I first visited the Soi Dog Foundation shelter in Phuket in December 2018 and have supported their work ever since. I truly dread to think what the state of animal welfare in Thailand would be without their tireless work. As well as rescuing and finding homes for thousands of street dogs and cats, sterilising hundreds of thousands more and fighting the horrific dog meat trade, they are creating real change by educating the next generation and helping to introduce laws to protect the animals. The scope of their work is huge, and it's incredible to see.
They’re a fantastic non-profit that work to help homeless animals, end the dog meat trade, and provide health care to street animals in Southeast Asia. It’s amazing what they do to help those who can’t help themselves.
They do amazing work getting to the root of the problem of stray dogs in SE Asia. And they have amazing volunteers all over the world who ensure that all dogs sent abroad have good homes in their new countries.
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.
Annie K: In my opinion, Soi Dog Foundation is the greatest organization out there. It is incredibly well run across the world with a “close knit-family” culture. SDF makes massive impacts on the lives of street dogs/cats across Asia, while campaigning to end the dog meat trade across many Asian countries where it is prevalent. SDF has a powerful social media presence and continues to grow its tremendous impact, year after year. Soi Dog is changing the world, and I’m honored and proud to support such an amazing institution.
I visited the facility while on vacation in Thailand 2 years ago and was blown away by how wonderful it is and what fabulous work they do there. These are truly incredible people.
I have donated to Soi Dog Foundation for years and recently adopted a dog from there (she arrived right before everything shut down this spring.)I cannot say enough great things about this organization. They really make a difference. From their spay/neuter program to their work to stop the dog meat trade and all the thousands of animals they have saved and helped, they are truly amazing. Even when we adopted our dog Banchee this year, the process with very thorough and we were impressed with how careful they are before they will adopt out an animal - from the right fit between the new family and the dog, to what to expect when adopting a former street dog, to the volunteers who conduct home visits. I wish all organizations were this kind. We will always support Soi Dog!!
Our Soi dog is our absolute best friend! I could not be more thankful to them for bringing us such a cherished member of our family. Janis has kept in touch over the years and is such an incredible person! Thank you Soi Dog for all of your selfless work to rescue these pups in need.
Volunteered many times at Soi Dog in Phuket. The professionalism, friendliness and work ethic of the staff, the care given to the dogs and cats and the exceptional surroundings in which they are kept sets this place apart from all other rescues I've visited anywhere in the world.
Amazing charity, running adoption, education and community programs and now fighting the dog meat trade in other parts of Asia. Highly recommend a visit whenever you can get there.
A wonderful charity that goes above and beyond to end suffering and improve the lives of thousands of street animals every year! They are truly changing the world for homeless animals.
I adopted Duangdara from Soi Dog Foundation a little over a year ago. Even though I live in the US the whole whole process although it took some plannung was easy and less expensive than I thought. I have the most beautiful, loving, sweet dog ever and she is the love of my life! Please consider adopting from Soi Dog. If you can't adopt please donate. They do so much and need the help!
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.
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
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.
I have just spent 2 weeks volunteering at the Soi Dog Foundation in Phuket, Thailand.
The experience was truly amazing. The staff were so welcoming and informative.
The first day started with a tour of the animal shelter facility followed by a heartwarming video and it also explained how to handle the dogs in this environment.
The following days were filled with socialising and walking the dogs. Each run contains a large number of dogs that the volunteers are responsible for.
It was fabulous to see them progress throughout my stay and to enable a relationship to be built on trust and loyalty.
The dogs are walked each day to enable them to be more social which increases their chances of being adopted all over the world.
The day starts at around 09.15 through till 16.00hrs. Lunch is 12 - 13.00hrs of which you can place an order. Vegetarian options included.
There are also many cats that require socialising which are in large runs. It was great just to sit down to stoke them and play with their toys!
It is an experience I will never forget. It was just fabulous to be surrounded by like - minded people who were just as passionate about animals as I am.
If you want a worthwhile, relaxing and unique experience caring for neglected and abused street dogs and those rescued from the dog meat trade then the Soi Dog Foundation is the place you need to visit!
Have a great trip!