Gill Dalley Awarded The 2011 Canine Hero Of The Year Award...
Phuket, Thailand. June, 2011. Gill Dalley, a director of Phuket’s iconic Soi Dog Foundation has been named the first Asia Pacific Canine hero. Sponsored by the China based Genlin foundation.
Mrs Dalley, who with husband John and a dedicated group of staff and volunteers, run the dog rescueoperation on Phuket and surrounding provinces, receives USD$10,000[Baht302,000] from the award, which is the first China based award promoting canine welfare in the Asia Pacific region.
Mrs Dalley is donating the USD$10,000 [Baht302,000] award money to the Soi Dog Foundation save the shelter fund.
In 2008 Gill Daley became the first non-Asian to be awarded Asian of the Year for her work with Soi Dog Foundation. In 2004 she contracted septicemia while recuing a dog from a flooded water buffalo field and lost both her lower legs, and almost her life.
The Soi Dog Foundation needs to raise Baht5 million before November, to avoid closing the 250 dog shelter and veterinary clinic and having to move off Phuket.
“ I have no hesitation in donating the money to the shelter fund as this is vital to our continued existence on Phuket. I am grateful and humbled for this award from the SPCA. I accept it on behalf of all the tremendous staff, volunteers and loyal donors who enable us to carry out this important work” Mrs Dalley said in commenting on the award.
The SPCA citation for the award said it was “in recognition of your tireless efforts in dog rescue, rehabilitation and adoption in the area.” Mrs Dalley was flown to Chengdu, China to accept the award.
Soi Dog is in a desperate race to raise by October the remaining Baht5 million, half the value of the shelter land at Mai Khao in Phuket’s north-east, otherwise it is earmarked to be sold to commercial interests. Baht 5 million has already been raised.
Commented John Dalley: “ Gill’s award is a fantastic recognition of her dedication towards the sterilisation of more than 32,000 dogs on Phuket and caring for dogs kept at the shelter because they are unfit to return to where they come from.
“But the work cannot stop for a second. We need to raise the money to save the shelter, otherwise we will need to move off Phuket, with the resulting explosion in the dog population here.”
John and Gill Dalley appealed to those wishing to save the shelter to contribute, even in the smallest way. “It would be tragic if all the hard work of Gill and our team was allowed to slip away because we cannot remain on Phuket,” Mr Dalley said. If you can help the dogs and cats keep their home please click here to help secure the future today.
Mr Dalley emphasised that money raised for the shelter rescue was completely separate from the ongoing Baht 1 million monthly operational costs of running Soi Dog Foundation.
A Recent Article About The Award In The Phuket Gazette...
About Soi Dog Foundation
Soi Dog Foundation (SDF) is a not-for-profit, legally registered charitable organization in Thailand, Australia, France and Holland. Soi Dog helps the homeless, neglected and abused dogs and cats of Thailand. (Charity registration number Thailand: Phor.Gor. 39/2548. Charity registration number Australia: 58982568831. Charity registration number in Holland: 37120202, Charity registration number in France: W332011412)Soi Dog is made up of people like yourself, be they financial supporters, field or shelter volunteers, fundraisers etc. with a common goal of helping neglected and abused dogs &cats.De-sexing (Sterilization) has been proven to be the most effective way to help the animals. Soi Dog has has reached a milestone of over 30,000 dogs and cats sterilized! Totaling 31,591 dogs and cats as of March 2011.
About SPCA Hong Canine Hero Award.
"SPCA Canine Welfare Award (Donated by Genlin Foundation)" is the first China based award promoting canine welfare in Asia. It is awarded by SPCA Hong Kong and generously funded by Genlin Foundation. The award has been established to Recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals or groups in the field of dog rescue, rehabilitation and adoption. The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000.00 (USD), and will be sponsored to attend the award ceremony during "Asia for Animal Conference" in June 2011 in Chengdu, China. "Genlin Foundation" (www.genlin.org) puts an emphasis on cultural and civilization charity. This foundation is an extension and new development of "PengXin Chao Foundation". With the influence of Mr. PengXin Chao, the Genlin Foundation has strong faith in our future, and has high hopes that we can work together as a group and rebuild a society that is full of wisdom, fairness, freedom and care.The SPCA Hong Kong (www.spca.org.hk) is a non profit animal welfare organization was founded in 1921. SPCA is a charity whose remit is not only actively to pursue the cause of animal welfare primarily in Hong Kong and our Outreach works in China.