Cindy Lee and her Wags & Menace Make a Difference Foundation have saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of animals in the United States since 1996. Now the foundation has gone global, working with international rescue organizations to help fund life-saving emergency medical care for orphaned and endangered wildlife in Africa, Australia, Indonesia, and Malaysia. “The goal is to rehabilitate and release them back to their native habitat,” Lee says, noting that the expansion is a complement to the foundation’s work in the states. “By being a good global ambassador for life-saving emergency medical care, we can directly impact the lives of animals around the world.”
Currently the Foundation supports a rescue center in Australia for orphaned baby kangaroos who need around-the-clock emergency medical care and bottle feedings; the Toucan Rescue Ranch and Sloth Institute in Costa Rica for endangered toucans, spider monkeys, sloths, armadillos, and anteaters; and International Animal Rescue, a group that cares for sloth bears and endangered, orphaned baby orangutans escaping wildfires in Malaysia and Indonesia. In Africa, the Wags & Menace Foundation provides for emergency field medical care at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for orphaned baby elephants and the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, which protects four different species of giraffes.