No matter where you go in Thailand, you're sure to come across stray cats and dogs that might seem a bit down on their luck. Unlike pets in western countries, which are generally pampered, street animals here have to deal with the heat and humidity 24/7, as well as many other problems such as disease and mistreatment.
Things don't have to be all doom and gloom for these animals though, there are a few organisations in Thailand that have gone to great efforts to improve the living conditions of cats and dogs all around the country. The Soi dog foundation is probably the most famous one of these organisations in Thailand. Its influence has spread to other countries such as the United States, Australia, UK, France and Holland. The Soi dog foundation also adopts out the animals it takes care of, so that they can get proper, loving homes.
Other organisations doing similar work can also be found in different areas around the country, focusing on the animals in their own regions. On the island of Koh Lanta, the Lanta Animal Welfare centre provides sterilisation for animals, as well as other forms of much needed medical treatment. They are always looking for loving families to adopt their cats and dogs as well, and you can even become a volunteer at the centre.
So the next time you see a down and out dog or cat lying breathless on the street, remember that no matter how unhealthy it looks, with the right amount of love and care it can return to proper health. Should you wish to adopt a stray animal in Thailand simply google the above mentioned organisations and check out the work that they do. Adopting a pet in Thailand is easy. Not only will you save a life, you'll also gain a loyal, loving companion.