Sanctuaries and Rescue Centers on our travels

In our destination countries we visit carefully select sanctuaries, rescue centers or projects that are ethical and are definitely worth a visit. The main purpose of these projects or sanctuaries has to be to promote compassion toward these living beings. Mostly this is done by harboring animals that are endangered or threatened or that do not get to live a happy life in that particular country.

Samsara Vegan Travels - Vietnam - Loris at EPRC
Samsara Vegan Travels - Vietnam - Langur at EPRC

Vietnam - Endangered Primate Rescue Center

The Endangered Primate Rescue Center is a not for profit project dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of Vietnam's endangered and critically endangered primate species. First established in 1993, through a collaboration between Frankfurt Zoological Society and Cuc Phuong National Park, the center is presently managed under the umbrella of the Vietnam Primate Conservation Program, jointly operated by Zoo Leipzig and Cuc Phuong National Park. More than 180 animals have been born at the center, some being the first of their species to be born in captivity, including the critically endangered Cat Ba langur, Delacours langur and the Grey shanked douc langur.

Today the center is home to around 180 primates representing 15 species. The primates are housed in more than 50 large enclosures, these enclosures serve to prepare animals for release into the wild and provide opportunities to study the behavior of animals in semi wild conditions.

Vietnam - Jack's Cat Cafe

Jack's Cat Cafe is part of Vietnam Cat Welfare. We started rescuing abused and abandoned cats in 2009. We provide medical treatment, shelter and attempt to find good homes for every animal. Our goals are both reactive and proactive; we wish to educate people on how to help animals here and end animal cruelty in Vietnam. We look after as many animals as we can and rely on our amazing volunteers, supporters and the generous people who re-home these precious animals to help.

Samsara Vegan Travels - Vietnam - Brenda with cat at Jack's Cat Cafe logo
Samsara Vegan Travels - Nepal - KAT Centre

Nepal - Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre

The Kathmandu Animal Treatment Centre (KAT Centre) is a non-profit registered charity organization dedicated to improving the welfare of Nepal's animals. We are humanely creating a healthy, rabies-free, sustainable street dog population in Kathmandu.
Our goal is to reduce the number of stray dogs in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley and eliminate rabies through:

• Animal Birth Control (ABC) & Rabies Vaccinations
• Public Education: Teaching compassion and rabies awareness
• Rescue & Treatment: For sick and injured street dogs and cats, many of whom are now available for adoption
• Re-homing and adoption Campaign


Myanmar - Royal Heart Shelter & Animal Rescue

We're trying our best to give a better future for stray animals and to give a place to call home for them with our "Shelter for Dogs" & "Shelter for Cats! Our shelter is situated in Mandalay in Central Myanmar.

Samsara Vegan Travels - Myanmar - Even more dogs at Royal Heart Shelter
Samsara Vegan Travels - Vietnam - Asian Turtle Program
Samsara Vegan Travels - Vietnam - Asian Turtle Program turtle

Vietnam - Asian Turtle Program

The Asian Turtle Program (ATP) was established in 1998 and incorporated into the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo/Cleveland Zoological Society's Asia regional program in 2003. Since the ATP originated with the development of the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) at Cuc Phuong National Park together with our local partner NGO, Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV), we have been working on the conservation of tortoises and freshwater turtles (TFT) in southeast Asia with a focus on Vietnam’s priority species including critically endangered and endemic species of greatest conservation concern. With the aim of establishing a safe and sustainable future for Asian turtles, and ensuring that no further turtle species become extinct in the region, we implement strategic interventions that directly contribute to the conservation of Asian turtles, helping to ensure efficient use of limited resources, as well as developing capacity, strengthening leadership, and ultimately effecting positive attitudinal and behavioral change within society. Various prominent events and activities have taken place in Vietnam including enforcement training for forest rangers and raising public awareness about the importance of protecting Vietnam's turtles.

Myanmar - Yangon Animal Shelter

Together with a fellow animal loving teacher and a wonderful parent of one of my students, we decided to set up a shelter. Thanks to the generous donation of some land, our first shelter was established. Initially, our goal was to house 40-50 dogs, and use the TNR (trap-neuter-return) method to decrease the stray dog population in the long run. However, our efforts to stop the poisoning of street dogs have been unsuccessful, and therefore, releasing dogs back onto the street was not an option. Our shelter was soon full, as we would constantly receive calls from people begging us to take in more dogs. Fortunately, another larger, piece of land was generously donated and the shelter was relocated. We are currently at capacity with approximately 500 dogs.
We will continue to try and persuade the local authorities to use more humane dog population management. Campaigning against dog poisoning is a priority of YAS.

Samsara Vegan Travels - Myanmar - Yangon Animal Shelter
Samsara Vegan Travels - Myanmar - dogs at Yangon Animal Shelter
Samsara Vegan Travels - Vietnam - Bear Sanctuary logo
Samsara Vegan Travels - Vietnam - Bear Sanctuary

Vietnam - Vietnam Bear Sanctuary

Spread over an area of 11 hectares, the sanctuary has almost 30,000 square meters of semi-natural outdoor enclosure space designed to stimulate the bears’ natural behaviors. There are five double bear houses, each containing two rows of conjoined concrete dens. Each row of dens opens out onto a large outdoor enclosure with pools, trees and various structures and furniture designed to aid rehabilitation. There are also two houses with no outdoor access, a poly-tunnel area with cages for housing bears recovering from surgery, and an undercover area that provides temporary housing space for new arrivals in large cages while they are in quarantine.
As the team in Vietnam regularly receives cubs confiscated from wildlife traders or poachers, we have also constructed a 280 square meter cub house with a 1000 square meter outdoor area split into seven enclosures. Furnished with cub-sized wooden sleeping platforms, the cub dens house young bears until they are mature enough to be moved to the larger double bear houses and integrated with the adults.