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Caring for Thai Dogs


FOUR PAWS launches its first Stray Animal Care project in Thailand

Brussels, 01.03.2017 – during the whole month of March 2017, FOUR PAWS is running a Stray Animal Care project on Koh Chang Island, the second biggest island in Thailand. A team of veterinarians will neuter around 300 street and owned dogs to help reduce the street dog population.


The problem is huge: 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. It’s ever-worsening first and foremost for the community which may not able to handle the problem on its own.

© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

Julie Sanders, Director of Companion Animals Department at FOUR PAWS explains: „The reason for Thailand’s pet problem is simple: Pet owners fail to spay and neuter their animals. Furthermore owners frequently get rid of their dogs once their pets are no longer cute or become too expensive or too time consuming to take care of. The dogs which are abandoned on the streets and left to fend for themselves, end up breeding with other street dogs or free roaming pet dogs. They become pregnant and go on to have puppies. These puppies become the next generation of street dogs and so the cycle continues.”

© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

Within its first stray animal care project in Thailand FOUR PAWS will set up temporary veterinary clinics in Buddhist temples around Koh Chang island, where the dogs will be neutered, vaccinated against rabies, parvovirus, and distemper, treated for parasites and microchipped. While the vaccinations will keep the current dog population healthy and prevent the spread of disease to humans and other animals in the community, the sterilizations will prevent reproduction and the introduction of more dogs. Apart from the humane argument, this method is also cheaper and far more sustainable in the long-term than killing and disposing of stray animals.

© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

Raising awareness

FOUR PAWS stray animal care team will also hold several community and school events across Koh Chang Island with the aim of raising awareness and creating better understanding about street dog welfare. The team will also give out leaflets and tips on how to have a dog friendly vacation to the tourists. All this will contribute towards making the project sustainable in the long-term.


Sanders: “FOUR PAWS is not only neutering and treating the dogs. Our aim is also to create better understanding about street dog welfare in Thailand. With this knowledge, local people and tourists can significantly improve the situation with strays in the long term,” says Julie Sanders, Director of Companion Animals Department at FOUR PAWS.


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, Australia. FOUR PAWS uses a catch-neuter-release method in its work, the only approach to stray animal population control that is considered sustainable and humane by the World Health Organization.

© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin