Over the past four years, you may have noticed an increasing number of Soi Dog Foundation vans zipping their way around Bangkok (or, more likely, sitting patiently in the traffic). This fleet of white-orange vehicles is part of the foundation’s work to care for and humanely manage the city’s 640,000-strong free-roaming dog population through its “Catch, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return” (CNVR) programme.
No other organisation in the world is neutering and vaccinating as many dogs and cats as Soi Dog. To date, over 380,000 animals have passed through the foundation’s CNVR programme in Thailand, including over 171,000 in Bangkok at its ever-growing number of mobile clinics as well as its clinic in Chatuchak where 1,400 animals have also received lifesaving medical treatment.
As demand on Soi Dog’s services has outgrown the Chatuchak clinic, the foundation is fundraising for a new, purpose-built facility in Bang Khen which will accommodate 95% more animals in need. The state-of-the-art clinic will include operating theatres, a laboratory and a transit area for animals that have been adopted overseas and require temporary shelter before they fly.
Soi Dog’s ultimate goal in Bangkok is to eradicate rabies and prevent unwanted puppies and kittens being born into short lives of suffering on the streets – goals that the foundation has achieved in Phuket thanks to support from like-minded animal lovers in Thailand and around the world.
Don’t forget, we’re pledging US$20 to Soi Dog Foundation from every yearly COCO+ membership purchased this festive season. More information is available here.