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Rating: 4.78 stars   54 reviews 3,986

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Rating: 5 stars  

35 people found this review helpful

Soi dog should be the global example and the one to follow of what an animal rescue organization should be. Starting from their no-kill shelter policy, the fact that all management and senior level officers are all NON paid people and the unprecedented low operation cost shows an honest, humane and professional way to face the very complex challenges they face every day.
I've donated, I donate, I've volunteered, I volunteer and I will continue supporting Soi Dog in any and all the possible way.
My respect to Soi Dog.

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37 people found this review helpful

We visited the shelter in January 2015 with no intention of adopting. We were very impressed at all the work they are doing and found the experience to be life changing, not least as we ended up adopting a dog saved from the street, Smoocher. All the staff are very dedicated and their attitude to animal welfare is second to none. No one has the resources to rescue and house all the street dogs and those rescued from the meat trade and they do their utmost with the facilitates at their disposal. We will now visit the shelter every year to show our support to the fabulous work they do.

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29 people found this review helpful

I had heard of Soi Dog before I visited but had no idea what to expect. It was way bigger than I imagined with around 400 dogs. I was so impressed with the hard work and dedication of everyone there. From the dog catchers to the vets, the office staff and the rest of the volunteers. It is a very clean environment full of lots of happy dogs.

Sure each dog has its story as to why it is now at the shelter, but as a volunteer you focus on making a difference to each dogs life and that is what counts now.

I initially came for 4 days and couldn't leave! It has been the most rewarding experience of my life :-) I would recommend it to anyone.

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Rating: 5 stars  

22 people found this review helpful

Soi Dog Foundation is a model for humane dog care and sheltering in Southeast Asia. SDF runs a highly efficient mobile sterilization program, provides high-quality veterinary care and an overseas adoption program. Every dog and cat who enters the shelter is provided top notch care- radiographs, abdominal ultrasounds, orthopedic procedures. There is no other program for stray dogs like it in the world. I highly encourage anyone interested in animal welfare to give this charity a visit!

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Rating: 5 stars  

25 people found this review helpful

I live in Phuket and am eternally thankful for everything Soi Dog does for the street dogs and cats here. Without them, the animals would get no medical treatment, would not get sterilised, would not be eating properly, and would have no hope in life. The selflessness of the founders of Soi Dog, Gill and John Dalley, is just incredible. Since they started their animal welfare programme here, the number of street dogs and cats has reduced significantly, and Phuket is apparently the only province in Thailand which is officially rabies-free, directly as a result of their work. I hope and pray they can roll out their operations to other parts of Thailand.

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64 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.

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21 people found this review helpful

I have been following SDF via Facebook for the last couple years. Being an avid traveler, I decided that my next trip would be to Southeast Asia so I could volunteer at Soi Dog. Finally last month, the opportunity presented itself and I was able to make it to Phuket. I was able to stay for a couple weeks and fell in love with so many animals while I was there! Right from the start, everyone was so welcoming and the facility was very organized. They had an area for visitors, a group tour, and tons of information describing the need for their work in Thailand and all of Southeast Asia. The tour was so informative and Diana was a pleasure. She answered all of my questions and more importantly, we got to spend time with the animals! Afterwards, I was allowed to take some of them for walks around an onsite trail. We also got a sneak peek of the new hospital being built--how lovely and exciting!!

The next couple weeks were spent in a designated 'run' working with the same dogs everyday. Lunch was ordered daily and they even arranged transportation for me to and from Soi Dog which was a huge help as I wasn't comfortable driving on my own. Soi Dog made it easy for me to spend time there and I had the greatest time. I can't imagine how much work goes into running a shelter that is so big with so much staff!! Everyone works really hard and you can see their passion from across the room. I would definitely suggest to anyone that had the opportunity, go here and donate your time, you won't be disappointed!

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15 people found this review helpful

Having volunteered at Soi Dog for a year gave me the most rewarding experience in my life. Seeing animals coming in sick, mistreated or wounded and after that seeing them recover and eventually adopted. I can tell you from the bottom of my heart, there is no better feeling. Spending time with the dogs and cats at the shelter feels really good and very rewarding, especially when you know what happenend to them in the past. They still trust you, go for walks with you at the shelter and love cuddling. One of the best organisations in the world that is doing something for the dogs and cats in Asia! Even if people from overseas can't help by volunteering, adopting or fostering. Donating only one dollar already helps. Keep supporting this charity, as it is making a big difference!

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14 people found this review helpful

I visited this charity recently as I was curious to see where my money was going. I am so glad I took the time out of my vacation to do this as everything I saw and learnt far exceeded my expectations, so much so that I will be doubling my monthly donations.
The animals are incredibly well cared for and happy. The volunteers work tirelessly, often in searing heat or tropical downpours. The sheer numbers of animals spayed/neutered and medically treated each month is staggering (my tour guide said they average about 1,200 animals EVERY MONTH). They have a high level of adoptions, including overseas, which was also so good to hear.
What's more, every local person I met on the island - whether Thai or Western - had nothing but good things to say about this amazing charity. Many people that care for dogs at temples or on beaches etc are provided with food by Soi Dog. There is nothing this charity hasn't thought of when it comes to doing the best for Phuket's animals.
I wish more people would take the time out to visit and see for themselves. They too would be donating.

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8 people found this review helpful

Having volunteered three times at this shelter I could not think of a better place to spend my time. The animals are well cared for and loved and thousands more around Phuket are helped every single day. Some of the rescue stories are heartbreaking but to see these dogs fully recovered just highlights the importance of the work being done by Soi Dog.

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11 people found this review helpful

As a donor, I came to this site seeking more information on Soi Dog's mission and activities. Please take the time to read the comments from Soi Dog in response to the two- and three-star reviews below; they thoroughly and sensibly address the concerns expressed. If you have time, please also read the many reviews from volunteers who have experienced the excellent and inspirational work of this charity. I am pleased to continue donating to Soi Dog, and only wish I could do more for them.

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