Soi Dog: Treating Pets Humanely

May 8, 2013 By Riley, Thailand
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[Editor: This article was sent to us by a teacher at International School Bangkok in Thailand, and written by one of her students]

Is this the way to treat man’s best friend? Neglecting and abusing innocent dogs and cats? A huge problem exists here in Thailand with an estimated 500,000 plus dogs living on the streets of Bangkok alone!

Many of these dogs have had to endure abuse and neglect for their entire life. While others have been discarded like the trash, thrown out on the streets by their owners to fend for themselves. Many of these animals suffer from malnutrition and disease.

There is hope however…a wonderful non-profit agency called Soi Dog. Soi Dog combs the streets of Thailand searching for dogs and cats in need of care. Many of these dogs come to live at the Soi Dog shelters scattered throughout Thailand. Recently these shelters have become heavily overcrowded due to the overpopulation problem and illegal dog meat trade.

The goal of Soi Dog is first to sterilize as many dogs as possible, thus reducing further street dog overpopulation. Second, and the most critical focus of Soi Dog currently is rescuing the many dogs that are being smuggled across Thailand’s borders to be sold, tortured and killed for their meat.

Soi Dog has already reached a milestone as of March 2013 in which they have sterilized over 49,000 dogs and cats here in Thailand…Amazing! Many of their other objectives are to treat sick and injured animals that would be left to die on the streets, re-home suitable animals to adoptive homes here in Thailand as well as abroad. In addition, they feed animals that would otherwise starve and educate local communities about animal welfare.

My family and I are very passionate about this organization and helping these neglected animals. Even at thirteen years of age I am proud to say I am making a positive change. I have helped to provide food and love to those soi dogs around me and visit the local vet with my mom to provide necessary medical care to the many sick dogs. Remember, you too, can do your part. Innocent animals need our help. These dogs have no voice, so we must speak for them, they have no control, so we must intervene, they have nothing, so we must help them.

[Adapted from original article on Blog here]


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kylieclaps October 18, 2016 - 2:05pm

 I have a cute puppies, I love them!!

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Chironespiritu October 18, 2016 - 10:05am

I Know What Its Like To Have Pets, I Have A LOT! This Article Still Fuels My Fire To Devote My Life To Animals, Wild Or Domseticated


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saumyak November 6, 2014 - 4:18am
I love dogs, but my mom won't get any pets. :(
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Kotaro January 3, 2022 - 6:23pm
dogs are cute sad.
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sophiar3 November 5, 2014 - 3:24pm

wow thats so cool!!

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sydneym5 October 30, 2014 - 12:10pm

I love dogs MY grandparents have two dogs and four cats!they even have a fish tank!

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iChristian October 28, 2014 - 8:48am

I love animals :)

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daniel12312 October 27, 2014 - 1:52pm
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chadd October 27, 2014 - 12:45pm
I should make a soi cat because i find almost 30 kittens a year!
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funnypuppy October 26, 2014 - 9:08pm
i love puppys
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hattien2 October 24, 2014 - 11:55am

I love that people will and try to help.

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haleyw3 October 24, 2014 - 11:52am

I think that Soi dog will help Thailand a lot and I hope that they have a happy life there

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brandyl October 22, 2014 - 12:50pm

I think that the people that see a stranded dog is to pick them up and go to the vet.I think that us people should be nice to the stranded soi dogs.The people see he dogs and don't care for them and just leave them there and don't say anything about them My name is brandy by the way

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garettc October 21, 2014 - 11:12am

wow i love dogs there awesome

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garettc October 20, 2014 - 10:36am

Wow so cool

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Samyuktha V. October 16, 2014 - 6:52pm

this is a good article

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kristopherl October 16, 2014 - 8:27am

thats great. good work

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garettc October 10, 2014 - 1:45pm

wow thats great

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evanv October 10, 2014 - 11:18am

fantastic story. i have a dog named lucy

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OliviawithDogs October 9, 2014 - 1:13pm

I love dogs! I have a puppy who's birthday a couple days, her name is Ruby! She is a sweet dog who loves to learn tricks, run, and play fetch! She is a medium size dog and everyone she meets loves her! Go Soi Dog!

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kuylerb October 9, 2014 - 12:43pm

I have a Siberian husky and in winter some one hang him to my tree house and for some reason he growls at my cousins step dad we installed sucurity camras and we never had a problem again some one who did it knew we installed camras that day

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dylanv2 October 2, 2014 - 12:23pm

that dog is cool

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Olivia-Anna November 14, 2013 - 4:53pm

I have a dog! She is the sweetest jack russell terrier. They are really loving, and my dog can catch mice!

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charlotte1 May 19, 2013 - 2:03pm

I <3 dogs!

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Eliana29 May 19, 2013 - 1:56pm

WOW!!! cool

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7-em May 14, 2013 - 9:10am
That's awesome :) keep up the good work. I Saved 13 dogs for this guy with my family one time and we found them good homes and everything but they were sick, skiny, they had ticks, eye, problems, worms, and they where walking skeltons. It was terribly and the guy was a real piece of work and he lived out of country>:( total turd.
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Kittycat May 13, 2013 - 3:54pm

I <3 dogs! My mom doesn't like pets, so i can't have one, but i wish i could! i think it's great that people are making a difference in these poor animals' lives.

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Tryn28 May 10, 2013 - 5:17pm

Very loving. I would love to own a dog, but I have five siblings, and my parents say until we're done changing diapers, no dogs.

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Thor May 12, 2013 - 8:22am
Hahahaha! We already have an animal in the house- my brother!
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supernova May 10, 2013 - 4:38pm

That's amazing.

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dolphingirl May 9, 2013 - 3:22pm
Wow go Soi dog!