International Fund for Animal Welfare

Founded in 1969, the International Fund for Animal Welfare saves individual animals, animal populations and habitats all over the world. IFAW believes in the intrinsic value of animals and that we have a responsibility to protect them from suffering and unnecessary exploitation.

With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW provides hands-on assistance to animals in need, whether it's dogs and cats, wildlife and livestock, or rescuing animals in the wake of disasters. We also advocate saving populations from cruelty and depletion, such as our campaign to end commercial whaling and seal hunts.

Our team includes rescue workers, veterinarians, policy experts, campaigners, scientists, educators and the highest quality support staff — all driven by a determination to help animals in need. Through strong international coordination, we leverage regional campaigns and projects to achieve global influence and impact.

Our work connects animal welfare and conservation, demonstrating that healthy populations, naturally sustaining habitats and the welfare of individual animals are intertwined. We are sensitive to the needs of communities and work for solutions that benefit both animals and people.

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