What we do
Vietnam Animal Aid and Rescue is a vegan animal rights organization that has a rescue shelter and farm sanctuary in Hoi An, Vietnam. We are part of a growing, global, non-speciesist animal rights movement that works to protect all sentient beings. Since 2013, we have been rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming hundreds of cats and dogs and with our previous clinic ran veterinary training, community sterilization, and mobile clinic programs. We are now opening a new mixed practice clinic in Da Nang to service all species who need us and to use as our base for mass sterilization projects and veterinary training again. We advocate for a fully vegan lifestyle and for abolition of all animal use and exploitation. We will accomplish our mission through sterilization/vaccination and building the veterinary industry of Vietnam to provide adequate health care for all species, while also educating people about the power of veganism to save animals, curb climate change, and protect human health.
How we started
What started as a rescue shelter for dogs and cats in Hoi An in 2013, quickly became much more. Our original two founders saw a great need for a rescue shelter in Hoi An where animals are often receive poor care from owners or are stolen and sold for the dog and cat meat trade. They began fundraising, gathered supporters, and started to take in animals. When they first started working, they were immediately overwhelmed with rescues of kittens found at markets and dogs suffering from cruelty and neglect. It wasn’t long before they realized that the local vets were not able to care for the animals properly due to poor education in veterinary schools, a lack of training in simple surgical procedures like sterilization, and poor access to quality drugs and tools. They needed to expand into building up the capacity of the Vietnamese veterinary community to come to better diagnoses and treatment plans and to perform clean, safe procedures. At the same time, they saw that the need for better care was for much more than just cats and dogs and they began to rescue chickens, ducks, and even a couple of pigs.
Eventually the organization split between the founders and Cat continued to carry on work on non-speciesist animal rights advocacy and the non-profit vet clinic. She began community outreach for sterilization and free vet work for rescues and low cost services for local pet owners. Unfortunately our vet clinic had to close in June 2017 due to a lack of funding and difficulty recruiting qualified veterinarians for long term assignments, but the shelter work continued and we are now once again working towards improving veterinary services across the country.