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Success of FOUR PAWS’ Stray Animal Care Project in Thailand

2017-04-03

Good news on the Stray Animals Day: more than 450 animals treated on Koh Chang

 

Brussels, 04.04.2017 – On 4th April, people around the world pay special attention to stray animals on the occasion of World Stray Animals Day. FOUR PAWS supports this good cause and shows compassion for strays through its international stray animal care programme. FOUR PAWS’ latest stray animal care project took place in Thailand during March 2017 when FOUR PAWS stray animal care team treated more than 450 animals and organised community outreach events on Koh Chang, the country’s second biggest island.  

 

Anca Tomescu, Head of International Stray Animal Care Programme at FOUR PAWS explains: “Through our project I believe that we have made a difference and that there will now be far fewer street animals born on the island. We are also confident that our work with the local communities and school children will help to make our project sustainable in the long-term.”



© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

451 animals neutered

FOUR PAWS set up temporary clinics in Buddhist temples across Koh Chang where animals including street dogs and cats were treated. The team was supported by the local vet and with the community’s help, managed to neuter 451 animals. Street dogs, community owned dogs and cats, as well as pets, were brought to the clinic on motorcycles or in the arms of their owners to be neutered.

 

FOUR PAWS uses a catch-neuter-release method in its work, where street animals are caught, neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and registered. Then the treated animals are released back into their original home territory. This method is the only approach to stray animal population control that is considered sustainable and humane by the World Health Organization.



© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

Street dog welfare education

FOUR PAWS involved the whole community in helping street dogs on the island. The team put together workshops specifically designed for both adults and school children. Team members talked to over 200 school children about the proper care of street animals, as well as pets. The team also took the teachers through education materials to help them hold lessons on animal welfare in the future. In addition, FOUR PAWS held several community outreach events for adults. The goal was to learn more about the community’s perception towards street dogs, and to promote responsible pet ownership to reduce the number of dogs and cats being abandoned in the future.

 

„I was impressed by the local people most of whom have a strong bond with the dogs and are compassionate towards street animals. Many of these animals wear collars, a sign that the local community has adopted them. However, the situation for strays is still a desperate one as there are just too many dogs and cats and not enough people to take care of them,“ concludes Tomescu.



© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

Your help is needed

FOUR PAWS will keep helping stray animals in Thailand. Nevertheless, the problem is huge and every help is welcome. FOUR PAWS calls on tourists and visitors of Thailand to help the cause by supporting international and local stray animal care projects that neuter, vaccinate and provide veterinary treatment for the animals. This is the only humane and sustainable way to reduce stray animal populations and improve their welfare.

 

Background

The street dog problem is huge in Thailand: it is estimated that there are about 730,000 street dogs of all shapes and sizes - pedigree and non-pedigree, that are looking for food and shelter across Thailand. Many of them are malnourished and covered with sores, fleas and mange.

 

FOUR PAWS is an international animal welfare organisation with headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Its stray animal care programme has been running successfully for more than 15 years in many countries including Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Egypt, Jordan, South Africa, India, Indonesia and Australia.


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