International Animal Rescue, Goa

Mission Statement

John Hicks, Founder of International Animal Rescue
“Each and every one of us has the ability to look at an animal and see if that animal is in pain. And if an animal is in pain, surely if we are human if we are caring, thinking people it is our responsibility to try to do whatever we can to stop that suffering.”

John Hicks, Founder of International Animal Rescue
Our primary objective is to reduce the suffering of animals wherever and whenever possible. We achieve this through the following:

Sterilisation

One of the most effective ways of alleviating suffering is to reduce the number of stray and unwanted dogs and cats by sterilization. Although we have already sterilized thousands of animals we need to increase the number we can do each week to reduce the suffering even further but we need funds to achieve this.

One of the many bitches and puppies rescued from the busy roads of Goa. The bitch will be sterilised and returned to her home territory. We will try to find adoptive homes for the puppies.
One of the many bitches and puppies rescued from the busy roads of Goa. The bitch will be sterilised and returned to her home territory. We will try to find adoptive homes for the puppies.

Animal Rescue and Emergency Care

Our four ambulances deal with emergencies, such as road traffic accidents, animals that have fallen into open wells or rescuing snakes from people's houses. We also capture stray animals for sterilisation and aim to assist with all animals whether domestic or wild.

Veterinary Treatment for both Stray and Owner Animals

Our centre, Animal Tracks, is a modern, well equipped, rescue centre and veterinary clinic with state of the art equipment, including X-ray facilities and an ultrasound scanner. We provide free veterinary treatment for people who cannot afford treatment for their animals.

Education

We believe education is an important aspect of our work. We therefore make our staff, volunteers, visitors and the general public aware of our "5 Freedoms" which set the basic standard on which all our policies are based.

We always strive to improve and expand all aspects of our work by constantly reviewing our procedures and listening to feedback regarding our services. We take great pride in the work we do and the standards we set. However, we are never complacent as we always thrive to learn and become better at our tasks.

Setting Standards

Our policies are based on the standard known as the 5 FREEDOMS.

Freedom from Hunger and Thirst

Ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour

Freedom from Discomfort

Providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.

Freedom from Pain, Injury or Disease

Prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.

Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour

Providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal's own kind.

Freedom from Fear and Distress

Ensuring conditions and treatments which avoid mental suffering.