Transparency and Integrity

All information on the organization, non-profit status and use of funds

Transparency is a prerequisite for long-lasting trust. We at Welttierschutzgesellschaft rely on a high degree of transparency and care in dealing with your donations. Therefore, our work is always reviewed comprehensively and we inform our supporters in detail.

In addition, Welttierschutzgesellschaft is a member of the Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft (ITZ) (Transparent Civil Society Initiative) and is thus committed to voluntarily making available a plus of information that goes beyond the legal publication obligations for civil society organisations in Germany. You can find out more about the ITZ at:

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

Who is Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V.?

Name, location, address and year of foundation

Welttierschutzgesellschaft (WTG) e.V. is a non-profit association based in Berlin, Germany (e.V. stands for registered association). The association was founded in 1998 in Bonn, Germany. The organisation is based at Reinhardtstraße 10, 10117 Berlin.

If you have any questions about transparency, please do not hesitate to contact Katharina Kohn, Managing Director of Welttierschutzgesellschaft, by phone at +49(0)30 -9237226-0 or by email at

Complete statutes and details of the organisation’s objectives

Our vision is a world in which animals are perceived by people and treated respectfully and in an animal-friendly way.

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 organisation to work with, involve the local population and provide financial and technical expertise.

The tasks and objectives of Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. are laid down in a binding manner in our statutes. The purpose of the organisation according to paragraph 2 is the promotion of animal welfare. You can download the statutes here: PDF Statutes.

Is the work of the Welttierschutzgesellschaft charitable?

Details of the tax concession

Yes, our work has been recognised 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 01 October 2021).

Who are the key decision-makers?

Main members of the management board:

The main decision-makers, as part of the general meeting, are the board members  

Bettina Praetorius, chairwoman 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.

Where do I find the annual reports of past years?

Annual Reports

The annual reports for the years 2019 up to and including 2023 can be viewed and downloaded here: (in German only).

The annual financial statements of Welttierschutzgesellschaft are checked by independent auditors.

What else do I need to know about the association?

Personnel structure

In 2023, the association employed an average of nine full-time employees, three part-time employees and one marginal employee.

More information about the staff can be found »hier.

How much does Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. raise in donations?

Source of funds

In 2023, the association took in around 2.53 million euros.

You can find more information on the income in the »current annual report (p.30ff).

How does the Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. use the donations?

Use of funds

In 2023, of every euro spent:

  • 87 cents for statutory project, campaign and information work at home and abroad,
  • 7 cents for donor support and information and
  • 6 cents for necessary administrative tasks.

You can find more information on the income in the »current annual report (p.30ff).

What else do I need to know about the association?

Affiliation under company law

There were no corporate affiliations with third parties in 2023.

Names of persons whose annual payments account for more than 10% of the total annual budget

In 2023, the organisation did not receive any donations and general grants that each exceeded more than 10 percent of the full annual budget.

“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

Your contribution matters

We aim at improving the situation for animals in long term i. e. by providing veterinary care, by supporting animal sanctuaries and through our educational work. Every single donation helps!

Donate now

You want to learn more about WTG e.V. and our worldwide projects?

Please get in contact

Katharina Felsenstein
Service and Fundraising

Tel.: +49(0)30 – 9237226-0

Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V.
Reinhardtstr. 10
10117 Berlin