S.O.S promotes the protection of all animals. Through education and advocacy, we work to defend animals from
cruelty and exploitation, to reduce animal suffering, and to
We believe that the lives of all creatures, great and small, have value and are worthy of respect. We encourage others to extend the circle of compassion to include all living beings — human and nonhuman alike.
We view animals not as objects or resources, but rather as fellow creatures with the same spark of life that we have — and the same desire to live and avoid unnecessary pain and suffering.
Nobody can cure all the world's ills, but we can all help alleviate them. Regardless of other beliefs we hold and however else we choose to lead our lives, each of us can decide to act with kindness and compassion. Making humane choices is the ultimate affirmation of our humanity.
S.O.S aims to practice activism that is smart and substantive but isn't sensational, overly-aggressive, or negative. We want to use positive tactics to draw people to our cause... to appeal to many types of people and strategically work to educate and change behaviors, not just protest or show dissent. We seek to be respectful in our tactics and embody the kind of compassion and positive behavior we are asking others to feel. In our efforts, we utilize only legal methods; we do not tolerate the use of violence.
Do I have to be a UGA student to participate in S.O.S?
No! S.O.S. welcomes all people affiliated with UGA — students, faculty, staff — as well as members of the Athens community. Our goal is to bring together a diverse coalition of people who care about animals.
What kind of stuff does S.O.S do?
Our group sponsors a wide range of activities including films, guest speakers, education and outreach efforts, community service projects, advocating for humane reforms, social events, and more. You're sure to find something that interests you!
Do I need to be vegetarian to join?
No, S.O.S accepts you wherever you are on the food-choice spectrum. While many group members follow a plant-based diet, we welcome everyone interested in reducing animal suffering! Whether your focus is on animals used for food, clothing, experiments, sports and entertainment, or other issues, S.O.S needs your help to speak for those who can't.
Because animals used for food account for 98% of the animals killed in the U.S. and suffer from some of the most abusive and cruel conditions, S.O.S places special emphasis on factory-farmed animals. But we also work on many other animal protection issues, so whether you're veg or not, there are lots of opportunities for you to help animals!
I want to help be a voice for animals, but I don't have a lot of time and am not able to make the meetings. How can I still help?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to join our listserv so you can get announcements about S.O.S events. If you don't have time to participate in all our activities, that's OK! You are welcome to volunteer to help out whenever you have a chance, for example working on just one of our projects during the year. Armchair activists can also make their voices heard for animals by checking out the Take Action section of our website where you'll find resources that help you speak out about issues that impact animals.