Transparency and trustworthiness

Answers to your questions

Is my donation really used for the intended purpose? What will be funded with the money? Transparency is required to build sustainable trust. Anyone who donates wants to know that their money is in good hands and really helps animals in need. Therefore, our work is always reviewed comprehensively and we inform our supporters in detail about what we are currently doing, for example in our financial reports.

Here you will find the answers to questions concerning the important topic of transparency:

Who is the Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V.?

The Welttierschutzgesellschaft (WTG) e.V. is a non-profit association based in Berlin (e.V. stands for registered association). The association was founded in 1998 in Bonn, Germany. Through projects in developing and emerging countries, as well as political and public animal welfare campaigns in Germany, we aim to build the foundation required to achieve long-term improvements to living conditions of stray, farm and wild animals worldwide. For each of our projects, we chose a local partner organization to work with, involve the local population and provide financial and technical expertise.

What is the yearly amount of donations the Welttierschutzgesellschaft e. V. collects?

Each year, the association receives about 1.5 million euros from private donations and trust funds.

What does the Welttierschutzgesellschaft e. V. do with the donations?

We want to directly help animals in need. The donations support animal welfare projects in countries where there are hardly any measures in place to protect animals. We implement our projects with a local partner organization. The selection of, and cooperation with, a project partner follows clear guidelines. On one hand, together with our partners, we ensure that our actions improve the current life situation of each individual animal. On the other hand, we aim to sensitise the local population to the needs of the animals and thus motivate them to treat the animals with respect and care long-term. Since the lack of sufficient veterinary care is one of the main issues leading to the decline of animal welfare in many countries, we are committed to improving education in the field of animal health. Our VETS UNITED education program adds theoretical and practical information to undergraduate or further training courses to educate people working in, or wanting to work in, the field of animal health. The aim is to firmly anchor the concept of animal welfare in animal health work as well as ensuring the administration of proper animal health care in the future.

Who are the key decision makers?

Main members of the management board:

Bettina Praetorius, chairman of the board
Dr. Wolfgang Kohn, deputy chairman, as well as
Katharina Kohn, managing director

More information about the board, the management and the staff can be found »here.

Is the work of the Welttierschutzgesellschaft charitable?

Yes, our work has been recognized as a charitable purpose for the advancement of animal welfare (notice of exemption from the tax office Berlin for corporations, stamp number 27/681/53546, from 5 November, 2018).

What else do I need to know about the association?

  1. Name, domicile, address and founding year

Welttierschutzgesellschaft e. V.
Reinhardtstraße 10
10117 Berlin

Founded in 1998 (formerly WSPA Deutschland Welttierschutzgesellschaft e. V.)

  1. Complete statute of association and information on the goals of the Welttierschutzgesellschaft

Our vision is a world where animals are appreciated and treated with respect in an animal appropriate way by humans. The statutes of the association define the tasks and objectives of the Welttierschutzgesellschaft e. V. The purpose of the association according to paragraph 2 is the advancement of animal welfare.

More about our mission statement can be found in our statue of the association, here for download: PDF Article (in German).

  1. Statement of accounts

The annual reports for the years 2008 - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 can be downloaded in PDF format (in German). The annual accounts of the Welttierschutzgesellschaft are audited by independent certified accountants.

  1. Information on the source of funding and use

The statement of income can be found in the current annual report.

  1. personnel structure

Currently, 10 employees work on a full-time, part-time or freelance basis for the Welttierschutzgesellschaft. Additionally, we often have one to three interns or federal volunteers supporting our work.

  1. Names of legal entities whose donations account for more than 10 percent of our total annual revenues, or individual donations that account for more than 10 percent of total annual revenue, do not exist.

“The Welttierschutzgesellschaft stands for achieving long-term animal welfare, a lean administration, close contact with the partner organisations and transparency when dealing with donations." 

Katharina Kohn, managing director.