Action Volunteers for Animals is just what its name suggests: an organization of people who are active on behalf of non-human animals, and who give their time and energy without monetary reward.

AVA began in 1972 as a group of Toronto Humane Society workers who kept this shelter animals alive during a strike of regular shelter staff. They decided to continue to work together after the strike ended, and to call themselves Action Volunteers For Animals.

Our organization serves Toronto and the surrounding area and helps animals in two ways: through hands-on work and through the promotion of animal rights.