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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 sign up to the IAPWA Newsletter here.

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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Spotlight on: Choong Koon Yean

For the second in our ‘Spotlight On…’ series, we caught up with Choong Koon Yean, our amazing IAPWA Penang Project Director who works incredibly hard to change the lives of animals across Penang.

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Top tips for animal-friendly travel

As travel restrictions are easing and the possibility of a holiday abroad is on the horizon once again, many of us are excitedly dusting off our passports! However, for wild animals, tourism is a real problem. In fact, a study by World Animal Protection found that 75% of wildlife tourist attractions are having a negative impact on wild animals…

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Spotlight on: Jainah Binti Ongubing

Here at IAPWA we wouldn’t be able to save all of the animals that need our help without the efforts and dedication of our incredible staff members. In the first of our new ‘Spotlight on…’ series, we’re going behind the scenes to celebrate and learn more about Jainah Binti Ongubing – a Veterinary Assistant at our IAPWA Borneo Project…

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Little Kage’s nine lives

On 16th March, whilst our Penang team were carrying out daily tasks, we stumbled upon a tiny kitten in the middle of a busy highway. This four-week-old boy was extremely lucky to be alive, after almost being run down by multiple cars before we were able to rescue him…

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Neuter strays for healthier, happier lives

Since we started our journey, IAPWA have neutered over 15,000 stray dogs and cats across our projects. It is shocking statistics, but one unneutered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in just six years…

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Nick Taylor joins IAPWA as new Ambassador

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Nick Taylor as a new Ambassador for International Aid for the Protection & Welfare of Animals (IAPWA). Nick, who is based in West Sussex, has been a media lawyer and Partner…

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Argos finds his forever home

Argos is a special little boy who we rescued in April last year. At only four weeks old, he was found frightened and alone in a dirty, wet drain in Penang. No innocent kitten should have to endure such a painful start in life…

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Local heroes rescue stranded strays

On Saturday 20 March, an extraordinary mission took place to rescue a group of stray dogs and puppies on Pulau Gazumbo, a small uninhabited island in Penang. It is estimated that there were six adult dogs and seven puppies struggling to survive on the island…

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Imagining environmentally-oriented education

When we hear conversations about how our planet has been hurt by humanity, we are often met with discussions of the role the next generation has to play; the sheer might of young activists and the fact that this is their future…

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Borneo Flood Rescue Mission

In January 2021, our IAPWA Borneo team, along with our good friends at Borneo Animal Welfare Society, Sabah (BAWSS), rescued fifteen dogs from an animal shelter where some extreme flooding had taken place. Led by BAWSS, fourteen volunteers…

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The story of brave boy Zorro

Back in May 2020, a brave dog named Zorro came into the care of our IAPWA Borneo Team. He was not in a great way, suffering with a severe infection in his eye. We knew immediately that we had to help him…

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