Mission: Soi dog foundation usa supports the public education, animal protection and animal welfare efforts of the soi dog foundation a recognized charitable organization based in thailand. The purpose of soi dog foundation usa is to provide information and education to the american public on the plight of animals in and around thailand and the efforts of soi dog foundation to prevent and eliminate animal cruelty, provide medical care, sterilization (spay and neuter), end the dog meat trade and support the foundation's other animal care projects. In addition to providing information and education, soi dog foundation usa solicits financial donations from the american public that are forwarded to soi dog foundation thailand in support of their mission.
Programs: Soi dog foundation usa continued supporting soi dog foundation's ongoing animal welfare efforts in phuket and starting in 2012, bangkok. We solicited general (unrestricted) donations to support soi dog's mission and help fund their many ongoing animal care initiatives. For example, funds were used to increase the number of sterilizations in phuket to nearly 18,000 dogs from approximately 14,000 the year prior. At this rate, soi dog hopes to stabilize the street dog population in phuket by 2015. These funds were also used to provide medical care and treatment to stray and neglected dogs and cats, provide food for stray dogs and cats and to shelter to those dogs and cats that could not survive on the streets due to infirmity, illness or age. The funds were also used to provide ongoing support of soi dog's facilities and staff, to continue to combat distemper and other outbreaks, support the new cat hospital that was completed in 2012 where stray cats could be cared for separate from the dogs and to continue with shelter improvements such as the continued building out new dog runs where sheltered dogs could be better segregated by age, disposition and health - a particularly important development for sheltered puppies and older dogs. Finally, another major initiative was to help establish a fully operational soi dog clinic in bangkok. Having a clinic in bangkok not only allows soi dog to care for bangkok street dogs, but also provides a soi dog presence closer to the shelters being built to care for those dogs rescued from the dog meat trade.
another major area where soi dog foundation usa continued to support soi dog was in the ongoing care, treatment and feeding of the countless dogs and cats under soi dog's care in phuket and now bangkok. Donations were solicited to support these efforts through dog and cat sponsorships and a puppy care support sponsorship program. All solicited donations directly tied to these sponsorships were sent to soi dog in the form of block grants by type of sponsorship. Soi dog's efforts to care for the most neglected of animals in phuket and bangkok has made a huge difference in the quality of life of these dogs and cats. Through the ongoing sponsorship program that has nearly 800 active monthly donors in the us, these animals now have safe places to live and are provided with medical care, food and socialization. As a result, soi dog's ability to find forever homes through local and foreign adoptions has grown dramatically. None of this would not be possible without the generous financial support provided through the sponsorship programs.
a major focus for soi dog was combatting the horrific dog meat trade in northern thailand, vietnam and laos. First launched in 2012, soi dog's efforts have had a dramatic impact on this trade. To date, thousands of dogs have been rescued and the trade in the mekong river delta has effectively ceased. Additionally, soi dog in partnership with other animal groups successfully worked towards a regional agreement with se asian countries on rabies prevention that made it illegal to transport live dogs across borders. And while these results are impressive, the need is still great as the fear is that smugglers are finding other routes and/or are slaughtering dogs in thailand for export. In partnership with soi dog, donations were solicited to aid in their efforts. Block grants were made to help soi dog continue in with this vital work. General dog meat trade donations were used to continue to create worldwide awareness of this cruel and inhumane trade, work with local authorities and government officials to stop the dog smuggling and rescue dogs from the trade. An important development this past year to raise global awareness behind soi dog's efforts was the "i didn't know" campaign. Through this viral video and outreach, donations were solicited to purchase billboards in thailand to bring the issue of the dog meat trade to the forefront among thailand's population in the northern part of the country. This effort garnered incredible support and as a result of the poster campaign, awareness of the issue in thailand is at an all time high.
This organisation is the one other animal welfare charities should take inspiration from. A no-kill shelter that rescues thousands of street animals every year and the ONLY organisation actively doing something to end the dog meat trade in Thailand.
A visit to their shelter is an experience you will never forget. No egos here, just compassion. Proud to support them.
I have worked for years in animal welfare and this is one of the most well thought out and well run shelters I have ever visited. Soi Dog has done so much for the street dogs and cats of Phuket and further afield, not only through their rescue work but through their very important spay and neuter programme, which has seen a massive decline in stray animal numbers throughout the island. In addition, they frequently run mobile sterilisation clinics further afield, to help reduce animal population numbers in other areas of Thailand.
They are also making huge strides in their fight to end the illegal dog meat trade and funding shelters that house thousands of dogs rescued from being skinned and boiled alive.
Soi Dog has impressed me from the beginning and felt compelled to become a monthly donor. I give with confidence knowing how dedicated they are to the cause of stray cats and dogs. There are no high payed directors or executives at Soi Dog all goes to help animals!
Soi Dog has played for the first time ever in history something that no other org have done before. The Dog Meat Trade industry is under the eyes of the entire world thanks to Soi Dog and leaders from governments, global organizations and supporters all around the world now are aware of whats going on. At Soi Dog there are no egos. Everything goes to the dogs and they operate at one of the lower % operating costs in the world. A highly and trusted organization to support.
I have been involved with Soi Dog for ten years. I have seen them grow to where they are now and am constantly blown away with what they have acheived. I have volunteered at the shelter many times and it is so much nicer than what our dogs have here in the states. I have 2 dog meat trade survivors from Soi dog that are such wonderful dogs. This really is such a great organization to be involved with.
I was present at Soi Dog on Friday when 27 lucky dogs rescued from the horrific dog meat trade by Soi Dog arrived at the shelter. It was an emotional moment to see these previously brutalised dogs greet their saviours with licks and wag their tails despite the horror that they have been through. With the support of animal lovers, the amazing people at Soi Dog will now treat, rehabilitate and socialise the animals before finding them forever homes accross the world. This charity does amazing work, and needs all our support to make a life saving difference to animals that cannot help themselves.
Soi Dog makes a difference every day in a myriad of ways. Caring for and treating animals that are referred to the Shelter, sterilizing programs, fighting to end the Dog Meat Trade, socializing and placing dogs and cats in loving homes all over the world as well as raising awareness of animal rights. Management, staff and volunteers share a common approach and ethos - it's all about the lovely animals! There are no flashy vehicles or facilities but the treasure that exists in this corner of Phuket, Thailand, is priceless!
Soi Dog represents to me the perfect example of a charity that hasn't got bigger in the wallet but in the heart. So many dedicated volunteers one barely sees anymore in most charities. A perfect case of how a charity can change the world - well done Soi Dog!