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.
Soi in Phuket have neutered over 30,20 dogs& cats & give treatment to the locals animals. They are valued & respected by the local population.
I first discovered Soi Dog through Tripadvisor last year. After visiting the organisation I knew instantly that I had to come back for several weeks to volunteer here.
Fast forward one year and I am so gratful to have spent 5 weeks with Soi Dog. The dogs and people are so inpirational, there is so much love and good energy around the place. Although the 5 weeks flew by, I've never been happier! ❤️ Soi Dog
We volunteered at the SOI in Phuket this November but only for 4 days which was not long enough. It was the best experience of my life and we felt honoured and privileged to be a part of this amazing organisation. Naturally fell in love with all the dogs and are adopting Sammie back to the UK in a few months. Staff are great and so passionate about the dogs. What SOI has achieved is outstanding but they still have a long way to go and we all need to support them with their plight.
I'll definitely be going back. It captures your heart. xx
I volunteered with Soi Dog, Phuket Thailand in October 2017. I had found this organization while planning my trip to Asia on TripAdvisor where it ranked very high in places to visit in Thailand. After spending 4 weeks volunteering, I fell in love with each of the 27 dogs in the run that I had been assigned. Each run has "keepers" that care for the animals every day. The keepers care for the dogs in way that I have not seen in any American shelters back home. They dogs are well fed and bathed weekly by the keepers. As a volunteer, my only task was to walk the dogs and socialize them so that they are comfortable with human companionship. Most of these dogs come from neglect, abuse, and cruelty at the hands of humans.
For anyone who is looking to contribute to a cause greater than themselves, I highly recommend this organization. They value their volunteers and are grateful for any amount of time that the volunteers can give. Please consider this organization if volunteering is something that interests you. You will not regret making this choice. I plan on coming back every year as Soi Dog has become my home away from home.
I never imaged that I would enjoy my week at Soi Dog Phuket. I had seen some terrible photos of some dogs that made me sick of what some people could do to these street dogs in Thailand. I eventually did the tour and decided to help out in the Old Aged Pensioner runs for the rest of the week (4 days). This place is just so amazing and the dogs are there greeting you each morning to take them for a walk. You just fall in love with them all after hearing of their stories. To volunteer here is a rewarding experience and time really well spent. The organisation and volunteer co-ordinators welcome you and made you fell right at home while your there helping out. Thank you for doing something for the dogs (and cats) of Thailand.
Spent a week volunteering at Soi Dog with my husband and 2 teenage daughters, it was amazing to be part of such a worthy organisation. Soi Dog makes a difference to a dog’s life every day.
This is my third time at the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket.
The organisation and the people who run it are amazingly inspiring.
Unlike most charities, 90% of funds raised goes straight to animal welfare projects.
John Dalley, the co-founder, is on hand most days to answer questions about Soi Dog and the progress made in animal welfare in Asia.
If you love dogs and want a rewarding working holiday, head to Mai Khao and the Soi Dog shelter. You will be made to feel welcome by the dedicated team of Volunteer co-ordinators and the 500 + dogs who call Soi Dog home!
Most volunteers find themselves already planning their next trip before they leave.
I will not be able to return for the foreseeable future as I am adopting a dog, Frostbite, who will be coming home with me in 3 weeks time!
After visiting Soi Dog 3 times, and then coming to stay in Thailand for a year, I decided to volunteeer, and what an amazing humbling experience it has been, all the work hard, love and commitment that is shown to the cats, dogs and even the duck is first to none, not one day of my 3 weeks stay, was I not eager to get there, I even drove 1 hour 10 mins each way from where I was staying and even that did not put me off, I have enjoyed every single second and I hope that they will have me back in March for another 4 weeks stay. An amazing organisation, give it a try, you will love it
My name is Stefan from Germany, i just arraived in Puhket on the 7th of october and met someone who was volunteering already for a while at Soi Dog Foundation in nai yang. i never had any experience in dog care before. So i did a tour around the organsisation and was pretty sure i wanna be a part of this! It is a amazing feeling to help and social the dogs! i spent one week with teeager dogs and it was definitely to short! i will go travel a bit and think about to do something like this every year! specially around asia! i appreciate all the work in here! The main stuff plus volunteers are very friendly and it was a pleasure for me! THANK YOU ALL!!
My friend Jehanne and I had the pleasure to volunteer with Soi Dog for a week and to be honest one week is not enough. I had no experience with dogs and I was even a little afraid of them, but Jehanne really wanted to do this experience, so she dragged me in and that completely changed my point of view. We had so much fun with walking the dogs playing with them and trying to socialise them. We learned that a dog isn't just a dog and it was so amusing to see the different type of temper. I think it's impossible to go out of this experience without any affection for them after such an intense week.
Soi dog is a really outstanding organisation with passionate people who care a lot about their little friends in need. I think every dogs lover should do this experience at least once in their lifetime.
We are so sad to leave our new friends.
Thank you so much for this amazing experience and hope to see you soon again
With all the best wishes
Jehanne and Helena
I discovered Soi Dog Foundation through a post on Facebook in 2015. I was needing to find something positive that would make a difference. I volunteered for 3 weeks even though I wasn't sure working with street dogs was for me. It was such a rewarding experience, that I've been back every year since. Yes, it can be a little confronting, but the dogs really appreciate your company and most, not all, love to go for a walk with you and get some personal attention. Socalising them is so important as it helps them become adoptable. Sadly, for various reasons some spend the rest of their lives at Soi Dog, but they are loved and cared for. I highly recommend volunteering, it's so rewarding. ....and you will want to come back!
My girlfriend and I spent a week at the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand, and we loved every second of it!
It was great to see how well managed the organization was, and how smoothly it operated given the amount of Dogs and Volunteers. The animals are well cared for (and very loved!) and donation money is definitely being put to good use.
Couldn't recommend these guys enough!
-Corey & Dez
An amazing foundation providing much needed support to our Canine and Feline friends in Thailand and beyond. I cannot thank them enough for the opportunity to volunteer with them and would 150% recommend them to anyone who would like to give back. The staff, facilities and support provided were fabulous. The real deal!!
i have spent 2 weeks volunteering with Soi Dog and have found the experience to be highly rewarding. Within the first week my co-ordinator spent a lot of time with me and introducedme to each dog and gave me a background on them to insure that i was well prepared when i walked them and was in the run alone with them.
an amazing experience where i spent three weeks getting super attached to 28 loving souls that were rescued from the dog meat trade in Thailand. the staff are amazing individuals who's life revolves around the dogs and cats at Soi Dogs. i would recommend this organisation to anyone and everyone!
I decided that I wanted to volunteer at SDF to give them something in return for two beautiful dog meat trade dogs that I adopted from them. I volunteered for one week, but plan to come back very soon.
The shelter is home to many dogs and cats that are very well cared for by dedicated staff.
I feel honoured to be able to say that I spent a week here. The dogs truly benefit from the interaction with humans!
We visited Soi Dog whilst travelling through Phuket. After seeing the beautiful animals and amazing things that the staff and volunteers were doing we couldn't wait to sign up. It's been the best experience of our travels and we extended to stay another week. Fell in love with the wagging tails and smiles in the morning. Soi Dog have been doing fantastic things so far with passion to do more in the future. Well done to all involved!
Soi Dog’s record is well known and a full picture of their activities can be found on their website at www.soidog.org. I’ll limit my comments to my experience as a volunteer at their Phuket shelter from February to May this year, particularly how the organisation helps the volunteer get on with the job.
Transportation is provided from three pickup points in the town of Nai Yang without which getting to the shelter would be a time consuming and expensive exercise.
There is a Monday morning briefing to all volunteers enabling the new ones to meet their buddies and for everyone to hear any news or change to protocols.
To look after our wellbeing in a sometimes hostile climate lunch can be ordered, paid for by the volunteer. The following are provided for free – tea, coffee, filtered water, electrolyte replacement powders, sun screen, insect repellent. Taking a break in the shade or air-conditioning is encouraged.
Weekly presentations are held at lunchtime from a senior staff member eg dog meat trade situation, status of hospital and shelter, strategy and finance.
As a long term volunteer I was asked to keep my eyes open for anything that may be of concern. Any points raised were discussed and in many cases implemented immediately. Before departure everyone receives a debriefing to air their views. I left them with a list of suggestions – I’m confident the relevant ones will be in place by the time I return next week. Also that rejected ideas will be explained.
I’ve been involved in animal welfare for many years. Nowhere have I seen the commitment and passion I’ve experienced here. There is transparency at every level, we are informed and cared for.