Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade

by Soi Dog Foundation USA
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Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Help dogs rescued from the barbaric dog meat trade
Soi Dog, Instinct De Vies and Hanoi officials meet
Soi Dog, Instinct De Vies and Hanoi officials meet

While dogs are still being subjected to the barbaric dog meat trade, Soi Dog will not stop doing all they can to save them, and find them loving homes. These dogs can only be helped thanks to people like you, who support Soi Dog's work through GlobalGiving. 

In Vietnam, a series of films financed by Soi Dog and produced by the national television channel, exposed the corruption and cruelty of the local dog and cat meat trade. Soi Dog Foundation co-founder, John Dalley, recently met with senior officials in Hanoi, Vietnam, to discuss the ending of dog and cat meat consumption in the city within five years. He was accompanied by other staff members from Soi Dog Foundation and members of “Instinct de Vies”, a French-founded, Vietnam-based dog and cat welfare group.

The city of Hanoi has requested help from Soi Dog to end rabies and train veterinarians. A firm commitment from the mayor and the people’s committee was also given to close the existing known 700 plus establishments selling dog and cat meat.

Asia’s dog meat trade will only end through pressure for legislative change and this will not happen overnight. However, Soi Dog Foundation is in this fight for the long-haul, and are hopeful major progress can be made in 2018 based on current discussions with the authorities.

A victim of the vile dog meat trade, Jess was snatched from the streets of Thailand and crammed into a cage that was not even big enough for one dog to stand in. But Jess was not alone.

That cage already had several other petrified dogs in it. The cage was flung on top of another cage, on a truck carrying hundreds of such cages. Several hundred innocent Thai dogs were headed across the border where they would face torture and slaughter in Vietnam. But thanks to the support of people like you, Jess - and all those travelling with her - were rescued that day.

Their rescue, and the rescue of thousands of others over the years, signaled the beginning of the end for Thailand's dog meat trade. Thanks to everyone who has joined the fight against the Asian dog meat trade, Jess and thousands of others have escaped unbelievable cruelty and the most horrendous death. Jess was adopted and now lives with a wonderful family in Scotland, where she is so very loved.

Thank you for being a voice for the dogs of Asia. With more people like you on board, many more animals like Jess can be saved from the Asian dog meat trade.

Victims of the dog meat trade
Victims of the dog meat trade
Jess safe at the Soi Dog shelter
Jess safe at the Soi Dog shelter
Jess at home in Scotland
Jess at home in Scotland
Jess at home in Scotland
Jess at home in Scotland

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A truck carrying dogs to slaughter is stopped
A truck carrying dogs to slaughter is stopped

All that tiny Lucy wanted to do was cling to her rescuers.

Traumatised and terrified after being pulled from a butcher’s truck in China, she didn’t know if she was going to live or die. Nobody did.


Lucy was light as a feather and had already been attacked by another dog while on the truck that was taking her to slaughter. Had the truck reached its destination, what Lucy would have endured at the hands of callous butchers does not bear thinking about. Thanks to you, she will never know the horrors that lay ahead that day.

Currently, thousands of dogs being trafficked to their deaths in China and brave local activists are fighting to stop the trucks that carrry them to slaughter. Your kind donations ensure that when dogs like Lucy are rescued from the clutches of butchers they are cared for while they heal. 

Lucy was skin and bone when she was rescued, and so shockingly frail. Clearly traumatised after all she had been through, it was a miracle that she still craved the loving touch of a human. Little Lucy’s ability to forgive was pure love in action. There is nothing more powerful and it is why we must continue to fight for man’s best friend.

After weeks of tender loving care funded by people like you, Lucy was one of the first dogs rescued to travel to the U.S., where she now lives with the wonderful family that adopted her. Her horrific near-death experience is a thing of the past and she will never know danger again.

With more people like you on board, many more animals like Lucy can be saved from the Asian dog meat trade.

Lucy with one of her dedicated rescuers
Lucy with one of her dedicated rescuers
Lucy at home in the US
Lucy at home in the US

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The victims of the dog meat trade
The victims of the dog meat trade

With your help, Soi Dog Foundation has been fighting the dog meat trade in Thailand for many years. With an animal cruelty law being introduced and enforced in Thailand, and a significant drop in the number of dogs being smuggled into the dog meat trade in Vietnam, it is now time to fight this cruel practice where it is most prevalent - Vietnam. 

Recently, Soi Dog Foundation was invited to a meeting of the People's Committee of District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, and asked if we would work with them to provide permanent and sustainable solutions for District 12 to become the first district of Vietnam to be dog meat trade-free.

We expect this development to create a snowball effect throughout other districts in Vietnam. The People’s Committee asked us to provide direction, practical help, and insight in the following areas:

1. Research into the scale, volume, and location of local slaughterhouses, holding areas, markets, dog and cat meat restaurants and dog thieving activity
2. Develop a proposal for a total ban on dog meat and present it to the board of the People's Committee of District 12
3. Launch an action plan to eliminate all aspects of the dog meat trade across District 12
4. Review and improve the status of dog and cat animal welfare within District 12

The Chairman of the People's Committee is committed to achieving these goals, and Soi Dog Foundation will commit all resources necessary to make this happen

It is only because of your generous support that such a huge difference is being made in the lives of dogs and cats in Asia. These dogs and cats have no one else to turn to but you and other compassionate individuals.

The meeting of People's Committee of District 12
The meeting of People's Committee of District 12

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New run for dogs rescued from the dog meat trade
New run for dogs rescued from the dog meat trade

Soi Dog Foundation has recently been making great strides in finding loving homes for the dogs rescued from the dog meat trade. Thanks to partnerships with rescue organisations in the US and Canada, 600 dogs have found their forever homes.

The dogs that have been rehomed from the dog meat trade were initially housed at a government run shelter in Buriram, Thailand, before heading the the Soi Dog shelter in Phuket for assessment and rehabilitation where required. While the Buriram shelter is government run, Soi Dog supporters fund the feeding, veterinary care and shelter improvements for these dogs.

The ultimate aim is to empty the Buriram shelter, and find homes for each and every dog. While this is a challenge in itself, wonderful progress has been made with only a few hundred dogs remaining from an initial total of over 1000. However, due to the closure of another government run shelter, located in Thon Pha Phum, approximately 500 new dogs have arrived at the Buriram shelter, once again increasing the number of dogs Soi Dog need to find homes for.

Soi Dog will never turn their back on these dogs, but help is needed from supporters like you. Not only will supporters continue to fund the feeding, medical care and sheltering of the dogs rescued from the dog meat trade, but will do all they can to rehabilitate these dogs and find them homes.

To do this, several new enclosures have been built to house the dogs prior to adoption at the Phuket shelter. They also have their own dedicated vet to ensure their health and a team of behaviourists on hand to help those who have been traumatised from their previous experiences. These dogs will have the very best chance to have the future they deserve. There are also future plans to build more runs, and a dedicated behaviour and enhancement area.

Their future depends on you. Please help these dogs today. 

Dogs rescued from the dog meat trade
Dogs rescued from the dog meat trade
Dogs rescued from the dog meat trade
Dogs rescued from the dog meat trade

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Rescued dogs from the meat trade arrive in Phuket
Rescued dogs from the meat trade arrive in Phuket

Thanks to supporters like you, the dogs who once only knew cruelty and brutality, are now finding their own happy homes. 

To help find homes for the dogs rescued from the dog meat trade, several new enclosures have been built at the Soi Dog shelter in Phuket to house these dogs. By increasing the capacity at the Phuket shelter, more dogs can be brought down from the Burriram shelter in Northern Thailand. Once at the Phuket shelter, these dogs undergo medical and behavioural assessments to determine their suitability for adoption.

Those found suitable for adoption, are now being taken in by rescue groups in the US. Once with these groups, new homes are found for these dogs, or if needed, further rehabilition is given. These rescue groups have proven to be essential to finding new homes for these dogs, allowing more and more of them to find homes of their own.

If found to be not yet suitable for adoption once arriving at the Phuket shelter, a behaviour team works closely with the dogs, until the time where they are ready to be sent to a rescue group in the US.

As can be seen in the photos below, transporting these dogs to the Phuket shelter from Burriram is no small task. Travelling mostly at night, and resting during the heat of the day, it is all hands on deck when the dogs arrive in Phuket, to ensure they are made comfortable as soon as possible.

None of this is possible without your support. From rescuing the dogs, to providing them medical care and looking after them, to transporting them to the Phuket shelter and then onto the US, your help is needed every step of the way. Thank you for caring so much about the victims of the dog meat trade.  

Rescued dogs from the meat trade arrive in Phuket
Rescued dogs from the meat trade arrive in Phuket
Rescued dogs from the meat trade arrive in Phuket
Rescued dogs from the meat trade arrive in Phuket
Rescued dogs from the meat trade arrive in Phuket
Rescued dogs from the meat trade arrive in Phuket
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Soi Dog Foundation USA

Location: Phuket - Thailand
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Soi Dog Foundation USA
Belinda Davis
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Belinda Davis
Phuket, None - Outside US & Thailand

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