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The young people who save thousands of uncared for dogs, cats

Last update: 07:07 | 07/03/2018

VietNamNet Bridge - The Center of Pet Animal Protections and Studies (CPAPS) is a familiar name to many animal lovers, especially young people. 


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Nguyen Quang Huong at CPAPS



When reporters visited the center on a pre-Tet day, they met two young people who were on duty taking care of about 100 dogs and cats.

Nguyen Quang Huong, born in 1994, a veterinary medicine graduate of the Vietnam Agriculture Academy, is in charge of the health of the animals. He can remember the names of every dog and cat and their initial status after they were brought to the center.

Huong and the volunteers name all of the dogs and cats, such as Muoi Muoi (younger sister), Bun (soft noodles), Max and Bao (Storm). Some of them have more than one name, but will answer if they are called.

Muoi Muoi is a Husky dog. “I realized that Muoi Muoi was in a car accident and abandoned by the owner. Its two real legs were broken and did not recover,” Huong said.

In the first two years of operation, dogs and cats were assigned to volunteers for care at their homes. However, as the number of abandoned dogs and cats increased rapidly, the center did not have enough volunteers. The so called ‘Common House’ was set up in 2014.

Thu Ha, head of the rescue team, said the center was set up in 2012 in Hanoi, but only in October 2017 did it receive a license and officially became the first dog & cat rescue organization with legal status.

In the first two years of operation, dogs and cats were assigned to volunteers for care at their homes. However, as the number of abandoned dogs and cats increased rapidly, the center did not have enough volunteers. The so called ‘Common House’ was set up in 2014.

The common house has changed addresses many times. The current house is relatively large with many rooms and outdoors spaces for dogs and cats to play. Located on a small alley of Nhan Hoa street, the house was a former production workshop which was upgraded to accommodate dogs and cats.

Asked about how the center runs, Thu Ha said after receiving information about abandoned dogs and cats, the center’s members visit the sites. All of them are examined at the nearest veterinary clinics. 

About 30-50 dogs and cats are handed over to new owners every month, according to Ha.

Though there is the common house, the center is still trying to increase the number of dogs and cats to be taken care of by volunteers at their homes.

Ha estimates that about 8,000-9,000 dogs and cats have been saved by the center, of which 50-60 percent have found new owners, while the remaining died either at hospitals or volunteers’ homes.


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