A life-long animal lover and animal welfare advocate, Cat left the US in 2007 as she gave up her life riding horses and managing stables in Virginia. Since graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in International Politics, Cat has lived in several countries around the world. She has lived in Vietnam since 2012 and found her calling here in Hoi An as VAAR’s co-founder. Cat leads a vegan lifestyle and encourages other animal rights advocates to do the same. She looks forward to future of animal welfare capacity building in Vietnam.
Cat manages VAAR’s main shelter including the care, intake, and adoption of animals. She is also co-developing the vet training and capacity building program, as well as networking with other rescues to help build up their own administrative capacity in Vietnam. While starting her rescue work full time, Cat earned her Master’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management with a focus on animals in disaster. Now she is working towards her PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Transformative Social Change. She studies the inextricable link between human and animal rights, and how this can effect the global social movement of animal rights. To relax from the usual stress of the job plus schoolwork, Cat enjoys training for marathons and recently completed a half Ironman triathlon in Da Nang.