Since my last update on the distemper crisis several of you have written or telephoned asking to be kept updated on the situation. Firstly, heartfelt thanks to all of you who have risen to the occasion in supporting the battle against this insidious disease. I am sure that if the dogs could talk they would send their enormous thanks as well! Only through your continued help are we succeeding in winning this battle!
The news is both good and bad. In my last letter to you I described our strategy of creating containment zones using “firebreaks”. Additional containment zones have been established (the dogs in these zones having been vaccinated). This is not a foolproof solution, however it is very effective and significantly reduces the potential for major outbreaks in surrounding areas. However, limited cases will still occur in contained areas and in the surrounding containment zones. These cases, particularly in the outlying areas of containment zones must be addressed as top priorities in order to avoid further massive outbreaks.
Just last month Soldier and 3 other puppies were found in terrible condition dumped at the back of Wat Kata. Without your help puppies like Soldier would not survive!
Shelter staff are working unbelievable hours in continuing to avoid an all out epidemic! Operations costs have increased enormously due to the increased cost of vaccine as well as a huge increase in the individual treatment for dogs who have succumbed to distemper.
Prior to the distemper outbreak Soi Dog had planned to increase our CNVR (Capture, Neuter, Vaccinate & Release) program in 2011. Many of our supporters feared that these plans would be curtailed, they will not. Operating costs however will approximately double! This being due to the increased number of dogs being sterilized combined with the 4 fold increase in CNVR cost since our standard treatment protocol now covers distemper, parvo and leptospirosis as well as rabies. CNVR is the only effective and humane answer to the core of the problem – overpopulation.
However in order to make this expanded CNVR program a reality your help is needed now. Please, will you make a recurring monthly donation of $30/month (less than a dollar a day), $20/month (less than 66 cents a day) or $10/month (less than 33 cents a day) by 25 March to help the dogs in their time of need?
Your recurring monthly donation provides the predictable and reliable funding required to carry out this important work! You can save countless lives through your contribution!
In order for Soi Dog to effectively execute the expanded CNVR program and end the distemper outbreak I would like to ask you to make your donation by 25 March, thereby allowing us to more effectively plan the rate of CNVR program expansion over the coming months.
Thank you for your consideration of this important matter and for helping in saving the lives of the street dogs of Thailand!