Catherine Besch

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Catherine Besch

Founder and Director
Cat Besch | Founder and Director of Vietnam Animal Aid & Rescue

Cat started the organization in 2013, just a year after moving to Vietnam. With a background working with horses and stable management, along with a lifelong addiction to animal rescue of many species, she decided to do something about the many animals she saw in need in Vietnam. 

Cat has a B.S. in International Relations and an M.A. in Emergency and Disaster Management, with a semester of a PhD started while the clinic was still open, but as the shelter grew and the caseload became too heavy, her academic career was temporarily sidelined.  She is obsessed with food security, vegan fashion, and making all of her travels about the search for the best vegan cheese on the planet. 

Cat is an avid runner, swimmer, and mountain biker and currently works remotely internationally as director until borders reopen to Vietnam.