Pattaya City officials say they continue to work to solve problems with overpopulation of street dogs in the area

Pattaya –

Pattaya city is continuing to solve street dog problems, at least according to prominent city officials like one of the deputy mayors. 

The current plan is essentially for street dogs to be brought to a temporary shelter before being released back to where they live in local communities after training, vaccination, and sterilization.

Pattaya City Mayor Manot Nongyai told The Pattaya News in an update, “We have been doing the current project of returning dogs back to their homes (the street, beach, etc. where they were found) after sterilization for three years now. This project was hugely successful before and had been reducing the population of dogs over time in a safe and humane manner while allowing the dogs to live in their natural environments as long as they were not aggressive or caused problems.”

“However, now we admit that we have had some problems after the Covid -19 pandemic. Many dogs were abandoned on the street by people who lost their jobs and returned to their home provinces or even countries. These dogs were not sterilized and many became pregnant, leading to more street dogs being born. Over the past roughly twenty months of the pandemic we now have a whole new generation of young dogs that are living on the streets of Pattaya and have grown up entirely in this environment and the population of dogs has increased in some areas. We are concerned as tourists begin to return that some of the younger dogs will not know how to adapt to an increasing number of people and many foreign tourists may not be used to street dogs. So we are planning to collect younger dogs into the shelter again temporarily for sterilization, vaccination, and ensuring they are not aggressive.” Manot explained.

“The dogs brought into the shelter will be given medical care and will be trained before finding their new homes. If anyone wants to adopt dogs please come to visit the shelter in Soi Klong Yai Abbey in the Pong sub-district, Banglamung.” Manot stated.

“We have about 600 dogs in our shelter currently and limited support as charity foundations that previously took care of the dogs ran out of funding and returned the shelter to the custody of Pattaya City (As we reported HERE this past June). We don’t want to put any more street dogs in this shelter except if they are aggressive or trouble makers.” The Deputy Mayor concluded.

TPN media notes that the topic of soi dogs and how to handle the situation often drives passionate conversation on our social media channels. Pattaya however largely stands behind the approach used by Soi Dog and other prominent animal welfare groups, called CNVR. (Catch, Neuter, Vaccinate, Return). For more about this method, click here.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.