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Adopting a dog is not something to be undertaken lightly.

Dogs can live as long as 20 years, sometimes longer, and Soi Dog Foundation wants to ensure that any dogs it places for adoption go to people who will provide them with an appropriate, clean, safe, family environment, will feed them properly, take care of them when they are sick, and will – above all – give them love until the end of their days.

Here are some questions you may have, with links to the answers.

Do we have to go to the Soi Dog Foundation shelter to choose a dog or can I choose one that is displayed on the website?

How do we know the dog I choose will be right for me?

Do you deliver the dog to our home?

Are the dogs house-trained?

Can I get a little puppy from Soi Dog Foundation?

Do you have pedigree dogs for adoption?

How much must we pay to adopt from Soi Dog Foundation?

If you decide you would like to adopt one of our dogs, we urge you to make an appointment before you come, so that you can meet with someone from our Adoptions team. Call 076 681 029 or email us at adoptions@soidog.org

 

Do we have to go to the Soi Dog Foundation to choose a dog, or can I choose one that is displayed on the website?

If you live in Phuket or nearby you should come to the Soi Dog shelter to choose your dog. Even if you live further away it is a good idea but we know that’s not always possible. So please contact our Adoptions team and they will guide you through the process.

If you are overseas and interested in adopting from our shelter, please see this page for information on costs and how transportation is arranged. 

How do we know the dog I choose will be right for me?

To help ensure that the dog you adopt suits you, and you suit the dog, we may ask you a number of questions. For example:

  • Do you want a young dog full of energy, who can go jogging with you?
  • Or do you want an older, calmer dog who will be happy to match your own more restful pace of life?
  • Is your house small with a tiny garden? Or is it large with a big garden?
  • Is the boundary of your garden dog-proof and secure?
  • Do you already have a pet, and what kind of temperament does your existing pet have?
  • Do you have young children?
  • If you are an expatriate living in Thailand, do you have plans to return to your home country in the future? Some countries have very strict laws that make importing pets from Thailand very costly and difficult.

If you already have a pet and/or small children, please bring them with you when you come to choose your dog. Photos of your home and garden will also be helpful.

If you cannot visit us to choose your dog, our Adoptions team will contact you with similar questions.

Do you deliver the dog to our home?

If your home is in Phuket or nearby, and the dog is not ready to travel home with you at the end of your first visit, we will let you know when you should return to pick it up.

If you live in Thailand but far from Phuket, we can arrange to deliver your dog by air to the airport nearest to your home. We will also organise the crate for the dog to travel in.

The time we spend organising this is given free of charge, but please understand that you will have to pay for the flight and the travel crate.

If you are overseas and interested in adopting from our shelter, please see  this page for information on costs and how transportation is arranged.

Are the dogs house-trained?

All of Soi Dog Foundation’s animals are sterilised and fully vaccinated. You should understand however, that they may not be house-trained or trained to obey useful commands (Sit, Come, Stay, etc). Training will be up to you (as it would be if you bought a dog from a breeder or a pet shop).

Can I get a little puppy from Soi Dog Foundation?

We do not usually make very small puppies available for adoption. This is because young pups need to drink their mothers’ milk until they are weaned. Without this, their immune system may not be fully developed and they will be more likely to get sick.

(This is also why you should never buy young puppies from a pet shop, no matter how cute they are.)

As a result, almost all the dogs we offer for adoption are at least six months old.

Do you have pedigree dogs for adoption?

Some of Soi Dog Foundation’s rescue animals are pedigree dogs but most are mixed-breed. When rescuing dogs we make no distinction. But as the Thai word soi means alley or street, the animals rescued by Soi Dog are usually from the streets, where pedigree dogs are not very common.

You should know that there is good evidence that mixed-breed dogs are generally more intelligent than pure-breds, are healthier, and often live longer.

To see just some of the hundreds of dogs we have looking for homes, please see this page

How much must we pay to adopt from Soi Dog Foundation?

All adoptions are free – we are delighted to see our rescue dogs go to good, loving homes. If you live in Phuket, you can collect your new family member from the shelter as soon as he or she is ready to leave.

(We need to make final medical checks before handing over the animal of your choice. We try to do it on the same day but that’s not always possible.)

Your only cost will be the cost of getting your pet to your home.

If you would like to make a donation to help rescue more animals in need, we would welcome your kind support.