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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 00:00

World Animal Net Volunteers, Staff, Board and Animal Companions Celebrate World Animal Day!

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At World Animal Net we are proud supporters of World Animal Day, a holiday that recognizes animals of all kinds and challenges us to do our best to improve their lives. This year, WAN volunteers, staff and board have gotten in the spirit and joined the “Global Wave,” a social media campaign by World Animal Day organizers asking participants to take a selfie and share on social media in order to spread the word about World Animal Day.

We would like to also take this opportunity to thank all those who support our work, particularly our volunteers, and to encourage others to join the World Animal Day celebration.

To learn more about World Animal Day and the events taking place today around the world, visit their website.


Donna has helped WAN in our efforts to disseminate the Model Animal Welfare Act, the blueprint for a comprehensive animal welfare law which can be translated and adapted to local situations. Even Donna’s kids and furry kids have joined in the World Animal Day celebration!

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Leah is our graphic design volunteer and designed our poster we presented on the Model Animal Welfare Act at last year’s Global Animal Welfare Conference, hosted by the World Organisation for Animal Health, as well as a number of other projects.

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Amy is our copy editing volunteer, and proofreads many of the resources we develop, including the Model Animal Welfare Act in preparation for publishing as a book. Amy’s cat, SIX, plays a key role in overseeing all copyediting operations.

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Meghna, based in India, has helped WAN on a wide range of projects, including researching the contact details of animal protection organizations in the directory, assisting with social media, and updating the World Animal Net event calendar.

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Wim and Species Survival Network Board

Wim, WAN’s Cofounder and Board Chair, attended the board meeting of the Species Survival Network (of which he is also on the board), and invited them to join in World Animal Day celebrations as well.

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Django and Jazzy

Django (left) and Jazzy (right) comprise WAN’s office support team. Django ensures that staff partakes in regular snack breaks and Jazzy ensures that every once in a while staff stand up and stretch their wings.

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Jessica is WAN’s Executive Director, overseeing daily operations. She is grateful to her dedicated team of volunteers and WAN’s board members for sharing their time and expertise, ensuring that WAN meets and exceeds its goals every year.


Interested in joining the WAN team as a volunteer? Read more about our available volunteer positions and fill out a volunteer application. We look forward to meeting you!

Jessica Bridgers

Jessica is the Executive Director at World Animal Net. Having received a B.S. in biology with minors in chemistry and anthropology from the University of New Mexico, she combines a scientific background with a passion for animal protection. She completed her M.S. in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University and internships with Humane Society International, Animal Protection of New Mexico, and the New England Anti-Vivisection Society before arriving at World Animal Net. In her free time, she volunteers with horse and wildlife rescues. 


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