Phuket, Thailand. 1 May, 2011.Phuket’s iconic Soi Dog Foundation [Soi Dog] is facing possible closure or expensive and disruptive relocation of its northern Phuket, Mai Khao shelter to 250 dogs unless it raises THB 5 million by October this year.
Soi Dog Director John Dalley said the future of Soi Dog Foundation [http://www.soidog.org] is in “serious trouble” if the shelter is not paid for by October as much of its critical care facilities are located there.
Soi Dog purchased half the land on which the shelter is located in 2009 but must purchase the other half by October or face a serious situation.
Mr. Dalley said Soi Dog had to make a choice between using general funds to secure the shelter, or prevent the “tragic deaths of countless animals through our mass vaccination programme,” caused by an outbreak of distemper which enormously increased operating costs over the last six months.
Faced with that stark choice, Mr Dalley said: “We made the choice to help the animals.”
While this work continues, Soi Dog still has to raise the necessary funds for the shelter land. The land owner has already has been approached by two commercial organisations to purchase the land.
Soi Dog has raised half of the THB10 million required, but is now in a desperate race to acquire the remaining THB5 million through donations.
A Sunday brunch fund raising event will be held at Evason Phuket & Bon Island on 22 May between Noon-4pm to help with fund raising. The THB2000 per head cost includes a fabulous buffet, free flow drinks and some outstanding entertainment that will surprise everyone with its spectacular displays.
A raffle and auction will be held and all proceeds will go to Soi Dog.
Said John Dalley: “Such tremendous support for Soi Dog from people living on Phuket is very much appreciated. It is no exaggeration to say that we are in a race against time to raise the necessary funds, so any support, whether by attending this event and contributing financially, or by joining our group of generous donators from Phuket and around the world, we very much need these funds.”
Soi Dog current employs four full time vets and 15 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.
Sterilisations are now over 32,000 [dogs and cats] on Phuket and neighbouring provinces. Many dogs at the 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.
If you wish to donate please contact: John Dalley, Director, Soi Dog. Phone: 0870508688. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or at http://www.soidog.org
For tickets to the Soi Dog Foundation brunch, contact Cristy on 0840544367. Email: email@example.com Tables of 10 are available. Dress code: beach “chic.”