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Phuket's Soi Dogs Foundation Marks 10 Years of Good Work

Phuket's Soi Dogs Foundation Marks 10 Years of Good Work

Thursday, August 22, 2013
PHUKET: Phuket's iconic Soi Dog Foundation celebrates 10 years of amazing animal welfare in Phuket, southern Thailand and Bangkok on Sunday, October 13.

To mark the occasion SDF will hold a special anniversary fund raising event at Andara Resort& Villas, Kamala on Saturday, October 12 with a roaring 1920s theme culminating in a midnight celebration into the actual anniversary date of Sunday, October 13.

Funds raised from the event will go toward the new Soi Dog Foundation animal hospital.

SDF was founded in 2003 by Margot Homburg Park and John and Gill Dalley. Witnessing the suffering endured by street animals on Phuket, John, Gill and Margot started clinics using volunteer vets from overseas. Margot retired in 2006 due to ill health.

Commented SDF Vice President and founder on the last decade, John Dalley: ''It has been an incredible 10 years of highs and lows, but we believe SDF's place as Thailand's leading dog and cat rescue organisation is firmly established.''

Awards

SDF has received several awards for its work, including Gill Dalley being named the first non-Asian by birth to be awarded an Asian of Year award in 2009. In 2005 SDF became the first society of its type to be granted official foundation status in Thailand. It is now a registered foundation in six countries. In 2008 the Mai Khao shelter was built.

In early May SDF reached the significant milestone of sterilising its 50,000th animal [dogs and cats] since starting in late 2003 [52,238 as of July, 2013].

Named as SE Asia's fastest growing animal charity, Soi Dog Foundation also operates in Bangkok and through mobile clinics in southern Thailand with a target of 15,000 animals per year.

John Dalley said the Foundation hoped at its current rate to have sterilised 100,000 animals in around three years time.

In its first year SDF neutered just over 1000 animals. Mr Dalley said: ''The current mobile clinic program on Phuket, working closely with the province's local authorities, aims to have the island's stray population under control in two years and to continue the province's rabies free status.''

National Program

SDF is discussing with the Department of Livestock in Bangkok introducing a national program based on SDF's activities on Phuket. Thailand has pledged to eradicate rabies by 2020 in accordance with Asean agreements.

In recent years SDF has also taken a leading role against the illegal and cruel dog meat trade in Thailand through its 'Trade of Shame' campaign. SDF has provided food, vaccines and other drugs to help care for dogs intercepted and sent to shelters in Thailand.

This work continues.The trade to Vietnam is currently at a standstill and discussions are being held with the governments of Vietnam and Laos to finally end the incredibly cruel trade.

Celebration Event

Cristy Baker, organiser of the fund raiser said it would be a night of 1920s white suits and flappers, big hats and crazy dancing culminating in a special midnight surprise to celebrate Sunday, October 13.

About Soi Dog Foundation

Soi Dog currently employs 36 full time vets and other staff members, including dog catchers and shelter personnel, almost all of them from Phuket.

Management continues to be carried out by volunteers at their own expense both on Phuket and around the world, ensuring all funds go directly to helping the animals. Many dogs at the Mai Khao shelter receive treatment for wounds and injuries.

Soi Dog only keeps and re-homes dogs that have been subject to cruelty and abuse and therefore cannot be returned to the same situation.

Event details

B3000 [inclusive of buffet dinner and free flow] 6-7pm cocktails, 7pm till late. Dress code and theme: Roaring 20s. Prizes for best dressed. DJ Ben Jay to provide entertainment.

Cristy Baker: Suaysiam@gmail.com

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THANK U SOI DOG for being the SAVIORS of the animals!!!! Donation follows shortly.

Posted by Elaine Sloan on August 24, 2013 21:39

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Great work SDF but why white suit code and B3000 for many have not got either especially Thais. Surely you want as many people as possible better to have 5 x the people at B1000 and say long trousers only.

Posted by Fiesty Farang on August 30, 2013 17:33


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