Rarely do we find unconditional love beyond our immediate family but animals are a different matter.
They are a wonder in their willingness to share unconditional love for you and require only a little care. Imagine the difference you could make to the lives of the homeless, stray animals of Thailand – and your reward would be a love that lasts a lifetime.
Stray dogs – or ‘Soi dogs’ as they’re known in Bangkok – have always been a tricky issue to manage. Anyone who has explored Bangkok has no doubt been confronted by these dogs poking about the city’s nooks and crannies.
Many Thais mistakenly regard soi dogs as pests, and it is hard to alter the entrenched prejudices about these animals needing shelter.
In an attempt to deal with the issue of stray animals and reduce the car accidents they have a habit of causing, many organisations have been set up to round up these furry friends and find them temporary homes. The Soi Dog Foundation (SDF) is one such group.
A non-profit charitable organisation in Thailand, with branches in other countries, SDF looks after the unwanted stray dogs and feral cats of Asia, ensuring a no-hassle process when it comes to adoption.
Whether you’re looking for a kitten, puppy or mature dog, the SDF houses at least 200 of these furry animal of all sizes – all in search of a good home. Even if you’re not living in Thailand for long, that’s not a problem, as SDF facilitates adoption internationally.
The logistics of moving an animal abroad, such as blood testing and overseas transportation, will be taken care of by the organisation. It is as easy as the local adoption process. The SDF ensures that all shelter animals undergo a thorough medical check-up and have been sterilised and vaccinated.
So instead of snagging a random stray dog from of the street or buying one from your local pet store, why not adopt one of these guys?
If you’re in the market for a new pet, you’re most probably keen on a healthy young puppy or feline that you can train and care for from the very beginning. Perhaps the idea of having a stray animal who is injured or troubled sounds like a heavy burden.
But there’s no reason to leave these underdogs behind. True, they may need that little extra ounce of patience but they can still become a perfect companion.