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Soi Dog sets up mobile clinic on Koh Samui to neuter and vaccinate stray animals

Caitlin Ashworth



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The following is a news release submitted by the Soi Dog Foundation on its new mobile clinic in Koh Samui and plans to neuter and vaccinate thousands of stray animals on the island.

Soi Dog Foundation has set up a mobile sterilisation and vaccination clinic on Koh Samui in collaboration with Koh Samui Municipality and local animal rescue groups. Together, they aim to neuter and vaccinate 6,000 street animals on the island as part of a project that’s scheduled to run until July 21.

The clinic is currently located at Wat Bo Phut until March 3 and will resume between March 9-31. It will then move to Wat Si Thaweep between April 6-28 and May 4-26. Finally, it will move to Wat Samret between June 1-23 and June 29-July 21.

Animal rescue officers will survey and pick up street dogs and cats from across the island before bringing them to the mobile clinic for sterilisation and vaccination.

Pet owners and street animal feeders are invited to bring their dogs and cats to the clinic too. Dogs must weigh at least 3kg, and cats must weigh at least 1kg. Owners and feeders are also asked to withhold food from the dog or cat after midnight the night before their sterilisation surgery for the animal’s safety. All animals will receive cost-free care; however, donations are gratefully received and will go directly towards Soi Dog’s work to improve the welfare of street animals in Asia.

Soi Dog previously held a mobile clinic on Koh Samui between 2017 and 2018, neutering and vaccinating a total of 8,013 animals. However, since the outbreak of Covid-19, the street dog and cat populations there have increased sharply, and the foundation is receiving a growing number of reports concerning sick, injured and abandoned animals on the island in urgent need of help. Many had owners or feeders who have lost their income amidst the pandemic and subsequently left the island.

In November last year, Soi Dog met with Koh Samui Municipality and local animal rescue groups to discuss how each organisation could best contribute towards helping animals in need and sustainably reducing the street dog and cat populations as a whole. Soi Dog explained that, if the island is to control these populations long-term, a programme of CNVR (Catch, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return) must continue after the joint project ends in July.

CNVR is at the very forefront of Soi Dog’s operations and is proven to be the most ethical and effective way of managing the street dog and cat populations. The foundation recently celebrated half-a-million street animals neutered through its CNVR programme since 2003 – more than any other organisation in the world.

Soi Dog sets up mobile clinic on Koh Samui to neuter and vaccinate stray animals | News by Thaiger


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    David Mann

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    What a fantastic organisation Soi Dog Foundation is. John Dally and his wife Gill set up this amazing foundation back in 2003 I think it was. Although sadly Gill passed away some years ago, her legacy continues. I never cease to be amazed at what an incredible story this is and what a fantastic job all involved are doing. I contribute a small amount each month to this registered charity and if the gods look favourably on me and provide a winning lottery ticket, the Soi Dog Foundation will certainly receive a fair chunk of my winnings!! I would urge all readers to contribute just a few $,€,¥,£ or ฿ to help pay for this incredible work by following this link

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    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    I would pay to have you neutered david mann.

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      David Mann

      Friday, February 19, 2021 at 12:28 am

      Thanks for the kind thought Bill. I’ve already had the snip and paid for myself.

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    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Stop wasting money and put the dogs down instead. What good is it to vaccinate a three-legged hairless dog, which will only go on to spread rabies unless it starves to death first?

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    Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    Now it is the time to dig up those proud stray-dog feeders, and send them a bill. THEY have participated in creating the problem, and then they cowardly left the scene; exactly like I predicted long ago.
    Now the problem is here, in the streets and neighborhoods where WE live. And those feeders have practically given a middle-finger to the problem and flown/driven away leaving us in the shit.

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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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