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Debra and Domino

Debra and Domino

By John Dalley, Soi Dog Foundation

…2012 has sped past but as in every previous year more than ever has been achieved through your support. As always it has been a year filled with both heartache and joy.

January saw the last of the dogs rescued during the Bangkok floods returned, and at Phuttamonthon (Dog Island), we fulfilled our promise to rebuild the shelter there which was destroyed during the floods.


The very sick dogs all went to Soi Dog’s shelter in Phuket. The great news is that all those dogs have now been rehomed overseas.

Domino was taken from Phuttamonthon after a supporter spotted him on a video.

Domino is an adorable, vulnerable little guy and his departure for the UK will be an emotional one.  Committed shelter volunteer Chris and Domino are especially close and Chris is already planning a trip to the UK to see him in his new home.

In June we commenced the PUP programme on Phuket (Prevent Unwanted Puppies). This ambitious programme, supported by the UK based Dogs Trust International and private donors, sees us systematically holding mobile clinics in each area of the island. The aim is to sterilize 10,000 dogs per year over the next two years, with follow up clinics in year three, which will see the dog population in Phuket under control.

A record 10,692 dogs and cats were sterilized in 2012 preventing untold misery for thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens. Sterilization remains Soi Dog’s prime objective with a target of 15,000 per year in 2013…

rescued pups

rescued pups


Ending the illegal trade in dogs from Thailand to Vietnam has been the biggest challenge of the year. Both stopping the trade and providing for the thousands of dogs intercepted by the authorities has been a huge challenge…I would like to thank the hundreds of supporters who have risen to the challenge of caring for these dogs by becoming members of the Magic 1000 club. Donations to the Magic 1000 go solely to providing food for these dogs but we must still recruit many more members to maintain supplies…

The progress made in Thailand this past 18 months is well beyond my expectations.

Thank you for your support. 2013 is sure to bring many new challenges and with your help we can meet them.


Editor’s note: To read the New Year’s message by John Dalley, of Soi Dog Foundation, in its entirety, click here.  At the end is the link to a touching and inspiring video.  (Caution, there are some graphic images at the beginning of the video.)  Hope was rescued from the dog trade and has a very happy ending.

Photos: Courtesy of Soi Dog Foundation

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Oreo, a delightful, sensitive, six-month old pup, with all her vaccinations, seems to have a knack for knowing just what you’re thinking or feeling.  When she was just a few weeks old, she was rescued one rainy day from the streets of Bangalore. Oreo’s foster mom writes that she has “so much loving energy.”

If you’d like to be Oreo’s forever mom or dad, call Let’s Live Together, in Bangalore, at 9986413916.

To meet other healthy, vaccinated puppies who’d like to be your friend for life, attend Let’s Live Together’s Adoption Camp on Sunday, January 6, 2013, at Sankey Tank, Malleshwaram Entrance, in Bangalore, 6 am – 2 pm.

Pet licenses will be issued for each puppy adopted.  Let’s Live Together ensures that all puppies are spayed and neutered, and Oreo will be spayed next week.

To visit Let’s Live Together’s Facebook page, click here.


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Molly, who looks like she’s having a good time, is standing on Graemsay Island, overlooking Hoy Sound.


Molly’s mom, Sue Anderson, a wildlife photographer and writer who lives on the Orkney Islands, writes:


“…I haven’t seen the otters since I returned and the seals don’t come ashore when the sea is rough. There is the most enormous colony of cormorants residing here; more than anyone has ever seen…


“…The weather here is wet and VERY windy at the moment, walking the dog takes hours, and we don’t get that far, battling against the wind takes ages! Still, the light when it’s gloomy can be very atmospheric.”


Apparently the cormorants keep their distance when Molly is around.


The Orkney Islands, at the northern tip of Scotland, have an immensely long history.


A hazelnut shell, which had been charred by a fire during Neolithic times, was recovered and dated to 6820-6660 BC.  An early permanent farm settlement dates from 3500 BC, around the time of the earliest pyramids in Egypt. Neolithic people lived in the village of Skara Brae around 3100 BC.


Probably the same enchanting, beautiful gloom pervaded the islands then, as it does now.


Wind blowing wave- edited


Photos: Sue Anderson