International Animal Rescue Goa was established as a charity (Registration No : 106/GOA/98) in March 1998. Its aim is to reduce the terrible suffering of the huge stray animal population in Goa. The priority at the time was to deal with the stray dog and cat population on the beaches of North Goa by sterilisation, but now the centre (named Animal Tracks) deals with many types of animals from domesticated pets to dangerous wild animals. Regular visitors to North Goa over the past decade will have noticed that many of the stray dogs have a blue IAR collar and a "clipped ear", which is a painless way of identifying that the dog has been sterilized and vaccinated against rabies by International Animal Rescue Goa. All dogs sterilised also have a unique number tattooed in their ear so their veterinary records can always be checked.
Since it began this vital work International Animal Rescue Goa has sterilised more than 30,000 animals, treated huge numbers of casualties and seen the work expand to encompass every form of animal life. Due to the successful way in which International Animal Rescue Goa has been able to address the issue of controlling the population of stray dogs by sterilisation, and as part of IAR Goa campaigning; in 1998 the Indian High Court made it illegal to shoot stray dogs.
We have a team of award winning vets that are dedicated to handling wild and domestic animals and an even larger team of vet nurses, ambulance drivers, trained animal handlers and administrators. In a short period of time we have made a major impact on the suffering of animals in North Goa, and with the help of volunteers and supporters we wish to expand our work even further in the coming months and years. When you are in Goa we would be delighted to show you around our centre so you can see for yourself the extent of the work we do. Hopefully you will want to stay in touch with our campaigns and activities which you can do by joining our email information service for regular updates.
Visitors to Animal Tracks
We are happy to receive visitors at the Animal Tracks centre in Goa.
Our visiting times are between 9:30am and 1:00pm and 2:30pm and 4:30pm. Whenever possible we try to have a member of staff or volunteer to show you around, but please understand our work with the animals is our first priority. At busy times you can pick up a 'tour information sheet' at reception. We are closed to visitors on bank holidays, so if you are unsure please give us a call on +91 (0) 832 6455 620 / 21.
Wednesday Anjuna Flea Market
We run a stall at the Anjuna Flea Market each Wednesday. You'll find us a few metres west of the Sea Breeze restaurant. Please drop by and visit us!