Meet the Team

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Catherine Besch, Founder and Director

A lifelong animal lover and animal advocate, Cat left the US in 2007 as she gave up her life riding horses and managing stables in Virginia.  Since graduating from American University in Washington, DC with a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics, Cat has lived in several countries around the world working as an English teacher and traveling in Europe, Asia and South America. She has lived in Vietnam since 2012.  Since moving to Vietnam, Cat has been vegan since 2013 and encourages other animal rights advocates and organizations to end speciesism in the animal rescue field and veterinary industry. She completed her Master’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management in 2016 with a focus on animals and community-driven adaptations to climate change related disasters.  She is an avid runner and since going vegan began endurance racing in marathons and even a half Ironman triathlon in Vietnam.  Currently she manages all administration, media, accounting, fundraising, and volunteer and staff recruitment.