In Southeast Asia, most of the people see and treat stray animals differently in comparison to Western Europe. Cats and dogs are afforded little to no legal protection, there is a significant lack of veterinary training, spay/neuter capacity, massive stray animal overpopulation and endemic rabies. The presence of rabies and human-dog conflict unfortunately often leads to the cruel culling of dogs in a misguided attempt to control the disease. The dog and cat meat trade in Asia is also one of the most pressing companion animal welfare issues of our time, involving over 30 million cats and dogs a year. Dogs and cats that were once pets, as well as strays, often end up being stolen, trafficked, and killed in tortuous ways. Therefore, the suffering of stray animals is immense.
Through partnership, we can accelerate positive change for stray animals.
FOUR PAWS is committed to improving animal welfare throughout the region, through the establishment of strong partnerships with local charities, operating effective programs, and local campaigning.
In Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Thailand, FOUR PAWS engages with a variety of local charities to operate exciting programs involving the rescue of sick and injured animals, veterinary training, community engagement, and providing desperately needed medical services to animals that need it most. The program’s long-term objectives include improving community attitudes and empathy towards stray animals, training the vets of tomorrow, tackling the cruel dog and cat meat trade, and humanely managing stray animal populations. This way, we can ensure improved animal welfare for years to come.
CAMBODIA Saving Pagoda Animals – Phnom Penh
There is little veterinary capacity, a rampant dog meat trade, and unwanted animals are often dumped at Buddhist pagodas due to the misconception that monks will take care of them. FOUR PAWS has teamed up with local charity Animal Rescue Cambodia to bring much needed veterinary services to local communities, with a focus on working at Buddhist pagodas to improve animal welfare, education, and awareness. The program also works to train young Khmer veterinarians in spay/neuter. Read more about our work in Cambodia
THAILAND Thailand’s Forgotten Dogs – Bang Saphan
FOUR PAWS has teamed up with local charity, Headrock Dogs Rescue to staff an outreach team and deliver medical services to a huge, under-served area in Central Thailand. In the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, the program provides desperately needed feeding services for over 500 dogs, responds to emergencies, free spay/neuter services, and helps educate monks, nuns, and local caregivers. Read more about our work in Thailand.
VIETNAM Cats Matter Too – Da Nang & Hoi An
FOUR PAWS and local groups PAWS for Compassion and Vietnam Cat Welfare have launched the 'Cats Matter Too' program, focused on raising local awareness of this issue, keeping cats safe, free spay/neuter services to pet owners and local businesses, and rescuing cats in need. The program also involves ongoing workshops at local schools to impart a message of compassion towards all animals. Read more about our work in Vietnam
Compassion Through Education – Jakarta
In Indonesia, there is widespread suffering of both companion and wild animals. There is a rampant dog meat trade and suffering of both pets and strays due to lapses in responsible pet ownership and understanding of the basic needs of animals. To address this, FOUR PAWS has teamed up with charity Jakarta Animal Aid Network to create an exciting online educational platform with a variety of toolkits, handouts, and lesions on animal welfare to help spread awareness and training materials to teachers, students, and public alike. The program also supports educational seminars and presentations to schools, embassies, organisations, and at events throughout the capital city of Jakarta.
INDONESIA Stray Animal Care Borneo
Deep in the heart of the rain forest, FOUR PAWS runs the first and only program of its kind in Kalimantan focusing on improving stray animal welfare while also protecting endangered wildlife from diseases that can be transmitted by domestic animals. In conjunction with our local partner Pro Natura, our team conducts mobile sterilisation clinics, primarily for cats, treats sick and injured animals, and educates community members on responsible pet ownership. Read more about our work in Borneo.