International Animal Rescue
|Key people||John Hicks, Alan Knight OBE, CEO|
International Animal Rescue, also known as IAR, is an animal welfare non-profit organization based in the United Kingdom that comes to the aid of wild and domestic animals with hands-on rescue and rehabilitation. International Animal Rescue returns rehabilitated animals to the wild while also providing permanent sanctuary for those that cannot be released. International Animal Rescue specializes in comprehensive sterilization and vaccination programs for stray dogs and cats, particularly in developing countries. They also work to educate the public in the humane treatment of all animals. International Animal Rescue has offices in the United Kingdom, United States, India, Indonesia, Malta and the Netherlands.
International Animal Rescue was established by John and Jo Hicks, and first registered as a charity in the United Kingdom in September 1989; in Goa, India in 1998; in the United States in 2001 and in the Netherlands and Indonesia in 2008. IAR Malta became an officially recognized body in 1993.
The first clinic and rescue center was established in Goa in 1989 to sterilize stray dogs and vaccinate them against rabies. The Goa center (known as Animal Tracks) is licensed under the Animal Birth Control (ABC) grant system introduced by Maneka Gandhi.
Dancing bear rescue and rehabilitation
The rehabilitation of the bears' handlers formed an integral part of the project, ensuring they would not revert to bear dancing as a way of earning a living. The Kalandar tribes people who danced the bears were taught new trades such as rickshaw driving or carpet weaving to help them support their families.
Primate rescue and rehabilitation
International Animal Rescue's team in Indonesia grew out of a group called ProAnimalia International that cared for animals confiscated from the illegal trade circuit.
In Indonesian Borneo, IAR rescues and cares for a growing number of orangutans at their emergency rescue center in Ketapang, West Kalimantan, from orphaned infants to full-grown adults that spent years in captivity. The rescue center on the island of Java has facilities for the treatment and care of macaques and slow lorises.
International Animal Rescue set up a rescue center called Animal Tracks in 1998 in the town of Mapusa in the north of Goa, India, to address the welfare issues of the stray dog population. Since then, the sterilization and vaccination programs have dramatically reduced the numbers of strays and as a result of the anti-rabies vaccinations cases of rabies in humans have also been eliminated in the areas where IAR operates.
International Animal Rescue's veterinary center in Trichy, Tamil Nadu was established in 2005 by Dr Deike Schacht. The center's aim is to control and care for the stray dog population with sterilization and vaccination, and to provide shelter and treatment for sick and injured dogs.
International Animal Rescue's veterinary teams in India and Indonesia routinely sterilize stray cats as means of reducing and controlling their populations. A team from Catastrophes Cat Rescue in the United Kingdom also conducts sterilization trips for IAR in Spain and other parts of Europe by trapping and sterilizing communities of feral cats and providing veterinary treatment.
International Animal Rescue joined the campaign to end the illegal shooting of migrating birds in Malta in 1990 and lobbies at a national and European level for greater bird protection while working closely with the police and the Ministry of Environment and Rural Affairs to help animals in need. IAR also provides a 24 hour emergency helpline where inquiries are taken about abandoned animals, illegal bird hunting and trapping, wildlife trafficking and instances of animal cruelty.
International Animal Rescue runs a bird rehabilitation hospital in Valletta where injured species are nursed back to health such as honey buzzards, kestrels, short eared owls, as well as familiar garden songbirds. Once their wounds have healed, the rescued birds are released back into the wild.
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