The QATO Foundation is a charitable foundation

We work to improve animal welfare.

We pay special attention to animals that do not thrive under human care

In the QATO Foundation we believe that all animals should have the right to a life with good animal welfare, and we pay special attention to animals that do not thrive under human care.


We work to promote a better and safer life for these animals - a caring life with respect and understanding, where the animals’ natural behaviour is encouraged.


The QATO Foundation is charitable and was established in 2012 by Signe and Thomas Kirk Kristiansen.

The origin of our name

The QATO Foundation was established in Qato's memory - a much-loved dog. 

Our Board

Signe Kirk Kristiansen

Signe Kirk Kristiansen is president and founder of the QATO Foundation.

She is a trained veterinary nurse and a board member of the non-profit foundation Ole Kirk's Fond.

Søren Vølund

Vice president of the QATO Foundation, Simon Vølund, is a veterinarian and former CEO at Odense Animal Hospital/Anicura.

Anne-Mette Juhl Jensen

Anne-Mette Juhl Jensen is a trained veterinary nurse and Head of Clinic at 'Morud Dyreklinik'.


The QATO Foundation has a small secretariat managing the day-to-day tasks.

Christina Fevejle Nielsen

Christina Fevejle Nielsen is Project Manager in the QATO Foundation and is responsible for the daily operations of the foundation. Christina holds a master´s degree in biology and communication and joined the QATO Foundation in 2018.


If you contact the QATO Foundation, you will be greeted by Christina.