The team of Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V.
Our vision is a world in which animals are perceived by humans as well as being treated animal friendly and with respect. The following people support this:
Chairman of the association
As chairman, Bettina Praetorius is the backing and the driving force of the association. As a political scientist, she has always been committed to, among other things, the environment, cultural exchange, human rights and a fair development policy. Improving the living conditions of animals around the world is her special concern. An eye-to-eye cooperation and a sustainable and educational animal welfare approach are very important to her.
Deputy Chairman of the association
Dr. med. Wolfgang Kohn is convinced that "we need a global rethinking in order to change the situation of the animals in the long term for the better". Wolfgang Kohn is a specialist in internal medicine and specializes in diabetology and nutritional medicine. After studying human medicine in Hamburg-Eppendorf, he now works in the group practice Diabetes Team Berlin. About his commitment to the Welttierschutzgesellschaft Dr. Kohn says the following: "Animals, like humans, feel joy and pain, happiness and unhappiness. Therefore, we should treat them with respect and empathy at all levels.”
Director Katharina Kohn brings the different projects together and ensuring that resources are used in the best possible way. The fundraising expert had previously been responsible for the funds acquisition of the association. Therefore, it remains very important to her to maintain the high degree of transparency. For Katharina Kohn, animal welfare also means "taking responsibility", because if everyone contributes only a small part, we can all together improve the world for the animals. (Before misunderstandings occur: The management and the deputy are in no relationship)
Since her studies of veterinary medicine, Carolin Breitenbach is fascinated by the connections between human, animal and environmental health. Her experiences as a veterinary practitioner in South America and Germany made her realize that a sustainable improvement of animal welfare can only be achieved by involving local communities. At WTG she supports the implementation of this approach, by coordinating stray animal projects and assisting the VETS UNITED team.
During her studies in Rome, Joana Ciraci showed her heart for animals by volunteering at the state animal shelter for the socialization and placement of dogs and eventually adopted an Italian street puppy. After several years of professional experience in sales and marketing at a publishing house, she now reports for WTG in newsletters, our donor magazine, in blog articles and on the social media channels about the latest developments in projects and other animal welfare issues.
Donor support and fundraising
"In my next life, I will be an elephant" says Katharina Felsenstein. She is an absolute elephant fan and became aware of us in autumn 2014 through our Sumatra project. Through her years of experience -for example in publishing, sales and customer service as well as film promotion -, she is particularly ambitious in supporting the areas of donor care and fundraising.
Press and public relations
Millions of migratory birds, which are hunted annually in the Mediterranean region, brought Christoph May on the topic of bird protection - and a little later to animal welfare in general. His major concern is to awaken a broad interest for the needs of animals. He implements this in the Welttierschutzgesellschaft in the field of Press- and public relations and can draw on several years of experience in
Dr. Dirk Meyer
“One does not meet oneself until one catches the reflection from an eye other than human”. Back in 2004, Dr. Dirk Meyer used this quote by Loren Eisely to start off his diploma thesis for which he shadowed previously-confiscated Orang Utans in Sumatra on their journey back to freedom. After completing his doctoral thesis in Biology in 2011 and numerous month-long trips to rainforests all over the world, Dr. Meyer decided to fully return to Germany in early 2019. As one of our project coordinator here in Berlin, he primarily focusses on the protection of stray dogs and cats.
Monitoring and evaluation
After many years in New Zealand and her work there as an evaluator, Natascha Pancic now supports our monitoring and evaluation activities. The active commitment in animal welfare advances her work in the area of monitoring and evaluation. She gathers important information from our global animal welfare projects and campaigns, evaluates them, and ultimately ensures that we can achieve the best possible long-term animal welfare results.
Dr. Wendy Phillips
Veterinary Manager of VETS UNITED
The passion for the animals runs like a red thread through Dr. med. Wendy Phillip's life: Started with a veterinary medicine study, her first practice as a veterinarian was in a center for injured and / or confiscated wildlife. She continued as a veterinary conduit in free castration clinics, vaccinations and veterinary treatments for domestic animals and livestock in Africa and a little later for stray cats and dogs in Thailand. Today she leads, together with Ruprecht Herbst our program VETS UNITED.
Fundraising, Online-Marketing, Video
In her job as a journalist, Wiebke Plasse was always particularly interested in animal welfare and nature conservation topics. Since she decided to work full-time in animal welfare, she supervises all fundraising and marketing activities of WTG and is responsible for a balanced and interesting presentation of our work - on our website, in newsletters and flyers as well as in video clips and radio features.
Program director of our animal welfare work
As a nurse and veterinarian, Daniela Schrudde is especially important in the balance between animals and humans. During her career as a veterinarian, she gained experience in projects around the world focusing on the protection and welfare of animals, while always involving the local population through socio-economic measures and education. She continues this approach as professional conduct for animal welfare work.
Directing attention towards animals has always been important for Andrej Schulz. Already during his studies of literature, animal welfare has been a central topic in terms of aesthetic and moral issues. In order to provide practical animal welfare work, Andrej initially joined the WTG team doing a voluntary internship and currently continues to support our animal welfare work as a working student.
The enthusiasm for animal welfare becomes quickly very clear in a conversation with Stefanie Timm. Today the economic communication scientist is responsible for the administrative and editorial support of our animal welfare projects. Her responsibilities include the presentation of our projects on the website and the commentator ship of recent developments, as well as the creating cooperation agreements and the auditing of project expenditure.
As campaigner Katharina Tölle is the head behind our dairy cow and cat-campaign. Whether position papers, press releases, articles or comments: All texts about about the campaigns come from her pen. As part of her campaign work she is also responsible for the online marketing and online fundraising activities as well as the press and public relations. Also for the follow-up campaigns, whose strategies she develops, it is important for her to sensitize as many people as possible of the living conditions of animals.
In her childhood, Anja Zieke spent many weekends on her grandparents’ farm. Her enthusiasm for animals persisted and so she took a cat a few years ago. At the Welttierschutzgesellschaft Anja Zieke has now followed her passion: As a fundraising consultant, she supports the implementation and optimization of fundraising activities.
Our special team members
First, there is Frida. She enriches our everyday work in many ways, for example, through her creative attempts to open the trash can to get to the leftovers of our lunch.
And second, the male Darwin. When asked in his shy but charming way to be petted, no one can say no.