|Our new PUP Program!
(Prevent Unwanted Puppies)
Soi Dog (in partnership with UK charity "Dogs Trust") is very pleased to announce the PUP Program (Prevent Unwanted Puppies). The PUP program will cost 10 million Thai baht (US$325,000) in addition to Soi Dog’s normal operating costs. The program will see sterilizations on Phuket Island double from 5,000 to 10,000 per year resulting in 20,000 animals sterilized over the 2 year period of the program.
When Soi Dog Foundation started working in Phuket in late 2003 the Foundation’s aim was quite clear: To stop the appalling suffering experienced by the majority of stray dogs and cats on Phuket Island.
Soi Dog firmly believes that the ONLY effective and humane method of achieving this objective is to sterilize these dogs and cats and so prevent even more unwanted animals being born and suffering death by starvation, injury and disease, or inhumane methods of culling.
Working in conjunction with the island's local municipalities (Or Bor Tors), Soi Dog will run mobile clinics systematically, commencing in the north and working southwards, spending a minimum of one month in each Or Bor Tor.
The Or Bor Tors will provide locations and publicise the clinics in their areas, calling on all pet owners to have their pets sterilized and vaccinated free of charge. Soi Dog’s staff will collect the stray dogs in the Or Bor Tor as well as collect owned dogs where required.
Additional vehicles have been purchased and additional staff including 4 veterinarians have been employed to conduct the program. This is in addition to Soi Dog’s normal program which sees teams picking up animals around the island on a daily basis and taking back to Soi Dog’s shelter for sterilization and treatment.
Soi Dog has sterilized over 37,000 animals to date. With the additional sterilizations performed during the PUP program Soi Dog will be able to take more of a “maintenance” approach in
Phuket allowing the Foundation to continue in expanding work throughout Thailand.
|For all our Sponsors...
Meet the Golden Oldies! (part 1)
Ever wondered how your sponsored dog is getting along?
This month we visited the first of our "Old Age Dog Runs" - known as OAP1 (Old Age Pensioners 1). This run contains some of the nicest dogs you could ever meet. We keep these runs for our older residents so they can relax & enjoy their retirement without being bothered by younger, more exhuberant dogs. It's also home to some of our disabled dogs, who much prefer quieter companions.
View the OAP1 Photo Slideshow HERE!
Bastie - sweet & loveable!
Maxwell - quiet & affectionate
Our older dogs are favourites amongst our volunteer visitors. Many a volunteer has fallen in love with our oldies & it's not hard to see why. Taking our oldies for a walk can be a very rewarding & sometimes "heavy" experience, if your oldie is not keen to walk back! Volunteers carrying oldies back to their run is not an uncommon sight.
OAP 1 has 18 dogs - Aldo, Ash, Bastie, Hogi, Jenny, Kamala, Maxwell, Mint, NaNa Chat, Pimghon, Roqufort, Shakey, Yong, Blue, Cha Cha, Merlinwiz, Rama & YooYee.
Aldo & Jenny are the newcomers, whilst Kamala, Yong & Cha Cha are amongst our oldest at around 12 years of age. Bastie is a character who loves to roll around on the sala & catch your attention whilst Maxwell is quieter & always keen for cuddles. Blue is super friendly & always keen for a walk, & Rama cries to go walkies!. Pimghon is the heartbreaker of the group but put a lead on him & he jumps to attention. Our oldies are not fast walkers - it's more about the journey than the destination for these precious souls.
If you're visiting the shelter, come say hello to our oldies, it's an experience you won't forget.
Some of our older dogs are adoptable & can make wonderful companions. See some of our adoptable oldies HERE
All adoption enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
CLICK HERE to view our OAP1 Photo Album on Facebook.