Author: Catherine (Catherine Besch)


White people snuggling puppies and other non-solutions of welfare organizations in Asia

Puppy snuggling. Doggie walking on beaches. Kitten kissing. Education programs by pretty, young white people to classes of non-white children to learn about aforementioned puppy snuggling and kitten kissing. Volun-tourism at animal rescues for twenty-something Westerners coming to Asia to “find themselves” and try to catch chlamydia on a drunk night in a beach bar....

31st October 202016th March 2021In News

Update from Our Founder, Cat Besch

For the past few months, I have been in the US taking over my parents’ household.  After 14 years abroad, 8 in Vietnam, this has been a very tough trip and I look forward to coming home to Vietnam as soon as the borders reopen. I left Vietnam at the beginning of March to come...

21st August 202016th March 2021In News

Spring Update: Living with Uncertainty

We are all looking at the inevitable effects of Covid-19 for ourselves, our families, our jobs, and our businesses no matter where we are in the world right now. As we watch the stock markets plummet, the shops closing, schools shutting down for months in many countries, we are also looking at the effects of...

16th March 202016th March 2021In News

Missed our funding target but regrouping and marching on!

Since we did not hit our funding target in order to get the clinic building, we are having to regroup after this incredible disappointment to push forward as quickly as possible after years of struggling to get the care the animals of central Vietnam need.  The building we want has still not been rented luckily,...

9th March 202016th March 2021In News

The Monkey Mommy: from Rescue to the Big Picture

In February, 2012, I moved to Nha Trang, Vietnam and arrived with stars in my eyes.  After a frozen year in Mongolia and a cold journey through South America, I came here with my dog and my cat from the US to start a new life. Vietnam seemed like paradise. I planned on just staying...

21st February 202016th March 2021In News

Marching Ahead with our International Veterinary Training Center

We are moving forward today and are never looking back again. This is why the clinic is opening this month, come hell or high water:   We are tired of saying no.  We are tired of feeling helpless. We are tired of being sent case after case after case that we know very well from...

13th February 202016th March 2021In News

Lessons Learned: Stepping Up After Getting Burned

Opening a new vet clinic nearly 3 years after the failure of our last one is no small feat. For nearly 3 years, I worked my fingers to the bone trying to keep the clinic running on almost no money, with volunteers and even our head vet coming and going with no measure of consistency,...

24th January 202016th March 2021In News