Around 40 dogs fly to the United States from Thailand with the Soi Dog Foundation every month to find new loving homes.
“Soi” means “street” in Thailand and the Soi Dog Foundation has worked for the last 16 years to help the street dogs in the country find new homes around the world, including here in Southern Oregon and along the west coast.
When the COVID-19 pandemic began and airports closed, hundreds of dogs were left with no where to go.
“We still have a lot of animals coming in but none are going out so what we’re encountering is a really intense overcrowding situation,” said Janis Rosenthal, the Board President for Soi Dog Foundation USA.
Dogs aren’t only sent to the U.S., the Soi Dog Foundation has board’s in Thailand, Australia, UK, Canada, Netherlands and France. Recently, they also formed Soi Dog Foundation International and that is based in Switzerland.
"We save them, we get them healthy and we get them into loving wonderful homes," said Rosenthal.
Rosenthal lives in Southern Oregon and is hoping organize and emergency appeal to raise money for a large expanse soon of Soi Dog Foundation’s facilities in Thailand.
“The goal is expanding 42% so from 610 dogs to enough space for 870, which would allow us to keep admitting dogs for the next six months,” said Rosenthal.
Since Soi Dog is currently not able to make the international flights that the foundation depends on, the expansion would allow for the building of more kennels, treatment spaces and areas for the animals to find quality care.
“That’s why this emergency appeal is so important, so that we have the capacity to take in dogs and to maintain good care,” said Rosenthal.
The founders and board members don’t receive any pay from Soi Dog Foundation, they are all volunteers and Soi Dog Foundation does not receive any government funds, according to Rosenthal.
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