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Review for Soi Dog Foundation, Portland, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjVJg-qDgOw&feature=share&list=ULRjVJg-qDgOw

Role:  Donor
 

Review for Soi Dog Foundation, Portland, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role:  Volunteer