Helping animals by helping people care for them.

"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.

How We Started


FIAA began in 2001 to support educational programs, animal rescue and population control operatives in Chile and the rest of Latin America, primarily focusing its work on street dogs and cats and domestic animal care. It has since expanded to include humane and ecological issues involving other domestic animals and wild species in other developing global regions outside the US where help is urgently needed and the dollar goes even further. Furthermore, we extend financial support to deserving groups doing rescue work in the US.

Today, FIAA is developing future projects and ongoing programs as well as cultivating collaborative efforts with partners and various local groups that we support in regions as far away as the Amazon, Africa, Asia and Patagonia. Our work focuses on shelter and emergency rescue, sterilization operatives, collaboration with local citizens and the support of wildlife rescues, sanctuaries and reintroduction programs. We have produced and funded documentaries, written materials and other forms of media with educational and investigative intent in these key areas of interest.