Paws For Compassion (PFC) is located in Da Nang, Vietnam, and started as a small grassroots organization founded by two young ex-pats in 2015. They first began rescuing cats but eventually grew to have a brick-and-mortar cat and dog shelter. One of the biggest challenges they face is the number of unwanted and abused animals in the country. Sadly, these unwanted animals are also the most susceptible to horrific diseases, like mange, parvo, or tick fever; vulnerable to being hit by scooters or motorbikes; and likely to suffer from starvation and neglect. The other significant risk is being captured and sold into the Dog and Cat Meat Trade (DMCT), where they would be slaughtered and end up on someone’s dinner plate.
So, in early 2019 WUFAW joined forces with PFC to support their spay and neuter efforts to combat the DCMT by sponsoring free monthly sterilization events. Unfortunately, within the Vietnamese culture, quite a few myths and misunderstandings create a lot of unnecessary fear of these surgeries. That is why PFC and WUFAW are committed to educating pet and non-pet owners on the benefits of spaying/neutering and how animals can positively impact their lives.
During the pandemic, we were also able to help with the opening of PFC’s first vet clinic and the first international vet clinic in the city by donating $11,000 to purchase medical equipment. Now they can provide more significant assistance to many animals, including paralyzed dogs, cats with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), and a swath of other surgical cases.