Founded in the 1970s, Animal Liberation Victoria is the original open rescue group. They completed the first open rescue in the early 1990s and have continued ever since.
Tomma Burar ("Empty Cages") is a Swedish-based group founded in 2015 dedicated to nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience to increase awareness of animal exploitation.
Direct Action Everywhere, founded in the San Francisco Bay Area, brought the tactic of open rescue back to the US after a decade that saw only one rescue. Their first rescue took place in 2015.
Verein Gegen Tierfabriken was founded in the early 1990s in Austria and began doing open rescues a decade later. They have rescued dozens of animals and continue doing open rescues to this day.
Tierretter.de was founded in 2014 in Germany and has already released almost a dozen open rescues. They aim to document animal abuse, educate the public, and save animals.
Animal Rights is an official foundation in the Netherlands and Belgium established in 2009. They do vegan outreach and have carried out campaigns against fur, hunting, slaughter, and animal testing.