Where World Animal Guardians Began

World Animal Guardians is a collaborative rescue team that includes people from all over the world. Most of our rescue efforts are focused in Kuwait, where the founders met and bonded over a mutual disdain for the rampant animal abuse and neglect.


Kuwait is a place where literally any type of animal imaginable, from Persian cats to monkeys, can be purchased for a price. Their Friday Animal Market is largely unregulated, so combined with Kuwait's lenient import and cruelty laws, many animals suffer at the expense of human intrigue. Many of these animals are purchased only to be cruelly tortured, killed, or dumped into the desert when the fad wears off. Rescuers have saved animals with eyes gouged out, faces beaten in, legs broken, and declawed cats left to starve, monkeys with broken bones, nursing litters left for dead, even hyena pups. There are also many throw-aways and street dogs, as dogs are seen as a novelty.


If the animals survive the heat, they must also survive the numerous communicable diseases that are rampant. They are exposed to everything from Parvo virus to Pneumonia. Many of the animals develop respiratory diseases from the poor conditions. Temperatures reach up to 60C (140F) in Kuwait, cooking many of the poor souls within hours.


The rescue group based in Kuwait has been rescuing animals out-of-pocket for years, just trying every day to save one more life. These rescuers pull dying animals out of the garbage. They make a fuss to the Friday Market vendors and all who will listen, begging to bring the animals inside out of the sun. They put water into dry containers as the animals drink it faster than it can be refilled. They spend their evenings at the veterinarians asking for favors as there is never enough resources to save them all. Now joined with the rescue team based in the USA, they can finally shed light on the abuse and neglect of the animals there, and get enough exposure to help the survivors. Thus World Animal Guardians was born.


Some say, "Why Kuwait?" We say, "Because if not us, then who?" Please be a part of our team and rescue effort by sharing our posts, donating to the cause, or fostering and adopting. When you donate, every dollar goes toward saving a survivor, as we are an entirely volunteer team. We are a 501c3 Nonprofit.


Amy Swope


A dog lover through and through. A dog handler in the Army. A professional trainer. Most of all, a rescuer with so much love for the well-being of all animals.


Lynne Carreiro

WAG Operations Manager


Loretta Holmberg


I'm Loretta and I am the adoptions coordinator. I am at the epicenter of placing our rescued dogs in foster care, loving transition homes, and most rewardingly, in forever homes. I work so closely with WAG volunteers to conduct home visits, finalizing adoptions, and ensuring each adoptable pup has the best medical attention and social exposure. I can often be found at Dulles Airport, where our pup's fly into, or adoption events across MD, PA, DC, and DE.

Lynnette Swope

WAG Board Member

Lover of dogs and sister of the founder. I work with animal welfare professionally and donate my time to WAG as a caretaker of the pups who arrive from Kuwait. Treat giver, cuddle enthusiast, and in my spare time I love to draw portraits of these adorable rescues.

Katie DeLorme

WAG Board Member - Communications

Deployed with Amy in the Army and developed a passion for saving pups who never would've had the chance for the lives they deserve. 

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