About Us

ARC was founded in 2005 by Janie O’Connor and is based just outside of Palolem in South Goa, India. ARC was set up as a direct response to the high volume of stray animals in and around the local area, creating a rescue centre where stray or injured animals can be re-homed and cared for by the centre workers and volunteers. The culling of stray animals in India is very common and we believe our Animal Birth Control programme (ABC) has dramatically decreased the annual culling, and since 2005 thousands of dogs and cats have been sterilised improving the condition of the strays on the local streets and beaches.

Initially our fundraising goals were to run a short term camp and get as many strays sterilised as possible, however soon realising this would only give the strays aid in the short term, ARC decided to start building a shelter from a disused chicken shack. We then moved to the current site 3 years ago, which we built from scratch. We recently built a new room onto the shelter using only glass bottles as we couldn’t afford bricks, and we’ve been there ever since. The workers spend most of their time caring for and treating the stray animals without running water and an onsite vet, and rely solely on donations and volunteers to keep the shelter running.

Please help us by making a donation or visiting us when you are in South Goa.

Click here to donate to ARC Goa!

Our work includes;

  • ABC Animal Birth Control Programme
  • Anti-Rabies Vaccinations
  • Combination Injections to prevent Parvo (Canine Parvovirus), Canine Distemper and other fatal diseases
  • Bathing, tick and worm treatments
  • Emergency care and treatment for ill and injured animals
  • Feeding the stray animals during the monsoon season when tourism is low.
  • Educating and raising awareness amongst the local community on how to care for and treat their pets and the local strays.