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Exploitation and trade cause immense suffering for millions of animals across Asia. Sanctuaries and rescue centers (SARCs) are on the front lines of conservation and welfare, working with governments and partners to provide immediate refuge and treatment, rehabilitation, long-term care, sanctuary or the chance for release for rescued wildlife, along with awareness and education programs. 


The Asia for Animals Sanctuaries and Rescue Centers Coalition (SARCC) is a member-led working group. We aim to empower people and organizations across Asia by coordinating a coalition that fosters, facilitates and encourages networking through collaboration and cooperation.  

AfA is the largest network of animal protection organizations not only in Asia, but globally.  

Many of Asia for Animals Network Member Organizations represented wildlife sanctuaries and rescue centers (SARCs). Our members, partners and concerned members of the public frequently came to AfA requesting information about wildlife sanctuary and rescue and the SARC community in Asia. It was realised there was not a dedicated central network across greater Asia to answer these queries.  Therefore a dedicated working group under AfA,  the Sanctuaries and Rescue Centers Coalition (SARCC) was developed to establish a centralized point for information about sanctuaries and rescue centers across Asia, and to encourage and facilitate collaborating and networking across the region. 

Through AfA this working group is in a unique position to:

  • be a central contact point for SARCs and animal advocacy organizations in Asia;

  • maintain a bird’s eye view of SARCs and their activities and identify opportunities for connection;

  • keep a finger on the pulse in this area of animal protection.

We invite Asia’s sanctuaries, rescue centers and supporting organizations to join us as we develop this exciting new working group.  We do not wish to duplicate work that is currently underway, but rather complement such work by identifying and sharing opportunities that already exist and fill identified gaps in the industry through connecting programs and organizations together. ​

SARCC's vision is for Asia's sanctuaries and rescue centers to achieve their own missions in helping animals  with the help of our collaborative and supportive community. 

SARCC aims to:

  • raise awareness of the issues that impact the welfare of animals across Asia;

  • provide advocacy support for campaigns within the region aimed at improving animal welfare or ending animal exploitation and suffering;

  • facilitate discussions between organizations and the sharing of information in the pursuit of solutions to animal welfare challenges;

  • maintain the network and act as as central point for animal advocacy organizations offering guidance and resources to help alleviate animal suffering; 

  • unify our voices, build capacity and share technical resources and opportunities. 

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We are proud of our member sanctuaries, rescue centers and supporting organizations. 

Get in contact with us! 

If you would like more information about joining SARCC, contact Elliot,  lead SARCC coordinator at

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