The Charity Stores supports registered "RIGHT TO LIFE" organisations that are involved in the rehabilitation of abandoned, neglected and abused animals. We believe that all animals deserve a second chance in life and that healthy animals should be placed in new homes. They must not be subject to euthanasia program just because they are unwanted. All safe havens have to meet our inspection standards before we will consider supporting them and animals in their care must stand a fair chance of finding a new loving home.
Organisations must be a registered non-profit organisation devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of lost, abandoned or neglected animals. They have to follow a right to life program and must not believe in euthanasia, except in the most extreme cases when animals are suffering and this is the best and only option.
Animal welfare is the well-being of animals. The standards of "good" animal welfare vary considerably between different contexts. These standards are under constant review and are debated, created and revised by animal welfare groups, legislators and academics worldwide. Animal welfare science uses various measures, such as longevity, disease, immuno-suppression, behaviour, physiology, and reproduction although there is debate about which of these indicators provide the best information.
Concern for animal welfare is often based on the belief that non-human animals are sentient and that consideration should be given to their well-being or suffering, especially when they are under the care of humans, These concerns can include how animals are slaughtered for food, how they are used in scientific research, how they are kept (as pets, in zoos, farms, circuses, etc.), and how human activities affect the welfare and survival of wild species.
Conditions provided by humans
Providing good animal welfare is sometimes defined by a list of positive conditions which should be provided to the animal. This approach is taken by the Five Freedoms and the three principles of Professor John Webster.
The Five Freedoms are:
Freedom from thirst and hunger – by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour Freedom from discomfort – by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
Freedom from pain, injury, and disease – by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
Freedom to express most normal behavior – by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and company of the animals own kind.
Freedom from fear and distress – by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering.
John Webster defines animal welfare by advocating three positive conditions:
Living a natural life, being fit and healthy, and being happy.