Animal Care Trust is a registered UK charity transforming the lives of suffering animals in northern Taiwan
24-Hour Animal Rescue Service
Dog and cat adoption and fostering
Pioneers of Raw Diet for Health and Longevity
No-Kill Dog and Cat Sanctuary
Specialists in Handling Difficult Animals
Prominent in the Asia animal-rescue community
ACT was borne from the passion and vision of Englishman Sean McCormack, who has worked tirelessly to end animal suffering in Taiwan for more than twenty years. Since moving to the island in 1999, and inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall during a chance meeting in 2004, he has directly rescued or helped more than 1,700 animals in distress, created seven animal sanctuaries, and started three nonprofits in Taiwan dedicated to improving the welfare of animals: Animals Taiwan (2004 — 2008), the Taiwan SPCA (2008 — 2010), and The PACK Sanctuary (2010 — 2017). In 2014, Sean realised his dream to start a UK charity when he co-founded Animal Care Trust.
ACT is the name given to the project that created all those charities and facilities and which continues to transform the lives of suffering animals. Our newest project in Taiwan, ACT for Animals, currently operates a 70-cat rescue-and-rehoming centre called The Cats’ Cradle a 108-dog, two-site rescue centre called The ARK (Animal Rescue Kennels), and, across the valley, a smaller 52-dog sanctuary we call The Den. All sites are nestled in the foothills of YangMing Mountain just outside Taipei City, overlooking the East China Sea. ACT for Animals was founded by Sean’s partner, Judy Hsu, who registered the organisation as a national Taiwan nonprofit in 2020.
Sean and Judy’s goal is to keep growing the rescue organisation to include an international-standard rehoming centre as well as a charity veterinary hospital within the next two years. But what we are best known for is our animal rescues, which we perform year round, at any time of night or day, often in incredibly difficult circumstances. Some of our more notable rescues have been featured on the likes of The Dodo and featured in news media all around the world.
We are dedicated to alleviating the suffering and elevating the welfare of animals throughout Taiwan.
We envision Taiwan becoming a global leader in humane treatment of all animals.
We believe in putting the individual animal first whenever possible and to spring into urgent action whenever needed.
You may have seen one of our viral rescue videos
Meet the ACT team
The people who lead ACT into action
Leigh Kedwell (Chair)
Leigh's military background culminated in working with a NATO multinational quick-reaction force. Now in private education, Leigh combines his training and love of the outdoors teaching Duke of Edinburgh at Gold level in his spare time. While visiting Taiwan to see firsthand the vital animal-rescue work ACT performs, Leigh spotted a friendly puppy living in an area plagued with dangerous gin traps and wire snares. With the kindness of ACT supporters, Leigh flew him to England to start a new life as his much-loved companion. He remains deeply concerned about traps and snares and the horrific suffering they inflict on innocent animals. A dedicated family man, Leigh is also the proud dad of Tom, Ollie, and Tilly.
Angela Thrift (Board)
Currently a practice nurse at a GP surgery, Angela became a close friend of Sean's 26 years ago when they worked together at a student pub. She is proud goodmother to Sean and Judy's four-year-old daughter, Saoirse. Sharing Sean's love of animals and witnessing his genuine love and respect for all creatures, great and small, Angela was honoured when asked to become a trustee of Animal Care Trust and lend support to the heartwarming rescue work the ACT team undertakes in Taiwan. She is loving mum to son, Harry—and to her beloved pets: Ziggy the cat, and Talulah and Teddy, the Yorkie terriers.
Michelle Hawes (Board)
Michelle is a qualified RMN, Advanced Clinical Practitioner (MSc ACP) and Independent Nurse Prescriber working in acute psychiatry. She is passionate about supporting animal welfare and closely follows worldwide issues relating to animal safety and protection. On one happy occasion, that involved adopting a Bulgarian shepherd dog called Bella, who is now a much-loved member of her home. One day Michelle and her family would love to visit ACT in Taiwan to experience the dog rescue and care work Sean, Judy and the team undertake and which she helps govern.