Soi Dog Foundation asks local communities not to turn their backs on street dogs and cats

Phuket-

Soi Dog Foundation is pleading for local communities not to
ignore street dogs and cats during this tough time, as they may not
be able to find food and water such as they would normally.

“There are feeders in areas usually, but at
the moment they might find it difficult to get to those areas.”
explained Soi Dog’s Community Relations Manager Sakdapol
Thongjan.

“The animals they care for are often fed at the same time
and at the same location. Any changes to this routine can change
their behavior too, forcing them to relocate to survive which can
cause new problems.”

There are a variety of ways you can help the dogs and cats in
your neighborhood who have lost their feeders, such as leaving
out bowls of food and clean water (without causing any public
health violations); monitoring the animals in your area; and
reporting animals to Soi Dog if their condition is life threatening and
they need emergency care (e.g. they are bleeding uncontrollably or
are having trouble breathing).

For any minor injuries, a simple first aid kit can do wonders.
However, it is important to take care of yourself first and remember
your safety is just as important as that of the animal you are trying
to help.

As confirmed by the World Health Organisation, there is no
evidence whatsoever that pets can transmit COVID-19 to humans.

However, it is still important to implement basic hygiene measures
before and after touching an animal as well as when you handle
their food. This is for their safety as much as yours.

In these difficult times, Soi Dog is providing additional food to
local feeders and ramping up our community outreach program
to make sure no dog or cat is left behind. However, we cannot do it
alone. It is vital that we all come together to care for vulnerable
street animals. They need us now more than ever.

Soi Dog Foundation is located at 167/9 Moo 4, Soi Mai Khao
10, Mai Khao, Thalang, 83110 in Phuket. Shelter hours are Monday-Friday
8am-5pm. To report a sick or injured street dog or cat anywhere during these
hours, email clinic@soidog.org or call 076-681-029.

However, if you see an animal outside of shelter hours whose life you believe is in
danger unless it receives immediate, emergency treatment, call the
emergency hotline on 098-927-9698.

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