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7 Thai dogs find a new home in California

Neill Fronde



PHOTO: Thai dogs are always looking for loving homes.

7 stray dogs from Thailand have immigrated to the United States as one California woman attempts to rescue as many Thai dogs as possible. Melissa Bacelar is the owner of The Wagmor Luxury Pet Hotel and Spa, along with its offshoot pet adoption service, Wagmore Pets. Located in Studio City, a neighbourhood in Los Angeles bordering Hollywood, the pet hotel just checked in the 7 Thai dogs.

They were street rescues that the Soi Dog Foundation helped prepare for their move to America. Soi Dog Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping stray dogs and cats, is based in Phuket and operating throughout Thailand. They have recently been hosting vaccination and neutering on Koh Samui.

Following 2 days of air travel across the world, the dogs are settling into their new country, safely landed in Los Angeles. Melissa has a passion for rescuing dogs from Thailand because of the tough life they lead here, and the tragic end many face. Some die on the streets, others are poisoned or bludgeoned when they become burdensome to people in the area, while others are slaughtered and sold for meat.

“The dogs on the street often end up in different meat markets in the area; they’re just dying on the streets. So it’s important to get them out of there and find them homes.”

These 7 dogs have escaped that dark fate and have been rescued, rehabilitated, trained and vaccinated by the Soi Dog Foundation in Thailand. Melissa is hopeful that they will find new homes easily as they are fully prepared and ready for adoption. The Thai dogs are surely looking forward to starting their new lives as American dog citizens.



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    A Web Revolution

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    7 stray dogs from Thailand have immigrated to the United States as one California woman attempts to rescue as many Thai dogs as possible.

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    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 2:10 am

    So much ado over nothing, California has a huge homeless people population, take care of that.
    The States have a really huge population of homeless dogs as well, many being nicely put
    into temporary shelters for a short time, being there are not enough people who wish to
    home them, so the dogs are humanely? put down/ie’slaughtered’, out of sight and out of mind all tidy now.

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    toby andrews

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Thai dogs wearing sunglasses would have been an appropriate photograph. lol

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    Simon Small

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    Good plug, @A Web Revolution, but it’s emigrates from Thailand to the US.

    Like those who published this, Melissa doesn’t seem to know that “dogs on the street often end up in different meat markets in the area” in Vietnam but not Thailand, or that 1.5 million stray dogs and cats in shelters in the US are euthanised every year.

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    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    Wohf wohf. (In thai)

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    James R

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    A Web revolution

    The grammar in the article is correct as the dogs were already in the USA before the article was written and so they have immigrated to the USA.

    The woman is still interested in bringing in more dogs and so she ‘attempts’ and continues to do so.

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    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Please, there are countless strays in California. Let’s take care of those animals before we start shipping more in. The money spent on transportation for these dogs could be used to save countless more if it were allocated better. This is a huge waste of money and only hurts more animals than it helps.

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    Andre Nicholas

    Monday, April 12, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    just silly lol please tell me this is from April 1

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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