Introducing Terry Saw (TagTeam): From AnimalCare to humanitarian aid

Updates: Due to family commitments, Terry has graciously withdrawn from the TagTeam.

The original post:

Dear Friends and Supporters,

It is with the greatest pleasure and gratitude that I introduce to you a member of the AnimalCare TagTeam: my friend and our former volunteer, Terry Saw. Terry was our volunteer going back to 2009 when we first started. He helped a lot with rescue, taking care of the animals, advice and giving moral and emotional support. In other words, being a good friend.

For those who might have missed our announcement last month, the AnimalCare TagTeam is a team of friends (younger than me) who will take over the running of AnimalCare after I am gone. They are our succession team.

Here is Terry’s self-introduction:

In September 2009, a slightly lost and confused individual was looking for meaning in their life when they stumbled upon the AnimalCare blog. Seeing the CNRM work that they advocate, this person decided to reach out to the blog and society’s founder, Dr. Chan Kah Yein in hopes of being a volunteer.

What started out as a step in the animal rescue/care world soon became a lifelong commitment towards the welfare of animals, and eventually a foray into the humanitarian aid world. (Yeah well, no prizes for guessing who that person was).

Terry has always maintained that it was because of the animals that he ended up working in the humanitarian space. Volunteering with AnimalCare was what made him realise that being an aid worker was possible. Before that, he had always ignorantly thought that it was the sole domain of rich individuals who have nothing better to do in their spare time. Instead, he was trust into a world of passionate individuals, many of which live paycheck to paycheck in order to fulfill their passion for something they believe in, be it animal welfare, or humanitarian aid.

As a public health professional, Terry works mainly in conflict settings, identifying vulnerable children and advocating for the best care and practices for children affected by conflict. He has adopted similar principles when it comes to both animal care and child protection, valuing integrity, community-based interventions (i.e. one-street CNRM), accountability, and science to ensure that the best practices are used in both situations. Although he is currently based abroad, Terry continues to foster an interest in AnimalCare and will contribute his thoughts and reflections on his experiences periodically.

Welcome on board, Terry, and thank you!