by Mike Pullen
Soi Dog Foundation gets called upon to rescue dogs and cats that have fallen on hard times for all kinds of reasons, all with their own individual stories of love lost, hardships endured, and hope for a miracle that somebody out there will somehow hear of their plight, take them into their home and give them the unconditional love that they deserve and will return with interest.
I will share the stories of three of the deserving dogs currently looking for their forever homes at the Soi Dog shelter with you, so that you have an insight into what these wonderful animals have endured. Yet, they still wag their tails with happiness when meeting and going for walks with the kind people that help out at the shelter.
The smallest mite is a Chihuahua boy just over 3 years of age. Oktem once had an owner but he didn’t want the little dog in his life anymore. When the owner moved houses, he left the little frightened dog behind to fend for himself. To add to his woes, Oktem also broke his leg and was in a lot of pain when he was picked up by Soi Dog rescue officers and brought to the safety of the shelter in Phuket. Oktem’s leg healed and his soul healed too.
Oktem is extremely friendly and enormously cute, loves his walks and behaves like a gentleman on the lead and towards other dogs. He would make an ideal pet and would enjoy having some canine brothers or sisters in his new forever home to play with.
Our lady in the middle is a female pit bull named Peewee who absolutely turns herself inside out with pleasure when she meets a new human friend. She was dumped at a temple in Phuket by her previous owner where the other dogs mistook her exuberance and joy as a threat and kept on attacking her. She did not have any food or water, and did not have any other place to go, so the kind head monk at the temple contacted Soi Dog to pick her up and care for her.
Peewee enjoys every minute whilst out on her walks, and people are always amazed how happy, loving and kind she is. As some countries do not allow pit bulls, finding her a forever home has been difficult, but we are sure that there is a strong and confident person in Thailand that will be able to handle a strong and energetic dog like her. She would be best suited in a home with no young children or other pets.
Pacifica is a smart Thai Bangkaew girl who is 3 years and 6 months old. Bangkaew dogs are known as fighting dogs and can be aggressive towards other dogs they don’t know. It is unknown what hardships she endured before being found abandoned near a temple and being brought by a kind animal lover to Soi Dog to be treated and cared for. She is a very independent soul and she does not trust other dogs or people easily. She can be affectionate once she gets to know you, but it will take time and patience.
Even though she has not had an easy life she is very confident. She is looking for an owner who has lots of time to walk with her, and who is willing to challenge her intelligence with formal training. Her new owner should be someone with a strong, loving personality and has had a lot of experience with dogs. She would be best suited in a home with no young children or other pets. Pacifica does not want to live in a shelter for the rest of her life, as she is bright, loving and playful, and can’t wait to find a forever home where she can spend time running and playing with her new family!
These are the stories of some of the stray dogs that have been lucky enough to end up being rescued by Soi Dog in Phuket, and have now been treated, sterilised and fully vaccinated. Adopting a companion animal in need is so much more rewarding than buying a puppy or kitten from a pet shop that possibly comes from an uncaring puppy mill farm. Interested persons can also contact Khun Kwan at 093 709 9622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soi Dog Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2003, is a legally registered charity in Thailand, the United States, Australia, the UK, France and Holland. Our mission statement is to improve the welfare of dogs and cats in Asia, resulting in better lives for both the animal and human communities, to create a society without homeless animals, and to ultimately end animal cruelty. John Dalley, co-founder and vice president, is available for interview.
For more information please visit www.soidog.org or www.facebook.com/SoiDogPageInEnglish.