Our final stop before heading back to Bangkok to fly home was Phuket, we had already stayed in the main hub of Phuket, so we stayed a little nearer the airport with the purpose of visiting the Soi Dog Foundation. It was something we had discovered during our trip and really wanted to go and visit.
What Is Soi Dog Foundation
The foundation is a non-profit organisation that was set up in 2003 in Phuket, Thailand to help the stray cats and dogs when there was no one else to look after them. The population of cats and dogs were ever growing due to lack of sterilisation (spay/neuter) and so the problem was getting worse. The organisation provide a humane and sustainable solution to managing the strays and the medical needs of the stray animals.
The foundation works in many different providences within Thailand to help control the stray population, with conducting mobile sterilisation clinics across Bangkok area. Sterilisation was the only humane way to control the growing population of stray animals which is now under control.
The foundation also works hard campaigning for the improvement of animal welfare across Asia, also helping animals caught in natural disasters. One of the biggest fights they have is battling the ongoing Asian dog meat trade, which to many people helping campaign has almost wiped out in Thailand. They are still battling to end the trade in South Korean, Vietnam, and other south-east Asian countries where it is prevalent.
Why You Should Visit
Why wouldn’t you visit? If you are anything like me or Helen and you love your pet or even just like animals, your heart strings will be pulled and your eyes will be welling up with the sight of these animals and the heartbreak they have been through. As soon as we read a sentence about this place we knew instantly we wanted to go, there was no doubt about it.
When we arrived we were greeted by one of the many volunteers that are working at the foundation and were told a little about how the organisation started. We then were taken on a tour around the centre and were told about the meat trade and the current expansion of a new hospital.
Walking around and seeing the amazing work the volunteers have gone to create a safe environment for the animals was heart warming. The dogs were separated into different areas, older dogs were kept together, puppies together and so on, you were able to go into certain enclosures to play with the dogs and spend time with them. They encourage you to go in and spend time with the dogs as much as possible, they also have a cat house with 3 rooms kitted out with toys, beds and climbing facilities for the cats to play with.
The foundation does so much more than finding the stray animals, fixing them up and releasing them again. The amazing people over at Soi Dog care for the bigger picture and give these wonderfully cute animals a second chance at life, many who aren’t able to survive on their own stay at the centre until they are adopted. You can donate to the charity, sponsor a dog or cat or even adopt, many people from around the world visit the centre and adopt a dog or cat they have met while on their visit.
I really wanted to give this foundation justice due to the many animals they have saved, cared for and given back a life. I wanted to use the medium we have to really reach people to spread the amazing work these people have done and hopefully help some of the dogs and cats find new homes.
If you have ever visited Soi Dog Foundation or even given to the charity, let me know in the comments what you thought and why you loved the charity so much.