Fondation Brigitte Bardot

★Paris, France★

Fondation Brigitte Bardot (FBB, The Brigitte Bardot Foundation in English) is a French foundation dedicated to animal protection created by French actress Brigitte Bardot.

The mission in a nutshell is “helping wild and domestic animals in France and around the world”.

Throughout her high-profile career, Brigitte Bardot has never wavered in her passion for animals. Much as she loved her own animals, the degree of misery faced by their fellow creatures prompted her to embrace others as well. She therefore decided to face up to the challenge and dedicate her life to the difficult cause of animal protection.

Today, the BRIGITTE BARDOT FOUNDATION, which is officially registered as an organisation in the public interest, has more than 70,000 donors in over 60 countries and in excess of 600 investigators and volunteer representatives. Its head office is in PARIS and including its three sanctuaries (we’ll explain later) and seasonal staff, it employs almost 90 people. The Dalai Lama is named an honorary member of the Foundation.

The Foundation works directly ON THE GROUND through support for sanctuaries, RESCUIING animals, neutering campaigns for stray animals and support for homeless people.

It also takes legal action in cases of cruelty or MISTREATMENT with the help of its investigators and representatives throughout France.

The BRIGITTE BARDOT FOUNDATION works in both mainland France and the French overseas departments and territories, and supports local initiatives all over the world. At the same time, it runs numerous INFORMATION CAMPAIGNS and is building its communications networks to provide even more information on animals in distress.

The Brigitte Bardot Foundation works with several coalitions to help it do even more. Other members include the main international animal welfare organisations, working together on the basis of STRENGTH IN NUMBERS !

It is also a member of Eurogroup For Animals in Brussels, which campaigns for stronger animal-welfare legislation in Europe.

As a member of the SSN (Species Survival Network), the Brigitte Bardot Foundation participates in CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. The issues discussed at CITES meetings include, amongst other things, the ivory trade, the disappearance of the polar bear and the decline in several species caused by international trafficking and habitat destruction.

It also works with the International Whaling Commission.

In France, it is taking steps to combat bull- running and is leading the fight against ritual slaughter.

The Brigitte Bardot Foundation supports, creates and funds protection and welfare programmes for wild and domestic animals. It participates in programmes to reintroduce wild animals into their natural environment.
It works in conjunction with local organisations and sometimes other NGOs in over 60 countries all over the world.

For example, they have activities in countries such as these.

In Europe, they have conducted activities in Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania, and Greece, among others, and will present its activities in Greece.

The FBB has set up a pilot project with the NAWS association to neuter stray cats and dogs on Naxos with the support of the municipal authorities, which have put an end to poisoning. It has also provided care for over 200 donkeys and mules and carried out awareness-raising campaigns with their owners. Following the success of the campaigns, they are now being extended to other islands with Animal Action.

In the Middle East, they have conducted activities in Iran, Turkey, Israel, Lebanon, etc., and will present its activities in Iran.

Founded in 2004 and officially registered in 2006, the Vafa Animal Shelter association is the only animal welfare organisation in Iran. Its aim is to increase awareness of animal suffering and in practical terms, to provide care for mistreated and neglected animals at its sanctuary. This is on the outskirts of Hashtgerd, an hour and a half west of Tehran. It is currently home to almost 400 dogs and the Foundation provides assistance for neutering and first aid.

In Africa, they have worked in Cameroon, Congo, Guinea, South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, and Madagascar, among others, and will present its activities in South Africa.

With the Foundation’s support, the SAMAST association cares for, vaccinates and neuters hundreds of dogs in the poorest neighbourhoods in Cape Town at its clinic in a fitted-out container. Sanwild is a sanctuary that collects and cares for wild animals and works to combat hunting in South Africa. The FBB has been involved in numerous developments and rescues: hippopotamuses, lions, elephants, lycaons (African wild dogs), leopards and ostriches have found safe haven in the park.

In North and South America, they have worked in Mexico, Nicaragua, Brazil, Canada, Argentina, and Peru, among others, and will present its activities in Canada.

IWNCC is a wildlife care and rehabilita- tion centre on Salt Spring Island, close to Vancouver in British Columbia. It welcomes various wild species of birds and mammals, including common seals. The animals – orphaned, emaciated and dehydrated – are very often suffering from infections or injuries as well. The Foundation has been funding food for the seals it picks up since 2003.

In Asia, they have worked in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Bhutan, among others. and will present its activities in India.

The FBB funds neutering campaigns for stray dogs in the north of India, in Dharamsala, organised by Tibet Charity, and covers the costs of their clinic in premises provided by the sister of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Thanks to the success of our campaign, animal welfare is now officially recognised in SIKKIM, with the creation of a specific department responsible for street dogs, which excludes any form of euthanasia. Since 2005, we have been funding a care programme of neutering and vaccinations, which has helped to curb the growing numbers of dogs and cats and has made Sikkim the first Indian state to be free from rabies. Over 70,000 dogs have already benefited from the programme, which is run in conjunction with the organisation Vets Beyond Borders. In addition, the Foundation has been invited to write educational articles for school books.

Three sanctuaries

Finally, in France, on 2 December 1992, the Foundation purchased a large estate, “La Mare Auzou” in the Eure (27), surrounded by forests and consisting of a house, former stable, pigeon loft and two abandoned buildings, all on eight hectares of land.
Now converted, equipped and enlarged, the estate is home to almost 2,000 animals, ranging from dogs and cats to horses, donkeys, sheep, cows and more.

In 2006, Brigitte Bardot donated her property in Bazoches in the Yvelines region (78) to the Foundation. This site is dedicated to domestic pets, birds and small farm animals. It offers large numbers of cats for adoption in a location that is easily accessible to people in the Greater Paris region.

This small centre in the Val-de-Marne region welcomes new domestic pets such as guinea pigs, rabbits, chinchillas and so on. Around 80 cats are also offered for adoption.

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Organization Name : Fondation Brigitte Bardot

Address : 28 rue Vineuse 75116 Paris FRANCE

TEL : +33 (0)1 45 05 14 60

From business hours :
9:00 am to 6:00 pm from Monday to Thursday
Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Establishment : 1986

Public Utility : 1992

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