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.
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!