The following is a press release from Soi Dog. Their statements and opinions are their own.
Soi Dog mobile clinics to sweep Phuket, starting in Vichit
Soi Dog Foundation’s mobile clinic, which provides a free sterilization and vaccination service for dogs and cats, will be setting up in Vichit between March 29 and April 9 as part of a wider project that’s scheduled to run until the end of the year.
Following Vichit, the clinic is due to visit Kamala, Cherng Talay, Sri Soonthorn, Koh Yao Yai, and Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga, Karon, Rawai, Saku, Mai Khao, Koh Kaew, Rassada, Chalong, Kathu, Thepkrasattree, Paklok, Muang and finally Pa Tong.
Soi Dog’s animal rescue officers will survey and pick up street dogs and cats from across each sub-district before bringing them to the mobile clinic for sterilization and vaccination against major diseases, including rabies, distemper, and parvovirus.
Pet owners and street animal feeders are invited to bring their dogs and cats to the clinic too. However, they are asked to check the Soi Dog Thailand Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SoiDogInThai) or email email@example.com ahead of time as the above schedule is subject to change. They are also requested to withhold food from the dog or cat after midnight the night before their spay/neuter surgery for the animal’s safety.
Mobile clinics form an integral part of Soi Dog’s CNVR program (Catch, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return.) The mass spay and neuter program is at the very forefront of the foundation’s operations and is proven to be the only ethical and the most effective way of managing the stray dog and cat populations. Since 2003, over 530,000 dogs and cats have been neutered and vaccinated across Thailand through what is now the largest program of its kind in the world.
“To effectively reduce the number of stray animals in the long-term, each Tambon Administration Organisation (OrBorTor) must continue and support spay and neuter programs,” explained Soi Dog’s Community Relations Manager Sakdapol Thongjan. “They must also support pet owners and animal feeders in the community in taking care of newborn puppies and kittens as this can lead to pet abandonment problems later.”