Soi Dog's Intake & Treatment Policies
Soi Dog foundation is an entirely voluntary organization managed by unpaid volunteers at their own expense. It receives NO Government assistance or direct assistance from other foundations.
The income it receives is entirely from voluntary donations from its supporters around the world, and occasional grants from larger foundations.
Soi Dog currently needs to raise in excess of 1 million Thai Baht per month to carry out its activities. It employs 20 full time local staff. (Veterinarians, animal retrieval teams, shelter staff).
The main aim of the Soi Dog Foundation is to prevent the unnecessary suffering of stray animals by carrying out large scale sterilization and vaccination of stray dogs and cats AND owned dogs and cats of local people who are unable to afford to pay for this procedure. By reducing the number of unwanted animals being born, the problem of over population will decrease and the unnecessary suffering of animals ceases. Soi Dog is currently looking to double the amount of sterilizations it performs from 5,000 per year to 10,000 per year.
Soi Dog vaccinates every animal for rabies and every dog for distemper, parvo virus and Leptospirosis.
Soi Dog also operates a shelter and animal hospital at Mai Khao. The only dogs that Soi Dog keeps are dogs that have been subject to cruelty or abuse or through age and/or infirmity are unable to survive on their own. In addition, as space allows Soi Dog gives shelter to abandoned puppies and kittens that are unable to fend for themselves.
Soi Dog Foundation also treats stray dogs and cats for injury and disease and the pets of people who cannot afford veterinary treatment.
The hospital is always full and for routine skin conditions etc., Soi Dog will supply drugs for treating on site. If this is not possible then the animal will be treated at the hospital but for routine conditions there may well be a waiting list.
Emergency cases such as traffic accidents, serious wounds etc., must take priority and will always be picked up as soon as possible. However Soi Dog does not have a 24 hour emergency service. Stray dogs requiring urgent treatment out of hours should be taken to the nearest available vet. If Soi Dog is advised we will collect next day and pay costs.
The Soi Dog Foundation has neither the space nor the funds to keep any of the following type of animals.
1. Dogs and cats no longer wanted by their owners. The foundation is not a disposal point for unwanted pets. It will give every assistance to relocate animals overseas if the owner wishes to relocate them. This is entirely at the owner’s expense. Owners no longer wanting pets should try to rehome them.
2. Dogs and cats perceived to be a nuisance to humans. Soi Dog will sterilize animals living in your area, and in the case of aggressive dogs cut canine teeth. It has been proved that a small number of sterilized animals will protect their territory from other dogs or cats. Removing them simply opens up the area for other non sterilized animals to move in and a far worse situation will occur as a result.
3. Soi Dog staff do not to respond to threats that animals will be poisoned or otherwise killed if we do not take them. Poisoning is common in Thailand, but in our experience, being as it is against the wishes of His Majesty the King, no local council or individual will advertise that they are going to poison dogs in advance. The perpetrators are always anonymous.