Impostor visits Soi Dog

Mummy and Impostor visited Soi Dog in Phuket the other day – and they had lots to show and tell …

Impostor had her picture taken with Bubbles (a shorn Shih-Tzu) – a friend from London who now lives in PhuketIMG_4703 And she met another shih-tzu called FronaIMG_4693 She also met one of the employees and this three-legged girl nicknamed P.C.I. (Phuket Cement International) –IMG_4689Because she was run over by their cement truck. They felt so bad that they immediately brought her to Soi Dog. They had to amputate her leg.  She’s only 7-months old.

We’ll let Mummy tell the rest …

May’s comment: After following the stories of Soi Dog and their efforts to help stop dog meat trading, I could not resist stopping by to visit since I was already Thailand.

As Praewa (George’s godmother) and her mother have been considering adopting a dog, my being there precipitated a get together and a visit.  Bubbles came along as it was important that the dogs will get on with Bubbles.IMG_4612As we drove into the shelter, my first impression is that it is clean and well-run.

I’ve often wondered how they keep all the dogs cool in the imposing tropical heat.  IMG_4669They’ve built fenced in well-ventilated covered shelters which allow shade for the dogs in the blazing sun or take cover when it is pouring with rain. IMG_4635We saw quite a few volunteers as well as visitors – tourists on the island who have heard of Soi Dog would drop in to visit, to seek out dogs to adopt. IMG_4626A volunteer at the small animal hospital bathing a dog with mangeIMG_4629By his feet, huddled by the fence was this little guy is called “Wonderful” – both his front legs were in casts.IMG_4630For the purpose of Praewa’s visit, one of the staff IMG_4712took us to visit the small dogs area 
IMG_4639IMG_4772IMG_4769There were, if I remembered correctly, eight dogs in a roomy environment – IMG_4645one more adorable than the next. Want to take them all home!IMG_4713The poodle-mix of course caught my eye but she has already been adoptedIMG_4652They sleep on beds that are elevated from the ground so it’s not too hotIMG_4642This little guy reminded us of George – again he’s been adopted.
IMG_4651And there’s P.C.I. (nicknamed after Phuket Cement International) who is only 7 months old – she was run over by their cement truck. They immediately brought her over to Soi Dogs –
IMG_4654They had to amputate one of her legs.  She loved the attention and had a bit of resource guarding going on.IMG_4675Little Frona, a four-year old Shih-TzuIMG_4670 She has cataracts but she can still see. And she got on well with BubblesIMG_4709Frona had been adopted by someone abroad but because she’s a short-faced dog, she couldn’t be flown – but fingers crossed, she’s getting a new home soon.
IMG_4677 We took them for a walk in the compoundIMG_4678 And met lots of others along the way – it was so hot that most of them really didn’t feel like walking eitherIMG_4679It was definitely too hot for Bubbles.IMG_4773Most of the people walking the dogs there were volunteers – walking the dogs during the day.IMG_4680 We met some of the staff IMG_4692We fell in love with a lot of the dogs and decisions needed to be made.IMG_4702IMG_4705We’re waiting to hear if two of them will have a new “forever home”IMG_4708Fingers crossed – or paws crossed!

After looking at the small dogs, we went over to the bigger dog kennels IMG_4716 And we met this precious little guy.IMG_4718 He really is only a puppy at five months (if I remember correctly) but they had no room for him at the puppy kennel so he was put in with the bigger dogs because even at 5 months he is quite big already.IMG_4723 He was so quiet and subdued IMG_4727He had a little puncture wound on his head – probably bitten by one of the larger dogs.  IMG_4729And it broke our hearts to leave him behind …

Soi Dog does an amazing job getting their dogs adopted by so many from around the world.  But not every dog is so lucky.

There is a kennel area called Shy Dogs – politely named for dogs that are afraid of people. Damaged due to their circumstances, they do not know how to relate to humans because of bad experiences or because they have never had much contact with one.

And there’s the kennel area for puppies and one can imagine that’s a popular place for potential adopters. IMG_4624 IMG_4628But that is constantly full – with so many strays, puppy litters are either being left at Soi Dogs or they are abandoned.

But due to the amazing work that Soi Dog does to promote the welfare of these dogs, a lot of their donors actively support their efforts not just in Thailand but the rest of Asia – especially in helping to create awareness and lobbying to help stop the dog meat trading, has captured many people’s attention.

Some donate specifically to build a shelter.  This is one of them – and when I saw this sign – IMG_4725I was reminded that not every dog here will have another chance in life to be in a loving home.  Quite a few of them, if not many will live the rest of their lives here.  When they once roamed the streets and risked being run over by cars or chased away by humans, today they wonder why they’re in a cage with other dogs except they get fed and have some human contact.  There will be volunteers who will walk them and staff who will make sure they are ok. Through no fault of theirs, they will never be adopted because they have some emotional issues or sometimes it’s simply they do not stand out amongst the large numbers of dogs there.

So have been thinking along that line of what we can do for them … one can sponsor a dog, especially those that will never go to a forever home – https://www.soidog.org

There are many other ways to help Soi Dog Foundation – by donating time when in Phuket – even to just help to walk the dogs, or to assist in getting the dogs to their new owners abroad.

Dog welfare charities are aplenty all over the world.  And as someone told me a long time ago – once you get involved in any form or manner – it seems it’s a never ending emotional roller coaster.

Soi Dog is a well run organisation and while I can cry buckets for ones like the large puppy with nowhere to go because there’s no space for him in the puppy kennel, there are a lot of happy tears from the many who have been adopted and given a chance in life to be loved.

While we hear horrific stories of neglect and mistreat, let’s also celebrate those who care – whether they have chosen it to be their life goals, adopting a rescue or just taking the time to walk one left in a cage.

We can’t completely stop what’s wrong with the world but we can help a little along the way – wherever we are.

“Soi Dog Foundation is a not-for-profit, legally registered charitable organization in Thailand, the United States, Australia, the UK, France and Holland. Soi Dog helps the homeless, neglected and abused dogs and cats of Thailand, works to end the dog meat trade throughout the region, and responds to animal welfare disasters and emergencies. We aim to set an example for the Asian region on how to humanely reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats through spaying and neutering, and to better the lives and living conditions of the stray dogs and feral cats of Asia.”

Address: 167/9 Moo 4 Soi Tambon Amphur Talang, Mai Khao 10, Mai Khao, Thalang District, Phuket 83110

3 Comments

  1. Laura Cordovano

    Thank you for sharing your visit, May. I have been so curious about SOI and am a fan on FB. It’s great to get a first hand observation from a friend. The place seems very well organized and well run. So happy you went!

  2. Liz

    It’s so good to know there are organisations like the Soi Dog Foundation. Thank you for sharing this experience with us May. I will definitely be making a donation.

  3. Jocelyn

    More stories from yr travels and I enjoyed reading all about the soi dogs. I often wondered how they managed to run it, look forward to hearing all about it when you get back XX

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