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Volunteer socializing with a dog

Shelter volunteers: The primary role of a volunteer at our shelter in Phuket, Thailand, is to socialise and walk the dogs, as well as socialising 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 dogs to walk on a lead.

Almost all of our animals are former street dogs and cats 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 month or longer at our shelter. When volunteers stay for at least a few weeks, they build close relationships with the animals and you can see them become more bonded to people. We particularly need volunteers who enjoy giving tours of the shelter and talking with visitors.

If you would like to volunteer with the animals at the shelter or if you have questions, please email

Veterinary volunteers: Soi Dog Foundation is currently lucky enough to have adequate veterinary staffing to provide medical care to the hundreds of animals at our shelter. 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 by helping with the medical management of cases in our clinic. We ask that volunteer applicants have a minimum of 2 years’ experience and experience of volunteering in shelters.

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, 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 email