I would like to thank Soi Dog supporters worldwide who have donated towards helping the innocent victims of the dog meat trade. Your support has saved hundreds of innocent lives and prevented several major catastrophes. Only with your support can the important work continue in helping care for these dogs and others still arriving. Just last week an additional 70 plus dogs (shown above) were rescued in the province of Maha Sarakham, Thailand. These are some of the lucky ones who have avoided the terrible fate that would otherwise await them in the slaughterhouses of Vietnam.
For me dogs like Dusty, here epitomize the importance of this work. Dusty was rescued with 62 other dogs and taken to the shelter in Khemmarat. He arrived terrified and in a sorry state. He is slowly becoming more outgoing and learning to trust again.
At the Nakhon Phanom facility over 7 tons of food will be required every month. Soi Dog has committed to providing this food and the first 7 tons is currently being delivered at the rate of 2 tons per week as well as vaccines and urgently required medications. 3,500 vaccines have been acquired, and urgently required medications and drugs have been supplied to Nakhon Phanom and the other shelters at a cost of over a quarter of a million Thai Bhat. 750 dogs were vaccinated at Nakhon Phanom last weekend alone and the work of vaccinating them continues.
The immediate need in all cases is to provide food for the rescued dogs and to vaccinate and segregate dogs as quickly as possible to minimize the chance of disease outbreak in the densely populated shelters. However, this cannot happen without your ongoing support.
At Khemmarat, another shelter designated for keeping these dogs Soi Dog continues to work closely with the management and conditions have improved considerably. Over 570 dogs have been sterilized. A near disaster was barely averted as over 3,000 innocent puppies could very easily have been borne. Puppies borne in this sort of environment have virtually no chance of surviving and would inevitably succumb to a slow, painful and unnecessary death through communicable diseases such as distemper. Vaccination of dogs continues at Khemmarat and through our supporters Soi Dog has provided vaccines and other critical medications. Much like at Nakhon Phanom Soi Dog will continue to provide food for the hundreds of dogs living here.
Soi Dog has provided funds for the improvement of the existing hospital which is now completed, and the management have carried out many other improvements based on our recommendations.
At a third shelter, Kanchanaburi around 100 dogs remain of the 350 that were transferred in the past 3 months from the Buriram shelter and are in terrible condition. The management are doing their best but this area of Thailand has the most extreme climate in the country and they have few staff or facilities. Tests carried out on the dogs indicate they all have potentially fatal parasite infections and require daily treatment. The Bangkok based group Fight for Dogs, financed by Soi Dog visited the shelter together with Khun Toom of Soi Dog bringing much needed medicine with them.
The Livestock Department has authorized the building of shelters for the dogs kept there. The shelter in the photograph is one of 20 prefabricated ones acquired by livestock which will help. Soi Dog is working towards organizing and funding a veterinarian and veterinary students from the local university to tend to these dogs and provide medicine and other required equipment for their work.
These dogs need ongoing care as otherwise they will all go the same way as the hundreds of dogs that were originally taken there.
To care for over 3,000 dogs in remote centers is an enormous strain on Soi Dogs finances, increasing operation expenses in excess of 40% of normal operating budget virtually overnight. Please consider a regular monthly donation to the Trade of Shame Fund to help us to keep helping these dogs. For a modest donation of $15, $25, $35 or a most generous $45 per month you can help assure that this life saving work continues! This is the moment for you to take action! By joining the Trade of Shame campaign today you can end the dog meat trade! In order to meet the ongoing costs 500 or more people are needed to join us as members of the Trade of Shame. Will you be one of them?
In closing I would like to share with you some insight into the fate of the majority of the dogs who fall victim to the trade each day. A close Soi Dog supporter traveling in Laos wrote to me:
“John, I wanted to send you some images that I took while traveling in Laos. This truck, which I estimate was carrying about 400 dogs, was broken down on the side of the road (road number 8) for all the afternoon in the hard sun and after that in the rain. Some were obviously dying. None of them were crying or barking…they all had already given up. Unfortunately, there was nothing I could do for them, so frustrating.”
This is why we cannot give up the battle of ending the trade and why I am asking for your help today in ending the trade and bringing an end to the suffering endured by these dogs.
P.S. This suffering is happening to innocent dogs right now. There is a lot to do, and we cannot do it overnight, but we will do everything we can. It is only with your generosity that we can, so please join the Trade of Shame campaign today.
United States residents, Soi Dog is a registered charity in the USA and your donations are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by US law.
United Kingdom residents, Soi Dog is a registered charity in the UK and your donations qualify for HMRC gift aid.