"Care for Dogs Foundation" – Giving back to Chiang Mai
For those wishing to embark on caring for dogs in Thailand, there is a street dog charity group who collect, rehabilitate, treat and care for cats and dogs which have been left injured or neglected.
The organisation skills are tremendous and the group, brings in dogs in need of desperate help and encourage adoption once treated. The cause also helps vaccinate dogs which can be a problem in uncontrollable breeding, which leads to dogs and cats being abandoned. The animals are usually left at temples, where the monks care for them, but can get over-run with so many. This is where Care for Dogs comes in. They treat and remove the burden of the increasing number of dogs. The centre regularly keeps the dogs for extended periods of time to nurture them back to health.
The website frequently has a Dog of the Month, which gets shown to the public after usually having a heart-breaking story. It is a great place for the needy dog to be put on a pedestal and reaches out to fostering or adopting owners.
The daily volunteer work is centred around picking the dogs up from temples, vaccinating, sterilizing and feeding of malnourished dogs. The temples cannot fully look after the pets and the food bills are huge. This is where the charity asks for donations and regular sponsorship from local businesses.
The Foundation's aim is to educate from a young age the importance of looking after animals. They frequently visit schools to help the children look after dogs and cats. Their most recent was to Anubahn School and showed the children around the complex. In the 'Professor Paws' program, the children were able to see what goes on and how much work is needed to look after dogs properly. They saw the grooming, bathing, feeding, training and play areas which the lucky dogs have.
Having a dedicated team is only as good as the donations or number of volunteers who help. With a huge cost of all of the caring for the animals, the Foundation must rely on donations from overseas, tourists, locals and company sponsors. This will ensure the welfare of the animals and keep the Foundation alive.
By remembering a homeless dog can cause havoc when searching for food, for example in bins, houses and restaurants, with them having a secure place to live a happier life, the streets will be a cleaner and safer place to walk along. Street dogs are usually harmless but the minority of people can be wary and harm the animals, which in turn makes them not look to humans in a safe way.
By homing and educating the dogs, their quality of life will improve. As a visitor to Thailand you can help by volunteering, donating and being pro-active in finding needy dogs. The Foundation will act upon any phone call to collect the dog, nurture him and make things better. You can make the change in these animals lives, Chiang Mai is counting on it.
Care for Dogs website