JOIN THE AfA NETWORK
JOINING THE NETWORK
As the largest network of animal welfare organisations in Asia, the AfA Coalition can impact the lives of animals across Asia and beyond.
The AfA coalition serves as an incredible platform to support NGOs, to take direct action on animal welfare issues, and as a public resource.
As a united voice we are better-positioned to have a positive impact on some of the region’s most urgent and extreme forms of animal cruelty and exploitation, calling on those in power to effect impactful change for animals.
WHO WE ARE
The AfA Coalition is comprised of core member organisations and supported by a huge network of supporting organisations and as such represents millions of like-minded supporters across the globe. The coalition is governed by a board of six organisations from our core membership. The aim and purpose of the coalition is to work together to tackle issues across Asia as one united voice.
AfA welcomes new animal welfare organisations into this supporting network. To join the free network please complete the simple application form HERE
AfA raises appeals targeting specific animal welfare concerns, either regarding a broader issue or aimed at a particular facility or addressing a specific incident. These letters are authored by animal welfare experts from within the Asian coalition, citing scientific evidence or legal & ethical guidelines, and always based on reports and evidence submitted by members or trusted partners. Often the animal welfare issues we address are sent to us by a member of our network organisations. In certain circumstances, such as political sensitivities, the NGO does not wish to be named as the instigator OR simply wishes assistance and support in tackling the issue.
Once drafted, the appeal letters are circulated first to all core coalition members first for approval and then to our full AfA network for the option to add their support. Your organisation can become an 'automatic sign-on' to these appeals - this means your organisation will be automatically signed on in support of the appeal being sent unless you tell us otherwise within 7 working days.
The appeals are then sent to the facility, authority or government department directly from the coalition. The instigating NGO who raised the issue initially always has the option of being named or remaining anonymous.
Having such a strong coalition of core member organisations and an average of 180 network organisations adding their support to each of our appeal letters can have great impact, especially when our letter is addressed to government officials highlighting the level of global public scrutiny.
As a supporting organisation you will receive our appeal letters with the option to join hundreds of other NGOs adding their name and logo to the letters.
Following the 2011 Asia for Animals conference, the coalition was formed to facilitate on-going conversations between NGOs and give them a collective voice from the smallest to the largest welfare issues. The bi-annual conference, the largest of its kind in Asia, continues to evolve as a forum for issues to be aired and a place for relationships to be launched. Each conference has a specific organisation chosen to host and manage the event.
If your organisation wishes to apply to host an AfA conference please email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE ASIA FOR ANIMALS CONFERENCE
OUR INTERNAL DATABASE, PUBLIC DIRECTORY AND NETWORKING AREA
When you join the network as a supporting organisation you will be automatically added to our internal database and sent a password to a private section of our website where you can view the whole network (note: contact details are not shared)
You will also be given the option of joining the public directory by providing us with a contact and email address for your organisation so that members of the public can contact you directly to discuss any issues they are concerned about. Our public directory acts as a filter to allow the public to go directly to the source organisation they wish to support.
We also have a private discussion forum on slack open only to member organisations of our network to facilitate discussions on a huge variety of animal welfare issues.
This forum facilitates the sharing of information with member organisations and assists the coalition in answering queries and in directing members of the public and other NGOs to the correct organisation working on the issue.
You will be sent instructions on joining the forum once you have joined the network.
Simply complete this online form giving information for our internal database and also optionally providing a contact for the public directory. You will be asked for one primary contact who will be our main point of contact as well as the person with the authority to sign off on appeal letters on behalf of your organisation.
When completing the section to join the public directory please consider your answers from a public perspective, ie. If you work on issues relating to specific species of animals, please do not simply select ‘all animals’; similarly if you work in a specific area or certain countries/ territories in Asia, please state where.
The public directory should be as concise as possible to provide the most accurate information to guide members of the public to the correct organisation.
HOW TO JOIN
AfA Network Rules
Organisations must keep their details up to date in both the internal database (below) and the public listing.
If we are unable to contact you following an email bounce back, the email address will be deleted from our network. If that email address is the only contact for your organisation, the organisation will be deleted from our network and from the public directory if listed.
Our network is supportive, positive and helpful, and we expect our network members to behave accordingly. Abuse will not be tolerated.
Please introduce us and share our work. It is a free network and we need more organisations to become a united voice for the animals of Asia. Please share this link: https://www.asiaforanimals.com/join-afa
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU JOIN
After you have completed the form, you will be sent a welcome email and then automatically added to the internal database. The welcome email will include a username and password to access the private section of our website where you will be able to see your listing and your logo as well as the other network members.
If you have also chosen to be listed on the public directory your organisation will show up HERE
Discussion Forum - SLACK
You will be provided with instructions for joining the private discussion forum.
Updating your details
If there are any amendments please email them to email@example.com
It is imperative that the internal database listing and your public directory listing for your organisation and contacts are kept up to date.
You will then start to receive regular emails from the coalition asking if your organisation wishes to support the appeals. If you give your support, following the deadline, your organisation will be automatically listed in the letters with your organisation name and logo.
Asking for help
If your organisation has an animal welfare issue in Asia that you feel the coalition could help to support please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that we cannot guarantee that we can support every issue and that appeal requests will be handled on a case by case basis.
The coalition shares information surrounding our appeal letters and wider animal issues in Asia on ournew section of our website and also on social media channels; facebook, twitter and instagram. We encourage all of you to follow our pages and more importantly share the information.