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Here you can read all about the latest news from our teams, our projects in Borneo, Penang Island and Romania, and the animals we care for every single day. You can also find top tips on a variety of topics from our IAPWA animal experts. 

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‘Happy tails’ from our recent patients

Thanks to the incredible kindness of our supporters, we’re thrilled to bring you these happy updates from our recent patients here at IAPWA.

From little Fox rescued from the streets of Ukraine, pangolins saved from the clutches of wildlife traffickers in the Philippines, Penang Island puppy Willow’s incredible transformation, and the story of May who was rescued from the streets of Tangier, there’s lots here to brighten your day.

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Garden plants and flowers that are toxic to cats

Do you know which garden plants cause risks to your cat’s health?

Cats, with their curious nature, are drawn to the outdoors. But it’s crucial to ensure their safety – including when it comes to the plants and flowers that surround them. Check out this essential guide detailing garden plants that pose risks to your cat’s health, along with key symptoms to watch out for and prevention methods.

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8 tips for calming your pet during vet visits​

Have you ever wondered how to keep your pet calm at the vet? Just like us, our dogs, cats and other beloved animals can become nervous when stepping into an unfamiliar medical environment. That’s why having a range of ways to soothe your pet during those nerve-wracking appointments can make all the difference. ​

At IAPWA we’ve had the privilege of accompanying hundreds of animals in need of veterinary care, helping ensure they feel calm and loved throughout their appointments. Drawing from our experiences, we’ve crafted a list of 8 essential tips to help ease your pet’s anxiety before and during their vet visits.

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World Chicken Day

Today marks World Chicken Day. To honour this special occasion, we thought now would be the perfect time to celebrate our little feathered friends and their place in our lives. Chickens can mean different things to different people, so let’s dive further into the lives of these ‘tiny dinosaurs’ we are lucky to share this planet with. Most of us know what chickens look like, and have probably spent some time pondering the age old question, whether the chicken or the egg came first, but there is much more to these beautiful birds that makes them so special.

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World Cassowary Day

Every year on the 26th September, we celebrate World Cassowary Day. But what exactly is a cassowary, why is it endangered, and what can be done to prevent a further decline of this magnificent bird that is crucial to maintaining rainforest diversity? The cassowary is a large, flightless bird that roams across the Southern Hemisphere, making appearances in countries like Papua New Guinea, parts of Indonesia, and Australia. It’s part of the ratite family, standing tall at about five feet, and it’s in the same club as emus and ostriches when it comes to heavyweight avians.

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World Animal Remembrance Month

Loss is a hard reality that all animal lovers have to face; whether it is the passing away of a beloved companion, or the death of animals worldwide due to exploitation and extinction, it is a reality we cannot avoid. World Animal Remembrance Month prompts us to remember, grieve, and commit to animal welfare. As we commemorate the animals we have lost and stand up for those in need, we lay the foundation for a future where every life, no matter how small, is treasured.

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National Dog Photography Day

It’s no secret that dog parents love immortalising the image of mans best friend. Whether it’s a photoshoot in the present day, medieval artwork, or all the way back to cavemen drawings. Throughout time there have been endless ways we have celebrated our four-legged companions. Delve into our interview with the Founder of this awareness day who talks all things dog photography and even has a special discount for IAPWA supporters.

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Volunteers’ Week 2023

There are many different types and forms of volunteerism, and anyone can be a volunteer. That’s one of the best things about volunteering; there are a variety of ways for individuals to make an impact according to their interests and abilities. From helping to build a shelter from the ground up, to creating impactful content for social media; there are no limits to the ways that someone can use their powers to support organisations.

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International Macaque Day

International Macaque Day is commemorated each 16th of March to bring awareness to these incredible beings whose populations are at risk due to human actions. But what exactly are macaques? Is there one species of them, or several? Why are their populations decreasing, and what can be done to help save them?

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National Walk Your Dog Day

With spring just around the corner and warmer walking days ahead, the 22nd of February was appropriately scheduled as an annual awareness day to remind pet parents of the importance of keeping their dog(s) active for their physical and mental health—not to mention the quality bonding time between paw-rent and furry companion it provides.

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International Animal Rights Day

International Animal Rights Day was established on the 10th of December 1998, during the 50th anniversary signing of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The initiative was created to defend that non-human beings have the right to a life free from exploitation and suffering.

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10 easy ways to support IAPWA this winter

Here at IAPWA, we know this festive season might force many families to tighten their purse strings due to the current cost of living crisis. We’d love for everyone to still feel they can do their part in supporting IAPWA and our work, even if making a donation isn’t possible, so we’ve put together this blog to kick-start some festive inspiration.

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World Wildlife Conservation Day

Since 2012, the 4th of December has been recognised as World Wildlife Conservation Day. This honorary day was created in 2012 to raise awareness of issues including wildlife extinction, endangerment and global wildlife trafficking and poaching.

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National Tree Week

Each year, between the 26th of November and 4th of December, the UK celebrates the beginning of tree planting season by kicking off National Tree Week. Trees are the largest plants and longest living species on Earth and are essential for a healthy planet, which is why they are more than worthy of being honoured with this week of observance.

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Borneo Animal Welfare Centre

We are building a new Borneo Animal Welfare Centre in 2023 from which we will run a comprehensive Dog and Cat Population Management Project, containing a range of programmes, some of which will be the first of their kind. We are so excited about the difference this project will make.

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World Rabies Day 2022

Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system of mammals. Whilst being 99.9% fatal, it is also 100% preventable by vaccination. World Rabies Day was launched in 2007 by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) as the first global advocacy, education, and awareness campaign for rabies. Learn more about this important campaign today.

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The Environmental Cost of Animal Agriculture

By 2050, the world’s population is expected to reach 10 billion, requiring an increase in global food production by 70%, with greenhouse gases projected to increase by 80%. It is important to acknowledge the environmental harm the production of animal products causes. This blog, written by Vivian Sandler, explores that topic in more detail.

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Keeping your dog safe on walks

It’s so important to think ahead to ensure your dog is as safe as possible on a walk. With more people than ever owning dogs in the UK, dog parks can sometimes become overcrowded. Plus, we are seeing hotter summers and more extreme winters, so there are many factors to consider to ensure Fido’s tail keeps wagging.

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Dogs and cats: heatwave

How To Keep Your Pets Cool During The Heatwave

At IAPWA, we are passionate about animal welfare and want to ensure all dogs and cats in the UK are kept safe. We have listed some top tips to keep your pet cool during the heatwave. Understanding what to do to keep your pets cool, reduces any serious risks to your companions and allows you to be more at ease.

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The Personalities and Plight of Farmed Animals

Animal exploitation is so ingrained in society that most people contribute to it unknowingly. Globally, humans consume about 350 million tons of meat a year—three times the amount that was consumed fifty years ago, with this number only rising as countries develop economically and populations rise (The World Counts, 2021; Ritchie & Roser, 2019).

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The Animal Sentience Debate: From BCE to the 21st Century

Talks about animal sentience–whether nonhuman animals can feel pain or pleasure–is not a new topic. Currently, we are living in a time when it is not difficult to find documentaries on animal sentience and intelligence, along with alternative products at the supermarket that do not involve animal suffering.

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Easy fundraising ideas to support patients at IAPWA

At IAPWA, our work is funded entirely by the generosity of animal lovers worldwide and we are always grateful for any offers of support to help us to improve the lives of animals in need. Could you help us raise funds for animals right now?
Fundraising is a wonderful opportunity to bring your community together; including family, friends, and neighbours, all participating towards a rewarding cause.

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Tick Bite Prevention Week

At IAPWA, our work is funded entirely by the generosity of animal lovers worldwide and we are always grateful for any offers of support to help us to improve the lives of animals in need. Could you help us raise funds for animals right now?
Fundraising is a wonderful opportunity to bring your community together; including family, friends, and neighbours, all participating towards a rewarding cause.

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Why Romania?

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a huge rise in the number of Romanian rescue dogs being re-homed in the UK, alongside an increase of awareness in the general public about the plight of dogs in the country. Romania’s stray dog problem is highly complex and became much worse in the 1970s, when the country-wide move towards urbanisation resulted in many people moving into small apartments and no longer being able to keep their pet dogs.

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World Spay Day 2022

Spaying is the surgical removal of the female reproductive organs – the ovaries and uterus – from dogs and cats. The male equivalent is called castration, which is the surgical removal of the testicles. Collectively, spaying and castration are often referred to as sterilisation, neutering, fixing or dressing. But why do we do it?

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How can I help the animals this Christmas?

Christmas is a time of giving, and what better way to spread the love than by helping IAPWA ensure that every animal in our care knows somebody is thinking of them at this time of year. They may not have a family of their own this Christmas, but with your help we can ensure they won’t be forgotten.

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Why fundraise with IAPWA?

We’re not going to beat around the bush – by fundraising with IAPWA you really are giving sick, vulnerable, hungry and abandoned strays a second chance at life. With the funds you raise we are able to rescue, feed, treat, neuter, vaccinate and provide a vital lifeline to the animals who really need us.

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Celebrity Zip Event for Animals

On a glorious afternoon this September, animal lovers from around the country came together in sunny Brighton for a unique celebrity challenge like no other. Led by IAPWA Ambassador, Nick Taylor, a team of brave celebrities stepped forward to face their fears…

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Introducing our new partner, Vetafarm Australia

Successful partnerships with businesses are a vital part of funding the work of IAPWA and helping us change the lives of so many animals in need around the world. Today, we’d like to introduce you to our new corporate partner, our friends at Vetafarm Australia.

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