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Thai dog rescue service named Rescue of the Year in global contest

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Walkin’ Pets by HandicappedPets.com is proud to announce Thailand’s own Michael Baines, and his rescue The Man That Rescues Dogs, as the first ever Walkin’ Pets Rescue of the Year award. Michael Baines is the founder of the Man That Rescues Dogs and is a true champion for special needs dogs.

Michael Baines is a chef by profession and a dog rescuer by choice.

Michael has dedicated his life to Thailand since 2002, and in 2011 began rescuing soi dogs. For the first 5 years Michael worked the streets alone. Focusing his efforts on 80-100 stray dog that he fed and cared for every day. When he found a dog that was scared, hurt or in need of medical attention he would bring them into his home for further care. He quickly realised that the strays needed more than one person could offer alone.

In 2017, Michael joined forces with the local municipality and with the support of mayor K. Narongchai, he took over the local pound. Quickly expanding the existing 150sqm housing for 100 dogs into a 3500 sqm space called The Sanctuary. The Sanctuary has two on-site vets who manage their clinic where they can treat and heal dogs as well as perform spay and neutering operations at no charge. It takes a staff of 14 to run The Sanctuary.

They now care for 570 dogs, 20 of which are disabled and rely on their Walkin’ Wheels wheelchairs for mobility. For his exceptional work and care of the dogs in need in Thailand Michael and his team have been selected as the 2020 Walkin’ Pets Rescue of the Year.

The Man That Rescues Dogs and their 20 wheelchair dogs will all be included in the 2020 Walkin’ Pets Calendar along with 13 other winners from around the world. This 5th annual contest features pets using their Walkin’ Wheels wheelchair, helping to raise pet mobility awareness and celebrate the amazing spirit of these animals.

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This year’s contest featured the largest number of submissions in the competition’s history. featuring entries from 27 different countries and 35 U.S. states! Submissions went far beyond dogs this year, with goats, cats, a duck and even a chicken getting in on the action! Highlighting importance of pet mobility for all whether furred or feathered!

All proceeds from the 2020 Walkin’ Pets Calendar will be donated to the Handicapped Pets Foundation to help disabled and injured pets in need to get wheelchairs. The 2020 Walkin’ Pets Calendar is US$12.95 and may be pre-ordered by calling a US number: (888) 253-0777 for an expected delivery date of mid-November.

Walkin’ Pets by HandicappedPets.com is the proven leader in pet mobility, with a 19 year record of helping to put miracles in motion. Whether it be dogs, cats, goats or even ducks! Walkin’ Pets products are designed to keep pets moving, so they can get back to what’s important, enjoying their family and living an active, healthier lifestyle. At Walkin’ Pets we don’t make miracles, we just set them in motion.

For more information about The Man That Rescues Dogs visit their Facebook page or http://tmtrd.org/

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Migrant workers risk losing their legal status, the Cabinet to extend work permit amnesty

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Over 1.7 million migrant workers in Thailand are going to lose their legal working status because they can’t submit work permit renewal and a health certificate with Covid-19 test results in time. The Labour Ministry then proposes the cabinet will extend the registration period (amnesty) for migrant workers to help maintain their legal status. Migrant workers, including those illegal and unemployed workers, are required to register with authorities via the ministry’s website from January 15 until February 13.

According to the Labour Minister, every migrant worker to renew their work permit must receive a Covid-19 test at hospitals designated by the Public Health Ministry. The Department of Medical Sciences will be responsible for the testing costs.

Illegal and unemployed workers, who registered with the Ministry, will be allowed to stay in the Kingdom for 2 years without penalties. Only those migrant workers from Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar are allowed to overstay their current visas, but are required to register with the provincial employment office in the area they work, as part of the amnesty.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Thailand’s poorer areas may suffer if vaccines funded by local municipalities

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Thailand’s poorer areas may suffer if Covid-19 vaccine distribution is given the green light to be funded by local municipalities. Suspicions are already being raised as critics say many municipalities who offer to fund the vaccines may have alterior political motives. As many as 20 municipalities are reporting that they have already set aside funding.

Ratchaburi Town Municipality, for example, has set aside more than 200 million baht to purchase the Covid-19 vaccines but is waiting for the government’s approval to go ahead with local funding. In Bangkok, which has over 5 million residents, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is on standby to use 10 billion baht towards vaccinating its residents.

While those in charge of “richer” municipalities say they are confident they can afford Covid vaccines for their residents, their eagerness is being met with suspicion as local administrations historically have limited experiences and capabilities in this area. Many municipalities have shown to lack medical or public health specialists required to administer such vaccinations.

Nonthaburi Municipality mayor Somnuek Thanadechakul and other local administrators agree on the idea of inoculating residents using local funds as they say it can help speed up the vaccination process.

“If the government gives the green light, we can complete vaccinations in a month instead of three months.”

Pita Limcharoenrut, leader of the opposition Move Forward Party, disagrees as he says it is the responsibility of the government alone to get quality vaccines for everyone. If local administrations are allowed to buy vaccines, he says poorer ones will be at a disadvantage.

“It’s clear that local administrators are using this opportunity to boost their popularity ahead of the next elections.”

Former transport minister Chadchart Sittipunt, has also suggested that the BMA has enough funds to vaccinate 8 million people living in the capital for free.

“The BMA has enough money to shoulder this responsibility immediately.”

Elections for mayors and municipal council members are set to take place in the first half of this year, while Bangkok’s gubernatorial election is likely to take place in the latter half, in which Chadchart is contesting.

PM Prayut has, indeed, confirmed local administrations can acquire vaccines for their residents using their own funds. But the vaccines they purchase must be approved by the FDA to prevent possible side effects. The spokesman for the BMA, Pongsakorn Kwanmuang, is echoing those concerns as he says they are taking into consideration the safety and quality of the vaccines they receive.

“Talks are ongoing over vaccine imports. We are trying to get the vaccines as soon as possible, but they must be the best and safest.”

Supakit Sirilak, director-general of the Department of Medical Sciences, is also worried about quality and safety during inoculation and allocation of the vaccines and proposing a rhetorical question.

“Could there be misuse of vaccines that stray from the original goal and target group?”

PM Prayut has also joined in on the concerns by recently saying he wouldn’t let Thai people be “guinea pigs” and is waiting for see more evidence of the safety and accuracy of the vaccines.

According to the Public Health Ministry, Thailand is set to receive China’s Sinovac Biotech vaccine in 3 batches starting next month with the first batch seeing 200,000 doses arrive. 800,000 more doses are expected in March, and 1 million in April.

The government has also ordered 26 million doses from AstraZeneca in an agreement that facilitates a “knowledge transfer” for Siam Bioscience, a Thailand firm, to produce the vaccine locally. 35 million more doses from AstraZeneca are also reportedly planned. The government plans to have half of the population or 33 million people inoculated against coronavirus.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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