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International Animal Rescue Saving animals from suffering around the world

COVID-19 Emergency Appeal



​COVID-19 is wreaking havoc across the globe. Our top priority at this time is to keep all of our staff and the animals in our care safe. However, the effect of this crisis on the sanctuaries is becoming more and more severe each day. We are in urgent need of funds to keep our centres operational. In Indonesia there is genuine concern that the orangutans, slow lorises and macaques in our care could be susceptible to catching this deadly disease. Our already strict biosecurity measures have been ramped up to maximum, however we are struggling to get hold of the correct protective and medical equipment. Disinfectants, masks and gloves are now extremely scarce, and when they can be found they are significantly more expensive.

Each of our projects around the world is suffering. In India, the sudden lock-down led to panic buying leaving our team with serious concerns over food supply. In Costa Rica our project relies on educational visits by tourists for a large portion of its income, with the centre now closed to the public, this income stream has completely dried up. The bear sanctuary in Armenia is usually heavily staffed by international volunteers and is now facing a personnel shortage after having to send them all home. Paid staff are being redeployed to carry out volunteer duties, which is putting a strain on resources and forcing our team to work long and difficult hours.

We urgently need funds for:

  • Personal protective equipment - vital at this time but now extremely scarce and expensive.
  • Staff - all international volunteers have been sent home creating a personnel shortage.
  • Food - panic buying around the world has led to worrying food shortages.
  • Lost income - community events and educational visits are cancelled for the forseeable future. Both provide considerable income and have left us with a shortfall we need to make up.

We understand at difficult times like these, it’s natural for us all to focus on our own lives and families and we hope everyone is safe and well. But, as well as looking after ourselves and looking after each other, our focus is on all the suffering animals that need help as much as ever.

Please give what you can in this time of crisis so we can continue our life-saving work!


could buy the bears delicious healthy meals


could help purchase vital personal protection equipment


could go towards staffing costs as they are stretched to their limits 


could help keep the bear enclosures furnished with soft bedding


could help us provide life-saving medicine to the orangutans in our care


could help provide ongoing enrichment to keep the bears active 

If you have any problems making a donation, or any queries about your donation and our projects, please email us at [email protected]

​In the event that we are successful in achieving our target for a specific appeal or rescue project, any excess funds from your kind donation will be used by International Animal Rescue to help other animals in similar need.