Soi Dog now owns the entire plot measuring approximately 12 rai. The first section was purchased in October 2009
As reported earlier this year there was a danger of Soi Dog leaving Phuket and relocating elsewhere if funds could not be raised to secure the remaining land by the end of October.
Soi Dog Vice President John Dalley said; “We are delighted to be able to maintain our headquarters here on Phuket and finish the job started here nearly 8 years ago. Many thanks to our supporters across the world who have raised the necessary funds.”
We would particularly like to express our thanks to the donor from Germany who doubled up on the final 2 million baths worth of donations and his Thai PA Khun A for conducting the negotiations with the former land owner.
Many thanks also to Sam Fauna and his staff at the International Law office for donating all the legal work entailed yet again.
Soi Dog can now plan far more effectively, both for operations in Phuket and elsewhere. Soi Dog is currently in talks with other groups throughout Thailand with a view to offering both practical and financial support.
On recent visits to Bangkok where Soi Dog was involved in talks with the speaker of the Thai Parliament and other Government officials over the introduction of an animal welfare law, we were inundated with requests to assist in the capital.
Dog Meat Trade
On the 4 September over 1,000 supporters demonstrated in Bangkok against the dog meat trade, as part of an ongoing campaign to end the illegal trade.
One of the most badly injured survivors from the recent seizures of almost 2,000 in Nakhom Phanom Province is currently at the Soi Dog shelter, and will soon fly to Soi Dog USA and a new home there.
Mr. Dalley stated: “this is not an issue of whether it is right or wrong to eat dog meat. These dogs are not farmed animals; many are stolen pets from all over Thailand. The dogs are stuffed alive into small cages, usually around 500 dogs per truck. Many suffocate to death and in reality these are the lucky ones. It is erroneously believed that the adrenalin produced through causing pain tenderises the meat, and it is common to break the dog’s legs and hang them before skinning alive. If anybody believes that this is a humane way to transport and process any form of meat then that person should not be calling themselves a human being.
Soi Dog is now a registered foundation in six countries and was recently described as one of the world’s most progressive and fastest growing charities.
About Soi Dog Foundation. Soi Dog employs 22 shelter and veterinary staff at its headquarters in Phuket. Management of the Foundation is performed by volunteers in Phuket and across the world at their own expense. Gill Dalley, Soi Dog’s volunteer Director of Field Operations was named an Asian of the Year in 2009 by CNA Singapore and in May of this year named the Asia pacific regions first canine hero at the Asia Animals conference in Chengdu, China where she received a cheque for 10,000$ which was donated towards securing the shelter land.
Contact: John Dalley. firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 0870508688.