The GVI Thailand Elephant project is situated in Huay Pakoot, Chiang Mai; a small Karen hill tribe village in which many stray and pet dogs reside in. Due to the lack of adequate care, the GVI Charitable Trust set up the dog project in 2012 to assist in managing the dog population.
In June 2012, we had a vet team from Santisook Dog and Cat Rescue came to Huay Pakoot and carried out vaccinations and sterilizations on approximately 60 village dogsthanks to your donations; the sterilizations were successful. However, villagers continued to introduce new puppies to the village which defeated the purpose, due to a multitude of cultural reasons. As such, we decided to focus on the quality of life of the animals in the village.
Early in 2013 many puppies in the village passed away from catching canine distemper but to our knowledge it did not affect any adult dogs. In August 2013 with continued funding GVI allowed for the village dogs to be vaccinated against distemper, Hepatitis type 2, Para influenza, Parvo virus and worms. 41 dogs were vaccinated by a staff vet nurse on project.
GVI continues to keep a basic dog first aid kit on project in case of treatment for mange, fleas and minor accidents as well as deworming tablets. GVI Charitable Trust donations have been vital to enable village dogs a more pleasant and healthy life and the remaining funds will continue to deworm and deflea the GVI base dogs as well provide basic health care for all village dogs.
Thank you for supporting this project over the previous years. We have raised enough funds now to ensure we can keep our dogs healthy and clean over the coming years. As GVI continues to build relationships in the village also, we will aim to continue teaching animal welfare.
All the best,
From everyone at the GVI Charitable Trust.
Following on from our last report, we are excited to announce that this project is coming to a close. Over the previous years, we have successfully been able to look after the dogs in the village through vet visits, vaccinations and sterilisation projects. It is important to keep our dogs healthy and safe and over the coming years, we will have to keep vaccinating against rabies and other local pests for the animals. The dogs in the village in 2013 all successfully went through a neutering and sterlisation project, however this element of the project has not been sustainable due to villagers constantly bringing in new dogs to the village. This has presented the team with a cultural difficulty. It sounds simple, but first there are local cultural prejudices which must be overcome. The animals, although living on the streets, are often considered pets by the community and are usually fed to some degree by the locals. Many buddists also do not believe in Spaying/neutering animals, which is why they are bringing mor puppies into the village.
As such, we have decided to use the funds to focus on the quality of life for these dogs. Recent donations from you, our supporters, have been used to buy a First Aid emergency kit for the dogs as expanded on in our last report. We are planning to put current donations into a scheme to fund vaccinations over the coming years!
Our field team is compiling a report to summarise this projects achievements thanks to your support and I look forward to bringing this to you soon.
All the best
Head of Operations, GVI Charitable Trust
Recent donation have helped us to purchase the necessary first aid supplies for this project, consisting of anti tick and fleas collars, anti tick and fleas spray, mange ointment, skin cream, eye drop, rubber gloves, antibiotic, de-worming tablets, anti heart worm tablets, and first aid spray for wounds.
On 1st January 2014, staff started putting anti ticks and fleas collars on 4 dogs. This collar will be effective for 4 months and it will keep our base ticks and fleas free. It was not just improving the quality of their lives but also as control measure which helps creating a controlled hygiene living environment.
Staff and volunteers will go around and treat other dogs in the village i.e. giving them anti ticks and fleas spray, treating their skin problem or simple wound, giving de-worming tablets or antibiotic when necessary. There are many dogs in the village that suffers from skin disease like Mange can be treated easily with Mange ointment we have bought.
Currently GVI work in the village focuses on promoting conservation, community development and more importantly the introducing of an alternative sustainable elephant tourism which focuses on animal welfare and treatment, our ultimate goal is to create a better understanding about this project and create awareness amongst the villager thus our work in treating dogs may appear to be a small scale work but by doing so we hope it will set an example and strengthen GVI core value of this project and highlight the fact that our staff and volunteers place high value on animal welfare and ethical treatment.
Many thanks for your support for this project
Dee Drinya Totrakool
GVI Thailand Country Director
A few changes have been going on in Huay Pakoot for this project. In August 2013 we funded vaccinations for the Huay Pakoot dogs for the following diseases: distemper, Hepatitis type 2, Para influenza and Parvo virus.
A few dogs the team unfortunately were unable to help. They fought against the vaccinations and were left unvaccinated due to causing more stress to the dog and health and safety of vaccinating staff. But overall the vaccinations were successful and the majority of the village dogs were treated to fight against the relevant diseases. There was a new litter of pups born in the village in June so these pups were vaccinated and are still awaiting one more set of injections. A vet nurse staff member carried out the vaccinations with the assistance of staff and volunteers.
Since the vaccinations there has been 2 new litters of pups (12 individuals) born, these were from an 11 month old bitch and adult bitch which was pregnant last year so she wasn’t stylized. We have decided currently to put the sterilization/spading project on hold due to the ongoing issue of villagers introducing new dogs to the village. This means we cannot avoid puppies being born each year! The GVI Charitable Trust team in Thailand in the meantime, will continue to use funds to keep a stock of dog medications on base to treat obvious illness/irritations and continue with vaccinations. We hope that with some education to the communities regarding the dogs, it might be possible to re-introduce the sterilization project in the future.
Overall the dogs in the village are in good health and we regularly feed the dogs and monitor their health. Thank you for supporting this project and the animals in Huay Pakoot
GVI Chiang Mai Team
In 2012 the GVI team in Huay Pakoot organized for vaccinations and sterilizations for approximately 60 dogs in the village between June-August 2012. Two females were pregnant during that time and none of the puppies from either litter survived past February 2013 due to suffering from distemper and other illness and injury. However, the distemper did not spread to the adult dog population as they were all vaccinated in 2012.
In general, the dogs of Huay Pakoot are doing well. The breeding season is in play and we expect that due to amount of sterilizations performed in July-August 2012 that there will be minimal breeding and puppies born this year.
There are still a number of dogs in the village suffering from worms and mange. Staff are planning to use remaining charitable donations to stock up on medical supplies to treat the dogs for these inflictions.
Many thanks from the team to you and all our donors for the assistance that has been provided so far. We believe that this help is keeping the dog populations down, keeping them healthier and giving them a better life.
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