Laura Simpson is founder of the Harmony Fund international rescue charity and The Great Animal Rescue Chase, an international race to save the lives of one million animals.
The Harmony Fund is a unique charity network that sustains the work of animal rescue squads throughout the world in their daily mission to protect and heal animals others might deem “unreachable”. With projects in 16 countries and the annual rescue of several thousand animals, the Harmony Fund takes a unique blue sky approach that allows supporters to enjoy an uplifting experience free of graphic photos and dire forecasts.
Laura spent more than a decade warming up for this role during her career as United States Director of the World Society for the Protection of Animals where she specialized in educating Americans about the needs of animals across the globe. She rang the bell on more than $30 million in donations to build sanctuaries for abused bears in Asia and Eastern Europe, develop free spay/neuter clinics in rural Kenya, support lion conservation work around Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater and dozens of other projects. Laura has also been instrumental in securing disaster relief for the animal victims of earthquakes, forest fires, hurricanes, volcanoes and war.
Laura is a top ten graduate of Northeastern University’s School of Journalism and spent time at the United States Environmental Protection Agency before beginning her work with animals. Today she lives in New England with her husband Howard, their daughter Sabrina and a colorful array of four legged companions.
It doesn’t take years of training or arms of steel to rescue animals. We all have an innate ability to stop cruelty and suffering. So roll up your sleeves and put your boots on. You can deliver absolute joy to animals who had forgotten what it felt like to climb a tree or to sleep without fear.
Watch as your actions save that one little life, tucked inside a bevy of green feathers or snug beneath a striped coat and whiskers. At the end of the day, that single act of compassion makes you nothing less than a hero.
- Laura Simpson, Founder