Animal World USA-International


Inspiring, educating and empowering communities to understand, love  and protect our amazing animals and planet. 

Animal World USA-International  is a 501(c)3 non-profit, all volunteer organization.  No one receives a salary or compensation. We do all the work out of our dedication to the animals and for our love of God.  Animal World USA International is  dedicated to the welfare of animals and is working with organizations, decision makers and the public-at-large to bring about awareness as to the plight of the animals of our world.  Our mission is to create a better understanding and underscore respect for all the planet's precious creatures through education, edification and empowerment....thus strengthening communities. Mobilizing citizens, working with schools, youth groups, shelters, and governors in each state, Animal World USA International is creating a new direction to advance the greater good through exciting, progressive  strategies that are  building upon our current movement to protect animals.

Animal World USA, established in 2003, is dedicated to improving the lives of animals, youth and enlightening people through advocacy, education, and community support. Animal World USA is committed to a world in which animals and youth are treated with compassion and respect.   Making resources which are readily available to youth who require support in their lives is imperative.  Education is at the core of AW-USA International's mission.

Animal World USA developed the Weeks for the Animals™ campaign in 2005 bringing communities together on behalf of animals. Working with educational institutions, shelters, humane societies, youth groups, living-assisted facitilities, hospitals, governors, legislators and animal advocates, the AW-USA Weeks campaign has demonstrated that the concept of coalition-building  is leading the future in building strong communities.

Animal World USA has provided education through our newsmagazine , donating books to libraries and bringing  programs such as R.E.A.D. to libraries that support the  community, humane groups, shelters and other animal welfare organizations. AW-USA sponsors festivals, educational programs and adoption events that are a valuable resource and that strengthen communities.

Animal World USA sets an example of care, compassion, and respect for all living beings, promotion of the human-animal bond, collaboration with others in pursuit of our vision, accountability for the resources entrusted to us, recognition of our team and volunteers as a vital resource, and humane interaction with people and animals.

Animal World USA-International is committed to helping all animals, people in need and working on behalf of the amazing creatures in communities around the globe with whom we joyfully share our living planet.

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Michelle Buckalew
Animal World USA-International founder/president

Michelle was born in Memphis, Tennessee where she currently resides. She has also resided in California and Florida during her life. In 2003, Animal  World USA was founded after reporting in radio and print about the welfare of animals. A  passion developed which she says has led her to fullfill her life's destiny of sharing her spirituality, helping the amazing animals and lifting up the disadvantaged...all who have enlightened her journey.                                                          
Michelle's career includes working as a radio program producer, on- air host, paralegal, newsmagazine editor/publisher and marketing consultant.  While in radio, Buckalew interviewed top figures in today's world which include U.S. astronaut Captain Buzz Aldrin, Rolling Stones' Bill Wyman, Eric Burdon of teh Animals, gospel singer Reverend Al Green, University of Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne,  U.S. presidential speechwriter Peggy Noonan, publishing magnate Sir Harold Evans, Commanding Officer of SEAL Team Six and Red Cell Richard Marcinko, FBI profiler John Douglas, Dr. Jane Goodall, Colonel David H. Hackworth,  former CIA clandestine services case officer Robert David Steele, author/former CIA case officer Robert Bauer,  journalist Dominick Dunne & Secretary of the U.S. Navy John Leyman.

Ms. Buckalew has spearheaded and/or co-organized significant projects including UnityFest celebrations at college campuses to honor Dr. Martin Luther King w/ co-organizer Kevin Young,  Pennies for Patriots w/ WalMart's Sharon Finizia to raise funds for the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C.,  the Crystal Apple Teacher Award at Clear Channel Communications to honor teachers and also bringing the R.E.A.D. program with MidSouth Therapy Dogs to the Tennessee Library System.  In 2008 Buckalew was recognized by Memphis Women's Magazine as one of "50 Women Who Make a Difference."

Ms. Buckalew considers it a  honor to have worked with over thirty USA governors along with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Washington, DC Mayors Vincent Gray & Muriel Bowser and their staffs in the AW-USA Weeks for the Animals celebrations. She shares her life with a brilliant white Siberian husky-German Shepherd.  A lover of animals, books and music, she is so grateful to God for all that He has done in her life. "Without God, I would never ever have been able to fulfill my dreams and destiny."

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