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Care for Dogs, Chiang Mai

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Smiling canines for Care for Dogs

Smiling canines for Care for Dogs

A few months ago I volunteered at Care for Dogs–I offered to take pet portraits, lucky me!–a wonderful Chiang Mai not-for-profit organization providing comprehensive veterinary care to abandoned, abused and malnourished street and temple dogs. They house 150-200 dogs at their main shelter, with an additional dozen or so at a special, isolated distemper treatment facility. A small staff attends to daily medications, twice daily feedings, veterinary treatments, placing animals for adoption and the general running of the shelter. Volunteers are always welcome at Care to provide loving interaction and give attention to the dogs, as well as assist with adoption campaigns and awareness raising.

A puppy with spunk. This is Ginger, she has her sights set on the open road and far-blue horizon.

A puppy with spunk. This is Ginger, she has her sights set on the open road and far-blue horizon.

In addition to their active rescue and care efforts, CfD actively advocates for animal rights and works with local government to implement sterilization programs. Due to costs, spay and neuter programs are rarely widespread in Thailand and often are incompletely implemented. (For example, all female stray animals in a neighborhood will be rounded up and taken to a nearby temple–without being spayed.)

As a result there are always a large number of dogs who are abandoned, sold into the illegal meat trade or otherwise neglected. Many temples attempt to provide shelter for street dogs but this is often an inadequate solution. Education and more effective public education campaigns are needed to diminish the suffering of Thailand’s dogs.

Care for Dogs works on these issues, frequently shouting into the wilderness here in Thailand.  It’s a common refrain but, at the risk of redundancy let me make these requests again:

These animals need homes. Can you help?

Meet Little Cow. He likes a room with a view.

Meet Little Cow. He likes a room with a view.

These animals need food, which costs money. Can you help?

Care for Dogs pooches hang in packs. This one keeps a lording view on the surrounding countryside.

Care for Dogs pooches hang in packs. This one keeps a lording view on the surrounding countryside.

The New Hope Recovery Center (for distemper treatment) needs a new location. Can you help?

This darlin has had a rough go of it. Despite broken hips, she jaunts along just fine.

This darlin has had a rough go of it. Despite broken hips, she jaunts along just fine.

These animals need love. Can you help?

Moments of bliss in the afternoon sunshine

Moments of bliss in the afternoon sunshine

To see more of the pet portraits I took click on the photo-collage below. Thanks for your help!

Click here to view all of the adoptable dogs!

Click here to view all of the adoptable dogs!

www. CareforDogs.org

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Author: Lale Princey

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee I grew up weened on hot summer nights chasing fireflies and fall afternoons paddling creeks, climbing trees and kicking up leaves. The past ten(ish) years I called Oregon home and before that I dabbled in Asheville, North Carolina, Madagascar and plenty of places in between. In November, 2012 I broke loose of business suits & commutes for good. Now I test my meddle gallivanting through SE Asia and chasing down the uncommon. Follow my travels at LiveRightTravelFar.com

2 thoughts on “Care for Dogs, Chiang Mai

  1. So happy to read a blog again. What can folks do t help from a continent or two and an ocean away?

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