Phuket launches first government-run animal clinic
PHUKET: Phuket City Municipality has established the first government-run small animal veterinary clinic, providing free animal care services in the area.
The new clinic is located next to the municipality office, across the road from Provincial Hall in Phuket Town.
“We are the first municipality to establish an animal clinic. To my knowledge, we are probably the first ones in the country to provide such a service,” said veterinarian Boonsom Roongudom.
“The reason for opening this clinic is that the problem of stray dogs and cats in the area is increasing. Many pet owners are not that well off and some owners have a lot of pets. Taking them to clinics for treatment is not affordable for them.”
As well as offering advice about caring for small animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, squirrels and other pets, the clinic provides first-aid treatment for injured animals.
The clinic also offers rabies vaccinations and accepts complaints about stray dogs, so they can be taken to a shelter. The services are available for Phuket City Municipality residents only.
An identification card or proof of residence in the area is needed.
Dr Boonsom said the clinic is hoping to sign an MoU with the Soi Dog Foundation and the Livestock Office, in order to provide free neutering services in the future.
Phuket City Municipality Mayor Somjai Suwansupana said that the clinic aims to protect people from dangerous animals, educate them about pet care and manage noise and cleanliness.
“We wish to educate owners that cats and dogs are capable of spreading diseases to humans. Owners must learn to accept responsibility if they want to keep pets,” said Mayor Somjai.
The clinic is open Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm.
— Chutharat Plerin
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