SOI DOG FOUNDATION USA

Rating: 4.73 stars   45 reviews 6,054

Issues: Animals, Philanthropy

Location: 2010 15th St San Francisco CA 94114 USA

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2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person 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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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Hello, Soi Dog, you are NOT answering the question directly. The question is: ARE YOU PUTTING DOGS BACK ON THE STREET? Just answer the question.

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Hi Soi Dog Question, As stated earlier Soi Dog runs a large scale CSVR program (Capture, Sterilize, Vaccinate & Release) as well as a large shelter in Phuket, which at any one time is home to over 400 dogs. Approximately 1800 dogs are sterilized and vaccinated each month. The majority of these dogs are returned to their local area. Dogs which cannot be returned due to physical condition (illness etc.), age or potential for abuse are taken to our shelter in Phuket. It is neither possible nor desirable to remove tens of thousands of dogs. Thailand is home to well over one million stray dogs with Phuket alone having over 60,000. Sterilization is the only effective and humane way of addressing the core cause of street animal suffering this being over population. (Do please visit the following page to gain a better understanding of our CSVR program: http://www.soidog.org/en/spay-neuter-program/ ) Rounding dogs up and placing them in shelters or pounds has no effect on population reduction whatsoever, as the fertile remainder will always rapidly breed to fill the void. Concern had been expressed in an earlier comment on this page that these dogs run the risk of becoming victims of the dog meat trade. As responded to earlier this is not the case. Soi Dog’s CSVR program operates in the south of the country where the trade does not exist. (The trade is in the north and northeast of the country) Dogs which are rescued from the dog meat trade in the north are not released. They are taken to a large purpose built shelter in Buriram Thailand financed by Soi Dog. At present in excess of 1300 dogs are at the Buriram shelter.

Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Has anyone got an answer to the questions about releasing these dogs and cats back to the streets where the meat traders are waiting to grab them again? I also donate and would like an answer to this.

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Hi Jay, 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 approx. 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.

Rating: 2 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I fully agree with Gina1958. I have donated as well but want to make sure the animals are NOT being put back on the street after care?!! Please confirm that is not the case ASAP!

Thank you!!

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Hi CLKM, 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 approx. 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.

Rating: 2 stars  

7 people 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.

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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.

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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

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Hi, Thanks for your interest in adopting. Please email our adoptions manager Cristy at cristy@soidog.org

Rating: 5 stars  

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?

2014

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Hi, Thanks for your interest in adopting. Please email our adoptions manager Cristy at cristy@soidog.org

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people 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????

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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.

Rating: 5 stars  

3 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

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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