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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Philanthropy, Public Foundations

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.

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most genuine animal organisation I have ever come across.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

51 Gary56

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

22 Skiko

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 Laura228

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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leonard 01/02/2015

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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leonard 11/27/2014

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.