As a Friend of Mercy, you provide much-needed support for our vital work to transform our food system and create a kinder world for animals. You will also receive these special benefits:

  • Exclusive invitations to Mercy For Animals events in your area
  • An annual call with our leadership
  • Monthly behind-the-scenes updates from Mercy For Animals staff
  • Our year-in-review publication highlighting your impact for animals worldwide
  • Subscription to our semiannual Compassionate Living magazine

Increase your impact: Give a transformative leadership gift of $50,000 or more to join The Founder’s Circle.


1. Subscription to CL
2. Annual review
3. Exclusive monthly email updates
4. Annual donation summary

About Mercy

Mercy was only a few weeks old when a brave Mercy For Animals investigator saved him. Sick and clinging to life, Mercy had suffered heart-wrenching cruelty. Torn away from his mother shortly after birth, he was moved to a facility where workers bludgeoned calves to death with pickaxes and hammers. It often took five or six blows to kill a calf. Many calves were severely beaten and thrown into “dead piles” while still alive.

After our undercover investigator rescued Mercy, the feeble and malnourished calf needed around-the-clock veterinary care. Thankfully, he pulled through and lived the rest of his days at an animal sanctuary where he grazed on sweet green grass, felt the morning sun on his face, and frolicked with friends—including other calves rescued by Mercy For Animals.

Because of the hard work and perseverance of our legal team, Mercy’s abusers were convicted of animal cruelty and his story made headlines around the world. But so many animals like Mercy still suffer at factory farms. Thanks to the generosity of Friends of Mercy, we are bringing an end once thought impossible to the misery and violence they endure.

  • Philanthropedia acknowledges MFA as one of the 5 most high-impact animal protection organizations in the U.S
    Mercy For Animals is named one of the "15 Top High-Impact Nonprofits" in the category of "animal welfare, rights, and protection" by Philanthropedia.

    “Mercy For Animals has an immensely talented and dedicated crew of employees and attracts legions of volunteers. They are also fiscally responsible and make a great impact choosing campaigns that are not only effective, but cost-efficient.”

  • Independent Charities of America
    Mercy For Animals has been consistently named Best in America by the Independent Charities of America, a seal awarded to less than 1 percent of charities nationwide each year.

    “The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to [charities] … that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.”

  • Mercy For Animals is recognized as a Gold Level Participant of the GuideStar Exchange for its deep commitment to transparency and accountability
    Mercy For Animals is recognized as a Gold Level Participant of the GuideStar Exchange for its deep commitment to transparency and accountability.

    The Gold Level is GuideStar’s highest level and has been attained by less than 1 percent of U.S. nonprofits.


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