Soi Dog Foundation come to Samui to deal with the islands stray dog problem
The renowned Phuket-based animal welfare organisation Soi Dog Foundation has launched canine sterilisation and vaccination programs on Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Pha-ngan. The campaign is designed to prevent further unwanted dogs being born, eliminate rabies, create a smaller, healthier and more sustainable population of dogs, and improve the environment for both animals and humans, the foundation announced. “The program will target a minimum of 80% of the dog population on the islands, estimated to be around 10,000 animals, and will take a minimum of nine months to complete,” said the release, noting that 80% is the figure when a significant reduction in the population will be achieved, and that 70% will see elimination of rabies. All funding will come directly from Soi Dog Foundation, which earlier this week mobilised a core team of two veterinarians, three vet nurses, four dog catchers and a manager. The team will target sterilising and vaccinating around 50 dogs per day, and will work systematically through each island, starting in Wat Bo Phuttharam in Samui. The Samui program will cover seven districts and 39 villages. John Dalley, president and co-founder of the Phuket-based foundation – which is Asia’s largest animal welfare organisation specialising in the welfare of street dogs and cats – said, “We had received a number of requests from people based in Samui over the years asking for us to conduct a mass sterilisation and vaccination program there. “Up until now we simply did not have the resources to help out. Sterilisation and vaccination remains the only known sustainable and ethical way to reduce stray populations over time, and it is at the very heart of Soi Dog. “Given time and resources, we intend to carry out such programs right around Thailand, which is home to over eight million street dogs alone.... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Soi Dog Foundation come to Samui to deal with the islands stray dog problem, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
Published By: Samui Times - Monday, 11 September, 2017
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