Animal Rescue Cambodia
We are a non-profit organization, mostly run by foreign and Cambodian volunteers. Our mission is to improve Animal Welfare in Cambodia and end suffering for street cats and dogs.
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.”
All living beings deserve respect, compassion and love. Therefore, everyone – whether human or animal – should have the possibility of happiness, health and protection. With this in mind we consider it our responsibility to help those that are in need of care. Also, we aim at making a positive difference to the community by improving animal welfare in Cambodia.
With this intention, we have been inspired by the “Starfish Story” and we follow its message on a daily basis. Here it is:
“One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking up and gently throwing things into the ocean. Approaching the boy he asked: ‘Young man, what are you doing?’
The boy relied, ‘Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.’ The man laughed to himself and said, ‘Do you realize there are miles of miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference.’
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the surf, then smiling at the man, he said; ‘I made a difference to that one.’” – Loren Eiseley
We aim at improving urgently needed animal welfare in Cambodia to help street cats and dog by tackling the issue at its roots to provide a long-lasting and sustainable effect.
Hereby, our main focus are our neutering programs as well as reaching-out and educating the local community about animal welfare in Cambodia.
But 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 – such as rabies, cat flu, parvovirus, skin infections and many more – as well as the risk of malnutrition, resulting from overpopulation.
Animal Rescue Cambodia was established in 2016 by passionate animal lovers and is based in Phnom Penh.
We are a non-profit organization, mostly run by foreign and Cambodian volunteers. Our mission is to improve Animal Welfare in Cambodia and end suffering for Cambodian street cats and dogs.
The main goals are to tackle overpopulation through neutering programs, provide medical care for street/pagoda cats and dogs, and educate the local community on animal welfare in Cambodia.
We work closely with pagodas through our Pagoda Ambassador Program (PAP), to assure that animals in their care receive urgently needed medical attention and are being neutered. We also operate a recovery center for sick and injured pagoda animals.
As of 15th June 2017, Animal Rescue Cambodia is the first official partner of Soi Dog Foundation.
Our Recovery Center
Our center is not an ordinary “shelter”, rather it should be considered an animal hospital and rehabilitation center since most animals will be returned to their pagodas after treatments. Unfortunately, there are simply too many street/pagoda animals and we do not have the funds, space, human resources and adoption demands to keep them all with us.
Nevertheless, animals that are unable to survive on their own (due to disability, sickness, age, etc.) stay at our center until we find a suitable and loving forever home for them.
Animal Welfare in 2016
What People Say
Animal Rescue Cambodia has the right idea when it comes to animal welfare – the only thing that will make a difference to the overpopulation problem is consistent neutering schemes based in-country. Tina Mayr, the founder, achieves this seamlessly by building working relationships with the Buddhist pagodas and surrounding local people in order to allow them to understand the benefits of neutering. She also works tirelessly to rehabilitate sick and injured animals and carefully select appropriate homes for them to be adopted into, or returns them to their previous living situation (depending on circumstance). One of the few NGOs who really understand the situation in Cambodia and are actually making a significant difference!
Dr. Lauren MarsdenAnimal Rescue Cambodia - facebook review
While visiting Phnom Penh my husband and I helped at the centre for a few days. The level of care and empathy shown to all the animals in their care is outstanding and Tina is an amazing person with a huge heart making a massive difference to the local animals lives. I had the opportunity to visit the pagoda with Tina to check on the cats and dogs and Animal Rescue is highly respected by the local people and monks for all they do. The animals at the centre have a great environment to play in and walk around while having enrichment for stimulation along with a healthy diet. Once again thanks from us and the animals of Cambodia. Keep up the great work!
Melody BrowningAnimal Rescue Cambodia - Facebook Review
Over the years I’ve seen a lot of animal welfare and rescue organisations, and I’m pleased to support this one. Unlike rescuers who lose their focus and become quickly overwhelmed, Tina works effectively. She’s organised spay/neuter and vaccination campaigns in her neighbourhood and at a couple of Phnom Penh wats, where she’s engaged the support of the monks. She is deeply caring but also sensible. If you want to do something to alleviate the animal suffering in this city, supporting Animal Rescue Cambodia is a solid decision.
Crumpet HitamAnimal Rescue Cambodia - Facebook Review
A compassionate and caring animal rescue organisation. Welfare is high on the priority list and the staff make such a difference in the work that they do. I was a vet nurse travelling through Cambodia and needed help with an animal. Tina was so informative and helpful. I can’t recommend them enough and wish there were more similar people in the world. 5*. Wishing you the very best.