Volunteer to Help Soi Dog Foundation!

Soi Dog Foundation needs volunteers both in Thailand and overseas to help the dogs and cats of Thailand. Learn how you can get involved, at our shelter or in your own country:

Volunteer at our shelter in Phuket, Thailand

The primary role of a volunteer at our animal shelter in Phuket, Thailand is to socialise and walk the dogs and socialise the cats and puppies. For dogs and cats at the shelter to be adopted into homes, it is essential to teach them to trust people and to teach the dogs to walk on a lead. Almost all of our animals are former street animals who have never been indoors and need to learn to feel comfortable around people. Socialisation is especially important for shy animals and those who have been abused. Many adopters say their new companions are very friendly and comfortable with them, even as soon as they arrive from Thailand – this is because of shelter volunteers.

We strongly encourage volunteers to spend a week or longer at our shelter. When volunteers stay for at least a week, they build close relationships with the animals and can see them become more bonded to people. We particularly need volunteers who enjoy giving tours of the shelter and talking with visitors.

Many of our volunteers fall in love with one of the dogs or cats at our shelter and adopt them. If you can give a loving home to an animal in need, you might meet your new best friend at Soi Dog!

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Note: Soi Dog's shelter is open to volunteers from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, with a lunch break from 12 to 1. (We're open to visitors until 3:30pm.) On your first day, please plan to arrive in time for a tour. Tours are at 9:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, and 2.30pm.

Please email volunteering@soidog.org for more information about volunteering at the shelter, and email us again a couple days before you come to tell us what day and time you will arrive. (Note: if you simply want to visit and take a tour, you do not need to email us.)

You can help a dog or cat travel from our shelter go to its forever home! Learn how you can be a flight volunteer when you fly from Thailand back to your home country.

Be a veterinary volunteer in Thailand

Soi Dog Foundation is currently lucky enough to have adequate veterinary staffing to provide medical care to the over 500 animals at the Soi Dog shelter.   In addition to our large dog and cat shelter, we operate a very fast paced and challenging veterinary hospital and mobile sterilization program. Our medical staff consists of Thai veterinarians, vet nurses, and shelter medicine specialist who work diligently 7 days a week to provide necessary treatments and surgical sterilizations to keep Phuket's animals healthy.  At this time, we are not in need of veterinarians to perform surgery.  If you are a veterinarian or veterinary technician/nurse interested in volunteering with Soi Dog Foundation's medical team, you can best assist us with helping us with the medical management of cases in our clinic.  Experience work in a shelter setting is an advantage.  Although we try to provide the best possible care for our animals, we are a limited-resource facility which creates an environment that may be difficult for some medical professionals to adapt to.

Applicants should be self-guided and have the ability to multi-task as well as communicate in a professional manner with members of the community and shelter staff members.  It is our hope that volunteers experience hands-on interaction with patients, learn technical skills in a limited-resource environment, and participate in diagnostic and treatment decisions.  Enthusiasm for the human-animal bond is essential!

If you would like to volunteer with the medical team at Soi Dog Foundation, please contact Dr. Ala at ala@soidog.org

Volunteer in your own country

There are support organisations for Soi Dog Foundation around the world which generally hold events, fundraise and raise awareness. To become more involved, please contact the following people:
USA – romina@soidog.org
Switzerland and Germany – claudia@soidog.org
Canada – canadainfo@soidog-foundation.org

You may also chose to raise funds for a specific mission or do a general fundraiser in support of the dogs and cats of Thailand. You can do a simple fundraiser or use an upcoming activity or event. Many Soi Dog supporters raise funds by:
•    Running a marathon or participating in another sporting event
•    Selling homemade cookies
•    “Giving up” their birthday and asking their birthday and asking friends and family to make a donation in lieu of a gift
•    Establishing a virtual wedding registry with wedding gifts given in the form of donations
•    Or most often simply telling Soi Dog’s story and asking friends and family to join in helping the dogs and cats

Find out more about setting up your own fundraiser

Please email belinda@soidog.org to discuss these and other possibilities.

Veterinarians often contact us regarding the donation of medicines and equipment. Details can be found at: Veterinary Supplies Needed.


Shelter Volunteers


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Check out what volunteers have to say

Below we let our volunteers tell their account of visiting Soi Dog and about what helping us to save animals means to them. We hope they inspire you to visit us or give us your support to advance our mission.

Helen Lawrie - Volunteer Vet

Andy Gibson - Volunteer Vet

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