International Animal Rescue Saving animals from suffering around the world

About Us

At International Animal Rescue we do exactly what our name says – we save animals from suffering around the world. Our work includes cutting free and caring for dancing bears in India, rescuing primates from captivity in Indonesia and sterilising and vaccinating stray dogs and cats in developing countries. Wherever possible we return rescued animals to their natural environment but we also provide a permanent home for animals that can no longer survive in the wild.

As human populations expand, wildlife comes under increasing threat. By rescuing individual animals belonging to species like the orangutan and reintroducing them into protected areas in the wild, our work also plays a role in the conservation of the species as a whole.

A 'Hands On' Approach

We work to educate the public in the compassionate and humane treatment of all animals. Sound scientific evidence forms the basis for our decision-making and determines the course of our rescue operations. In all that we do we aim to find practical solutions that benefit both animals and people.

We also work with other like-minded organisations and government departments to strengthen legislation to protect animals from cruelty and neglect.

International Animal Rescue has its head office in the UK, comprising of a small fundraising team, accounts department and supporter care. The UK office works closely with the teams in India, Indonesia and Malta to ensure the projects run smoothly. 

Watch an extraordinary rescue by our Orangutan Rescue team in Indonesia.

International Animal Rescue goes Stateside

International Animal Rescue, US was incorporated on 19 April 2001 and subsequently registered in every state in the US. Only then could we start raising awareness in the US of our projects around the world and start generating funds to support them via direct mail appeals to animal-loving members of the public. This approach enabled us to recruit supporters in the US who would themselves spread the word about International Animal Rescue and raise money for our animal rescue work.

When Laurence Van Atten-Holyoak joined International Animal Rescue in 2006 we were able to open a one-woman office in her home town of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Her role is to raise greater public awareness of International Animal Rescue, particularly in her local area, and explore various fundraising initiatives to support our existing direct mail appeals.

As well as carrying out community fundraising at local events, it is her task to apply to grant-making trusts and foundations and approach potential affinity partners and corporate sponsors.

International Animal Rescue, US
PO Box 137
Shrewsbury
MA 01545, USA
Tel: +1 508 826 1083