Our story

It all started back in 2004 when Liz and Mel Purdue met Khun Lek (Rampang Puangping) in Phuket, Thailand. Sharing a love of animals, they started helping the many stray dogs and cats on the island.

After the death of Mel, Liz and Lek moved to Chiang Mai, bought land in Mae Rim and built a house which is now Adopt Meow Rescue Center.


Although Liz had been helping stray cats and kittens for years, rescue and adoption services really didn’t begin until early 2017, when she found a kitten called Smokey on the side of the road. Smokey became the first kitten rescued and adopted through Adopt Meow, and hundreds more followed!

What we do

Today, the Adopt Meow Rescue Center provides a temporary home to approximately 40 cats and kittens. Visitors from all over Chiang Mai province have come to meet the cats and many have ended up adopting a new family member!

Aside from facilitating adoption, we have rescued hundreds of kittens and cats. Some of them badly injured and needing immediate medical attention.

Working with local communities, we have an active Trap Neuter Release (TNR) program which helps reduce the number of unwanted kittens and improving the quality of life of the stray and street cats in Chiang Mai.

We’ve developed an excellent relationship with a number of local vets, have invaluable support from WVS Thailand for our TNR program and have a network of Thai and Western people involved in fostering and adopting our rescues.

Support Adopt Meow

Adopt Meow relies totally on donations and 100% of everything received (food, money, supplies…) goes directly to the cats. If you’d like to support us, you can donate via PayPal, or directly into Bangkok Bank account account 358-O-66191-O.

Want to learn more?

Follow us on social media!

Our Facebook group, Kitten Rescue and Adoption Chiang Mai, has more than 1,200 members from all over the world following our rescue and adoption stories.

We also have a Facebook page, Adopt Me-ow Chiang Mai, which is dedicated to finding homes for locally rescued cats and kittens.