Receiving stray animals at a modern clinic, completing sterilisation, micro chipping, vaccination, attending to other health needs and then returning the animal to familiar territory at no cost to the rescuer. That is what People & Animals Thailand (PAT) is all about.
Under the guiding hands of Edwin Wiek, the founder of Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT), the PAT clinic, complete with veterinary staff, is opening at premises near Cha-Am. There will be an eventual capacity to provide these veterinary services for up to 50 soi dogs a day.
PAT does NOT provides Services for Pet Owners and is NOT an Animal Shelter
Apart from establishing WWFT as an Asian leader in the rescue and care of rescued wild animals, Edwin is also a prominent consultant at the highest levels of Thai government. This includes advocating towards policies and legislation to address wild and domestic animal welfare and management. With communication in fluent Thai, Edwin is also in regular contact with the Department of Livestock Development (DLD).
This is the Thai government organisation with the responsibility to manage stray animals. Knowledge of the legal position with new legislation about to be enacted, is paramount to ensure that all licensing and regulatory requirements are met in establishing what Edwin says is Thailand’s first animal welfare clinic. The ‘I-Love-Phants Lodge’ at the WFFT was the venue for a gathering last month of the region’s most prominent stray animal rescuers. This included included Margot Homburg, the founder of Soi Dog Foundation, veterinary experts Dr John McGillvray and Dr Aon Parkpayukthanathanarkul, all sharing their concerns about stray animals and agreeing on the solution.
A commitment by the rescuer to collect and return stray animals treated to its ‘home territory’ is a big part of the treatment model. As Edwin explains; when an animal is removed from the streets a ‘vacuum’ is created. This is rapidly filled by unvaccinated and more dangerous animals. Returning strays to their ‘territory’ results in a safer and more stable population which is no longer reproducing. He says stray animal shelters are unsustainable and do not provide a solution.
The number of dog sterilisations is projected to double, or even triple, with this regional first. The model may then be replicated in other parts of Thailand to the benefit of both animals and human population. Of course offers to assist this new organisation are very welcome. This could be as a volunteer; for example driving the animal collection vehicle. Sponsorship/ donations are also being actively sought. Perhaps PAT could be the beneficiary of your next charity event? The Hua Hin Amateur Dramatics Society current production of Cinderella has already begun the process of boosting PAT funding!
Where: Located between Cha Am & Hua Hin, on Phetkasem Road, on the northern side of ‘The Energy’. Open: At least one veterinarian at the clinic by January 2019, Tuesday to Saturday: 08:00 – 17:00 More Information: www.facebook.com/PeopleAnimalsTH/