Please donate now to help animals in 2015.

The year 2014 is shaping up to be a memorable one thanks to you.

I point to the numerous, varied, and tangible successes saving and protecting animals around the world, all of which we’ve trumpeted on this very website.

As I look back on our organization’s accomplishments, I not only beam with pride but marvel at how the relentless efforts of our staff and partners—combined with the crucial financial support made possible by all of you—help animals and people in so many ways.

Rare forest elephants in the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire had been threatened with certain death if they were not evacuated where they were frequently clashing violently with local villagers. The Ivorian government specifically reached out to IFAW to find a viable solution to escalating human-elephant conflict in the region without resorting to killing the animals.

IFAW’s team deployed to Daloa early this year to herd, dart, and capture a number of bull elephants and then transport them about 400 km (250 miles) to the safer environs of Azagny National Park. The elephants were equipped with GPS collars so we could monitor their progress for up to two years. The Herculean effort not only took months of planning and cost tens of thousands of dollars.

In remote Russia, five Amur tigers, whose remaining population in the wild is only around 360, were successfully released. The much-anticipated event, attended by President Vladimir Putin himself, was the culmination of life-saving rescues of orphaned tigers and months of rehabilitation efforts.

Our animal rescue work also helped bear cubs in Russia, captive big cats in the US, and a wide range of animals who were victims of floods, tornados, volcano eruption evacuations, and conflicts in Bosnia/Herzegovina, US, Indonesia, and the Ukraine, respectively.

In a huge victory for whales, the World Court ruled that Japan’s cruel and inhumane “scientific” whaling is illegal and must end. Likewise, seals enjoyed a legal ruling of global proportions when the World Trade Organization in response to an appeal again upheld the European Union’s ban on commercial seal products.

The respective campaigns—in the case of the seals have been waged for the 45 years since our founding—were hard-fought. But they unfortunately still aren’t over.

Our companion animal work continued with Community Led Animal Welfare (CLAW) in South Africa, where our clinic staff goes where others won’t and provides regular, dependable medical care to the pets of the poor.

The Humane Society of Cozumel, one of our partners in Mexico gathered 20 veterinarians and other volunteers. A total of 810 dogs and cats were safely spayed and neutered in 4 days. These two initiatives are but two of many initiatives from this continually growing program area.

Your commitment to our cause is crucial to the survival of many animals, and the well-being of many more.

Thank you for your continued support.

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