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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Rating: 5 stars  

8 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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Rating: 5 stars  

4 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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Rating: 5 stars  

7 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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Rating: 3 stars  

3 people 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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leonard (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

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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leonard (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

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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leonard (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

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  

8 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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leonard (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

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  

2 people 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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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have helped raise funds for Soi Dog Foundation for almost 2 years. I visited their shelters in Thailand in November of 2013. I was impressed with their work to help both the street dogs in Thailand as well as the dogs rescued from the illegal meat trade. This organization has an efficient spay/neuter/vaccination plan to systematically eliminate the street dog problem in all of Phuket. They have already played a major role in eliminating rabies in Thailand, which is something other countries in the region have not been able to do. They stepped in to combat the illegal dog meat trade and are now caring for over 5000 dogs rescued from an unthinkable fate. I can not say enough good things about Soi Dog. Their spending is efficient and responsible. The founders, staff, and volunteers love what they do and are true heroes.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I have worked with many animal welfare organizations over the past 25 years. Soi Dog Foundation is, by far, the best I have encountered. The founders, staff and volunteers are smart, dedicated and incredibly responsive. If I could give them 10 stars, I would!

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