From Gross National Happiness to Gross Animal Happiness
BARC’s mission is to promote the welfare of animals, and to contribute to a society where a healthy and happy coexistence between animals and humans is the norm.
At BARC, we believe in the intrinsic value of animals, independent of the utility value that humans may give to them. Animals are sentient beings with feelings, consciousness, and integrity, and should be treated with respect, kindness, and compassion.
We carry out our mission via four different activities:
- Animal rescue
- Medical care
We have sheltered numerous dogs, cats, macaques, mules, cows, goats, and pigs at our rescue centres in Yoeselpang and Paro. With the help of caring supporters, our 24/7 rescue service can pick up animals in need and bring them to our centres for treatment.[GRAPH OF ANIMALS RESCUED]
We strive to reintegrate or relocate recovered animals, but those who are handicapped or suffer from chronic diseases find a warm permanent welcome at our shelters.
If you are in Thimphu or Paro and you see an animal in need, you can report it to us here.
We provide medical treatment for wounds, infectious diseases, cancer tumors, gastroenteritis, and skin diseases, as well as orthopedic surgery, prosthetics, and cesareans.
We have a clinic with surgery and treatment rooms and post-care facilities, and an Intensive Care Unit with quarantine.[IMAGE OF MARIANNE IN SURGERY ROOM]
To support a small and healthy stray animal population, we conduct a weekly sterilization program with DHPPI-L vaccinations.
A network of kind-hearted citizens help us to bring in stray dogs from their neighbourhood. The sterilized dogs are then released back into the community and given follow-care care if necessary.[IMAGE OF ANIMAL BEING STERILIZED OR VACCINATED]
We welcome people to visit our shelter to learn more about animal care, as well as how to genuinely practice Buddhism through compassion in action.
Visitors often find opportunities for mutual reflection and learning, and leave feeling inspired and empowered to do good.[IMAGE OF DOG WITH SKIN DISEASE]