The Yangon Animal Shelter is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue and care of stray dogs.
Tour revenue will go directly towards care for the dogs and long-term infrastructure improvement, as the shelter is funded entirely by donations.
Wednesdays and Saturdays, other days by appointment only
English, French, Burmese
1 to 4
Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)
Clothing & Equipment
Water, Clothes you're not afraid to get dirty
The government of Myanmar sees stray dogs as menaces to society and has begun an initiative to poison them and eliminate them from the streets. Yangon Animal Shelter is at the front-line fight against this cruelty. With five different housing areas and dedicated veterinarians from all across Myanmar, the shelter provides a comfortable temporary home for all dogs in need. Dogs at the shelter receive the best living conditions possible, as they roam freely and are not restricted in cages. This allows them to intimately interact with humans on a regular basis, making them trusting and friendly. So prepare for a loud, jumpy, and enthusiastic greeting from your new four-legged friends!
Transportation from downtown Yangon will be provided, starting at a pick up spot approximately an hour away from the shelter. Don’t miss out on Saturdays -- when a resident vet visits the shelter clinic to care for dogs. Otherwise, the tour will consist mostly of socializing and getting to know the name, background, and story of each dog and puppy. All these dogs may overwhelm hesitant visitors, but if you’re a true dog lover, this is a dream come true!
Pick up and drop off; may need to meet at a designated location depending on where visitors are staying in Yangon.
The shelter is located approximately one hour outside of Yangon (more if you are staying right downtown Yangon – from downtown it can take 1.5 – 2 hrs depending on traffic) and there is a 10 minute walk from the highway to the shelter.
To help homeless, sick, and injured dogs find loving adoptive homes, offer them spaying/neutering/vaccination services, and protect them from government slaughter.
Defending stray dogs against government poison-slaughter efforts.
Rescue, care, and shelter for stray, injured, and poisoned dogs.
Foster and adoption of dogs at the shelter.
Vaccination, spaying, and neutering of all dogs at the shelter.
Eventually implementing a spay and neuter release program.