Thank you for giving serious thought to saving the life of an animal in need. All potential adopters are required to complete an adoptions interview and, in many cases, a home visit from one of our approved volunteers.
Once your adoption application has been approved, there are two ways to get your new pet to your home: travelling as manifested cargo or as accompanied baggage with a flight volunteer. Soi Dog Foundation does not charge an adoptions fee, we simply ask potential owners to cover the animal’s travel costs (including flight crates and any necessary blood tests).
Soi Dog takes care of all the arrangements – you simply need to collect your pet from the airport. Our Adoptions team will walk you through the process.
Travelling as manifested cargo is the more expensive option, but has the advantage that your pet can fly at your convenience (i.e. a date and airport chosen by you). Using a flight volunteer is less expensive, but there may be a delay while we wait for a flight volunteer to become available.
Typical Travel Costs
(Excluding flight crate and blood tests where necessary)
Dog Cargo Cost: USD 695–1200; Timescale: around 1 month | Flight Volunteer Cost: USD 400–600; Timescale: 1–2 months
Cat Cargo Cost: USD 400–800; Timescale: around 1 month | Flight Volunteer Cost: USD 250–600; Timescale: 1–2 months
Dog Cargo Cost: CAD 925–1600; Timescale: around 1 month | Flight Volunteer Cost: 535–800; Timescale: 1–2 months
Cat Cargo Cost: CAD 550–1000; Timescale: around 1 month | Flight Volunteer Cost: 450–800; Timescale: 1–2 months
Flight Volunteer Cost: £745; Timescale: 3–6 months
Flight Volunteer Cost: £740; Timescale: 3–6 months
Dog Cargo Cost: €900–1500; Timescale: 3–6 months | Flight Volunteer Cost: €400–800; Timescale: 3–6 months
Cat Cargo Cost: €550–900; Timescale: 3–6 months | Flight Volunteer Cost: €400–600; Timescale: 3–6 months
Dog Cargo Cost: €900–1500, 3–6 months | Flight Volunteer Option: N/A
Cat Cargo Cost: €550–900, 3–6 months | Flight Volunteer Option: N/A
*Due to the high clearance costs involved in sending animals to the UK as manifested cargo, and because animals are not permitted to fly directly into the UK with a flight volunteer, Soi Dog Foundation operates a volunteer scheme where animals enter the UK via The Netherlands. This requires each flight volunteer to carry the maximum number of animals allowed by the airline (three per passenger). This is a long and challenging trip for the flight volunteers, and in return for their hard work, adopters pay the return airfare for each of them. The cost of £745 also includes travel crate, blood tests, Ruffwear Webmaster harness (dogs only), rabies blood test and certificate, the animals’ international airfares, domestic flights from Phuket to Bangkok, overnight stay in The Netherlands and ferry charges from The Netherlands to the UK.
Flight volunteers spend on average 10 days at the shelter for at least two hours a day, becoming familiar with the animals to ensure the journey is as smooth as possible. Flight volunteers pay for their own accommodation and other costs during their stay in Thailand. They must be physically fit and able to safely handle three dogs simultaneously.