The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) is an international animal welfare organization. It is also the world's largest alliance of animal welfare groups, connecting over 1000 independent animal welfare organizations in more than 150 countries to raise the standards of animal welfare around the world.
For more than 25 years, WSPA has assisted animals in need throughout the world, and has built a solid reputation as one of the world's leading animal welfare organizations. To learn more about WSPA's work visit www.wspa-usa.org.
Sharanya has been passionately committed to environmental and animal causes since her early years. Originally from Madras (now Chennai), in southeastern India, she has volunteered with various non-governmental organizations to spread awareness on wildlife conservation, responsible pet ownership and environmental protection. The more she learned from these experiences, the clearer it became that this was her 'calling'. Sharanya continues to endeavor to make the world a better place for all its inhabitants by making the right personal choices.
In her current role as US Program Officer, Sharanya works on a wide range of WSPA's international and domestic campaigns. She has an undergraduate degree in Zoology, two Master's degrees in Environmental Science, Policy and Conservation, and a diploma in International Environmental Law. Prior to joining WSPA, Sharanya worked as a consultant to the US government on domestic and international marine mammal policy.
Since the age of 12, when she attended her first pro-animal protest, Laura knew that she wanted to work for an organization like WSPA. With her strong passion for helping animals, Laura has volunteered for numerous animal shelters, organizations and charity events during the past 15+ years – and at WSPA, she continues to support and promote animal welfare across the globe.
In her current role as US Communications Manager, Laura works on a wide range of WSPA's international and domestic campaigns. She has an B.S. in Public Relations and a M.A. in Mass Communications, both from the University of Florida. Prior to joining WSPA, Laura worked at a public relations agency and, before that, served as a publications editor at a prestigious Freedom of Information law center.