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Give Rescue Cats a Safe Future

by Lanta Animal Welfare
Give Rescue Cats a Safe Future
Give Rescue Cats a Safe Future
Give Rescue Cats a Safe Future
Give Rescue Cats a Safe Future
Give Rescue Cats a Safe Future
Give Rescue Cats a Safe Future
Give Rescue Cats a Safe Future
Give Rescue Cats a Safe Future
Give Rescue Cats a Safe Future
Give Rescue Cats a Safe Future
Give Rescue Cats a Safe Future
Give Rescue Cats a Safe Future
Give Rescue Cats a Safe Future
Dogs moved to higher ground and dried off
Dogs moved to higher ground and dried off

We made it to July! 

June was a rough month and we were all so happy to see it end.

Our Centre was hit was a massive flood from a rainstorm like no other.  We are into the rainy season here on Koh Lanta and are used to periodic rain. But it usually lasts up to a few hours, and then it's gone and the sun comes out.  But not this time.

It all started two weeks ago.  We experienced extreme rains like never before, and ended up more than knee-deep in floodwater.  I've attached a selection of video and photos so you can understand the seriousness of our situation. 

Thanks to you, and your generosity towards our new cat area, the cats were safe and sound, as the flood water barely reached the cat house inside Kitty City.  Some of the feline residents did get a bit wet, but this was the curious and adventerous ones.  These crazy cats wanted to check out the goings on outside of their sleeping quarters.  They were back on dry ground as soon as they realized they didn't enjoy have wet moving from their paws up their legs.

The dogs weren't so lucky, but we did get them all up into their dry and covered nighttime sleeping area.  Unfortunately our supplies were deep in floodwater.  With quick teamwork, we did manage to salvage almost half of the food supply with an assembly line rescue operation.  Please check out the attached video link to see our volunteers rescuing the food supply.

The volunteers were hit hard with their living area turned into a flowing river.  Many of their rooms filled with floodwater higher than their beds.  Everyone pitched in and we got through the 2 days of non-stop scrambling, lifting, cleaning and hugging the poor animals that couldn't figure out what was going on.

I'm pleased to report that we've completed our clean-up and have made major modifications to our drainage system.  We've enlarged it considerably so flood waters can be rerouted away from our Centre.  We've also prepared a large supply of sandbags so we can reroute any flowing water from a future downpour.

10 rescue animals headed to their forever homes on Monday

Last Monday was a very lucky day for 10 of our rescue animals, who left on their journey to their forever homes.  Half went to the UK, and the other five to various locations around the planet.  We had to use both our vehicles, the one centre vehicle and our mobile clinic truck, to the two day trip to take all these animals to airports in Phuket and Krabi.  We prayed that we'd have no emergencies those days.  Our prayers were answered and the two days were uneventful and calm in the hospital.

All the animals successfully passed their airport inspections and are now on their way.  By the time you read this they will all be with their new families.  It's so heartwarming to know that these poor rescued animals are about to experience the love of their own family.  A total 180 turnaround from what they experienced prior to their rescue.

You can check out our rescue animals looking for forever homes, by going to the Adoption tab on our Website.  Once an animal is rescued and then released from the hospital, we do our best to find them a forever home.  We not only save their lives, we strive to give them a good life with a forever family all ther own.

 Wrap-Up

 I hope you've enjoyed your small sample of life at Lanta Animal Welfare these past few weeks.  

Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns or comments.  And if any of you are traveling to Koh Lanta, please let me know and I'll arrange a private tour for you.

I sincerely want to thank all of you, our amazing supporters, for providing the rescue cats with a safe future by supporting this GlobalGiving Project.

Until next time....

Dog areas all flooded
Dog areas all flooded
Volunteers building sandbag barrier
Volunteers building sandbag barrier
Volunteer area under rising floodwater
Volunteer area under rising floodwater
Sweet Gonzo adopted this week to the UK
Sweet Gonzo adopted this week to the UK
Adorable Seth found his forever family last week
Adorable Seth found his forever family last week

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Thai Students Painting Wall Mural at Kitty City
Thai Students Painting Wall Mural at Kitty City

Focus is now on the Education Centre within the Cat Facility

Do you believe lasting change begins with today's youth?  Our construction of an education area inside our Kitty City will help improve the treatment of animals on the island—today and for years to come.

A fun interactive education area onsite will allow us to invite more local Thai kids as part of our Animal Welfare Education Program. The program helps kids understand that just like us, animals need food, shelter, medical care and love.

Recently, the students from Phra Ae school visited Lanta Animal Welfare to paint murals of cats and dogs. It was a project initiated by an art teacher who was visiting the center while on holiday. 

She was deeply moved by LAW's mission and wanted to help us engage the local Thai kids by working on a mural with them. She hoped that it would help them understand our mission; that they would learn to take care of animals on the island; and that they would spread that knowledge with others.

Education leads to knowledge, which leads to empathy and compassion. By educating and engaging Thai youth today, these kids will go on to influence their peers, their elders, and future generations. That is why your support is crucial to changing the locals' attitudes toward animals.

You are helping improve the treatment of dogs and cats on the island with your donation to this project.

 

Koh Lanta in High Season is a Difficult Time for the Animals

Although high season brings more visitors to the center, it also puts more cars and motorbikes on the road. This leads to many road accidents with cats and dogs as the victims.

In just one day, a kitten and an eight-year old cat were hit by a car and motorbike, respectively. They were rushed to the clinic and are suffering from severe head trauma. Your help is desperately needed as they fight to overcome their potentially life-threatening injuries.

The female kitten was hit by a car and has several wounds on her body. When she arrived, she was in a state of shock and was given pain and anti-inflammatory medications.

The older cat who was hit by a motorbike is the one who has the more serious injuries. When he first arrived, his nose was bleeding and he was disoriented due to head trauma. He was in so much pain and could barely lift his head. The vets immediately gave him medications to manage his acute pain and inflammation.

One of his eyes is still half shut, which is most likely due to brain injury. He also has a heart murmur, which puts him in an even more delicate state. He and the kitten are being monitored closely.

Fortunately, the animals who are lucky enough to survive their road accidents are recovering at our Centre. And this is where you come in.  They are now recovering in a modern, clean, spacious facility made possible with your donation to this project.

 

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

You can help by adopting a rescue animal.  Before the animals at our Centre were rescued, they were suffering on the streets--often abused and neglected. Many were in serious accidents or viscious animal fights. And the majority were abandoned by their owners, who thought of them as disposable things rather than vulnerable beings with the same needs as humans.

There are still so many rescue cats and dogs here at our centre who have been patiently waiting for someone to love and give them a forever home. Can they find that comfort and happiness with you? 

Please go to our Website and check out the animals looking for forever homes on our Adopt Page.  If you can't adopt, please help the rescue animals by sharing this newsletter!

 

Ying and Yang
Ying and Yang
Bix is looking for a forever home
Bix is looking for a forever home
Tomato is still looking for love
Tomato is still looking for love

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Educating local girls about cat care
Educating local girls about cat care

Welcome to the first Project Report of 2019

We have upgraded the Global Giving Project to Include an Education Area

We have to start with the children if we want to make a lasting positive change for the animals on Koh Lanta.   Lanta Animal Welfare needs to create an education area so that local kids can be taught to understand and respect animals, and to learn how to physically interact with them.  While we do go to the local schools regularly, we need a place where we can interact with the animals on a more formal basis.  We also want to provide interactive technology for the students, and their families.  This includes video, apps and other ways of educating the locals on animal care, the importance of sterilization and a regular immunization and check-up program for the animals.

Over the years, we've seen heartbreaking case after another of animal cruelty and neglect. Although there has been noticeable improvement in the way the animals are treated, there is still much to do in shifting how animals are regarded overall. 

You are now a part of the solution with you support of this project, that is maing a world of difference for the animals of Koh Lanta!  Your donation, and your future donations towards this project will build the Kitty City Education Area.  The area will change the attitudes of the locals towards the animals, starting with the children and moving through their parents, throughout their families.  This will make lasting change for the animals a reality.

 

The Cherished Older Dogs at Lanta Animal Welfare

And now a bit of news on our 'dog' side of the Centre.  

We have three amazing golden oldies at Lanta Animal Welfare.  They are Yak, Sanchez and Wayne.  These three senior dogs of LAW recently left their mark, literally. They each had their paw prints memorialized on the ground at the entrance of the Center. 

They are a testament to what your support can do, despite their traumatic pasts, from being attacked by a pack of dogs, to suffering from hunger pangs and unbearable skin conditions, to seeking refuge from abuse, speeding cars, motorbikes, and harsh weather. 

Without the monthly donations from our supporters, dogs like Yak, Sanchez and Wayne will die on the streets because we will not be able to continue helping them.  

Please check the video found at the end of this report for a video of these dogs making their mark at the entrance to our facility.

 

January Promotion Online

As a special thank you to our supporters, and this includes all of you, Lanta Animal Welfare’s 2019 calendar is available for online ordering. To promote the calendar donations, we are offering a FREE bandana when you buy a calendar for only $14.99 US (500 THB), and this includes free worldwide shipping. 

Your purchase of the calendar goes directly to rescuing and rehabilitating our rescue animals.  This includes dogs like Andrzej who was brutally attacked with a machete. 

Send your order and payments to our our Global Giving project, or to our Website donate page.  In the notes field, indicate the number of calendars you want as well as your delivery address.  We'll happily send you the calendar(s) and bandana(s).  If the Notes field isn’t shown when you fill out the fields for your donation, please email events@lantaanimalwelfare.com and provide your mailing address and the number of calendars you’ve ordered.  I will promptly mail out your order.

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A deep and heart-felt thanks to you, our amazing supporters, for providing the rescue cats with a safe future by supporting this Global Giving Project.

Educating local boys about cat care
Educating local boys about cat care
Student with a rescue cat
Student with a rescue cat
Andrzej wearing a LAW Bandana
Andrzej wearing a LAW Bandana

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Rescue chats chilling in Kitty City
Rescue chats chilling in Kitty City

October is a busy month at Lanta Animal Welfare.  The island is waking up after the summer low season.  During low, or the rainy, season it rains a lot, and the sea is too rough for diving and swimming.  Many businesses shut-down during these months as there are few tourists vacationing on the island.  

October is a time for new beginnings for the island as the businesses, and Lanta Animal Welfare, begin to prepare for the busy tourist season.  Let's take a look at how Lanta Animal Welfare faired during low season, and how it's preparing for the coming high season.

Rescue Operations were in Full-Swing through Low Season

This past low season had a higher than usual number of rescues with animals in truly desperate situations.  Here are a few of our most serious cases:

Ginger - Ginger’s condition looked pretty grim when she arrived at LAW. She was suffering from TVT, a cancer common in many of the dogs in this area.  This cancer causes red bubble tumors to develop in the backside and then spread to other areas on the dogs' body.  Ginger's TVT was fairly advanced, and she had a medium- to large-sized tumor on her backside.  I'm very happy to tell you that with treatment, Ginger's tumors are reducing and we expect a full recovery.

Rio - One of the most disturbing rescues this low season was for 4 emaciated dogs, who were abandoned in the backyard.  When we found these dogs, they were hours from certain death.  We did our best to save them but unfortunately one didn't make it through that first night.  Rio is our hero.  He was close to death for many days with his fragile body beginning to shut down its organs.  We never gave up on Rio and slowly he gained strength and is not on the road to a full recovery.  

New Staff Members

Over the past few months new resources took over 4 of our major departments, including a new General Manager.  To source new managers, we market the positions on our Social Media platform, with our previous volunteers, and with our supporters.  We also use many firms that specialize in animal charity resources and those focusing on overseas positions.

We are very proud of our new General Manager, from Scotland.  He has years of experience with charities in both Taiwan and Cambodia.  He brings a fresh approach to better integrating the various departments, and new ways to motivate our volunteers.

We've also found new resources heading up communications, the volunteers and the adoptions.  All our new resources have a passion for animals and a remarkable perseverance to handle the dark and difficult days at an animal rescue.  They all believe that the love they have for the animals positively contributes to their recovery.

New Clinic Direction

Our amazing medical team have received recognition from other animal rescue charities in Asia.  One such organization has asked us to participate in the training of new veterinary graduates.  When Vet students complete their studies, they have no practical experience, as their training is purely theoretical.  

After much debate and analysis, Lanta Animal Welfare has agreed to become a teaching hospital for new graduates.  This will provide us with exposure to the new graduates, not only as a clinic to receive their practical training, but also as a possible employer, once their training has completed.  We also welcome this opportunity to increase our rescue abilities and provide our rescue services to more animals in need.

We are now making some modifications to our surgery and recovery areas to accommodate this change.  The importance of our new Kitty City area is confirmed by our growth in rescue operations.

Wrap-Up

I hope you have enjoyed your glimpse into life at Lanta Animal Welfare.  We are also busy with our rescue operations, whether it's raining or the sun is shining.  We do our best on a constant basis to be the best animal rescue clinic and operation we can be.

Your continuing support means a lot to us.  I welcome your comments, and suggestions.  And please, let me know if you are ever in Thailand and coming to Koh Lanta.  I will give you a personal tour of our facility.  You will be so proud of your contribution when you are in Kitty City, as you will see, feel and understand how you have helped to end the suffering and give our rescue cats a safe future.

Thanks so much for your support from me, Junie our Founder, our staff and volunteers, and from all our rescue animals.

Ginger when she was first rescued
Ginger when she was first rescued
Ginger on the road to recovery
Ginger on the road to recovery
Rio when he was rescued
Rio when he was rescued
Rio is slowly recovering
Rio is slowly recovering
New managers and volunteers in Kitty City
New managers and volunteers in Kitty City

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Medicine time for the cats in Kitty City
Medicine time for the cats in Kitty City

What’s Happening Around the Centre?

We want to give you a glimpse into what it’s like here at the center with a few special videos.  

  • The first video shows our rescue cats about to receive their afternoon injections.  Have you ever seen cats get excited about their medicine?  Most of our cats are still receiving medications and treatments as they recover from the medical emergency that brought them to us.  It takes a lot to keep our cats healthy and happy.  The Kitty City area provides a safe and secure haven for their recovery.
  • The second video shows our Thai staff in an English language lesson delivered by a local teacer.  Communication is key to providing the animals the best care, and to giving YOU, our supporters, the best experience in learning about the rescued and rehabilitated dogs and cats. 

Check out the videos available below.

 Animal Trivia

Why Does Your Cat Stare at You?  The answer is simple, easy and almost a 'duh' moment.  Your cat is just watching what you are doing.  Like all cats, she is curious.  Maybe you'll head to the kitchen and a snack is on the say. Or maybe you'll play with her, or do something she can help with.  Too funny when people think that cats can see through them.  That cats know hidden stuff, know secrets about them.  If a mouse walked by, their attention would be diverted to the more important matters.

Be happy and proud that the cat likes you, and finds you interesting enough to watch.

Can 3-legged animals adjust to the missing limb?  The interesting thing about this question is how we perceive the missing limb. We see it as a disability, something that is limiting, that defines the animal.  The reality is the animals just gets on with it.  They don't see it as a disability, or something that gets in the way.  There may be a period of adjustment, but before long the animal is just as active, fun, and playful as ever. 


We Sincerely Value Your Support

Lanta Animal Welfare is a small non-profit animal rescue hospital.  Our mission is to relieve the pain and suffering of the animals.  We can’t do it without the support of our donors around the world.  You make such a tremendous difference to the lives of the rescue animals, and to our ability to upgrade our facility with projects like this one.

Come visit us for an insider's look at everything that goes on at the Cenre.  Plus you can get your cuddle time with the kitties, and walk the dogs on the beach, while soaking up the sun and the stunning island views.

And please remember, if you are coming, let me know and I will personally show you around our Centre, including our new, almost completed, Kitty City area, that you helped build.

Please let me know any questions, comments or suggestions you may have.  

Richola
Richola's amazing green eyes
Buster doesn
Buster doesn't think he has a disability

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Lanta Animal Welfare

Location: Krabi, Thailand - Thailand
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Perley-Ann Friedman
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