Questions and Answers
Thank you for reaching out and trying to help the animal.
We cannot take the animal unfortunately. We are not a shelter, but an animal welfare organization that focuses on outreach, education and neutering. We work with schools, we train Cambodian vets and we desex stray animals.
What are the next steps?
- Please accept the responsibility that comes with rescuing an animal. Meaning, please do not immediately push the responsibility onto someone else. Picking up an animal on the street, just to drop it off somewhere else is irresponsible and does not quality as rescuing.
2. Please bring the animal to the vet immediately. DO NOT WAIT. Do so, even if it does not show any signs of illness. They are likely suffering from parasites, viruses, and potential other diseases. You may not notice the signs, which is why a vet visit is necessary.
3. 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! It is dangerous!
We recommend VSL Veterinary Clinic, Agrovet, and Chamnan Veterinary Clinic.
Now, that you have visited a vet clinic, let’s see how best to continue:
“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.
NOTE: There are not many adoptions in Cambodia. If an animal is healthy and fit to survive on its own, consider rehoming it to a pagoda, or a safe neighborhood, it is familiar with. The amount of adoptions available per year (ARC had 40 adoptions in 2017) is extremely low. The limited amount of homes should ideally be used to rehome animals that are unfit to survive on their own, as for instance: animals with physical disabilities, special dietary needs, 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…”
In that case, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to give individual advice.
Thank you for understanding!
Unfortunately no. We are not an animal shelter. We operate a Recover Center for stray animals and we are a non-profit organization working towards improved animal welfare through neutering, outreach and education.
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. Remind them every day. 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.
Your animal may be scared and hiding during the day. Try to find it in the later evenings, when it is quiet and dark!
Animals can smell from far distances. Consider placing clothes, litter, bedding, or similar near your house/apartment where the animal was lost. It may find its way back to it.
We hope you will find your animal again and we are sorry to hear you and your pet have to go through this.