Animals & Society Institute Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategic Priorities


Our Mission & Vision

The Animals & Society Institute (ASI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a US-based interdisciplinary global research institute whose mission is to advance and share knowledge to improve nonhuman animal lives. We believe our programs, resources, and research promote the long-term societal changes needed to realize our vision, which is to live in a compassionate and equitable world where nonhuman animals and our relationships with them flourish.


Our Values

As a nonprofit institute devoted to human-nonhuman animal relationships, there is a core set of principles that define who we are and what we stand for, and by extension, guide how we do what we do:

  • We believe in equity among all humans and other animals
  • We amplify the voices of diverse human perspectives
  • We address practices and policies where animals and human-animal relationships are adversely affected
  • We promote animal-centered research that prioritizes nonhuman animal well being
  • We engage our stakeholders with integrity and transparency
  • We strive for societal transformation
  • We value access to knowledge 
  • We value solutions that can create positive change across the world
  • We value and collaborate with diverse geographies to better understand their needs


Strategic Priorities:

ASI is dedicated to providing education and resources to those working around the world to understand and improve human-nonhuman animal relationships. Our strategic priorities are Research, Public Policy, Global Reach, and Education Access. Through these priorities, we promote the field of Human-Animal Studies through the wide availability and dissemination of research and resources.

ASI helps improve and expand knowledge about human-nonhuman animal relationships in order to create safer and more compassionate communities for all. We are leaders in translating research on human-nonhuman animal interaction into practice, providing essential knowledge and tools, and promoting evidence-based approaches that get results.








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