THE WORST SHELTER IN THE WORLD?
A Hell On Earth For Dogs & Cats...
Dear Friends & Supporter of Soi Dog,
I recently visited the dog shelter at Bangkok’s Suan Kaew temple, known locally as “Dog Condo”. Kelly O’Meara, the Director of Companion Animals for the Humane Society International accompanied me and described it as the worst sheltering situation she had ever seen anywhere in the world!
The photos and video will give you some idea of the conditions here, though it is impossible to accurately get across how bad this place is using photos or video.
All the green areas you see (photo at top) are not grass, but open sewerage pits, which are filled with sludge. The green you see is floating plants thriving on the nutrients below. The waste goes nowhere.
Over 1000 dogs and 500 cats live here! The cats are kept in small cages suspended from the ceiling, dogs are seen in wire cages suspended on the side of the building.
Cats live in constant fear and many have had paws bitten off. Some of the dogs are kept in cages and are also trembling in fear. Dogs who are aggressive spend their entire lives locked in small cages, with barely enough room to turn around.
Many of the cages are inches deep in dried feces. The entire floor area is a carpet of waste. The buildings are falling to pieces, and dogs and puppies frequently fall from the upper level to their deaths or are attacked by the dogs on the lower level.
The entire “shelter” is cared for by 2 elderly ladies, who live amongst the over one thousand animals. How can such a place exist?
Why Has This Happened?...
Suan Kaew temple is famous in Thailand. It has its own foundation and the abbot Phra Payom Kallayano is rightly revered for his good works, which involve providing work and care to the poor, setting up local industries to provide work for homeless children, drug addicts, the elderly etc.. He is a great example of a religious leader providing for those in need.
Dog Condo was started with the best of intentions. Prior to the 2003 APEC conference a purge on Bangkok’s stray dogs occurred. Phra Payom ordered the construction of the shelter to save the dogs. Unfortunately, since that time many pet owners have taken advantage of the temple, and dumped their unwanted pets there. With the other human related projects taking precedence, dog condo has deteriorated into the squalid place it is today.
What Is Being Done & How Can You Help?...
Soi Dog Foundation is determined to improve the conditions for the poor dogs and cats that live there but can only do so with your help!
Improved sheltering for cats has already been built because of your support and more cat shelters are going to be built to provide accommodation where the cats can move about without fear, away from the dogs. The electricity supply, which no longer works is being replaced. New roofs are being fitted and new fencing will be installed on the upper levels to prevent dogs and puppies from falling to their deaths below. More staff are needed, as it is impossible for 2 elderly ladies to care for this place on their own. Much more needs to be done and we are in talks with the temple authorities to seek approval to make major improvements and changes.
Only with your help can this be accomplished.
It is nothing less than a disaster area! And something we cannot turn our backs on. Other organizations have come and gone without making any real improvement, leading to a sense of distrust amongst temple staff. Soi Dog Foundation does not get involved with any project where it cannot deliver. It will be expensive to make a real difference here, and we need your help to do so. Please donate generously and together we will make a difference in the lives of these dogs and cats.
P.S. These dogs and cats need your help. Please make a generous donation now!
"I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man." - Mahatma Gandhi
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