Questions and Answers
You have found this animal and have taken on the responsibility to help it. Thank you for doing that! However, finding an animal and pushing it straight onto an animal welfare organization is not necessarily responsible. We (and all other rescuers in Cambodia) have a limited amount of funds, human resources and space.
To give you an example, nursing and caring for a baby kitten until it is ready for adoption costs us nearly 200 USD (if it does not need surgeries or extensive vet care). We currently receive only 2,000- 3,000 USD of individual donations a month. From this we pay rent, our staff, food for 20 animals and veterinary care. Spending 200 USD on a single animal is a lot for us. Please also understand that our main priority is spaying and neutering. For 200 USD, we can spay 4 female animals and therefore save more than 40.000 animals in just 5 years.
Furthermore, it will need to be fed every two hours, even at nights. We only have one person staying at the center over night and as you can imagine, it is difficult for just one person to feed several kittens every night. We are only humans after all. We do our best, but please understand that we do have our limits too.
To help us (and others) please bring the animal to a vet first. Note: DO NOT WAIT. Bring the animal to the vet immediately. Do so, even if it does not show any signs of illness. They are likely to suffer at least from internal and external parasites. If you find a kitten/puppy, the vet will be able to advice you on how to take care of it. Do NOT feed regular milk to kittens and puppies!
We recommend VSL Veterinary Clinic, Chamnan Veterinary Clinic or Animal Mama Veterinary Clinic.
“But I cannot keep the animal…”
You don’t need to. If it is old enough, take it to the vet, take care of it while it recovers, and return it back to where you found it (if the area is safe!). If it is a young kitten/puppy, take care of it until it is healthy, take some nice photos and write a facebook post with it’s background, health issues and personality. You can try the following groups: Dogs and Cats Cambodia; Cambodia Pets Network; Cambodia Pet Adoption & Rescue; Locals and Expats living in Phnom Penh, etc.
“But my landlord does not allow animals…”
Speak to your landlord and explain the situation. Many allow a temporary solution, even if stated otherwise in the tenancy agreement. Also, most landlords are worried about noises and therefore do not allow animals. A small kitten will likely not bother anyone. Alternatively, ask a friend to help temporarily.
“But I am allergic…”
If this is a small kitten, you could consider keeping it in a crate in a corner of the house, in a spare bedroom or in the bathroom. If it will be a short stay and your allergy is manageable, consider taking antihistamine temporarily.
“But I already have an animal…”
So do we! Plenty of them. And we struggle every day to keep them from fighting, we constantly move them around, and if everything else fails, we need to cage the aggressive ones. If possible, keep them separated in different rooms (very important if you have found a sick animal). Most animals can get used to one another fairly quickly. There are plenty of websites that explain how to introduce cats/dogs to one another. Please make sure to read those. Do not just put the animals (especially cats) right next to each other. This will stress them and they might end up fighting. Read up on how to successfully introduce them to each other.
“But the above answers do not apply to me…”
Alright, contact us and we will try to help but please consider helping us with this financially.
Thank you for understanding!
Unfortunately no. We are not a conventional animal shelter. We are a recovery center for sick and injured animals and a non-profit organization working towards improved animal welfare. Most of our rescues do not stay with us either. Once they have recovered, we usually sent them back to the streets/pagodas (if it is safe for them to return). We have very limited space, human resources and funding. We are therefore unable to provide a shelter service for abandoned animals. After all, every abandoned animal we accept, will take away a sick animal’s chance to recover.
Further, we are strong advocates of forever adoptions. We consider animals family members and as such, we discourage abandonment. We will gladly direct you towards animal clinics that are well informed about pet relocation procedures. There is always a way. Please remember, “to you, they may only be part of your life, but to them, you are their whole life”.
Unfortunately no. Our facebook page is meant to inform our supporters about our work. Many of our supporters live abroad and therefore, our page is not the most suitable outlet to advertise your pet.
Regarding our adoption section on our website, we cannot accept requests to advertise animals of third parties. For several reasons. First, we do not know you or your animal. We have very strict adoption rules regarding our rescues and we cannot assure that your animal has had health check ups, necessary treatments etc. We promise those that adopt from us that our animals have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated and treated. We also promise transparency regarding permanent health or behavioral issues. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee these requirements from third parties.
Second, we are a small team with a very big mission. We simply do not have the manpower to advertise other people’s animals on our website.
To find a suitable home, we recommend the following facebook groups: Dogs and Cats Cambodia; Cambodia Pets Network; Cambodia Pet Adoption & Rescue; Locals and Expats living in Phnom Penh, etc.
Thank you for understanding.
Please provide us with good photos and details about your animal. If we find it, we will contact you immediately.
Please note, we are unable to post for you on our facebook page. It is meant to inform our supporters about our work. Many of our supporters live abroad and therefore, our page is not the most suitable outlet to find your lost pet.
We recommend the following facebook groups: Dogs and Cats Cambodia; Cambodia Pets Network; Cambodia Pet Adoption & Rescue; Locals and Expats living in Phnom Penh, etc.
Consider talking to all tuktuk drivers and street vendors in your area. Show them photos and offer them a generous award. This way you have more people looking for your pet. A reward is highly advised, as people will be much more likely to look for your animal. Please also consider taking some time off work and look for your animal several hours every day. The first few days are very crucial. Post your animal all over facebook and repost regularly.
We hope you will find your animal again and we are sorry to hear you and your pet have to go through this.