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    Welcome to iRescue®
    We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing rescue, rehab, release and retirement
    services to the native wildlife of Costa Rica.
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    Wildlife Confinement Now Illegal
    Costa Rica passes law forbidding capture and confinement of wildlife.
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    Support iRescue® and Costa Rica
    Let’s make Costa Rica’s new wildlife law a huge environmental
    success and an example for other countries to follow.
iRescue® Wildlife Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Studies show that almost 25% of Costa Rican families have had wildlife in their home as pets at one time or another. Help us end the illegal wildlife trade in Costa Rica.


Welcome to the Lazy J Wildlife Reserve in the southern mountains of Costa Rica. This is pura vida country at its finest. Surrounded by native fruit, vegetable and cattle farmers, our secluded private facility lay tucked in the mountains surrounded by 1000s of acres of virgin habitat.

iRescue® facilitates animal rescue services in Costa Rica. It was founded in 2005 by John Merritt as a result of his desire to create different systems both technological and hands on to save imperilled wildlife in todays harsh environments.


Now let’s help the government do something about it. Together we can move towards ending the illegal pet wildlife trade in Costa Rica. Join us in giving neglected wildlife a second chance at life.

John Merritt Founder

iRescue®’s Lazy J Wildlife Reserve

The Lazy J Wildlife Reserve is the official location for iRescue®’s premier wildlife rescue center facility. This is a private sanctuary not open to the public. Become a donor and we welcome your visit.

The Problem – Wildlife Trade

Trafficking and possession of wildlife is a serious problem around the world, especially when ecosystems are destroyed and constantly disturbed.


iRescue® Branches

iRescue® is not one dimensional. We have developed various branches that all funnel back to our non-profit initiative which is designed to save the animals and wildlife of Costa Rica.


The Solution – iRescue®’s Lazy J

Our facility gives neglected, abused, injured and previous confined animals a second chance at life.


View Our Work

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then please take a moment and view our photo gallery. We need not say more about our efforts.

Please support iRescue® and help us to expand our non-profit initiative. Because none survive alone.