Animal Welfare

Our partnership with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

The International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW) tiger campaign aims to protect tigers in the wild, working on the front lines to combat poaching, end all trade in tiger body parts and products, secure vital habitat, and raise awareness about tigers and the threats they face.

To emphasize our commitment to IFAW in protecting wild tigers around the world, a portion of the profits from each sale of any size David Rio Tiger Spice Chai® will be donated to their tiger program. In 2011, David Rio’s donations helped IFAW alert Chinese authorities to the illegal trade of tiger bone wine at an auction house in Beijing, prompting the Chinese government to stop the sale. Our donations to IFAW continue to support the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned tigers, while providing them with the best natural resources and getting them safely back into the wild. After their release into the wild, IFAW uses satellite technology to ensure they are successfully re-acclimating into the wild.

Additionally, David Rio will be donating $2.00 from each sale of our NEW Commemorative Tin from our online and domestic sales to the continued support of IFAW’s rehabilitation efforts of orphaned tigers. Click here to learn more about our Commemorative Tin and to support IFAW by purchasing one.

Click here to watch IFAW’s latest release of five rare Siberian tigers into the wild. IFAW worked with partners in far east Russia to rescue and rehabilitate these magnificent animals.

Click here to watch the release of Zolushka, a young Siberian who was left to fend for herself at 4 months old after her parents were likely killed by poachers.

Our regional partnership with Cat Tales Zoological Park

Cat Tales Zoological Park is dedicated to promoting the preservation of endangered species in general, with a specific focus on endangered exotic and wild cats. Cat Tales is also home to the Zoological Training Center, which is the only school of its kind in North America, and provides additional education opportunities that teach students every aspect of zoo operations and professional animal care.

In 1999, we commemorated our signature Tiger Spice Chai® by adopting and supporting through annual donations a rescued Bengal Tiger named Thor for over 15 years. In June of 2014, our 600 pound tiger passed away due to heart failure, and David Rio decided to adopt Thor’s older sibling, Atlas, who also lives at Cat Tales Zoological Park, the birthplace of Thor and their sister, Xena. David Rio maintains close contact with Cat Tales Zoological Park on Atlas’ life and progress and will share images and stories as we receive them.

Our local partnership with the Peninsula Humane Society (PHS) & SPCA

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA is a private non-profit guided by the humane ethic, building healthy relationships between people and animals. As an ethical choice, they accept all animals in need of care and often provide a second chance to the neediest animals: those who would otherwise be turned away at so-called “no kill” agencies that accept only highly adoptable animals.

David Rio and the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, have been in partnership every year since David Rio’s early beginnings. For the past ten years, David Rio has been a corporate sponsor of the Annual PHS & SPCA Mutt Strutt, held in Coyote Point Park, in San Mateo, California. This annual event raises funds and awareness for shelter animals at PHS/SPCA awaiting adoption.

Our in-kind donations to non-profit organizations

In addition to our partnership with IFAW, Cat Tales, and PHS/SPCA, we also support other non-profit and animal welfare organizations with in-kind donations of David Rio products. It is a great pleasure working with and supporting these organizations, including the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, the International Association of Giraffe Care Professionals, the French American Chamber of Commerce and countless local primary and secondary schools. In 2011, the entire David Rio team had the pleasure to be invited by the lead giraffe keeper, Amy Phelps, at the Oakland Zoo to meet and feed the giraffes. To see photos of our excursion with the tall, blonde creatures, click here.

We encourage everyone to make a difference in the life of an animal by supporting animal welfare groups and donating to, adopting from, or volunteering at your local Humane Society or SPCA. If you know of a great animal conservation or welfare organization that you think would be a good match for us, we welcome your suggestions. Please feel free to contact us.