Why we exist
Founded in 2011 by a Russian-born trader Anna Kogan Nasser, Forgotten Animals (originally called Big Hearts Foundation) became the first international organisation to work in towns and regions of Russia. Unlike in the main cities Moscow and Saint Petersburg, animal welfare community there was virtually inexistent.
After getting a full picture of the scale of animal abuse, stray problem and lack of private or public organisations actually doing something about it, Anna decided to put her career in trading on hold and dedicate her life and resources to raising animal welfare standards in former Soviet countries. Instead of merely fighting the consequenсes, the approach is to target the root causes of the problems, whilst using Western animal welfare expertise and knowledge and understanding of local culture and mentality.
Since then Forgotten Animals, a registered charity in both UK and Russia with only 2 paid employees and over 60 volunteers spread across the former Soviet countries, the UK, Italy, the Netherlands and Australia has carried out or directly supported projects in 60 cities across 5 countries, and counting. We have come a long way and managed to extend our reach to help wild and captive animals as well.
Today, Forgotten Animals closely collaborates with a number of animal welfare organisations around the world in order to bring positive change, one animal at a time.
I believe we can achieve major shifts in behaviour and attitude towards animals. We are doing it where the most difference in animal welfare can and needs to be made.
– Anna Kogan, Founder and CEO