“To advance the humane treatment and protection of domestic and wild animals by promoting human understanding, conservation and the prevention of cruelty.”
The Foundation for International Aid to Animals (FIAA) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes humane and responsible treatment and training of domestic animals and advocates natural conservation of wild animals. We believe that the relationship between people and the domesticated animals closest to them has long been an important part of human culture, and that our connection to nature is strengthened by improving and understanding those bonds.
We also believe that wild animals are integral to the biosphere and to our own connection to the earth, its history and its future, and that wildlife in its natural environments deserves to be protected. Our hope is that our work will help to better the lives of both humans and animals as interdependent inhabitants of our shared and increasingly stressed global environment.
FIAA began in 2001 supporting educational programs, animal rescue and population control in Chile, primarily focusing its work on street dogs and cats, responsible ownership and domestic animal care. FIAA then expanded to include humane and ecological issues involving other domestic animals. From the beginning, FIAA had observed the impact that abandoned domestic animals had on the environment, that feral and roaming domestic animals posed a serious threat to our wildlife through spreading contagious diseases and parasites, and impacting wild species populations through predation.
Today, FIAA is developing projects internationally in partnership with local groups in regions as varied as the Amazon, Pantanal, Sao Paulo (Brazil), Northern Kenya, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Mendoza (Argentina), Rapa Nui, Patagonia and different regions of Chile. Our work focuses on domestic animal health issues, sterilization operatives, sanctuaries and wildlife rescue centers. We also work with schools and universities creating talks and seminars on the importance of conservation of biodiversity.
Our organization is 100% volunteer. No member of the board, executive officer or representative receives a salary or fee for their work.
“Working with FIAA has become a great experience in how to collaborate with colleagues in a way in which the common good is the objective, in the example they have given us to go forward in spite of adversity, to not give up, in the unconditional support which we have felt for many years, not only as an institution but also as professionals. All this has marked my daily work. I have profound gratitude to FIAA, who from the beginning came not to say what we have to do, but to work together with us.”