ACT (Animal Care Trust) is a registered UK charity transforming the lives of suffering animals in northern Taiwan.

Help Secure a Beautiful Rehoming Centre for Rescued Cats

ACT is opening a brand-new, professionally designed, cat rescue and rehoming centre in northern Taiwan. We just need the rent and deposit! Can you help?
New for March!


  • Saving animals in Taiwan since 1999
  • Over 1,600 animals rescued so far
  • As seen on The Dodo, RightThisMinute, and more

ACT was borne from the passion and vision of Englishman Sean McCormack, who has worked tirelessly to end animal suffering in Taiwan for almost 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 1,600 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 partner association in Taiwan, ACT for Animals, currently operates a 60-dog rescue centre called The ARK (Animal Rescue Kennels), nestled in the foothills of YangMing Mountain just outside Taipei City and overlooking the East China Sea. Act for Animals is run by Sean’s wife, Judy Hsu, who is currently busy getting the organisation legally registered as nonprofit national Taiwan association.

Sean and Judy’s goal is to build Taiwan’s first state-of-the art, international-standard rehoming centre within the next three 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.


The people who put ACT into action

Leigh Kedwell

Leigh and Sean have been great friends since meeting at Scouts 40 years ago. Working in private education, he teaches Duke of Edinburgh at Gold level in his spare time, as he loves the great outdoors, especially mountains. He recently visited Sean, Judy, and his gooddaughter Saoirse in Taiwan to experience firsthand the rescue work performed by the charity he chairs. He is deeply concerned about the issue of traps and snares and the horrific suffering they inflict on innocent animals. A dedicated family man, Leigh is about to get two kittens for his children, Tom, Ollie, and Tilly. He is also adopting a very lucky puppy he helped rescue from a high trap area during his recent trip to Taiwan and give him the happiest life possible on the English school smallholding he calls home.

Angela Thrift

Currently a practice nurse at a GP surgery, Angela became a close friend of Sean's 24 years ago when they worked together at a student pub. She is proud goodmother to Sean and Judy's one-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; Talulah and Teddy, the Yorkie terriers; and Mae and Juno, the cane corso dogs who belong to her partner and professional dog trainer, Chris.

Michelle Hawes

Michelle and Sean have been friends for decades, and Sean is proud godfather to her eldest son, Jack, but, after an appalling attempt at a christening speech, failed to be invited to be godfather to her younger son, Sam. Michelle and husband, Mark, have instilled a love of animals in their boys and the family recently adopted Bella, a Bulgarian shepherd dog rescued from the streets of the country from which she gets her name. Michelle will supply more info for her bio just as soon as she finds the time away from her busy work and family life and long walks to the park with Bella.

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