Spending all of her life in Hampshire, UK, Carol has loved animals since she was a young child. She attributes her empathy for all living things to her father, who would ‘rescue anything that needed to be saved from what ever fate it had got itself into’ – an ethic she has since proudly passed on to her three children.
Carol’s first job was a dental nurse. She moved on to work in housing management for Portsmouth City Council and then, having taken time to have a family of her own, teamed up with her husband in a successful fire protection company for which she remains a director to this day. She has played active roles in the fire protection industry’s trade association with positions of Treasurer and National Membership Secretary.
Carol first visited Thailand in 2005, a year after the Asian tsunami. Amazed at how happy and resilient the Thai people were considering what fate had befallen them just a year earlier, Carol fell in love with the country and the people and vowed to return regularly. On subsequent visits, she began to notice the poor condition of the stray animals, which had her in tears at times. Carol began feeding the neediest.
It was not until 2015 that she discovered the work that Soi Dog had been doing and how it had improved the situation for stray animals so much since her first visit.
On a volunteering trip to Soi Dog, Carol fell in love with Nelly, a black three-legged, eight-month-old dog who she adopted in 2016. The following year, she fell in love and adopted again – this time a blind dog named Buddy.
Carol is proud to be part of Soi Dog, with its family from all corners of the world.