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.
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