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Chon Buri dog shelter has 40% drop in donations during pandemic

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: The Man That Rescues Dogs

A shelter for stray dogs in Chon Buri not only nurses injured and sick street dogs back to health, it also provides more than 2 dozen dogs with special wheelchairs. Every day the dogs are taken for a walk along a dirt path. With the wheels serving as their hind legs, the dogs can freely walk along a dirt path. They can even run so fast that some of the humans can’t catch up.

But with Thailand now in an economic downturn due to the pandemic and far less tourists in Chon Buri, the shelter, which is run by The Man That Rescues Dogs foundation, has had a 40% drop in donations. The number of visitors has also sharply declined. The shelter’s sponsorship coordinator Christopher Chidichimo says both donations and visitors are very important for maintaining the shelter.

“The donations are very important, and the volunteers and visitors are equally important, because they come and spread our message.”

The foundation The Man That Rescues Dogs was started by Swedish entrepreneur Michael J. Baines who moved to Chon Buri in 2002. After seeing many dogs on the streets in Chon Buri in poor conditions, Michael decided to start caring for them.

The shelter now spends more than $1,300 USD per day to care for more than 600 dogs and then to feed another 350 dogs that live on the streets. Since the pandemic, the shelter has been short on funds and was forced to cut its monthly campaign to spay and neuter strays.

The future is uncertain. For now, the shelter is still looking after paralysed and disabled dogs, providing them with wheelchairs and physiotherapy sessions.

To donate or adopt a dog, go to

SOURCE: Reuters


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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Well I have a suggestion. Thais should take care of Thai dogs.
    Do any Thais contribute to Battersea dog’s home in London?
    In addition, do the persons running this “charity” run SUV, and have top of the range mobile phones?
    What wages are they on?
    I have clicked on your link and it does not come up!
    Is that intentional to keep out embarrassing questions that I ask?

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      Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7:28 am

      Be quiet Frocking Numptie!

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    Monday, February 8, 2021 at 5:09 am

    So sad how dogs are treated in thailand just left to fend for themselves mind you it’s how this government treat the people

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    Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7:27 am

    I cannot donate. I wish they would accept Paypal or Transferwise. Please let me know when you can do that.

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    Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7:52 am

    disregard my last comment regarding Paypal and Transferwise. Looks like they set it up already. THanks

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    Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:24 am

    I’m guessing spaying and neutering are in the vocabulary here.

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      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 4:33 pm

      Ahhh… but the rich billionaire King donated about 30,000 baht for the Soi Street Dogs Foundation a few weeks ago.

      Generous, huh?

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    Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Sorry. “are not”.

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    Monday, February 8, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    Artificially increasing food supply into any animal’s habitat increases the procreation rate and eventually results in a starving population because their natural habitat can’t sustain the population. Thais do this with dogs and the monkeys thinking that they’re doing a good thing. They are not.

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    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Half of these animals are more abused by being kept alive. These hypocrites take pride when they find a mauled and burned animal by the roadside and kidnap it to their “shelter”, then post photos and beg for money. No, give the poor creature the needle and let it out of its misery…

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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