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International Animal Rescue Saving animals from suffering around the world

About Us

International Animal Rescue

Our vision & mission

Our vision is a world where humans and animals coexist in sustainable ecosystems. Our mission is to build awareness and implement effective systems such that habitats and animals are protected.


At International Animal Rescue we not only save animals from suffering, we also rehabilitate and release them back into the wild and work to protect their precious natural habitats. Our work includes cutting free and caring for captive bears in India and Armenia, rescuing and rehabilitating orangutans and other primates in Indonesia and treating injured and orphaned howler monkeys in Costa Rica. Our aim is to return animals to their natural environment wherever possible, but we also provide a permanent home for those that can no longer fend for themselves.

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.

Key Organisational Goals


  1. Develop awareness to create mutual collaboration and collective action to protect natural habitats and the wildlife therein. Stimulate communities, government institutions and private stakeholders to take an active role in the management and protection of forests.
  2. Implement effective and/or innovative methods and approaches to reduce the trade in wild animals.
  3. Ensure that animals remain safe in their habitat and that where/when appropriate, vulnerable animals are rescued, and to increase knowledge to expedite the release of animals into the wild. For animals that are not viable for release, provide sanctuary.



Where we work


  • Indonesia - In 2009 we established the first rescue centre for orangutans in West Borneo. Since then we have rescued over 200 orangutans and are currently caring for 111. In West Java we also run the only slow loris rehabilitation centre in the world, where we care for hundreds of lorises rescued from the cruel pet trade. In this same centre our team also rehabilitates rescued macaques, many of whom were kept in tiny laboratory cages or forced to dance for human entertainment.
  • India - With our partners, Wildlife SOS, we made history in 2009 and ended the 400 year old tradition of dancing bears in India. The rescued bears now live contentedly in our sanctuaries in India where they are given all the love and care they need. We have pledged to meet the costs of lifelong care for these bears and also support efforts to crack down on bear cub poaching.
  • Armenia - In 2017 we were alerted to the shocking plights of brown bears across Armenia. Working with a local animal welfare group, FPWC, we began rescuing these abused and neglected animals and it's our goal to eventually rescue them all!
  • Costa Rica - Howler Monkeys in Costa Rica are being electrocuted by uninsulated power lines and transformers. Often, infant howler monkeys are orphaned when their mothers are electrocuted; we provide round-the-clock treatment and lengthly rehabilitation before they are reintroduced to the forest.
  • United Kingdom - As well as providing a sanctuary for unwanted cats, our partners Catastrophes Cat Rescue’s work with feral cats involves spaying and neutering complete colonies and giving any necessary veterinary treatment.
  • Malta - Thousands of migrating birds are illegally show down as they fly over Malta each year. We joined the campaign to end this slaughter in 1990 and lobby for stronger bird protection legislation and more effective law enforcement. We also run a small bird rehabilitation hospital in Valleta.



United Kingdom

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, Armenia, Costa Rica and Malta to ensure the projects run smoothly. 

UK Charity Registration Number: 1118277

United States of America

International Animal Rescue, US was incorporated on 19 April 2001 and subsequently registered in every state in the US. We have two small administrative offices in the US to look after our growing numbers of supporters.

United States Registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Tax Id: 54-2044674

European Union (Netherlands)

Stichting International Animal Rescue is registered in the Netherlands so that our EU supporters can donate to our EU based foundation.

KvK nr: 273.11.514      RSIN: 8189.22.540