The St. Maarten Animal Welfare Foundation is a non-profit organization which promotes the humane treatment of animals. With a wonderful team of volunteers and the invaluable support of local veterinarians, we are constantly developing new ways to address and fund animal welfare on our island To address existing problems the Animal Welfare Foundation has, since 1996, operated and funded a neighborhood outreach program whereby our volunteers respond to animal emergencies and offer free taxi of pets to local vets for residents without transportation. The volunteer team also treats mange in the community for people unable to provide care for their pets as well as collects unwanted animals for adoption. Animal Defenders is a similar non-profit organization which promotes humane treatment of animals. They focus on homeless animals, helping to feed and sterilize them.