Soi Dog stresses responsible pet ownership after helping distressed animal owner with 16 animals

The following is a press release from the Soi Dog Foundation.

 

Soi Dog Foundation is stressing the importance of responsible pet
ownership after its Community Outreach Team were called to the house of a
distressed owner struggling to afford the care for her 16 animals.

The owner reached out for help after losing her job, and consequently
her house which had been provided by her employer, leaving her without an
income to continue caring for her many rescued pets long term.
Soi Dog’s Community Outreach Team visited the house in Chalong on
Tuesday (June 9) and found three dogs and 13 cats in stacked cages in the
garden. The owner explained that she had taken these animals in from the
streets in order to look after them and that they were caged so as not to
disturb her neighbours.

The team vaccinated all 16 animals and took three of the kittens to the
shelter in Mai Khao for sterilisation. The team also discussed the importance
of responsible pet ownership with the owner, including the five freedoms of
animal welfare – that animals should be: free from hunger and thirst; free
from discomfort; free from pain, injury or disease; free to express normal
behaviour; and free from fear and distress.

The owner, who is soon to return to her home province of Nakhon Si
Thammarat with her pets, has committed to not taking any further animals in
and to ensuring that those already in her care have a better quality of life.
While Soi Dog is pleased to see compassionate attitudes towards street
animals in Thailand, adopters must ensure that they are able to care for an
animal in all eventualities, including unexpected financial hardship, and that
they can meet all of the animal’s needs.

If a person is not in a position to adopt a homeless animal, there are a
number of other ways they can help, including by providing food and
reporting them to Soi Dog if they become sick or injured.
Soi Dog Foundation is located at 167/9 Moo 4, Soi Mai Khao 10, Mai Khao,
Thalang, 83110. Shelter hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

To report a sick or injured street dog or cat during these hours, email [email protected] 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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