegetation, 2nd Edition, both of which are the most advanced resources available for identifying and managing critical habitat in California. We work closely with decision-makers, scientists, and local planners to advocate for well-informed and environmental friendly policies, regulations, and land management practices.
Cat Support Network – (Contra Costa County)
A Trap-Neuter-Return group focused on spay/neuter of feral and free-roaming cats. Adoption of cats/kittens rescued from the streets. A hyper-focused rescue organization specifically created to focus exclusively on cats spay and neutering. Mission is to develop and implement grassroots outreach programs that address cat overpopulation, suffering and wellness in our community.
Address: PO Box 3645, Walnut Creek CA 94598
Tel: (925) 252-5445
Cat Town Café & Adoption – (Oakland, CA)
A non-profit rescue helping Oakland's most vulnerable shelter cats since 2011 and operating the Cat Town Cafe since 2014. Cat Town’s goal is to give every cat a chance to find a loving home. Through innovative programs and partnerships, we have helped over 1,100 cats, redefining what’s possible for shy, senior, and other at-risk cats who need a second chance outside of a shelter cage. Through a unique partnership with Oakland Animal Services, Cat Town has helped reduce the euthanasia rate for cats at the Oakland shelter from 42% in 2011 to 7% today.
Address: 2869 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611
Tel: (510) 891-1100
Web: Website Link
Center for Biological Diversity, SF Bay Area Office – (Oakland, CA)
We believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive. We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.
Address: 1212 Broadway, Street #800, Oakland CA 94612
Tel: (510) 844-7100
Center for Ecoliteracy – (Berkeley, CA)
The Center for Ecoliteracy promotes ecological education. We recognize that students need to experience and understand how nature sustains life and how to live accordingly. We encourage schools to teach and model sustainable practices. One initiative, California Food for California Kids® supports systems change by improving children's health, education, and the state's economy while teaching students where food comes from and how it reaches the table.
Address: The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 270, Berkeley, CA 94704-1377
Tel: (510) 845-4595
Center for Ecosystem Survival (CES) - (San Francisco, CA)
We are committed to inspiring participation and awareness in the preservation of fragile ecosystems by providing opportunities for personal direct action to save the diversity of life on Earth. Since 1988 we have focused our efforts on protecting entire ecosystems and natural communities, not just individual species, to ensure a long-term conservation strategy. We raise donations and awareness for these biologically diverse ecosystems through our Adoption Programs, Conservation Meters and Insect Discovery Lab. We partner with schools, universities, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, natural history museums, and science centers worldwide to protect wildlife and nature.
Address: 699 Mississippi Street, Suite 106, San Francisco CA 94107
Tel: (415) 648-3392
Change.org (international, offices in San Francisco and other cities)
On Change.org, people everywhere are starting campaigns, mobilizing supporters, and working with decision makers to drive solutions. People and organizations around the world start petitions for free.
City Slicker Farms – (West Oakland, CA)
Mission is to empower West Oakland community members to meet the immediate and basic need for healthy organic food for themselves and their families by creating high-yield urban farms and backyard gardens. Our programs are an immediate solution to West Oakland’s lack of real choice for fresh, affordable, healthy food. Our programs also have a long-term sustainable impact, changing underutilized urban landscapes into ones that provide healthy, affordable food and improve the environment for generations to come.
Address: 1625 16th Street, Oakland CA 94607
Tel: (510) 763-4241
Community Concerns for Cats (CC4C) – (Contra Costa County focus, office in Walnut Creek)
An all-volunteer cat rescue organization that strives to make a positive difference in the lives of homeless and abandoned cats in Contra Costa County. This is your local community resource and information center for homeless and free-roaming cats. We rescue, spay/neuter, medically rehabilitate, and help to find them safe and loving homes. We operate a thrift store called Rescued Treasures.
Thrift Store Address: 1270-I Newell Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA, 94596
Thrift Store Tel: (925) 937-3201
Web: Website Link
Compassion over Killing – (national focus)
Compassion Over Killing (COK) is a national nonprofit animal advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC, with an additional office in Los Angeles, CA. Working to end animal abuse since 1995, COK focuses on cruelty to animals in agriculture and promotes vegetarian eating as a way to build a kinder world for all of us, both human and nonhuman.
Address: P.O. Box 9773, Washington D.C., 20016
Tel: (301) 891-2458
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://cok.net/
Conservation International – (international)
Employs scientists and policy experts to balance healthy ecosystems with sustainable human use. Conservation International aims to help stabilize global climate, protect fresh water, and ensure well-being. To achieve their goals they work with indigenous peoples and non=governmental organizations. Its primary initiatives include climate, fresh water, food, health, culture, and biodiversity.
Address: Global offices, US/main office at 2011 Crystal Drive, Suite 500, Arlington, VA 22202
Tel: (703) 341-2400 or toll free in U.S. (800) 429-5660
Web: Website Link
The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) - (International)
The only international organization working exclusively to save coral reefs. CORAL provides education, tools, and inspiration to help local communities become passionate environmental stewards for the reefs. Together we develop managed marine protected areas and sustainable businesses to benefit coral reefs and people.
Address: 351 California Street, Suite 650, San Francisco CA 94104
Tel: 1 (888)-CORAL-REEF