Animal Reacue Team Taiwan|About Us
We are Animal Rescue Team TAIWAN (ARTT), a non-profit civilian group founded in 1995 by Joseph Nee, a retired math teacher who has been devoted to protecting and rescuing animals in Taiwan for over 17 years and is now the leader of the team. In the beginning, our group consisted of only a couple of members, including Nee’s own family members. Today, it continues to welcome volunteers that come from all walks of life, including professors, college students, high school teachers, businessmen, and housewives.
Our mission is to rescue wounded, abused, and trapped animals. We also work tirelessly to control the population of stray animals, safeguard those that are disabled, secure the adoption of homeless dogs and cats, provide animal shelter, and educate students on the importance of animal rights and protection.
So far, we have helped more than 5,000 animals throughout Taiwan. With our state-of-the-art animal care equipment that includes cat and dog handling gloves, tranquilizer blowguns, safeguard traps, nets, muzzles, stretchers, and pole syringes, we have been able to successfully carry out numerous difficult rescue missions.
In order to raise awareness on the importance of the protection of animals, we set up our Chinese language website in May 2004, thanks to which more and more animals in need continue to be saved and missing ones continue to be recovered. We spare no effort when it comes to honing our skills and knowledge in animal handling and care, constantly seeking advice from experienced veterinarians as well as animal experts at local universities and research centers.
And in light of extremely low adoption rates for mutts and disabled animals in Taiwan, we started implementing an Overseas Adoption Project in 2005. Owing to the assistance of various charitable groups in the United States and Canada, our volunteer travel companions who fly with the animals to their final destination, as well as our good relationship with local airlines, we have been able to place nearly 2,000 dogs and cats in warm new homes on the other side of the world.
It has always been our top priority to put an end to the suffering and misery of poor and helpless animals in Taiwan, but we need more people to get involved. It is because of the kind support from people like you that encourages us to keep going and do a better job. With your sympathy, concern and assistance, more lives can be saved. For us, rescuing animals is a sacred mission, but for the animals, it is a matter of life or death. Please join our efforts to help animals in need by learning the different ways you can get involved today!