SOI DOG FOUNDATION USA
Rating: 4.78 stars 54 reviews
Issues: Animals, Philanthropy
Location: 2010 15th St San Francisco CA 94114 USA
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8 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.
6 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.
4 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!
5 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!
2 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.
6 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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4 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????
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.
6 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.
50 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.
19 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.
35 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