The Maya Foundation Bhutan began informally in 2007 when its Founder rescued her first injured stray dog in Paro, Bhutan. Since its inception, a two and a half acre rescue center and shelter has evolved in Paro, which now welcomes and often homes any and all species of animals from dogs and cats, horses and mules, pigs and goats and cattle, to snakes and birds.
Aptly known as ‘The Barnyard’, and home and office to the Foundation, it provides sanctuary for any animal in need; at present, approximately 500 animals including 300+ dogs, 29 cats, 40 cows and bulls, 41 equines, 40 goats, 23 pigs, and a Himalayan Griffon vulture. Its residents are typically found, brought, or referred by members of the Paro community and animal husbandry. They typically suffer from a range of problems including malnutrition, illness, injuries from car accidents or wire traps, leg fractures, wild animal or dog attacks, and simply plain neglect.
The Barnyard operates simply under the belief that all beings, including animals, deserve care and love, and a chance at life.
The Foundation is named in loving memory of an abandoned horse later named Maya, rescued from severe injuries in 2011 whose life was saved by the help and expertise provided collaboratively by people locally and abroad, including technologies never seen before in Bhutan. Unfortunately though, she later passed away when this same help and similar technological capabilities were not again available.
Thus, her life and death serve as continued inspiration to the Foundation to what is possible, and what is needed, for such second chances and life-saving opportunities to exist, for both human beings and animals.