Welcome to the Soi Dog Supporters News! ... (September, 2013)
Welcome to the September Soi Dog Foundation newsletter. We would like to update you on how your support is improving and saving the lives of countless dogs and cats in Thailand and introduce you to more ways in which you can help the dogs and cats.
John and Gill Dalley and the Soi Dog team.
An update on the PUP Mobile Sterilisation & Vaccination Program
Thanks to your ongoing support, the highly successful PUP (Prevent Unwanted Puppies) program mobile clinic commenced in Rawai in July and will be in the municipality until early September. Sterilisations of stray dogs and cats are happening daily and many owners are taking advantage of the free vaccination and sterilisation clinic. The recently completed two month campaign in the Rassada municipality resulted in 1674 animals sterilised, (1354 dogs and 320 cats). This is the highest sterilisation figure for any municipality since the program started in June 2012.
Sterilization has been scientifically proven as the only effective (and humane) way of addressing the cause of the unnecessary suffering endured by many stray dogs and cats, this being over population. Once 75% to 80% of a stray population has been sterilized significant decline in population begins to occur. Through your support we are approaching this point on Phuket thereby allowing Soi Dog to continue in expanding work throughout Thailand.
To donate towards Soi Dog’s sterilization program, please visit Donate Today
A new sterilisation suite at the Phuket shelter is nearing completion. This building is being constructed by volunteers and staff. Many thanks to Foundation Brigitte Bardot for contributing towards the financing of the sterilization suite.
Progress on the construction of the new sterilisation unit
Important steps forward in ending the dog meat trade Asia Canine Protection Alliance Conference (Hanoi, August 2013)
On the 22nd and 23rd of August, the Asia Canine Protection Alliance (ACPA) hosted a conference in Hanoi, Vietnam to discuss further steps towards ending the illegal dog meat trade between Thailand and Vietnam. ACPA is comprised of Soi Dog Foundation, Humane Society International, Animals Asia and Change for Animals Foundation. Close to 40 people attended the conference, including officials from the governments of Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia and representatives of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC).
We were quite pleased with the outcome and feel the symposium was a tremendous step forward. ACPA will continue to collaborate closely with the governments of the region to help guide the countries toward eliminating the illegal dog meat trade and eradicating rabies.
You may wish to take a moment and read John’s reflections and observations about the meeting and about the ACPA’s and the Government’s next steps in bring the trade to an end here: Read More…
Please take a moment to sign this important petition to Thailand's Prime Minister encouraging her government to continue to take stronger measures in bringing the illegal dog meat trade to an end… Sign The Petition
Adoptions, Over One Per Day...
The Doobster is up for Adoption (A kind supporter of Soi Dog has offered partial financial assistance with A KIND SUPPORTER HAS OFFERED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE!
Smokey - a Shy Little Black Dog...
Fund Raise For The Dogs & Cats!
Have you ever considered fundraising for Soi Dog Foundation? You may be considering running a marathon, or holding a bake sale or perhaps you may like to "give up" your birthday and ask family and friends to donate to your fundraiser?
It's easy to get started. Visit Soi Dog's page on Razoo at: Fund Raise For The Dogs & Cats and start raising much needed funds for the dogs and cats today!
Your Legacy For Animals…
Most of us do not give much thought to making a Will, however writing a Will is the only way to ensure that your assets are distributed to the people, and causes, that are important to you. Please consider joining a group of Soi Dog’s deeply committed supporters who will help to sustain our programs by leaving a bequest in their will. By doing this, you will continue to make a difference for ill, injured and abused dogs and cats. Anne Lindsay, from Australia, explains below her motivations for including Soi Dog in her will.
For more information please click here: Leave A Lasting Legacy
Soi Dog Foundation 10th anniversary T-shirt design competition
Message from Gill Dalley – “First off, I would like to say that the reason I wanted you guys to design this for us is that without you the last 10 years could not have happened, as without your wonderful donations we could not have done the work or continue to do it”.
“Some of you have been with us from day 1 & others have joined as time has gone by, so for me it seemed very fitting that you should be given the honour”.
“I have been totally blown away by the amount of entries into the competition, the standards were amazing & for sure we have some budding designers amongst our supporters! It was seriously an extremely hard decision to choose a winner, but one had to be chosen. So without further ado, I would like to announce the winner & he is Brian Cottrell from Aberdeen, Scotland, UK. Well done Brian & huge thanks for the brilliant design!”
“Here it is folks, but it's only in design form at the moment as we are waiting for the makers to finish them. We will announce once they are available to mail order, or better still come & visit us & buy one from the shelter!”
Love & hugs to you all.
Photo: The Soi Dog Foundation 10th Anniversary T-shirt design winning entry
Soi Dog Foundation 10th Anniversary Celebration (Phuket)
Save the date – Saturday October 12th, 2013
In celebration of this special anniversary, a roaring 20's fundraising dinner/party will be held at the Andara Resort in Phuket. All funds raised from the event will go towards the building of a new, urgently needed dog hospital. Please see the flier below for information.
An Adoption Story – Sisters Reunited
Pea and Pod arrived at the Soi Dog shelter on 8 August, 2011. They were picked up by our dog catcher in the south of Phuket. They were almost identical and always together. Around a year later Pod was adopted to Vancouver, Canada and Pea remained at the shelter. Another year has passed and Pea has now also been adopted by the same family and reunited with Pod. To watch this touching reunion, visit Pea & Pod
If interested in adopting one of our wonderful dogs or cats, please email our adoptions coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsor A Soi Dog Today!
Become A Member of Soi Dog's Sponsorship Club Today!
You can help Soi Dog keep our promise to all the animals in our care like Cha Cha by becoming a sponsor today at: Sponsor A Dog Today!
Cha Cha is one of our elderly residents at approximately 13 years of age. She was a street dog all her life and was found in 2011 at a fresh food market in a frightened state. She had been hit by a car, which resulted in a broken leg. Cha Cha is no longer able to care for herself so we have given her a home here at Soi Dog. She is a quiet girl who loves to sleep all day and is now safe living in the Old Age Run.
Your sponsorship will enable us to keep our promise to Cha Cha and all of the animals in our care by always providing a safe place to live, medical care, food and affection. Soi Dog treats all the animals in our care equally, whether sponsored or not, and your gift is used to help all the dogs, including Cha Cha. To become a sponsor of Cha Cha or to sponsor another of our residents, please click here: Sponsor A Dog Today!
Those energetic Aussies are at it again, raising funds for Soi Dog and having lots of fun doing it. On the 21st July a team of volunteers and supporters ran 5km in the Melbourne Age's Fun Run and raised $1100 AUD for Soi Dog. It was a great day, cold but good fun. Over 125,000 people took part in the day and raised millions for charity. Next year the team is planning the 10km run and want to raise $10,000 AUD.
The team (pictured below) comprised of Channel Munyard, Lee Haukedahl, Lee Mole (Soi Dog Australia Treasurer), Linda Henderson, Sarah Fitzgerald, Kirin Mathews (from Jewellery for a Cause) and Debbie Mole (Soi Dog Australia President).
Soi Dog UK have put together a beautiful 2014 calendar. This calendar features 63 wonderful photos of our dogs and cats that have been happily rehomed around the world over the last 12 months. It is a practical month to view calendar with plenty of room for notes!
This calendar can be obtained for a donation of £9.00 - $14.00 - 10,50 euro + shipping.
If you are interested, please contact email@example.com with your order and postal address and someone will get back to you to organise payment and delivery.
Volunteering at Soi Dog Foundation
Last year was a record for adoptions and this year we’re on track to do even more. It’s only possible to send most of these dogs to permanent homes because of volunteers who come to the shelter. Volunteers are essential in teaching dogs to trust people and walk on a lead. Almost all of the dogs at our shelter are former street dogs who have never been indoors and need to learn to feel comfortable around people. Socialising is especially important for shy dogs and dogs who have been abused. Many adopters say their dogs are really friendly and comfortable with them, even as soon as they arrive from Thailand – this is because of volunteers. Thank you to our volunteers, and we always need more, so please consider volunteering at Soi Dog. Below are some comments from recent volunteers:
“Really loved our time here. Fell in love 60 times a day. Every dog is special and hopefully we helped them to feel that bit more special. Oh, and the humans aren’t bad”. (Will and Shiona, UK)
“This has been one of the most amazing times of my life. This is an incredible place and I feel blessed that I have been allowed to be a part of it. I hope to be a part of this charity for a long time and help in whatever way I can. This is a humbling experience for anyone”. (Jo and Nigel, UK)
For further information on volunteering at Soi Dog Foundation, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
From all the dogs and cats at the shelter and those that have been helped around Thailand, thank you!
Without your ongoing donations, volunteering and support, many of these animals would be suffering and have no one to turn to. As Gill says “if these animals could speak, they would thank you from the bottom of their hearts”.