Our Work - Malta Bird Rescue
Our office in Malta
Our office in Malta is based at the home of Malta chairman, Max Farrugia, in Hamrun. This is also the location of our small bird rehabilitation hospital where all kinds of migrating birds are treated for shooting injuries before being released back into the wild.
International Animal Rescue is involved in numerous animal welfare issues in Malta. On our 24 hour emergency helpline we take enquiries about abandoned and stray animals, illegal bird hunting and trapping, wildlife being sold or kept as pets, and instances of animal cruelty. Callers are given advice or provided with contact details for others who can help. We take action on some cases ourselves, or call in the police to investigate. International Animal Rescue works very closely with the police and the Ministry of Environment and Rural Affairs in Malta to help animals in need.
We campaign at a national and a European level for improvements to animal welfare legislation. Since Malta became a member of the European Union in 2004, a number of European groups have asked us to be their partners in Malta. Max represents International Animal Rescue on the European Committee for PIE (Pets in Europe) and ENDCAP (to end wildlife in captivity). Within PIE he holds the Vice-Presidency of the council and is also chairman of ENDCAP's Exotic Trade and Illegal Traffic of Wildlife Committee.
Max is the chairman of IAR Malta, and is absolutely dedicated to the welfare and protection of all animals, from circus animals to horses to birds. He has worked in the animal welfare sector since 1983. In 1986 he decided to focus on wildlife and attended a three week course in the UK on caring for injured wildlife. Following a second course in Italy, Max set up his own injured bird unit in 1989. Two years later Max set up a 24-hour emergency information service to advise on urgent animal welfare problems and supply phone numbers of sanctuaries, vets and other experts.
In 1992, Max was asked by John Hicks to set up a branch of International Animal Rescue in Malta. This was completed in March 1993. As well as caring for injured wildlife, Max lobbies tirelessly for improvements to animal welfare legislation, both nationally and Europe-wide.
Since Malta became a member of the European Union, a number of European groups have asked us to be their partners in Malta. Max serves on the European Committee for PIE (Pets in Europe) and ENDCAP (to end wildlife in captivity). Within PIE he holds the Vice-Presidency of the council and is also chairman of ENDCAP's Exotic Trade and Illegal Traffic of Wildlife Committee.