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PHUKET: Start sorting out your documents and make some more room in that big heart, because the Soi Dog Foundation is holding an adoptions event at its shelter in Mai Khao between 9am-noon on March 19. The event will focus on puppies, kittens and cats.

“Right now the shelter is bursting at the seams with puppies and cats. There are so many animals who would make great pets, and we’re really keen to find them safe and loving homes,” Adoptions Manager Teresa Colman said.

Re-homing dogs and cats is a major part of Soi Dog’s work. The foundation re-homed around 500 dogs and cats in 2015, both locally and overseas. All animals are sterilized and vaccinated prior to adoption.

Potential adopters need to complete a short interview on the day with a member of the Adoptions Team, which includes a Thai speaker.

“The interview is to ensure we match the right pet with the right home. The interview includes questions about the adopters’ home and any existing pets. There are also some other things that potential adopters need to consider when adopting a Soi Dog or Cat. For example, our dogs can only go to homes where the garden has a fully enclosed fence, so it would be really helpful if adopters could bring along some photos of their garden on the day,” said Ms Colman.

Where possible, adopters will be able to take their chosen pet home on the day. However, some adoptions may require a follow up visit to the shelter to collect their pet. Adopters need to plan for their new pet’s arrival, by bringing a suitable harness and lead (puppies) or travel basket (kittens and cats) when they pick up their pet.

Soi Dog Foundation is the leading street dog and cat welfare organization in Asia, helping around 100,000 with sterilization, vaccination, medical treatment and adoption.

It also runs a comprehensive education program in schools on animal welfare.

The foundation is also leading the fight to end Thailand’s illegal dog meat trade and is currently setting up operations in Vietnam.

For more information about the event, contact teresa@soidog.org.

 

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