SOI DOG FOUNDATION USA
Rating: 4.9 stars 41 reviews
Issues: Animals, Philanthropy
Location: 2010 15th St San Francisco CA 94114 USA
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1 person found this review helpful
I really thought that when you show pictures of hundreds of dogs crammed into crates off the back of trucks, that you help these animals get a fresh start. Do you actually rescue those animals or do you pick up strays, fix them up and put them back on the street? I'm a bit confused by your ads and your most recent comment to one other viewer that you give vet care, sterilization and then just put these animals back out in "their home" area. The individuals picking up these strays to torture and kill for meat will just pick these animals right back up. So this makes absolutely no sense. I've purchased billboards, but to what avail if those dogs aren't the ones actually being rescued and found homes for.
Hi Gina, Soi Dog has several key programmes, one of these being fighting the dog meat trade and another our wide scale sterilization and vaccination program. The situation in Thailand and other countries in SE Asia is completely different to what is encountered in western countries. SE Asia is home to literally millions of stray dogs and cats. Bangkok alone home to well over 500,000. It is neither practical nor desirable to remove this number of animals from their territories. Sterilization is the only effective and humane method of addressing the root cause of street animal suffering in Asia – this being over population. It has been scientifically proven that once 75 to 80 percent of a population is sterilized significant reductions in population begin to occur. Methods such as killing animals or rounding them up and placing them in pounds or shelters has no effect whatsoever on the overall population. In fact removing them makes the situation far worse as unsterilized animals simply move in to take advantage of the now available food sources and the endless cycle of breeding continues. CSVR (Capture, sterilize, vaccinate and release) programs have been proven to be the only effective method of achieving lasting, positive changes. Soi Dog sterilizes on average 1200 animals each month and has in total sterilized over 75,000 dog and cats to date. (You can read more about our CSVR program at: http://www.soidog.org/en/spay-neuter-program/) Soi Dog operates its CSVR programs in areas where the dog meat trade does not occur - out of Phuket (where the foundation is based), nearby provinces and in Bangkok. The dog meat trade operates further north in northern and northeastern Thailand. (In other words dogs which we sterilize are not at risk of becoming victims of the trade) Dogs rescued from the dog meat trade are taken to shelters near Bangkok financed by Soi Dog. At present 1500 dogs are cared for at this facility (Buriram Shelter), costs involved being approximately $33,000/month. We also run an active adoptions program there, which has seen many dogs adopted both in Thailand and internationally.
I follow Soi dog and cat stories on Facebook in the USA. Loving and compassionate people in the midst of heinous behavior by others. Soi Dog is on my list of many animal shelters for charitable donations for the service they provide to these voiceless innocents. I will never in my lifetime understand how anyone could harm, much less not tend to an innocent cat or dog. Also, if you do not have pay pal or want to use your charge card, there is an address in San Fran to send a check via snail mail
I am interested in adopting a dog from Soi Dog. If one has been listed as ready for adoption, does that dog remain at Soi Dog until it is adopted or will it be released back into the streets. The dog's name is Mabel. Also, does your organization ever help with travel expenses for the dogs. I noticed some had 50 percent which had been donated, etc. Please reply.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
1 person found this review helpful
I am puzzled. This organization helps these poor dogs get healthy only to put them back out on the street again where they will inevitably be caught and probably end up being killed for meat. Why do you just release them????
Thank you for your review. Soi Dog treats stray dogs in Phuket and parts of Bangkok. Dogs in these areas have never been known to be stolen for the dog meat trade.\n\nAll of us at Soi Dog Foundation wish we could take in all of the thousands of dogs and cats in need throughout Thailand. Soi Dog does give emergency medical treatment to stray dogs and cats, and whenever possible, we then return them to their home areas. We will also sterilize (spay or neuter) any street dog or cat in Phuket at our own expense. But there are roughly 50,000 street dogs in Phuket. Our shelter, which is for dogs and cats who have been subject to cruelty, abuse, and abandonment, is filled with around 400 animals and we simply don't have space for more.\n\nWe only return animals to their home areas if we're confident that they will be okay there. For example, if a dog lived in a neighborhood for years and was fed and loved by local people, then developed a case of mange, we will bring it to our shelter, treat it for the mange, and return it to its neighborhood when it's healthy. If the animal becomes sick again, local people call us to help. Many of the animals who come to our shelter are far happier being free in their own neighborhoods than being in the shelter.\n\nAny animals who were abused, couldn't find enough food, or were otherwise unable to have happy, healthy lives in their own neighborhoods stay at our shelter until they are hopefully adopted. \n\nThis is different than the way most shelters in Western countries operate, but most shelters in Western countries aren't in areas like Phuket that have around 50,000 stray dogs.
2 people found this review helpful
How the human race can allow this to happen is beyond me, but thankfully we have selfless people who help these beautiful, but pityful creatures live some kind of normal life. I am seriously considering adopting one of these beautiful dogs and have just set up a monthly payment (albeit small) to help pay for medication etc.
Keep up the good work Soi dog foundation
I just started donating to Soi Dog Foundation after I heard about them and read their stories on facebook. They do so much for animals that otherwise would be used in the illegal dog meat trade in China, Vietnam, Thailand, and other countries. Thank you Soi Dog Foundation everywhere.
20 people found this review helpful
I have volunteered at the Soi Dog shelter in Phuket several times over the last four years. The staff and volunteers do an incredibly selfless, compassionate and professional job on a shoe-string budget, caring for all the street dogs and cats that come through the doors every day. Without Soi Dog, these animals would remain untreated and on the streets, without anyone to help them. Those animals that can fend for themselves are treated and when recovered, returned to their territory on the streets. Those that will not be able to fend for themselves are put up for adoption. Soi Dog also operates an island-wide sterilisation and vaccination programme for stray dogs and cats, and to date has sterilised and vaccinated over 71,000 animals, which is over 70% of the stray population. By 2015, the stray population will be officially under control. This has societal benefits in the way of significantly less strays on the streets, but also clearly benefits for animals themselves; fewer strays means less suffering and pain. Soi Dog will then embark on the same programme in Bangkok, where there are an estimated one million strays. Soi Dog also runs educational programmes for children and local communities, teaching how to properly care for dogs and cats. And Soi Dog has almost single-handedly put an end to the illegal dog meat trade between Thailand and Vietnam. At its height back in 2011, an estimated 500,000 dogs were illegally smuggled from Thailand through Laos and into Vietnam each year, destined for the dog meat restaurants of Hanoi. This figure is now down to a few thousand a year, and falling all the time. It is to me quite incredible that such a small organisation is making much a big difference to the welfare of dogs and cats in Thailand and increasingly other parts of South East Asia. Soi Dog seems to tackle those big issues that others don't want to touch. It's just an incredible organisation.
9 people found this review helpful
I came to the shelter in Phuket to volunteer at the beginning of the year. I am still here. It is the most rewarding thing I have ever done and the dogs at the shelter will make your day, every day. The work done here is vital, and the staff carry out their jobs well. The site is bright and clean, which is good for us volunteers and staff, but more importantly, means that the animals are well taken care of and get what they need. They have a great chance of a new life here, and that is why Soi Dog is so great.
11 people found this review helpful
I have followed this rescue for over a year and finally last month I had the chance to visit them. They were exactly what they advertised themselves as and the volunteer experience was so worth it. The staff are friendly and they care deeply about the animals they rescue. The animals are well taken care of and loved. Seeing how bad it is in Thailand as the strays are in the thousands and they are heartbreaking to see everywhere. It was so depressing to see, but going to Soi Dog helped me to cope with it, as I realized that these animals were not alone. This foundation doesn't just rescue them. They pick up the strays, fix them and re-release in order to cull the population. They keep all animals that are wounded or wouldn't be able to survive on their own. They work with the government in stopping the Illegal Dog Meat trade and are currently housing over 1500 dogs that were rescued from those trucks. I also fell in love with a puppy while I was there, and I've since adopted her. Soi Dog was amazing at helping to arrange everything to have her fly here to Canada with a flight volunteer so she could have her forever home with me. I work with a lot of rescues, but what Soi Dog does far exceeds all of them. They deserve to be recognized and funded! Xx
9 people found this review helpful
I read about Soi Dog Foundation online and decided to research the organization to see if it was a worthy cause to support. What I found was impressive. The dedication and efforts by the founders and by the volunteers and staff who help rescue abused and neglected street dogs is impressive. And the successful and positive impact Soi Dog has had on victims of the dog meat trade is nothing short of amazing. The organization's spay/neuter program is reaching record numbers and there is even hope that the population of street animals will be under control soon. I am happy to be part of the international volunteer base helping Soi Dog reach its goals and rescuing and rehoming dogs to loving families.