The Soi Dog Foundation (Soi Dog) was founded in 2003 on the island of Phuket, Thailand, to help street dogs and cats who have no one else to care for them. For nearly 20 years, the organization's supporters have worked to improve the lives of Asia's dogs and cats, and help animals in the event of natural disasters, such as the massive floods in southern Thailand in 2017, the devastating Bangkok floods in 2011 and the 2004 tsunami.
Vaccination of 17 rescued dogs
Intensive care for a litter of newborn puppies
Life-saving surgery for an injured animal
Sterilizing a dog
Soi Dog's animal rescue teams are active on Phuket Island and throughout the country, treating the most severe cases. Cases often include distemper and parvovirus infection and transmittable cancers. Other common cases include inflamed wounds, fractures due to traffic accidents, various skin diseases and tick-borne diseases.
Meanwhile, Soi Dog Foundation's facilities include state-of-the-art dog and cat hospitals. The former is the largest of its kind in all of Southeast Asia, dedicated to treating street dogs. Combined, the hospitals see an average monthly intake of 350 to 400 animals.
Global studies have shown that after more than 80% of a population is neutered, the number of animals living on the streets reduces on its own. The only ethical and most effective way to control a street dog population is through a widespread neutering program. In addition, Soi Dog does a great job of minimizing the spread of potentially life-threatening diseases such as rabies. The ultimate goal of vaccination is to eliminate rabies in Thailand.
The Soi Dog Foundation has spayed/neutered and vaccinated over 582,000 dogs and cats since its launch in 2003. Eight mobile clinics
have systematically reduced the street animal population in the greater Bangkok area by approximately 20%.
The dog meat trade is one of the most serious animal welfare problems in Asia and still exists despite bans. Soi Dog Foundation is working in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Laos & South Korea countries to end this terrible practice. The conditions in which dogs are bred, transported and slaughtered are inhumane and barbaric. Most dogs will often be crowded into cages for hours without food or water, resulting in many being injured or suffocated. It is not uncommon for dogs to be burned alive to remove their fur, or thrown into large vats of boiling water for the same purpose.
In Thailand, Soi Dog has successfully ended the dog meat trade and is now turning its attention to neighboring countries.
Since 2017, Soi Dog has been conducting community programs in public places to raise awareness and knowledge on first aid measures for dogs and cats, as well as early disease identification. The community program is a complement to our feeding program, which provides much-needed dog and cat food to animal-loving individuals each month. In addition, Soi Dog is committed to developing people's attitudes toward animals at a young age. The more children grow up with empathetic attitudes toward dogs and cats, the fewer instances of cruelty and abuse will occur.
To support this, Soi Dog maintains an educational program for school children beginning at the elementary school age.