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    AF Blog — Rescues

    Celebrating World Wildlife Day with IFAW

    Celebrating World Wildlife Day with IFAW


    Since Arctic Fox was founded in 2013, we have been committed to saving the lives of animals in any way we can. We don't just SAY that we're vegan and cruelty-free because it's become a standard in the beauty industry, we make sure that every ingredient that goes into our products IS vegan and never EVER tested on an animal. But it comes down to far more than just our products.

     

    Every year, we donate to organizations who are focused on preventing animal cruelty and promoting animal welfare. We have worked closely with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) over the years because of their crucial work across the globe. Just last year, we were able to support their efforts in Ukraine as they provided assistance to those escaping the war with their pets. Unfortunately, IFAW started 2023 with more disaster relief as they continue to provide help to those who were devastated by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. 

    As we celebrate World Wildlife Day, we're excited to shine the spotlight on IFAW and how our 2021 donation of $50,000 made an impact on their rescue team's work in 2022. IFAW's Wildlife Rescue team operates globally and strives to prevent suffering and improve the welfare of animals. With 5,342 animals rescued and 3,460 animals released, the IFAW Wildlife Rescue Program continues to make massive progress in achieving a better quality of life for animals around the world. The focus is on rescue, rehabilitation, release, and monitoring wildlife, but they also work to share best practices, provide training and develop response and animal rescue networks. A critical part in the success of IFAW's work is engaging with communities to facilitate a relationship where both people and animals can thrive in their shared environment. In 2022, IFAW continued work to rehab orphaned elephants and keep them on their journey back to the wild. At their IFAW-supported Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery (ZEN) Moses and Sally are two recently arrived elephant calves. Moses was separated from his herd, while Sally was seriously injured after an attack by hyenas. Both have been able to bond with other elephants, receive the necessary care and will eventually depart on their own accord to live free as the wild elephants they are. 

    Mbila the orphan elephant calf at Lilayi Nursery shortly after her rescue.
     

    In the US specifically, there are an untold number of big cats living in captivity. These animals are often at risk for abuse and living in terrible conditions in private hands as pets, being masked as a rescue sanctuary. IFAW collaborated with five U.S. sanctuaries to support the rescue of 13 big cats confiscated from Tiger King Park by federal authorities. The two lions and eleven tigers were confiscated as a result of a US Department of Justice investigation into violations of wildlife and animal welfare laws at the facility. IFAW supported the sanctuaries in providing intake exams, medical care, quarantine, enclosure modifications and enrichment for confiscated exotic felines. Shortly after the confiscation, three cubs were born with physical deformities that prevented them from properly using their hind legs. With regular physical therapy, all three are now walking and even running. 

     

    A clubfoot tiger cub receives vigorous massage therapy at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

    Clubfoot tiger cubs with mom Priscilla, who was confiscated from Tiger King Park, in care at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

     

    We love spotlighting the organizations we support and the amazing work they continue to do. We can't thank our Fox Fam enough for continuing to support us and allowing us to continue the work with amazing organizations like IFAW. Keep an eye out for more about our 2022 donations soon.

    Rescue Spotlight: Viva Global Rescue

    We try not to wait until the holidays roll around to show our gratitude for the Fox Fam. You mean the world to us 365 days of the year. Not only do we love your love for color and self expression, but we’re obsessed that you share our love for animals. One of our rescue partners, Viva Global Rescue, shared a 2022 update with us - and since you help us help them, we wanted to be sure we shared with you! 


    In case you’re new here, Viva Global Rescue is a women-run, LGBTQ+ animal sanctuary in Southern California that works to create a more compassionate world through permanent, innovative sanctuary care for animals in need. 2022 was not an easy year for Maya and Kalli and their team at Viva, but there were so many highlights, especially with their recent rescues.


    Meet Peanut, a six month old goat who recently came to Viva completely unable to walk or stand. After a trip to Viva’s vet team revealed that Peanut had a broken shoulder with pieces of bone detached from the healthy tissue, it was determined that Peanut’s shoulder had to be amputated immediately. After a successful surgery, Peanut is on the road to recovery as he learns to walk with a wheelchair, hopefully leading to walking on his own one day. The Viva team says he is silly, joyful and sweet and is besties with Bambi at the sanctuary. 

    Peanut


    Bambi, also known as the miracle lamb, is the only lamb in existence living without a fully-formed cerebellum. She was born missing ‚ÖĒ parts of her cerebellum and a portion of her skull, which ultimately compresses her spine and inhibits her ability to walk unassisted. It took extensive hospitalization and medical care to properly diagnose this sweet lamb that most others would have given up on. Bambi is sweet, but a fighter who requires several mobility aids in order to thrive and live her best life at the Viva sanctuary. She loves cruising around in her wheelchair that allows her to walk and live her best life!


    Bambi as a baby
    Bambi in her wheelchair

     

    Meet Peaches, Posie, and Penelope! Viva got a call one afternoon about a baby goat who had a cleft palate and desperately needed to find replacement in Viva’s cleft palate program, the only cleft palate program that exists for ruminants in the country. Peaches was rushed to Viva as her health was declining rapidly. On the same call, Maya and Kalli were told that Peaches had a mom and sister who were going to be dropped off at auction because the farm had no use for them anymore (WTF!) When they arrived, all three were filled with external and internal parasites. Thanks to Viva, Peaches, Posie and Penelope were able to receive necessary, critical medical care and most importantly, stay together and heal together. 


    Peaches

    Peaches, Posie, and Penelope

    We are so thankful that we get to work with organizations like Viva Global Rescue, and none of this would be possible without the Fox Fam. Viva takes care of animals that never have to worry again and because of that, we will continue our mission in remaining vegan, cruelty-free and donating 15% off all net profits to help prevent animal cruelty and promote animal welfare.

     

    A Cause to Dye for

    Our team’s mission is to inspire and celebrate all human beings. As we continue to develop products for our Fox Fam to express themselves, we think it’s important for you to know that our products are and always will be vegan and cruelty-free. Not only do we love our Fox Fam, but we L-O-V-E animals, all of them, including yours. Every year, we donate 15% of our profits to help prevent animal cruelty and promote animal welfare. We want to share with you where your money goes when you shop with us and just how we’re helping some of our favorite rescues. 

    Viva Global Rescue is an amazing rescue we’ve had the pleasure of working with for a few years now. Viva is a grassroots, LGBTQIA+ women run organization located in Southern California. Founders Maya and Kalli believe in fighting for some of the most silenced voices, through their programs they support and protect the most vulnerable animals and work to create a more compassionate world through permanent, innovative sanctuary care for animals in need while also creating sustainable solutions to animal related issues locally and globally. 

    Poppy was saved as a chick when she was on deaths door

    Opal was saved from a feed store

    Rowan was saved from a feed store



    IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)  is an international organization that explores new ways to improve conditions for animals, people and the places we call home. Each year, we make sure to donate IFAW as they work to improve the lives of all animals across the globe. In April 2022, Arctic Fox donated 50% of our monthly profits to assist with IFAW’s efforts in Ukraine - providing assistance to those fleeing war with their pets. Whether it’s your beloved pets that live in your home, elephants in the wild or the creatures living deep under the sea, we’re always happy to support IFAW and their efforts. 

    Second Chance Rescue helps over 40,000 animals each year through adoption and innovation programs and vet services. This summer, a shelter dog who had an amputation surgery for a birth defect found a forever home with an eight-year-old boy who can relate, thanks to Second Chance. To learn more about this heart-warming store, visit: https://www.secondchanceanimals.org/baby-yodas-new-best-friend/ 


    We’re always looking to expand our reach. On Instagram, we asked you to sound off and wanted to share some of the rescues YOU love. This helps us research rescues globally and continue to expand our community.

    Arctic Fox 2021 Donations

    Arctic Fox 2021 Donations
    It's no surprise that we love animals here at Arctic Fox. Did you know that we donate 15% of our profits to charities that focus on ending animal cruelty? This year, we've had the opportunity to support some amazing organizations that protect and care for the wellbeing of animals.

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