Mission: Soi dog foundation usa supports the public education, animal protection and animal welfare efforts of the soi dog foundation a recognized charitable organization based in thailand. The purpose of soi dog foundation usa is to provide information and education to the american public on the plight of animals in and around thailand and the efforts of soi dog foundation to prevent and eliminate animal cruelty, provide medical care, sterilization (spay and neuter), end the dog meat trade and support the foundation's other animal care projects. In addition to providing information and education, soi dog foundation usa solicits financial donations from the american public that are forwarded to soi dog foundation thailand in support of their mission.
Programs: Soi dog foundation usa continued supporting soi dog foundation's ongoing animal welfare efforts in phuket and starting in 2012, bangkok. We solicited general (unrestricted) donations to support soi dog's mission and help fund their many ongoing animal care initiatives. For example, funds were used to increase the number of sterilizations in phuket to nearly 18,000 dogs from approximately 14,000 the year prior. At this rate, soi dog hopes to stabilize the street dog population in phuket by 2015. These funds were also used to provide medical care and treatment to stray and neglected dogs and cats, provide food for stray dogs and cats and to shelter to those dogs and cats that could not survive on the streets due to infirmity, illness or age. The funds were also used to provide ongoing support of soi dog's facilities and staff, to continue to combat distemper and other outbreaks, support the new cat hospital that was completed in 2012 where stray cats could be cared for separate from the dogs and to continue with shelter improvements such as the continued building out new dog runs where sheltered dogs could be better segregated by age, disposition and health - a particularly important development for sheltered puppies and older dogs. Finally, another major initiative was to help establish a fully operational soi dog clinic in bangkok. Having a clinic in bangkok not only allows soi dog to care for bangkok street dogs, but also provides a soi dog presence closer to the shelters being built to care for those dogs rescued from the dog meat trade.
another major area where soi dog foundation usa continued to support soi dog was in the ongoing care, treatment and feeding of the countless dogs and cats under soi dog's care in phuket and now bangkok. Donations were solicited to support these efforts through dog and cat sponsorships and a puppy care support sponsorship program. All solicited donations directly tied to these sponsorships were sent to soi dog in the form of block grants by type of sponsorship. Soi dog's efforts to care for the most neglected of animals in phuket and bangkok has made a huge difference in the quality of life of these dogs and cats. Through the ongoing sponsorship program that has nearly 800 active monthly donors in the us, these animals now have safe places to live and are provided with medical care, food and socialization. As a result, soi dog's ability to find forever homes through local and foreign adoptions has grown dramatically. None of this would not be possible without the generous financial support provided through the sponsorship programs.
a major focus for soi dog was combatting the horrific dog meat trade in northern thailand, vietnam and laos. First launched in 2012, soi dog's efforts have had a dramatic impact on this trade. To date, thousands of dogs have been rescued and the trade in the mekong river delta has effectively ceased. Additionally, soi dog in partnership with other animal groups successfully worked towards a regional agreement with se asian countries on rabies prevention that made it illegal to transport live dogs across borders. And while these results are impressive, the need is still great as the fear is that smugglers are finding other routes and/or are slaughtering dogs in thailand for export. In partnership with soi dog, donations were solicited to aid in their efforts. Block grants were made to help soi dog continue in with this vital work. General dog meat trade donations were used to continue to create worldwide awareness of this cruel and inhumane trade, work with local authorities and government officials to stop the dog smuggling and rescue dogs from the trade. An important development this past year to raise global awareness behind soi dog's efforts was the "i didn't know" campaign. Through this viral video and outreach, donations were solicited to purchase billboards in thailand to bring the issue of the dog meat trade to the forefront among thailand's population in the northern part of the country. This effort garnered incredible support and as a result of the poster campaign, awareness of the issue in thailand is at an all time high.