Help My Cat’s Been Cat-Napped!!!!

29 04 2011
Help! My Cat Has Been Stolen!

"Meow... I want to go home!"

It seems as if pet-napping has become more rampant in Vietnam. The economic motive behind the theft is great. Usually the reward for returning the pet to the the grief stricken family is high, a few month’s salary high. The incentive is there so pet-napping has become an easy way to “earn” money. If your pet ever gets “napped” in Hanoi, here are some of the things you should know and do.

HOW TO INCREASE THE ODDS OF GETTING YOUR PET BACK

1. Don’t bother going to the police. They will be unable to assist you.

2. Quickly post up reward posters around your neighborhood. Include a photo of your pet and in big bold letters, the reward amount.

3. No matter if your pet is spayed/neutered or NOT, state that your pet is “de-sexed”. Many times people steal pets in hopes of breeding them.

4. Show NO tears!!! When you visit the following places, pack your tears away and go with a poker face. The more emotion you show, the more expensive it will be to get your pet back.

5. Post the reward posters in both English and Vietnamese.

PLACES  TO LOOK FOR YOUR STOLEN PET

1. Go in the morning to the pet market at the Buoi Market**

2.  Take a look inside the pet shops along Hoang Hoa Tham

3. Dong Xuan Market and Hang Da Market often sell pets/ animals

4. There is a market that sells stolen pets on Duong Kim Nguu. You go down the street a ways until you get to the market and then go inside.

**One more thing about the Buoi market, it takes place on days in “4” and “9” according to the soli-lunar calendar (this means on the “4”, “9”, “14”, “19”, “24” and “29”).
The next market will then be on tuesday 26th of April (24 in the lunar calendar).

5. There is a street called Phung Hung near Hoan Kiem Lake, there are also some pet shops there selling kittens and cats.





Pet-Friendly Hotel in Vietnam?

17 03 2011
Where to go with pets
“We’re goin’ for a ride!”

ANY PET-FRIENDLY HOTELS IN VIETNAM????

I’ll give you a quick answer, NO! As of now, there are no official pet-friendly hotels in Vietnam. But off the record, there are a number that will allow pets to stay if you can get someone to negotiate for you in Vietnamese. But before you start imagining yourself poolside at the Nam Hai or the Sofitels with Fifi, I have to let you know, all the 5-star hotels have a seriously strict NO DOGS, NO PETS allowed policy. Instead, look for the 2-star motels or any kind of backpacker establishment as a possible option. However, there IS one resort I know of in Vietnam who has a discreet pet-sort-of-friendly policy. It is a well-kept secret by many pet-owners in Hanoi. It is called the Van Chai Resort and it is about 170km (2.5-3 hours) outside of Hanoi. Pet Friendly Van Chai Click Here. The Resort is located on Sam Son beach, a private beachside sanctuary complete with indoor and outdoor pools, spa, and acres of well-maintained tropical gardens. Our three dogs got their first taste of freedom after a year of being on a leash in Hanoi. Van Chai is the PERFECT place to stay with your pets and a great escape from the pollution and mayhem of Hanoi.

Chillin poolside

We'd like 3 Liver-Daiquiris please!

WHERE’S THE S(PAW)??

Our dogs were over the moon at being able to run around the premise freely. At first they didn’t know what to do or where to go, they were so used to being leashed during their walks. I must stress that we went during the off-season, mid January, so it seemed like we were the only guests at the resort. Consequently, we were able to let our dogs run amok and explore to their heart’s content. Not sure, the management would be too thrilled to see dogs poolside during the peak season, with other guests lying around.

Van Chai Pet Friendly

"How's this pose? Did you get the boat in the background?"

PET-PARADISE!

With so much private beachfront, there was so much space for the dogs to explore and sniff around.  The hotel staff was also very friendly. However, it’s not the nicest beach, I’ve ever seen. Don’t expect a stunning seascape! The ocean is quite wild and the water is a chocolate brown color. The beach was dotted with broken shells and washed up “junk” yet it was a peaceful retreat after living in Hanoi. I am sure as the country continues to develop and pets become more popular, more hotels will consider changing their no pet policy to a pet-friendly one. As of now, the best place to go is Van Chai Resort, but please remember to pick up after your dogs so everyone can enjoy a clean, poop-free environment!

Van Chai beach and Nhopa

"I thought you said we're going to Miami Beach!"

"I'm going to pretend I don't notice you trying to do the peace sign behind my head!"

"I really dig this place because.... SQUIRREL!!!!!"

Van Chai and the Dogs

"Tam Biet Van Chai Resort! It was fun, although you should stock the mini-bar with bones instead of chocolate!!"





Spay-It Forward- ARC Vietnam’s Spay/Neuter Program

13 03 2011

Vietnam Spay and Neuter Program

ARC Vietnam Spay-It Forward Program

A MILLION REASONS TO SPAY OR NEUTER

Did you know, in 6 years, 1 female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies? In 7 years, 1 female cat and your young can produce 420,000 cats!

MS. NGUYEN THAO VI- AN ANGEL IN SAIGON

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Nguyen Thao Vi, in my opinion one of the kindest, most compassionate animal lovers in Vietnam! Ms. Nguyen is loved by many cat and dog owners around Ho Chi Minh City. Her online rescue and foster program, “Yeu Dong Vat” (Love Animal) has allowed for the successful placement of abandoned and abused kittens, cats, puppies and dogs around Saigon. Ms. Nguyen has a huge following on Facebook as many recognize her genuine compassion and love for those without a voice (animals). Ms. Nguyen is a truly inspirational figure, she inspires me and gives many hope that one day animal welfare will become a more common and accepted practice in Vietnam.

ARC’S 1ST LARGE SCALE SPAY & NEUTER MISSION

A.R.C. partnered with Ms. Nguyen and neutered and spayed seven of her favorite cats. A.R.C. members collected her cats and brought them to Saigon Pet Clinic where Dr. Nghia and his staff waited for the cats’ arrival. The surgery was a success and the cats went home the next day. Ms. Nguyen is happy to report that the cats are doing great!

A.R.C. advocates for low-cost spaying and neutering as the most effective means of preventing the births of dogs and cats in Ho Chi Minh City, and their subsequent abandonment, suffering and mass killing.

Spay-It Forward

Going to Get Tutored!

KNOW THE FACTS:

  • What are spaying and neutering?

The neutering operation for cats and dogs (spaying for females) is the best and safest method of pet birth control.

  • Are you scared of being bitten by a dog or cat with rabies?

By neutering or spaying, you reduce the number of dogs and cats on the street. Also, neutered/spayed animals are less likely to roam, run away or get into fights. It protects your pet from dangerous viruses spread through bite wounds.

  • Will my dog or cat become more aggressive after the operation?

No! Neutered/spayed animals are less likely to bite. 60%-80% of animals that bite people have not been sterilized. You can reduce the number of rabies cases by neutering/spaying your pet.

  • Will my dog or cat become stupid, fat and lazy after the operation?

No! Just like people, pets become overweight when they eat too much and/or exercise too little. The operation DOES NOT make your pet stupid, fat and lazy.

  • Will neutering/spaying reduce the lifespan of my pet?

No! Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives. The operation eliminates uterine or ovarian cancer and reduces breast cancer.

  • Will my male dog/cat be less of a “man”?

No! Spayed or neutered pets are often less aggressive, more relaxed and even more affectionate. Male pets do not “miss or feel sad” after the operation. He doesn’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crises when neutered.

  • Why is neutering/spaying my cat good?

Neutering cats make them less likely to spray and mark territory. This reduces the bad smell from your cat spraying around your home.

  • Is it expensive?

No! Many clinics offer reasonable rates. It is the best investment you can make for your pet’s health and your family’s well-being. Saigon Pet can provide low-cost service to those in need.

  • Will my dog or cat experience a lot of pain?

No! Dogs and cats are anesthetized for the procedure. They will NOT feel the procedure, they will be asleep.

For more information on ARC’s Spay-It Forward Program, contact arcneuter@gmail.com.





2011- Eating Cat in the Year of the Cat!

8 03 2011

 

Vietnam Year of the Cat

"Toi khong vui. Toi la meo!"

 

MMM…. FANCY FELINE FEAST!!!

2011 has started off as a good year for many… unless you are a cat!  Unfortunately, because the cat is the zodiac celebrity of the year, many Vietnamese have increased their consumption of cats. Like eating dog meat, cat meat is considered a part of the country’s traditional cuisine. Groups of men (more so than women), seated on mats spend their evenings sharing plates of dog/cat meat and drinking alcohol since the meat is believed to raise libido. It is also said to bring luck and good fortune. Some restaurants in Hai Phong and Ha Long Bay even advertise cat meat hot pot as “little tiger”, and cats in cages can be seen meowing away in their cramped and filthy cages. However, Vietnamese aren’t the only ones eating man’s best friend or furry feline, some visitors to the country also enjoy the novelty of tasting and saying, “I’ve eaten a dog!” or “I’ve just ate Garfield!”

Thit Cho/ Thit Cay/ Thit Meo Nha Hang O Saigon

 

DOG:COW… SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT.

As a vegetarian, I don’t see the difference between eating a dog and eating a cow, both are meat. Although I was raised in a culture where we revere dogs and cats not eat them, I find it hypocritical to condemn a culture that eats dog as meat but not a culture that eats lamb, pigs, and other animals. HOWEVER, what I do vehemently object to is the way the dogs and cats are killed in Vietnam and other parts of Asia. As an animal rights activist and member of A.R.C. Vietnam (www.arcpets.com), I whole-heartedly object to the brutal manner in which dogs and cats are slaughtered. It is sadistic and very Dahmer-ish.

 

BRUTAL TORTURE OF CATS & DOGS

While in some cultures like Vietnam, the consumption of dog and cat meat may be seen as traditional or beneficial for health, I do NOT believe these arguments can justify animal cruelty. In Vietnam, cats and dogs are tortured and teased for a length of time before finally being killed. Whether a captured stray or a farmed dog/cat, many marketplace slaughter methods are deliberately designed to intensify and prolong the animal’s suffering. This is the result of a misguided belief that torturing an animal prior to death results in better tasting, adrenaline-rich meat. Killing methods include clubbing to death, throat-slitting, hanging by the neck and electrocution.

CURIOSITY DIDN’T KILL THE CAT, MR. NGUEYN DID!

The good news is that recent Vietnamese opinion polls – where animal welfare is a relatively new concept – suggest that the consumption of dogs and cats is losing popularity, especially with the younger generation. Although the consumption of cats is on the rise this year, the big picture suggests that eating dogs and cats is slowly beginning to decline as Vietnam clamors to become an international country and aspires to rise to first-world standards.  Fortunately, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon!

Dead Cats

"Meo Chet!"

Cat Meat

"Me-ow.... Me-owwww!"





Meet Dr. Nghia

22 02 2011

Dr. Nghia Bac S Y Cho/ Meo

“When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble.” – Buddha

 

Q&A WITH DR. NGHIA

Americans now spend $41 billion a year on their pets—more than the gross domestic product of all but 64 countries in the world. That’s double the amount shelled out on pets a decade ago, with annual spending expected to hit $52 billion in the next two years, according to Packaged Facts, a consumer research company based in Rockville, Md. Although Vietnam is nowhere near that type of stratospheric spending, Vietnamese have begun to spend more of their disposable income on pets. As incomes climb and the country continues to develop and build a modern cityscape, more and more Vietnamese are welcoming four-legged friends into their family circle. The demand for pets like dogs and cats has increased significantly in the last ten years. No longer just bought as food or means of protection, these domesticated animals are becoming a status of wealth, a symbol of prosperity. Veterinarians like Dr. Nguyen Van Nghia has seen a significant growth in pet ownership since his return from obtaining his PhD and Post Doctorate at the Bristol University School of Veterinary Science. Vietnam Pets spent a dog’s day afternoon with Dr. Nghia, the Dr. Doolittle of Vietnam, to discuss the past, present and future of pet welfare.

Why did you decide to follow a less traditional path and become a veterinarian for “small animals”?

I always loved animals as a child. Anytime I saw an animal hurt or abused I would bring it home and take care of it. But back then I feel I did more harm than good because I didn’t know what I was doing. Loving an animal is not sufficient enough to keep it alive. I can thank my mother who allowed me to bring home so many animals and directing me towards becoming a veterinarian. She suggested I follow my heart and do what I love, which is helping animals and educating others about them.

As a leading veterinarian in Vietnam, how do you plan to be “the change you want to see in the world”?

I would like to see more public education on animal welfare. In Vietnam, the universities only focus on breeding and slaughtering, an agricultural practice commonly called Animal Husbandry. My mission in life is to raise public interest and knowledge on animal welfare. There are widespread implications for the way in which animals are treated, used and included in society. I would like to create programs, which provides people, from children to adults with basic information on pet care. My motto: The cheapest medicine in the world is water. If only more people with pets knew this, we could increase the lifespan on animals throughout the country. Currently, I am working to organize a welfare organization for animals, for both domesticated and wild animals. I’d like to call it “Animal Protection Office” to educate the community on animal care.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

I receive little support from Vietnam in general. Most people think I am doing something very luxurious, they don’t see my veterinary practice which predominately deals with only small animals, as a necessity but a rather frivolous endeavor.

How has pet ownership in Vietnam changed in the last few years?

I am seeing more and more Vietnamese bringing their pets to the clinic, especially dogs and cats. Before I would mainly treat the pets of the Expat community but now, as the outside world influences our cultural beliefs and as our society gets wealthier, I see a shift in my clientele, one that is becoming more Vietnamese. In addition, 10 years ago, we didn’t have x-ray machines or we didn’t run blood tests on small animals but Vietnam is changing fast. We are giving out more and more vaccinations and neutering/spaying pets.

Besides being revered as the “cat whisperer” in the community, what do you love about your job?

Rescuing animals that are sick and abused. It is a great feeling to save them and give them a 2nd chance. For more information about Dr. Nghia, Recommended Veterinarian Click Here

Saigon’s Cat Whisperer.





Something to (B)A.R.C. about!

10 02 2011

Troi Oi!!

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.”  ~Edmund Burke

Saigon. Sri Lanka. Singapore. Stockholm. Seattle. ARC (Animal Rescue & Care) members come from all across the globe. We are a diverse group of individuals living in Vietnam with one common passion: a love of animals. ARC was founded in 2010 to help promote kindness to animals and birds and to prevent cruelty to these creatures.

Through education and awareness ARC aims to:

.Reduce pet overpopulation through our low cost spay/neuter clinic

.Provide veterinary consultations for low income pet owners

.Educate citizens and organizations about animal welfare

.Promote compassion for animals and responsible pet ownership

.Prevent cruelty and abuse to animals

.Provide quality homes for our rescues through our adoption program

We are a non-profit, non-government organization that receives no government funding; we rely solely on private donations.

For more information visit http://www.arcpets.com; email arcpets@gmail.com and become a Fan of A.R.C. Vietnam on Facebook!