20 years ago we came to Phuket, staying in the same wonderful resort we are now in. What distressed me so much then, was the number of street dogs roaming & often being badly treated by humans. I never forgot. Not too many years later I read of a woman called Gill Dalley who has started to reach out to these dogs - and cats - to care for them. The result is The Soi Dog Foundation. We support it financially with a modest monthly donation & I wanted so much to visit. So here we are in Phuket for the 2nd time & today we made that longed-for visit. What an amazing place! 800 dogs & 200 cats all being cared for, run by mostly unpaid volunteers, people dedicating themselves to looking after the resident animals. Many come in in poor shape, many have been damaged at the hand of man. Here they receive necessary veterinary care & operations, vaccinations, desexing, baths, meals, shelter & food. The are also mobile Soi Dog units travelling around Thailand desexing & neutering as many street dogs they can find. It is an amazing achievement & this is a happy wonderful place to visit. Some dogs are even adopted overseas - we met a Swiss couple who already have an adoptee from a few years ago. The tour is very interesting & the staff/volunteers welcoming. If you love animals, don’t miss coming here. You have plenty of opportunity to mix with the woofters & puss-cats to your heart’s content. And by the way, this one organisation has made a huge difference to the street dog population - so far, we have seen none. Only 1 stray kitty. And zero government support - all this achieved by donation & the hard work of volunteers, unsung heroes, all of them.
Gracie -- A Tail of Two Continents
Gracie was lying near death on a road in Thailand,
suffering from starvation, mange, severe wounds to her front legs and burns from scalding water poured over her. Luckily, she was found by a Soi Dog Foundation volunteer, brought to their shelter in Phuket and given immediate medical care. After many long months, she was finally nursed back to health.
I began searching for a dog on Soi Dog Foundation’s website. And I saw Gracie. She had the saddest face and seemed to be one of their worst cases. Something about her tugged at my heart and I fell in love with her. I began sponsoring her and following her progress, and as time passed, I grew more and more attached to her. I knew I had to find a way to make her part of our family! With the help of the remarkable people at Soi Dog, we worked out the best way to fly her to Canada. I took a 2nd job to raise enough money to fly her cargo to BC. Then Gracie relapsed and the flights were delayed. Finally when she was well enough again, and being reasssured that she wasn’t contagious to our other dogs, I took a leap of faith and had her flown to Vancouver . I still cry when I think back to her arrival. My heart was bursting as she came through customs and I saw her for the first time. That face! Now I could actually hold her in my arms and place gentle kisses on her head, as I’d dreamed of doing for months. What an angel! She was great with our dogs and cat from the start. She was so gentle, so sweet. We were truly blessed. For the next 8 months, she underwent treatment for demodex, which wasn’t difficult at all. She just needed time and patience. Thankfully, Gracie recovered and is completely healthy now. She will always carry the physical scars of her wounds, but with time and love, the emotional scars are fading. She is as playful as a puppy, happy and affectionate. She loves cuddles and having her face rubbed softly. She loves racing around the backyard, playing with her squeaky toys, and lying in our bed sleeping under the blankets. I can’t imagine life without her! She is truly a beloved member of our family, and we will adore her for the rest of her life. To view Gracie’s video, please visit:
I first saw the horrors faced by dogs in Thailand and other areas of South East Asia in 2010, and I was shocked and horrified. Tragically most people around the world are not aware of what's going on there, including the mass populations of stray dogs, and the illegal dog meat trade. It was then that I heard about Soi Dog Foundation and the amazing work they are doing to better the welfare of cats and dogs there, to eliminate the stray dog population, educate the public, and fight the dog meat trade.
There aren't enough words here to express the depth of my gratitude to everyone at Soi Dog for the work they are doing for the dogs. The world is a better place because of them, and their dedication is outstanding. I am now a volunteer for Soi Dog and it is my belief that we will be able to change how some people in Asia think about dogs and that they will come to appreciate dogs for the special souls that they are. Without Soi Dog Foundations work, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of dogs would suffer deaths of agony and torture beyond most people's comprehension. Please support them and their cutting edge work to make this world a better place for mans best friend. Thank you.
I have been involved in animal welfare for over 30 years. Soi Dog Foundation is the best of the best!!
I have worked with many animal welfare groups over the years. Soi Dog Foundation is at the very top of my list. They are dedicated, transparent and get things done!! Soi Dog ROCKS!!!
Been at Soi Dog since 2012 to volunteer almost yearly and since 2014 proud daddy of an adopted Thai Street dog. Wonderful organisation which is doing a great job and has the scale to make the difference which is so hard needed. Reducing the number of street animals by active spaying and neutering all over the country, educate the local people on how to treat animals and also known in the region (Being South-East Asia) for all the work to fight the horrendous Dog Meat Trade.
I have very happily volunteered for this amazing organisation for several years now and I continue to be amazed by what they have done, and continue to do.
In just 15 years over 300,000 street dogs and cats have been steralized meaning the problem faced by Gill and John Dalley all those years ago when they arrived in Phuket and Soi Dog was born, is all but eradicated within the region, what a truly astounding achievement.
The wider reach of the work that has been undertaken over the years is now positively affecting thousands of street Dogs and cats and those animals from the horrific Dog Meat Trade.
Laws and attitudes have been changed for the better, forever.
To stand back and see the evolution of the Gill Dalley Sanctuary in Phuket, the state of the art hospital and the consistent and ongoing works to improve the lives of so many animals who have no voice of their own or a chance to survive and live happily and healthily without organisations like this is very humbling. They really are the very best.
Great organisation! The work they're doing is fantastic.
I had my dog spayed with one of the mobile clinic, very professional, very efficient , all finished in one day .
Thanks for helping strayed dogs of Thailand.
This organisation has saved countless dogs and cats and given them new lives free from suffering. Run solely on donations, it has grown substantially by learning how to do fundraising right - sharing the stories of sick and injured homeless dogs and cats and showing animal lovers around the world how they can help them.
It is now running much-needed spay/neuter clinics with the street dog population in Bangkok, having already made such a massive difference on Phuket. Also running education programmes in the local schools so that hopefully one day, such organisations will no longer be needed and there really will be a society without homeless animals.
I started here as a volunteer 3.5 years ago and haven't been able to stop returning! They make life better for so many cats and dogs and do essential work such as sterilising and vaccinating around Phuket and Thailand.
Amazing charity helping tens of thousands of animals every year. Their sanctuary and hospitals must be the best anywhere.
I have never been more in love with a place. The work that this foundation has achieved is undeniably momentous. Growing up and knowing that so many animals were suffering on the streets of Thailand, tragically tortured and butchered for the dog meat trade, I sleep much better knowing that Soi Dog exists. The kindness that emanates from the shelter is overwhelming. I am so very pleased that I can be a part of it too.
When I first arrived in Phuket in 1999, the street dogs were a sad sight, many of them mangy, damaged, infected, blinded and otherwise suffering. They were everywhere.
The Soi Dog Foundation has done an astonishing job of curing the sick and injured and vaccinating and neutering tens of thousands of dogs on the island, to the point where the stray population has shrunk, I believe, by about 90 percent, and the remaining dogs are good looking, healthy and (with a few inevitable exceptions) friendly.
And Soi Dog hasn't stopped there -- it's continuing the work around Thailand, especially in Bangkok. I'm told the number of dogs vaccinated/neutered is now more than a quarter of a million. That must be a world record.
Soi Dog Foundation helps countless dogs and cats in need who would otherwise be left to suffer on the streets. Through spay/neuter, medical treatment, sheltering and education, thousands of dogs and cats are helped each year.
I first visited the Soi Dog Foundation shelter in Phuket in October 2011 and I was instantly hooked and have now volunteered on three occasions. They are a wonderful organisation who does all they can to help the dogs and cats of Thailand. Their activities range from rescuing animals from neglect, cruelty or disasters (such as the Bangkok floods on 2011), sterilising the street animals, treating and housing those that need it and fighting the dog meat trade.
As a volunteer at the shelter I was able to bring joy to many of the animals by taking them for walks, grooming them or by just spending time with them. I feel the role of a volunteer at the shelter is an important one. It gives these animals the opportunity to trust people, which in turn increases their chances of adoption. I really felt that I was making a difference. You also develop some favourites and for me these were the old dogs. Most of them have lived on the streets their entire lives and it's wonderful that Soi Dog Foundation provides them with a place to live, food and medical care in their twilight years. It is so beautiful to be able to watch them relax in the knowledge that they are safe and loved.
I am very proud to be a part of this amazing organisation and plan to be involved for many years to come.
Words cannot describe how amazing this organization is. Just a quick look on their website shows impressive numbers of sterilised dogs and cats (over 300,000 now!), adoptions, sick animals rehabilitated back to health and dogs rescued from the horrific dog meat trade. They have a platinum seal of approval from GuideStar, so you know they are using donations in the best possible way, but not only that, I have volunteered at their shelter and have seen their incredible work first hand. Believe me, this place will astound you.
Visited this place two weeks ago and was incredibly impressed by the work the people do there. The person who did the tour with us was super informative and told us all about Soi Dog. Seeing the dogs and cats so well taken care for and knowing about the programs they run to end the suffering for the street dogs and cats in Asia is amazing. Amazing organization making a big impact for the animals in Asia.
Recently visited Soi Dog and was amazed at the programs they run helping homeless and neglected dogs and cats in Asia!
Just came back from volunteering at Soi Dog Foundation, walking and socializing rescued stray dogs. It was an amazing and very rewarding experience and I can't wait to go back.
The place is large, currently hosting around 700 dogs and over 200 cats and includes a fully equipped hospital. My first impression was how remarkably well all the animals looked and are looked after. The whole shelter is immaculately clean. But most impressive was the compassion of all the employees who seemed to know every animal by name and would always find the time for a cuddle and hello.
The team was also extremely welcoming and helpful to all volunteers and created a family atmosphere including everyone from the first moment on.
They not only do a fantastic job rescuing and neutering strays in Phuket and Bangkok, but also help to fight the dog meat trade and step in in other emergency situations.
Locally they are involved in beach clean ups, helping at the understaffed government pound and made the shelter a plastic free zone!
Highly recommend, I only wish I could have stayed longer!
I absolutely love this organization, every single one working for Soi Dog sincerely loves dogs and cats, and does everything they can to help them. I volunteered for two weeks, and fell in love with a dog that I have now adopted and is coming home with me to Sweden! Everyone is very welcoming and down to earth. You get a big family-vibe there, and everyone is always helpful with whatever you may need. I needed help getting some interviews and materials for my bachelor's thesis regarding animal welfare and got plenty of help. It's a professional and very giving organization that helps clean the beaches and sends volunteers to the government's dog pound to help out there. The volunteers are also so friendly and often stay for several months or have volunteered there before! I will definitely, definitely come back as well.
Treat yourself to volunteering at Soi dog. It beats any luxury spa resort in terms of wellbeing.
From the minute you arrive you can feel the love from staff, volunteers and especially the many dogs in their care.
I have just paid my third visit in the past 4 years and time spent there is never enough.
For newbys the day starts with a tour by one of the very professional and friendly staff followed by a film giving a history of Soi dog. You will then be allocated a run where your role as a volunteer is to socialise, walk and generally enjoy your time with your dogs. There is a lake to walk each individual dog on a lead and a new addition of an off lead area, which the dogs love.
Each run has its own keeper who attends to their every need in terms of keeping the runs clean and the dogs, feeding and watering. It's heartwarming to see them clipping the nails, checking their ears and administering to their needs.
For me it was great seeing a state of the art clinic up and running which has every facility needed for the care and rehabilitation of sick dogs and also meeting up with friends who are just as devoted as 4 years ago.
I also love hanging out in the 2 air conditioned cat 'cafes' at the end of each day.
All in all a joyful experience
Many thanks Soi dog and all who work there
My third trip to Phuket Thailand to volunteer @ Soi Dog, Gill Dalley Sanctuary!
I cannot recommend it enough over the three times it’s just got better and bigger thanks to the support of so many across the world!
A wonderful staff and shelter run managers who help you get to know the routine for the dogs to help walk and socialise as many as you can during your stay and Plenty of cuddle time for the cats!
I have volunteered twice at Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket. Best experience ever! As a volunteer, your main task is to socialize the dogs, including taking them for walks. Some of the dogs are shy and not yet ready to go for walks, but just sitting with them helps them to learn that people do not mean them harm and slowly over time they learn to trust.
You can also spend time with the cats at the shelter.
Everything at the shelter is well-organized and the staff is very friendly and helpful.
I think Soi Dog Foundation is amazing. They are working tirelessly to improve the welfare of dogs and cats in Thailand and other Asian countries. Their work include sterilization- and vaccination programmes, medical treatment of sick or injured animals and adoption programmes. Soi Dog Foundation is also working towards ending the gruesome dog meat trade in Asia.
I highly recommend donating to support Soi Dog Foundation, adopting a dog/cat, or to volunteer at the shelter in Phuket!
I volunteered at the Soi dog foundation for a few days whilst I was in Thailand for a 2 week holiday with my partner.
This was my first time doing any form of voluntary work and I went into it not knowing what to expect.
I am so glad I did it, as it was one of the most rewarding things I could have done and one of the highlights of my stay in phuket.
We stayed in accommodation recommended by Soi dog in Naiyang Beach, where they will pick you up in the morning and drop you off back along with other volunteers.
The staff and other volunteers were so friendly and accomodating during our time. You are made to feel very welcomed and you can tell they definitely appreciate the help.
The introductory tour was very informative and helpful for your time there.
The majority of the volunteering involved socialising and walking the the dogs at the organisation. It was a bit daunting at first when you are assigned a pen with a group of dogs to look after but with the help of the staff and keepers it was such a great experience. You soon get to know each of the individual characters amongst the dogs and you will definitely come away with a favourite.
There is a lake area to walk the dogs and there are plenty of doggy bags and bins around. You can take your dogs into free run areas to let your dogs have a run around.
You can also go socialise with the cats during your lunch breaks and after you've finished your dog walks.
You also have the opportunity to meet other like minded people who are also volunteering. Most of the volunteers tend to stay around naiyang beach so it was great to meet in the evenings for food and drinks.
I would strongly recommend the Soi dog foundation to volunteer if you visit phuket.
I volunteered for a week at Soi Dog, and it was a great experience. Everything was very professionally run, and it was clear that the organization is making an important impact on the lives of street dogs and cats in Thailand, and in helping to fight the cruel dog meat trade.
As a volunteer, you are assigned to a "run" of ~20-25 dogs, which you are responsible to walk and brush each day. It just took a couple of days to really bond with the dogs and see them excited and happy to see you. You can also spend time with the many cats, who were also a lot of fun.
The other nice part about volunteering at Soi Dog was getting to know the other volunteers and the Soi Dog staff. I made many new friends from around the world, and there was a real sense of camaraderie between everyone, as we were all there to help the dogs and cats.
I can't recommend the organization and the volunteer experience enough. Really world class, and I am looking forward to returning again for a much longer volunteer visit.
Soi Dog is an amazing organization. They have made great progress reducing the street dog and cat population in parts of Thailand as well as taking care of sick and injured dogs and cats at their shelter in Phuket. They have also been instrumental in shutting down the illegal dog-meat trade and rehoming the dogs rescued from that trade.
Their shelter in Phuket, Thailand is an amazing place to volunteer. Aside from spending your days hanging out with, and helping to socialize, dogs and cats, it is a great way to meet other likeminded people from around the world. All the volunteers tend to stay in a town not far from the shelter, meaning there are always other volunteers to have dinner with or to see other parts of Thailand with on the weekends. The number of repeat volunteers is a testament to how amazing an experience it is.
I returned to Soi Dog in November 2017 for another week volunteering. This is my third visit and i’ll definitely be back. I am a big supporter as they are more than just volunteers playing with dogs and cats ... their education programs to Thai locals about caring for animals and giving access to emergency services for sick/injured dogs and cats is exceptional.
I personally love walking the dogs and spending one-one-time with them all. They love the attention too and you certainly get to know all their personalities :)
Each visit gets better and better, so many positive changes. The new hospital is top notch and seeing the plans for a new and improved cattery will make an enormous difference. It’s great seeing the adoption list wifh many of these gorgeous dogs finding there forever home around the world.
Please visit both as a volunteer or just a visitor to check it out!
I only spent 4 days volunteering at Soi Dog but wish I could have stayed longer. Such a rewarding experience, walking and spending time with the dogs.
A wonderful organisation that does an amazing job taking care of Thailand's street dogs and cats. They are also involved with rescuing dogs from the barbaric dog meat trade, desexing strays on a massive scale and educating the public about animal welfare.
I can't wait to go back again and would love to volunteer for a month or two next time. The animals are beautiful and love their walks and affection. Management, the staff/coordinators and fellow volunteers are welcoming, friendly and helpful. If you love dogs /cats/animals, are passionate about animal welfare and want to do something really worthwhile, then I would highly recommend volunteering at Soi Dog Foundation, it's a wonderful experience.
I spent 2 weeks at Soi Dog in December 2017. I wish I could've stayed longer, as it was such a positive experience for me.
The dogs were so lovely to work with - they were always so happy to be out for a walk, or just out for some one on one time with a volunteer. I also loved spending time with the cats during the day.
Soi Dog has made such a positive impact on the lifestyle for dogs not only in Phuket or Thailand, but across Southeast Asia.
If you are traveling to Thailand, make the time to spend at least 3 weeks (although any amount of time helps!) volunteering at Soi Dog.
We spent a week at this great organisation in December 2017. They are doing wonderful work and we had an amazing time. Can't wait to go back! Would recommend going here and support their cause!
Hola me llamo Quim i soy de Barcelona. Encontré Soi Dog via Internet ya que quería encontrar un sitio en Thailàndia para hacer un voluntariado con perros y vi que esa era la mejor opción, pero no me imaginé que sería tan guay y gratificante.
Empecé solo yendo para 4 semanas, i la alargué una más, luego dos más, y ahora vuelvo a estar aquí para fin de año después de hacer una pausa de 3 semanas viajando un poquito.
Es muy difícil irte y más decir un adiós para siempre porque siempre que pueda iré volviendo. Todo el staff es genial, los coordinadores de voluntarios, los keepers, los cuidadores, los veterinarios, las personas que trabajan en las oficinas.Todo está muy bien organizado. Tambíen Soi Dog ayuda a la protectora del Govierno que está a 10 minutos de Soi Dog, ya que ahí se necesita mucha ayuda, desde voluntarios hasta conseguir mejores condiciones para los perros.
Tambíen es increïble la ayuda que hacen con los gatos, y te dan la oportunidad de socializar con ellos.
En definitiva Soi Dog for life!!!!!!!!!!
Yenny Tanzino B4 (Jakarta, Indonesia)
It started w/ a X'mas holiday & when I was googling about Phuket, I found Soi dog is a place to visit advised by TripAdvisor.
I love dogs so much & I decided to spend a week there. Everything is so well organised. I love every moment of it. Volunteering @Soi Dog makes me get up early. I cannot stop crying on my last day there.
I love all the staffs too. They're very helpful. Definitely I'll come back.
Worked as a volunteer for Soi Dog for a week and loved it! This is a great non profit organisation that really makes a difference for cats and dogs in Thailand. Soi Dog is so well cordinated and such a friendly organisation that I recommend it to everyone. Being able to help animals in need is so rewarding and at Soi Dog you can actually feel that they really make a difference. Only thing I regret is that I did not stay longer. But I sure will come back!
I have spent a week volunteering at Soi Dog and i could not have asked for a better experience.
You get to help out socialising and walking the dogs in your run as well as cuddling with the cats, and by the end of your visit you don’t want to leave..
The connection you get with the dogs, and how well everything is handled by the staff there is amazing. You can really see the work they are doing paying off.
But, the foundation is dependent on help from both volunteers and donations. So if you have the possibility, please support them!
After a week of volunteering at Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, just too short but it real broaden my vision and such an great experience & feel grateful I had made my trip here. Cant even find a single word to describe how much i love Soi Dog, how much i had learned from them (people & furry friends). Soi Dog Foundation impressed me very much, it is so organized. tidy, well equipped and especially people work there with so much passion towards the animals, they treat every furry friends very well in the center. They put so much effort and contribution for the animals. So PROUD OF THEM!
Thank you everyone of you and keep up the great work. I definitely will visit again soon!
During my stay in Phuket I decided to to volunteer at Soi Dog for a couple days. As staff is responsible for organizing adoptions, marketing, etc the volunteers are responsible to take the dogs for walks, socialize with them and as well as spending some time with the cats. After only a few days you have a great knoledge of your run and the dogs in it. You remember their names and how each should be treated. It's 8h a day with a 1h break. The team is so friendly and always there to help. You become friends with staff and other volunteers really quick. Looking forward to come back very soon!
I first volunteered at Soi Dog in 2014. Following a recent visit (Nov. 2017) it has changed significantly. There is the new Infimary building, a new walking area and the off-lead area, all of which are fantastic additions.
You can’t help but grow attached to all the dogs in your run and there are always one or two that are special to you. There are also the other volunteers who give so much to this experience. From a personal perspective I can’t recommend this enough, for a few days or weeks of your holidays you get so much more in return. Go on, you won’t regret it.