Early last year I went to Thailand for a friend’s wedding. One thing I noticed while there were the stray dogs.
I’m not sure you can call it “noticing” when they are unavoidable. They are everywhere.
For me the temptation of patting each and everyone was way too strong.
One dog in particular I will never forget was by the side of the road on our way home from dinner one night and I stopped to give him a pat.
Unfortunately he then followed me and in a nasty turn of events was hit by a moped.
I can still hear the sound of his cries and hate myself for not being more thoughtful of the situation and dangers around us at the time.
On my return to Australia I did some research (“googling”) of the stray dog situation in Thailand and was mortified to learn of the severity of the ‘dog meat trade’ in the region.
I won’t go into details, I’m not one to force my opinions or beliefs onto others unless pressed (lightly, if at all). I will tell you of the “Soi dog” foundation I came across in my “googling” though.
Soi Dog Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation who help the homeless, neglected and abused dogs of Thailand.
They work to humanely reduce the number of unwanted dogs and cats through spaying and neutering, and to better the lives and living conditions of the stray dogs and feral cats of Asia.
That is me trying to sum up their work in two sentences, but what they do is so much more than this and I will you to have a look at their page www.soidog.org
I now donate to this charity and sponsor my own little Soi dog ‘Pea Mai’. Receiving updates on the Soi Sog foundations work/progress alongside photos of Pea Mai’s smiling chops gives me hope and I’m happier knowing that less dogs are suffering because of their work.