Another successful Wellness Retreat is in the books! May 29 – June 1, 2020 we sponsored a 4 day Spay/ Neuter Mission in Cambodia with our partner group Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWS)
Day 1 and 2 they visted Wat Teuk Thla Pagoda with a small veterinary team and performed 27 sterilizations of both cats and dogs. The monks showed real interest in the welfare of the animals and watched the team work, even helping to assist the Vets.
Day 3 and 4 they visited two more Pagodas, Wat Traeuy Kaoh and Wat Or Doung Preng.
The team vaccinated, defleaed and dewormed as many animals as possible, again with the monks assisting.
The reason why these trips are so important is because of the education that is happening in the community. They learn how to properly treat and care for dogs and cats. Also with the spaying/neutering we can dramatically cut down on strays who are then caught and used for the Dog and Cat Meat Trade.
'Monkey' before treatment for tick fever.
With our partners, Paws for Compassion, we have been visiting pagodas in and around Da Nang, bringing food and medicines for the dogs suffering from Tick Fever and other diseases and parasites. The Buddhist Monks care for the stray animals at the Pagodas but are limited in their experience and resources.
During their last visit, PFC, rescued a dog in bad shape, afflicted with Tick Fever and near death. They named him Monkey and brought him back to their shelter for their vet to treat. He is now doing much better but is still terribly frightened and won’t let anyone touch him. With time and patience we are sure Monkey will become the happy dog he was born to be. And when the flight bans have been lifted we hope to bring him to the US to find his forever home.
'Monkey' after treatment for tick fever.
Gallery of 'Monkey' Before and After Treatment
Multiple earthquakes in Puerto Rico wreaked havoc on the locals and their pets in January, leaving thousands of people homeless and rescue groups struggling to house their animals.
Because of our close partnership with ARYA Pets in San Juan and our history of saving animals together, we knew we had to help the dogs and cats affected by the devastation.
Our supporters generously donated so that we could provide much needed supplies to the areas hit the hardest, Guayanilla to Yauco in the Southwestern part of the island. ARYA Pets then delivered food, crates, and medical supplies to over 20 rescue groups/individuals over three different trips.
Puerto Rico is still feeling aftershocks with several more 4.0 quakes, continuing to traumatize the residents; many fleeing the island to find solace in the United States. Unfortunately, this now poses a new problem for rescue groups - people aren’t taking their pets with them, abandoning them in their yards or on the streets.
Back in May 2019 we announced our partnership with Paws For Compassion (PFC) in sponsoring monthly spay/neuter events in Da Nang, Vietnam. PFC is a local rescue group with a focus on improving the welfare of companion animals through education and rehabilitation.
Sterilizing dogs and cats is the best way to cut down on the over-population of strays, therefore also cutting down on animals being traded for the dog and cat meat trade (DCMT). Just 1 female dog and her puppies can result in 67,000 dogs in six years.
Our fight against this barbaric practice has no value unless we work together with the groups actually on the ground throughout Asia. While Paws For Compassion does not focus solely on the DCMT, they indirectly help by offering these events along with education programs.
Please consider making a donation so we can continue our monthly spay/neuter events.
Who remembers the stray dog we rescued in Puerto Rico? Look at him now. Renamed Miguel and being cared for by Barks of Hope.
Thank you to Nicki Lindy for making us stop to pick this guy up off the streets where he had clearly been living for years.
April 5th Update:
Remember Jaime? The severely neglected dog we saved from the streets in PR? We brought him to the vet and a very generous volunteer Nicole Lindy paid $600 to have him hospitalized. Because of your donations we were able to pay her back $475. Thankfully a local rescue group, Barks of Hope, offered to help and sprung him out of the hospital after 4 days. They have taken over his care until he's ready to be adopted and renamed him Miguel.
So if you're interested in giving this boy a loving home please email us at or contact them directly at www.barksofhope.org.