Published: May 2013 Updated: July 2015
Volunteering in Thailand attracts people from across the world all through the year for the many animal sanctuaries in the country, but not nearly as many spend their time at dog rescue shelters. We’d like to help change that.
Every year thousands of cats and dogs end up on the streets of Thailand for a number of reasons, one because of their “lower class citizen” status in the Buddhist religion, another because the stray population is simply out of control.
It’s so sad to walk through the streets of cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai where they wonder the streets to forage through bins for any scraps they can find. Many times you’ll find them sleeping in the grounds of the many, many temples in Thailand where they’ll occasionally get scraps or irregular meals form the monks, but it’s not enough and no real life for them.
Many of the dogs develop severe infectious diseases and because they stick together in packs, spread problems like skin disease easily and regularly.
One further problem is the dog meat trade. Every year tens of thousands of dogs are collected up by gangs and driven in tight cages north towards the border where they’re illegally sold across the boarder to countries where dog meat is still eaten.
We’ve been lucky enough to volunteer in Thailand on two occasions – once at Care For Dogs, once at Elephant Nature Park Dogs – with a combined total of over 600 dogs who needed the time, care & attention they deserved. We volunteered at two fantastic dog shelters, but there are other shelters in Thailand that also have a need for volunteers to come make a difference.
Maybe you too could make a difference to the thousands of lives who just want to eat and survive, just like you or I – but where you to start volunteering? You can help by volunteering at dog shelters all across Thailand, and here are a few that come recommended by us and our animal loving friends:
Care For Dogs
Care For Dogs
12 Moo 11, Wiang Dong, Nam Prae, Hang Dong, Chiang Mai 50230
Care For Dogs was the first shelter we volunteered at and it was their easy-to-follow instructions that helped us to care for so many dogs during our travel in Thailand. We’ve yet to visit all of the dog shelters in Thailand, but we’re quite sure that this one is in the top three for sure, purely for the amount of adopted dogs they help every year.
Baan Unrak Thai Animal Sanctuary
36 Moo 3 Sangklaburi Kanchanaburi 71620
Elephant Nature Park Dogs
1 Ratmakka Rd. T. Phrasing, A. Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Lanna Dog Welfare
6/9, Huay Keaw Road, Soi 3, Suthep, Chiang Mai 50200
Santisook Dog & Cat Rescue Foundation
17/1 Moo 1, Ban Muang Fu, Tambon Ban Mae, Amphor Sanpatong, Chiang Mai 50120.
Koh Tao Animal Clinic
Koh Tao, Suratthani, 84360 Thailand
712/3 Soi Puengmee 40, Sukhumvit 93, Bangkok, Thailand 10260
Dog & Cat Rescue Samui Foundation
112 / 35 Moo 6, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani 84320
Lanta Animal Welfare
629 Mo.2, Koh Lanta, Krabi, 81150
PhaNgan Animal Care Thailand
14/1 Moo 4, Woktum, Koh PhaNgan, Suratthani 84280
Soi Dog Foundation
167/9 Moo 4, Soi Mai Khao 10, Tambon Mai Khao Amphur Talang, Phuket 83110
Wherever you volunteer with dogs in Thailand, be sure to get in touch with us to let us know how the dog shelter you experienced was. Also, for those who’ve volunteered elsewhere in Thailand at another shelter that doesn’t feature on our list, please do get in touch and we’ll add it to the list.
Is there somewhere we’re missing? Leave us a comment, let us know