The Pagoda PAWS Project

Linh Ung Pagoda on Son Tra Peninsula in Da Nang is home to the world’s largest statue of a female Buddha, but unfortunately, it is also a well-known dumping ground for unwanted dogs. In the shadow of the pagoda, these dogs have faced unimaginable hardships. Homelessness, malnutrition, and untreated health issues have left them vulnerable, struggling for survival. The compassionate monks at the pagoda have done their utmost to provide a safe haven and basic care, but the needs of 60 dogs are overwhelming.


The need for sterilization, medical treatment and proper nutrition 


Sterilization remains the single most effective and compassionate method of controlling stray dog populations. Our goal is to sterilize and vaccinate all the Pagoda dogs, as well as treat them for mange, parasites, and any other medical needs. At first, the monks were hesitant about sterilizing, but eventually allowed us to neuter two males there. They were happy and trusting after the surgeries and have been very helpful ever since. In collaboration with our partner WUFAW, we have already neutered 41 dogs since 2020.


Moreover, the pagoda dogs are fed rice daily, which is critically affecting their health. A nutritious meal plan is a cornerstone of their recovery. Good nutrition will help them regain their strength and overall well-being, ensuring a healthier and happier life.

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