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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is a global non-profit helping animals and people thrive together. They are experts and everyday people, working across seas, oceans, and in more than 40 countries around the world. They rescue, rehabilitate, and release animals, and they restore and protect their natural habitats. The problems they’re up against are urgent and complicated. To solve them, they match fresh thinking with bold action. They partner with local communities, governments, non-governmental organizations, and businesses. Together, they pioneer new and innovative ways to help all species flourish.
They believe that EVERY ANIMAL MATTERS.
Soi Dog Foundation (Soi Dog) was established in 2003 in Phuket, Thailand, to help the street dogs and cats who had no-one else to care for them. Over 70,000 strays roamed the island, with the numbers growing alarmingly due to a lack of spay and neuter programmes to control the population. Soi Dog was created to provide a humane and sustainable solution to managing the stray population and to address their medical needs. Funding then, as it does now, came entirely from individuals who shared, and continue to share, the vision of our founders.
Our work with street animals consists of spaying and neutering to prevent unwanted puppies and kittens being born into short lives of suffering, along with the rescue, vaccination, medical treatment, sheltering, and adoption of those that cannot be returned to their territory.
Women for Wolves: A rescue and sanctuary for neglected or abandoned animals run by women. Jaws & Paws is a non-profit organization founded in 2013 by marine conservationist and singer Anjali Ranadive and marine scientist Jessica Hernandez. Jaws and Paws’ mission is to spread awareness for the conservation of endangered predatory species (sharks, polar bears, and tigers). Each of these species are keystone predators that maintain a healthy balance in their ecosystems. We aim to reach young adults and children in particular by promoting education through social media, internet/television campaigning, books, and other influential platforms pertaining to younger generations about the need to bring awareness to the issues endangered predatory populations are threatened by. Our foundation relies on future generations protecting endangered species worldwide.
The Rhino Orphanage is a registered non-profit company based in the Limpopo Province and was founded by Arrie van Deventer in 2012. The orphanage is the first specialist, dedicated, non-commercial centre that cares for orphaned and injured baby rhinos with the only aim of releasing them back into the wild. It was created as the result of a lack of a specialized place for rearing baby rhinos who have been orphaned as a consequence of the current poaching crisis which feeds the illegal trade in horns.
Helping Rhinos invests in critical projects that have the greatest potential to protect the black and white rhino in Africa. They support partners in the field that not only demonstrate a commitment to rhino conservation; their protection and reproduction in their natural habitat, but who also recognize the importance of local community involvement – employment opportunities, business creation opportunities, and education in local schools. Simon Jones founded Helping Rhinos and has led the organization in its growth allowing the organization to achieve tangible results in its goal of protecting rhino in their natural habitat.
It is such a huge privilege for me to host Hello Animal Talks and bring these fabulous speakers into your awareness. I hope you enjoy your time with them as much as I did, and that you come away from the interviews with lots of new knowledge and fresh thoughts to ponder.