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Give Rescue Cats a Safe Future

by Lanta Animal Welfare
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Our Vets and Volunteers send holiday greetings
Our Vets and Volunteers send holiday greetings

You are saving lives

Your support has saved countless rescue cats from needless suffering.  Your donations have also helped with spaying and neutering, preventing thousands of unwanted cats being born into a short life of pain and misery.

My sincere thanks goes out to all of you for your support towards this project. 

I would like to share the story of Glitter, one of the rescue animals your donation helped.

Glitter was found by teachers at a local school. We manage to trap her overnight and what we found was horrifying.

She had a deep and severe injury around her chest from being caught in an inhumane trap. She was in bad shape from the chronic infection caused by the terrible wound.

The wire was deeply embedded in Glitter’s flesh, and appeared to have been stuck there for quite some time. She was in awful pain, and we don’t know how long the poor thing had been suffering.

Our nurse slowly and carefully removed the embedded wire. The wounds were very infected and Glitter received pain relief and antibiotics, and is under ongoing medical care.

Glitter’s treatment couldn’t have happened with your help.  It's so very much appreciated.

Consider volunteering with us 

Helping animals on a tropical island. Does this sound like a match made in heaven?  For some people it does.  Are you one of them, or maybe you know someone who would love to do this?  We urgently need volunteers at Lanta Animal Welfare in Koh Lanta, Thailand.

It's rewarding work. You'll learn new skills, make new friends, and have the experience of a lifetime.

Whether you're good with dogs or cats...we've got both! They all need love, feeding, cleaning, and medical care. We also need host volunteers to give tours, and skilled media volunteers to take photos and video footage.

Please consider this, and share this message.  There are a variety of options available, so never count yourself out.  

My best wishes for 2020

Thank you for letting me share what Lanta Animal Welfare has been doing to help the rescue animals here on Koh Lanta.  I am so grateful for your continuing support and wish you all a New Year filled with love and joy.

  

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Stevie and Wonder
Stevie and Wonder

All of us at Lanta Animal Welfare are so grateful for your continuing support.  For this report, I thought I'd take the opportunity to share some recent happenings at Lanta Animal Welfare (LAW).  I'll start with a simple rescue of some seriously impacted kittens, then move to a volunteer's experience, and then on to our education initiative.  

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Stevie and Wonder, recent kitten rescues

These two kittens were rescued during a mobile sterilization clinic on Koh Phi Phi, a nearby island. They had a severe flu virus that affect their eyesight. One kitten is blind, and the other is partially sighted.  We will continue to care for these desperate felines. 

The hope of adoption is slim for Stevie and Wonder, as they will need constant and continuious care throughout their precious lives.  At least they have each other, and of course, they have us.  I've attached a photo, but also a short video, so they can capture your hearts.

 

The Volunteer Experience at Lanta Animal Welfare

Tara volunteered at Lanta Animal Welfare (LAW) for two months. After her first week at LAW she got to know some of the animals. One dog stood out to her. She had been told that Bronwyn was shy and not that comfortable around people. After hearing this Tara decided to make it her little mission to see if Bronwyn could trust her enough to be friends and grow her confidence. 

Spending time with Bronwyn, grew their friendship grew. Bronwyn went from being a dog that was shy and reserved, to one of the most affectionate and loving dogs Tara has ever met. 

Hard work and love turned Bronwyn around. That is what volunteering at LAW is all about. Interested in volunteering? Visit our website to find out more.

 

Watch their faces light up....

At Lanta Animal Welfare, we believe that change starts with education. Over the past month, we have had visits from three different schools on the Island. The children were brilliant listeners and learned about the work that is done here to help animals and also that all animals should be respected and treated kindly. 

During their visits, the children made toys for the animals, went on a guided tour, and cuddled our cats in Kitty City. They all got involved with different activities and asked great questions! The schools also created their own fundraisers to help treat, rehabilitate and sterilize suffering animals. 

We warmly welcome school visits and families to the centre to learn about animal welfare so that they can inspire future generation.

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Tara and Bronwyn
Tara and Bronwyn
October Volunteer Photo
October Volunteer Photo

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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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Lanta Animal Welfare

Location: Krabi, Thailand - Thailand
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Perley-Ann Friedman
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