Animal Rescue Cambodia
Outreach, education and neutering
Animal Welfare in 2016
It all began in response to the lack of animal welfare in Cambodia. More specifically, it started when we first found our resident dog Henry in February 2016. Back then, Tina (founder of ARC) spotted a terribly neglected dog. He was living at a high school in the south of Phnom Penh and was suffering from several health issues. It was difficult for him to walk, giving that his fur had grown uncontrollably due to years of neglect. Truly shocked not only by his appearance, but also the indifference of students and their unwillingness to help the dog, Tina established Animal Rescue Cambodia.
Since then we operate under the following principle:
“I used to say: ‘Somebody should do something about that.” Then I realized, I am somebody.”
Creating Sustainable Animal Welfare
Our mission is to create sustainable animal welfare in Cambodia and end suffering for Cambodian street cats and dogs.
Here, we focus on sustainable and long-lasting change. Instead of operating a shelter, we emphasize on tackling overpopulation through neutering programs, sensitize local communities and school children to animal welfare issues, and train Cambodian vet students. Changing human behavior is the key to our motivation, as it is the only way to truly improve the future of Cambodian street animals.
Importance of Neutering
How does our neutering program improve animal welfare in Cambodia?
- An unspayed female cat or dog and her offspring can produce more than 11.000 kittens/puppies in just 5 years!
- Reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs being sold to the cruel and barbaric meat trade.
- Eliminate the risk of testicular and uterine cancer and other diseases.
- Drastically reduce the spread of transmissible venereal tumor, which can be spread between animals during mating.
- Male animals tend to be less aggressive and less territorial, which reduces the incidence of biting and scratching injuries.
- Prevent inbreeding in places like pagodas and therefore reduce the risk of genetic disorders.
- Decrease the spread of diseases as well as the risk of malnutrition, resulting from overpopulation.