Soi Dog opens their Humane Education Centre

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The first of it’s kind in Thailand, Soi Dog opened the doors to it’s Humane Education Centre on November 23rd – a facility dedicated to the welfare of stray animals.

A visit by 25 children from the local So Sa school for orphaned children marked the opening event, with the group taking part in a workshop held by the education team.

The programme, which was rolled out in 2017 sees a team visit Thai schools to teach the next generation the basic principles of animal welfare and promote empathetic attitudes towards both owned pets and free-roaming strays. To date, the pragramme has reached a total of 15,058 students and 861 teachers.

With a dedicated classroom as well as educational tools and resources now on site at the shelter, Soi Dog is ready to welcome school groups from Phuket and other provinces to the centre which can accommodate up to 40 students at any one time. For schools interested in participating, please email film@soidog.org 

During a mobile Cabinet meeting in Phuket with PM Prayut Chan-O-Cha and Cabinet ministers, Soi Dog Foundation welcomed the Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office Theerapat Prayurasiddhi to visit the shelter and discuss sustainable solutions for managing the street dog and cat populations in Thailand.

Shelter staff took Mr Theerapat on a tour of the facility, including the puppy run, cattery, dog hospital and off-lead exercise areas, and discussed the foundation’s large-scale spay and neuter programme which has seen over 480,000 dogs and cats neutered and vaccinated since its founding in 2003.

In addition to his role in the Prime Minister's Office, Mr Theerapat serves on a “Disease-free Animals, Save Humans from Rabies” project working group. The project, initiated and chaired by HRH Princess Chulabhorn, brings together government agencies, private sector organisations and NGOs with a view to eradicate rabies from Thailand through vaccination and sterilisation.

Soi Dog has worked with the Thai government on a number of animal welfare issues in the past, including abolishing the country’s dog and cat meat trade and responding to natural disasters.

Visit their website to find out more and learn how you can contribute to their efforts.