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Phuket's Gill Dalley, animal welfare pioneer and Soi Dog co-founder, dies from cancer

PHUKET: Gill Dalley, co-founder of world renowned Soi Dog Foundation, has died after a short battle with cancer. She was 58 years old.

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Monday 13 February 2017, 02:10PM


“It is with profound regret and unfathomable sadness that we announce the passing of Gill Dalley,” said Soi Dog Foundation in a release issued today.

“The inaugural winner of the Canine Hero of the year award at the 2011 Animals for Asia conference in Chengdu, China, and the first non-Asian by birth to be named an Asian of the year by Channel News Asia Singapore in their annual awards, Gill passed away after a short battle with cancer,” the release said.

Having retired with husband John to Phuket in 2003, from her native Yorkshire in the UK, John and Gill were determined to do something about the horrendous stray dog and cat problem they had witnessed previously on holidays. They teamed up with Margot Homburg, a Dutch retiree who had registered Soi Dog Foundation as a Dutch foundation the year before and had been sterilising dogs in her home city of Bangkok, before moving to Phuket.

Working together as dog catchers and nurses the three of them started to run mobile clinics, utilising volunteer vets from overseas, mainly at their own expense.

Barely a year later, Gill who had been weakened by a broken rib, darted a dog which ran into a flooded former rice paddy. In retrieving the dog she unknowingly became infected by a rare soil borne bacteria. She developed septicemia a few days later and was given a 10% chance of survival.

Beating the odds, she did however lose both her lower legs and suffered damage to her arms. In December 2004, she discharged herself from hospital determined she would be home by Christmas.

Three days after discharge the Asian tsunami struck in 2004, killing her best friend and volunteer Leone Cosens. Ms Dalley, still wheelchair bound, initially counselled survivors and relatives of victims before commencing to work at mobile clinics throughout the area.

She taught herself to walk again, and for the past 12 years except in rare circumstances refused to use her wheelchair, despite her stumps often being covered with blisters and ulcers, and enduring the pain that involved.

With Ms Homburg forced to take early retirement through ill health, she became the driving force in expanding the work of Soi Dog Foundation, including the establishing of its first shelter. Whilst husband John focused on the illegal Thai dog meat trade, it was Gill who took the lead in expanding Soi Dog’s sterilisation program, preventing literally millions of unwanted puppies and kittens being born with no future, and at the same time fulfilling Leone’s dream to establish a shelter for dogs that had been victims of cruelty and abuse, and discarded puppies too young to fend for themselves.

Over the past three years she designed and oversaw the building of the largest hospital entirely dedicated to street dogs in Asia, and a shelter facility that is probably unmatched anywhere in the world. A perfectionist by nature, everything had to be right, even to the type of screws used to attach fittings. Every building at the shelter including the cat hospital was designed by Gill, determined to provide the best possible care for those dogs and cats that had nowhere else to turn.

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A diplomat she was not. She had no interest in politics. To Gill only the animals mattered and anybody who failed to meet her standards was soon gone.

The hard work and unwavering fight against cruelty to animals from John and Gill gained support from A-list actors in the creation of an awareness campaign featuring no less than Ricky Gervais and Dame Judi Dench as well as Peter Egan, Laura Carmichael and other stars of Downton Abbey, calling for an end to the dog meat and skin trade.

Today Soi Dog Foundation is the largest foundation in Asia working with stray dogs and cats. Currently employing nearly 200 staff, registered in seven countries and aiming to achieve 100,000 sterilisations per year, and end the cruel Asian dog meat industry, it is expanding its operations to other countries in the region as well as throughout Thailand.

“Without Gill and her determination to carry on and beat the odds, Soi Dog Foundation simply would not exist today, and the stray dogs and cats of the region have lost one of their greatest champions. Sadly, despite fighting bravely for the past few weeks she faced a battle that even she could not overcome,” said the foundation’s release.

Ms Dalley leaves husband John to continue their work and her family of rescued dogs and cats.

John Dalley is devastated by the loss, The Phuket News was told today (Feb 13), but will be available for comment at a later date.

Soi Dog Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2003, is a legally registered charity in Thailand, the United States, Australia, Canada, the UK, France and Holland. Its 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.

 

For more information visit www.soidog.org or ww.facebook.com/SoiDogPageInEnglish

 

 

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Christy Sweet | 13 February 2017 - 18:33:38

Terrible news and my most sincerest condolences to Mr Dalley. Ms. Dalley was a force of nature and her departure from this realm will be keenly felt by all. If only we could all do a 10th of what she accomplished in her time on Phuket- this island would truly be a paradise. Rest in Peace, Gill.

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Eagle | 13 February 2017 - 16:01:38

Great person!RIP Gill Dalley !Other than some people here,who only complain all day about everyone and everything,you really did something for the community.Thank you!

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