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International Fund for Animal Welfare, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: fresh thinking and bold action for animals, people, and the place we call home.

Results: IFAW engineers solutions that benefit animals, people and the planet, and activate where we are needed the most. Visit "Our Work" page to learn more about IFAW's current campaigns and victories. http://www.ifaw.org/projects

Programs: IFAW's main programs include Landscape Conservation, Wildlife Crime, Marine Conservation, Wildlife Rescue, Community Engagement, and International Policy

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251 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Just another Animal Appeal good cause whose appeal was chosen to appeal to the heart-strings, this racket and that is exactly what it was was started by Guide Dogs for the Blind, they got so much money sent in it ended up being the case that it was more difficult to find a blind person who wanted a dog but did that stop them it did not, then the C & G virus spread to adopt a donkey, adopt a horse, even adopt a white tiger and rhino, as anyone notice no one adopts a pig, a goat or a sheep, or stamps, shouts and screams about caged egg-laying chickens crammed 6-to a cage 31 days a month, 12 months a year, now we learn the boss of this money maker pockets $400 000 a year, but what other perks does he get, maybe a house described as home and office, cars described as company vehicles.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I was considering donating but why is the CEO paid 400K pa? My donation wont put a dent in that. I should think the CEO should be donating a significant portion of their salary back to the charity. I don't think i will be donating until the CEO cares more about animals than money.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Someone posted that Charity Navigator gives this organization the lowest grade. This is actually NOT true. You can see the three stars they received last year here:
https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3892

Also, even though I agree that a $300,000 salary for the President seems high, the real number to consider is the PERCENTAGE of the organization's assets that goes to this salary. For IFAW it is 1.5%. This is one of the lowest percentages in the nonprofit world, given that IFAW is NOT (as the same post claimed) a small nonprofit. It is huge and has bases and operations worldwide.

I am very involved in wildlife conservation and have come across IFAW's teams several times over the years. Saving penguins in Patagonia; helping anti-poaching units in Kenya; rescuing domestic animals after Katrina. I was always impressed and inspired by the effective, professsional and committed work they did. I also had the pleasure of chatting with IFAW's president at Jane Goodall's 80th birthday party. He struck me as a passionate, driven, creative wildlife and animal lover. I believe his leadership has done wonders for IFAW.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization that provides great aid to all animals, from wildlife conservation efforts to helping domestic animals after natural disasters this organization does it all!

7

Donor

Rating: 3

I would like to donate to this organization but I too think the CEO makes too much. $200,000 a year seems more than enough. I also think that sending gifts is a waste of resources. Their latest mail claims they spend $0 .89 of each dollar on animals and institutional expenses. That should be separated. I'm not sure my little contribution is worth it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Uniquely, IFAW has pulled together all the elements necessary to take the lead in protecting animals, especially endangered species.

It doesn't think about populations, it thinks one animal at a time. It rescues and protects individual creatures that are in danger all around the world, and learns, teaches and expands support for its thinking at the same time.

It also works at the highest levels to change cultures from within, and catch criminals who organize mass slaughter for for profit. IFAW's Grace de Gabriel devoted many years of meticulous work to lead the process that convinced China to outlaw ivory trading, and that's just one of many awesome examples!

If - like me - you care about saving our vulnerable species, please trust me, I've checked them all out. IFAW's unique approach delivers by far the most conservation value per dollar donated.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Yesterday, IFAW saved 10 dolphins stranded in Wellfleet on Cape Cod, and last month it hosted a Ted talk with Dr. Carl Safina (see picture). He's a MacArthur "Genius Grant” winner who hosts “Saving the Ocean” on PBS. He also wrote the book: "“Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel”, the subject of his talk, which powerfully establishes what many of us believed, that many (perhaps all?) wild and domestic animals have individual personalities and feelings. It isn't just humans, or just primates, or just mammals!

For me, this so well sums up the brilliance of IFAW, which I've followed and supported for decades. It is the only animal protection charity that cares about helping each animal as an individual, not just en masse as a species, AND stretches to the highest levels of international culture, policy and policing to achieve this in the most powerful ways. Amazingly, it successfully reaches from saving individual dolphins on Cape Cod, elephants in Kenya and dogs in South Africa, to quietly leading countries like China and Japan to change their norms and laws to respect, value and protect individual living creatures.

Others are good, but I believe IFAW is the most effective short AND long term protector of wildlife and animal life in the world.

Oh! For those looking at the accounts, it does make sense to raise the point below about the high proportion of corporate expenses to programs - I did as well. There is actually a good explanation! The US accounts include the global HQ in Yarmouth Port, which coordinates work in Africa, China, Europe (especially Holland and UK), Russia, Australia, US, Canada - in fact, all over the world. All those regions have a much higher percentage of spending on programs, but US regional programs come in the same accounts as all the strategic global planning and coordination, which give IFAW tremendous influence for the good of animals - and humans - all around the world.

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Donor

Rating: 3

Sure they do very good work, but way to many requests for donations- most charities I support send 4 a year, these can send 4 a month. And frequently send unnecessary 'free gifts' which do nothing to make ME want to support them. Waste. No more....

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have no story but I will only donate to charities that give the most to the animals, you ceo's need to think more of the animals then your wallets.

37

Donor

Rating: 2

I reviewed the Form 990 Tax return and was a little disappointed to see how much of the revenue goes to officer salaries and regular business expenses. As an accountant I would expect a charitable organization to give a much larger % of the contributions collected to the animals, not to big business. I just contributed today :-(. Next time I will review more carefully and unfortunately will not be giving this charity money anymore. Clean it up IFAW, more for the animals less for greed.

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3 Yvonne22

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the few organizations that I regularly support whole-hearted! They do amazing work world wide, saving countless lives and making a difference in this world.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

IFAW goes above and beyond to ensure the welfare of animals around the world. I am so impressed with their work, particularly after the earthquake in Nepal.

10

Donor

Rating: 2

Has anyone noticed the large number of reviews written on June 26, 2015 most of which read like excerpts from their website? Seems a bit contrived.

Review from Guidestar

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Founded in 1969, the International Fund for Animal Welfare saves individual animals, animal populations and habitats all over the world. 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. They also advocate saving populations from cruelty and depletion, such as our campaign to end commercial whaling and seal hunts.

Vision: IFAW vision is a world where animals are respected and protected.

Mission: IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world.

Promise: They promise supporters and policy makers effective animal protection solutions delivered with intelligence, compassion and integrity.

Belief: IFAW believes in the intrinsic value of animals and that we have a responsibility to protect them from suffering and unnecessary exploitation.

Work: They rescue and care for individual animals and deliver effective solutions for the long-term protection of animal populations and habitats.

They promote addressing animal welfare concerns in policy, legislation and society.

Team: Their 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.

Approach: They are international, with local expertise and leadership in all of our field offices. Through strong international coordination, they leverage regional campaigns and projects to achieve global influence and impact.

Their work connects animal welfare and conservation, demonstrating that healthy populations, naturally sustaining habitats and the welfare of individual animals are intertwined.

They use our hands-on projects on the ground to inform and influence policy.

They are sensitive to the needs of communities and work for solutions that benefit both animals and people.

28 Michael319

Donor

Rating: 1

IFAW is a small org that pays huge salaries. The CEO gets $325K; the former CEO who retired two years ago, is still paid $350K (how that works, I have no idea). Everyone else on the management team earns $175K.n Charity Navigator gives IFAW the lowest possible rating for financial performance. The director of corp comm's husband reports to her, a gross conflict of interest. IFAW spends millions on a few pet projects (seals, elephants and whales, particularly) yet has very little to show for their efforts spanning many, many years. Donate to animal rescue -- it's a worthy cause -- but give it to orgs that actually have a record of success and not to orgs that have bloated, slow-acting leadership. Sign me, former, and wiser, donor.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I stopped donating after I learned the exec team is paid outrageous sums ((millions). Only 61 percent of what they take in goes to programs and if you search the media for success stories of their work, you'll find very little. Charity Navigator gives them only two stars. Notably, they receive only one star for financial performance. IFAW's revenues come mainly from outside the US and I suspect that's because they have so littlie credibility or visibility in the US. Want more information? Contact Shawna Moos, director of communications.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a long time supporter of IFAW because they work to help animals in need worldwide, and they do so effectively.

2 Christina78

Donor

Rating: 5

So glad for this organization and the wonderful work they do around the world to help animals in need.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love this organization; the work they do is wonderful!

2 April B. D.

Donor

Rating: 5

ALL I CAN SAY, FOLKS, IS THAT I HAVE BEEN AN ANIMAL PROTECTOR FOR OVER 60 YEARS AND, BELIEVE ME, I DO NOT THROW MONEY AWAY ON ORGS. I DO NOT BELIEVE ARE SINCERE IN REALLY HELPING THE ANIMAL VICTIMS OF ABUSE AND NATURAL DISASTERS AND ONLY BELIEVE IN LINING THEIR OWN POCKETS WITH MONEY!!!! I HAVE SEEN FIRST HAND WHAT THESE BLESSED PEOPLE DO TO HELP THESE VICTIMS IN TIMES OF DISASTERS ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND BELIEVE ME, INDIA HAS BEEN THE WORST WITH DISASTERS!!!

GOD BLESS THEM ALL AND ONLY SHOULD MANY BLESSING COME THEIR WAY!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Although I cannot afford to donate for every cause, I do manage to send small amounts to support their efforts when I feel that a situation needs immediate donations (as many do), no matter how small. I appreciate their incredible efforts and the fact that they send me information on the status of various projects that are in progress or have been resolved. They are doing absolutely wonderful and much-needed work to rescue and to see that animals are treated humanely and cared for properly throughout the world. (I truly wish that I were able to provide them with more monetary support.)

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love IFAW because they help ALL animals, whether it be domestic, farm or wild. They truly care about the well being of all animals in ALL parts of the world. I feel so strongly about the positive direction IFAW takes that I am leaving some of my estate to the organization when I depart this world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization reaches all over our world to right wrongs against animals and to insure their freedom. IFAW has made a great impact on all species threatened by Nature and by Man, and continues to protect the future of all living things.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love IFAW. I've been donating for many years now and am fully supportive of their far-reaching global work that covers many areas. From helping domestic animals to wildlife rehabilitation to worldwide sanctuaries, emergency response in natural disasters and fighting injustices such as the Canadian seal hunt - IFAW is there. They're very informative, telling members how their donations are being used. I'm very proud to be a member of IFAW.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of the IFAW for over 40 years. As a child I would send my allowance to the organization after seeing a news report on Brian Davies' effort to stop the Canadian baby seal slaughter that was occurring back then. The IFAW helped to end that slaughter. Unfortunately, the Canadians have re-instituted this disgusting, inhumane hunt, and I know that the IFAW will continue the effort to help the seals and all animals around the world that are suffering.

Dawn Zelinski
Middletown, NJ

1 Dorothy6

Donor

Rating: 5

I adore this charity....and know they are so very worthy! They continue to step in, where needed, and make a huge difference for animals in need. They have been one of my favorite charities for many years....and I remain grateful TO HELP THEM! DRB

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Donor

Rating: 5

This group is amazing....they help so many animals and animal groups through out the world. They are incredibly thankful for all the support they receive...and I find it a joy to help them!

They are always on the scene when ever and wherever there is a need....I can not say enough for all the good they do...I am honored to support them...and always will! DRB

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Donor

Rating: 5

I often see IFAW on the news rescuing wildlife. I am proud to support their work on behalf of the animals and our planet.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

IFAW has been tireless supporter for animals, esp fighting for a ban on ivory. When I was researching what Eco-friendly flooring I could use for my new apt. IFAW was so very helpful in helping me figure out what we're good and not as good choices. Yay IFAW!

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Donor

Rating: 5

IFAW is always there to help animals all over the world. Their work has saved countless lives from dogs to elephants. They do great work!

Kinga L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization. They help animals all over the world. They are caring, genuine and super worth supporting in any way we can.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Money is meaningless unless every penny is used to save and end the suffering of animals. IFAW places the singular dollars from those of use that are unable to donate more, to battling the world war of the neglect, torture, and pain of the helpless.

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Donor

Rating: 5

IFAW is very effective at making a difference for animals around the world. With so much attention focused on human ills, we too easily neglect the plight of other species, who are being decimated by pollution, poaching, the "entertainment" industry, and human developments that ravage their habitats and shrink them to nothingness. Please check out IFAW's website and consider our nonhuman kin. We're all in this together.

Anthony56

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a member of IFAW for years . They do wonderful work to help save and protect animals around the world. They are always there when a crisis comes up and step up to the plate to make a difference and have saved thousands of lives from torture, inhumane conditions, cruelty.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to IFAW on an annual basis for many years and also contribute as needed when there is a crisis anywhere that will affect animals (for example, the typhoon in the Philippines, the Ebola epidemic in Africa that affected chimpanzees as well as humans, and the ongoing strife in Ukraine that puts pet dogs and cats at great risk). IFAW is there to help animals that are often overlooked in times of human peril.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been an avid supporter of IFAW for years. I am not by any standards, a wealthy person.... So I make sure what I support is an upstanding group dedicated to animal welfare..... Nationally and internationally. I love this group and would totally recommend them as a more than worthy nonprofit.... Please join me in supporting this wonderful group!

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I support this group because they actually do work

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following the work of this fantastic organization for years, and am so impressed I became a member in order to support their international projects to protect the magnificent species we share this amazing planet with !! They put their money and their efforts right on the front line to protect animals and their environments, and in the process they educate people to our ALL being one family here on planet Earth. Please support !!!

1 Dorian C.

Donor

Rating: 5

A much needed group that really cares and does work around the globe! We and they need to continue to be the voice of the voiceless!

2 Malia A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am thankful IFAW for bringing my attention to problems that I would otherwise not know about. I also appreciate the ease of signing petitions. They do amazing work and are relentless, for which I am appreciative.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Great communication about the work they IFAW is completing all the time. I look forward to their emails and opportunities to help animals by donating or signing petitions.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The world needs it's animals for a proper eco system of checks and balance. People need animals for the same reason, to keep us in check. Animals keep us happy, healthy and warm. It is our duty to do the same for them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of IFAW for many years and have often apprised others of IFAW's superb history in assisting animals. I cannot recommend them high enough as one of the top "nonprofit" organizations. The "five star" rating needs to be upgraded for IFAW....all nonprofits should be this well organized and helpful.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been donating to IFAW for many years now. I've watched the great work they do around the world and wanted to make sure my hard earned dollars are given to charities that are legit, do great work, especially when disasters arrive. I will continue to support their work for as long as I possibly can and thank them for all they do!

1 Sheila46

Donor

Rating: 5

I have supported IFAW since their inception. This grassroots organization now has a presence in more than 14 countries around the world, and their reach and impact is global. I know that when I donate to them, the money is going to the animals, Marine Mammals on Cape Cod and Antarctica, Elephants in Africa and India, Dogs in Crisis in Canada, Mexico, Bali and China, Bears in Russia. They are the champion of so many worthy causes!

1 Rosemarie B.

Donor

Rating: 5

The most effective, savvy and compassionate animal protection organization on the international level
on the planet. I'm very proud to have been a supporter since IFAW was founded in 1969

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am from Corpus Christi,, Texas
I feel that it is just amazing that this world wide group of people are on the spot when a disaster occurs. The immediate help for the koalas in the Australia fire, India's earthquake, Chili's flood and many more. I don't care what country it is in but I always have the comfort of knowing that this group will always be there to save the helpless animals. They experience what the people and animals experience in the tragedy. The people accept them with open arms because they are in such a horrible situation, that the health and well being of their pets and livestock are being taken care of, so they can focus on their families and getting their lives back together. Thank you for all your tireless, emotional, super saver journeys.

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Donor

Rating: 5

IFAW is saving animals around the world through their nonstop efforts in many third world countries were animals are not respected and in countries such as the US where one would not expect to see animals abused and abandoned. Keep up the tireless work IFAW

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the best organizations, they help the farm animals when a disaster hits. By saving these animals they also help the people who depend on these for food and money. They help save and provide care to all wild and domestic animals. I am proud to support this organization as a month supporter.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IFAW is one of the most well run impactful non- profits out there. Their staff are highly trained professionals with decades of devoted experience to the welfare of animals all over the globe. The connection of IFAW to both government and NGO's is unmatched in the fight to end poaching of wildlife and to advance the interests of animal welfare worldwide.

3 Terry64

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

Charity Navigator gives them 2 out of 4 stars. See http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3892#.VKDU1sCw

Donor

Rating: 5

I am very happy that there is people who really care and helping animals all over the world. I am too sentimental to be involved in the heart breaking rescues, the least I can do is to donate some money. It's probably nothing for the scale of worldwide, but better then just crying and do nothing. I am proud of all of your volunteers and activists. Keep on doing it with God's help and guidance, and maybe this brutal world will be getting better.

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Donor

Rating: 5

If there is something I love in this worl are animals and what better wait to donate to a charity that helps them. I truly enjoy being part of IFAW, they always leep me informed in what animals they are helping next and that is something that makes me truly happy. Just sharing of the little I have gives me joy everyday because I know it is for something I love and care for.

Cheri S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

All over the world the activities of humans affect the lives of animals. So much of those affects are tragic, sometimes cruel, and heart-breaking. It is wonderful to be part of a human activity that helps rescue and protect animals. It helps me remember that we are not always the problem. Sometimes we can be the solution.

Amanda147

Donor

Rating: 5

It makes me feel good to donate to IFAW as I feel the organization is really trying to make a difference in the lives of animals around the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate very much the work that the International Fund for Animal Welfare does. In all of the stories about people and their tragedies, we sometimes forget the animal that are neglected and abused. Thank you for your work to help them.

Donor

Rating: 5

I believe this organization supports some of the most critically endangered animals and their habitats and I can feel good about being a part of that.

Donor

Rating: 5

I found out about IFAW by reading about their organization through material and information supplied in a of box of a brand named tea- a supporter of their organization. The tea company happens to be Red Rose. I decided to donate to IFAW in order to help animals in need, They happened to have another supporter who would match any funds given at the time so I decided to give so the dollars would go further in helping their cause. IFAW then sent me and online magazine to read about the work they are doing not only for wild animals but also domesticated animals and pets who needed help. I find they are very informative and show video clips of the work they are doing for animals who are in desperate need of love and care. I highly recommend them to any one interested who wants to help and know what a fantastic job they are doing to make life for animals as natural or at least comfortable for them to survive and even thrive! Bill T.

Donor

Rating: 5

IFAW is a wonderful organization and I am happy to donate to them whenever possible so they can continue helping animals in need.

Donor

Rating: 5

I do love the fact that this organization actually lets you know the results of the donations and also cares about all animals...not just cats and dogs!

Pollyana H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

International Fund for Animals Welfare, Inc. is an organization which devotes so much effort, resources to help wild life welfare, they have been doing an amazing job in the animal wild kingdom. I am a strong supporter of this great organization. I have named them as one of the beneficiaries in my life insurance. I urge you to support their work and donate monthly, even as little as $5 , 7. or 8. It helps tremendously, with more public support, this organization can do more for the animals welfare, animals cannot speak for themselves, so we human need to stand up for them, be their voice and savers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is fantastic. They will show you results for what you donate, and more importantly, truly care about the animals well-being. The work they do is the harder path, but trying to solve the right problems. They care about domestic cats and dogs to rare species in Africa/India, in particular Rhino/Tigers/Elephants who are amongst the most vulnerable.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IFAW's efforts range from addressing the plight of abused/neglected domestic animals to protection for wild animals worldwide - a voice for all animals everywhere! The situation for the survival of rhinos, elephants and lions is particularly dire at this time, and this organization is a key player in the fight to bring these and other endangered species back from the brink of extinction.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love helping out when I can. The work they do for all animals is so crucial. God created animals and only he should be allowed to take them away. They need to be cared for, not destroyed or tortured!

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to several animal charities, I have to cause I can't save them myself. It just rips me apart when I see how people treat animals, so I donate and I do it monthly. I look at it as it is like my bills I am responsible for, I feel responsible for the well being of these animals.
This charity is good in so many ways, it does what I can not. I love the news I get monthly or more often every time another animal or group of animals is saved it is a time to rejoice.
IFAW keeps me informed and up to date on everything so I feel I was part of the rescue. I say thank you so much for being one of the best animal charities, I feel privileged to be able to help in my small way.

Donor

Rating: 5

Nice to know I support an organization that does so much for so many animals all around the world. their efforts on behalf of those who cannot help themselves is astounding.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an organization that really goes out there and helps animals, at home and internationally. I feel like my donations are definitely put to good use and make a difference.

1 Robin112

Donor

Rating: 5

We donate to several animal welfare organizations, but are most impressed with the IFAW, because they let you know how your contributions are being put to good use! We really enjoy hearing about the success stories that became possible because concerned people cared enough to donate. They use the money to do such great work with animals, and adhere to a blueprint that all non-profit organizations should follow! We admire their work and take great pride in knowing that our contributions to them are helping make a difference in this world!