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Care for over 800 street
dogs in
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Help care for stray dogs in the beachside resort of Hua Hin

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  • Duration
    1-12 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Monday
  • From
    £600
  • Duration
    1-12 Weeks
  • Minimum age
    18+
  • Start dates
    1st & 3rd Monday
  • From
    £600

Thailand Street Dog Rescue

Get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure where you'll volunteer in a stunning beachside town, rescuing and rehabilitating stray dogs and puppies.  Make friends with hundreds of furry four-legged friends as you make a positive and sustainable impact on abandoned and stray dogs in the Hua Hin region.

This is your chance to be part of a program that aims to dramatically improve the lives of stray dogs and cats in Thailand and tackle the issues of the stray animal population crisis. Everyday you will be caring for upwards of 800 dogs that are within the rescue centre and on the surrounding streets as you provide an essential pair of hands to feed, medicate and monitor them.

Located within a Buddhist temple that borders one of the most stunning beaches in Hua Hin, you'll spend your days on tropical beaches while contributing to an important dog rescue and rehabilitation project. Not to mention you’ll also get the chance to participate in a guided Buddhist meditation with a local monk, try your hand at a traditional Thai cooking class, visit the famous Sam Rai Yot cave temple and also go on safari at Kui Buri National Park (known to be one of the best places in Thailand to see wild elephants!) - all of which is included within the programme fee.

Helping Street Dogs

I learnt so much by volunteering in Thailand for 4 weeks at the dog rescue centre! Being a student vet, I was able to gain crucial experience to aid my career and managed to assist with so many tasks - a real eye opener! The weekend excursions were amazing and I cannot recommend volunteering i... Read More

Rebecca JonesJune 2019

Background on the street dog rescue programme

Thailand is facing an increasing challenge with an ever-growing number of stray dogs and cats living in desperate conditions on the streets. It is estimated that there are upwards of one million stray dogs (commonly referred to as soi dogs) wandering the streets in Thailand, with most being in extremely poor health, often sick and covered with sores and fleas.

From the capital Bangkok to the paradise beaches of Hua Hin, abandoned and stray dogs of all sizes, shapes and descriptions roam the streets, alleys and beaches in search of food and shelter. Many form packs, while others hunt solo, with many claiming a street or a stretch of sand as their turf that they will defend with their lives.

Some recent studies have stated that around 68,000 puppies alone are born annually on the streets in Thailand and with many dogs reproducing at an alarming rate, the situation is only getting worse.

As well as the dogs having to live in terrible conditions, the presence of many street dogs also comes with associated public health problems. With outbreaks of rabies in many areas of the country, it is vital that this problem is managed in a sustainable long-term manner. 

Over the last five decades there have been numerous schemes and policies put into place to help try and combat the problem, but all have failed. Some of these have included the municipal government putting over 50,000 dogs to death in a terrible manner in 1999, creating a register of all owned dogs and several other sterilisation programmes – with most ceasing to operate.

This is your chance to be involved in a real-world rescue and rehabilitation project where you will not only help to vaccinate dogs against rabies but also join the local team to really make a difference in the region. Along with looking after all of the dogs within the rescue centre, you will spend most days out in the streets with the stray dogs ensuring they are all healthy and cared for - what's more rewarding than that?

Where will I be volunteering?

The dog rescue centre is located within a Buddhist temple that borders one of the most stunning beaches in Hua Hin. With a long stretch of golden sand and a large golden Buddha tipping the hill as a backdrop, one couldn't want for a better place to start and finish the day! 

The centre's facilities include 12 kennels, a clinic to perform surgeries and a large play area for dogs. From these premises the local team are able to coordinate and conduct all sterilisations, vaccinations, parasite treatments, veterinary care and rehabilitation for abandoned, mistreated stray animals.

At any one time the rescue centre is rehabilitating over 50 dogs and you and other volunteers will also venture out into the surrounding villages nearly everyday to help care and monitor upwards of 750 street dogs.

The centre's aim is to help stray dogs and cats in need across the local region of Thailand through regular feeding, medical aid, and tender love and care. On top of this, their mission is to reduce the stray population over time through sterilisations, education and local and international adoptions.

Over the last five years our local team have achieved some amazing results in managing their mission for the Hua Hin region, including:

  • Fed and provided medical care to more than 19,000 street dogs
  • Sterilised more than 3,000 dogs and cats
  • Successfully rehomed more than 400 stray animals
  • Educated more than 20,000 children on animal care

The busy centre is operated by six local team members and volunteers like yourself are absolutely critical to the programme's existence. Not only do volunteers help to meet the physical demands of day-to-day operations but they also ensure that every dog and cat get sufficient medical care and love.

What is my role?

This is an exciting opportunity to experience first-hand the joys and challenges of working at a busy animal rescue centre. You will be caring for the dogs currently within the rescue centre and activities will include cleaning kennels, feeding, administrating medication to the dogs, walks to the beach whilst leash training, daily upkeep of the clinic, grooming and most importantly, sharing the love! More often than not, the centre is home to injured cats and dogs during which time it is the responsibility of the volunteers to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of these animals.

At any given time, the local team oversees as many as 800+ stray dogs in and around Hua Hin, so fieldwork plays an essential role in the commitment to improving the lives of Thailand's stray animal population. Fieldwork (also known as feeding runs), involves befriending various packs of dogs with food, administering parasite treatments & vaccinations, assessing the overall wellbeing of the packs, providing wound care to injured dogs as well as identifying & recording changes in numbers (i.e. new litters of puppies, newly dumped dogs, pregnant females, etc.) and condition (i.e. dogs to be sterilised).

If you're currently studying a related course at university or are a qualified professional, you will get the exceptional opportunity to gain individual practical experience. Under the close supervision and guidance of the resident vets, you will be able to partake in various animal care activities including rehabilitation, vaccinations, in-clinic and field wound care, parasite treatments, sterilisations and other surgical procedures. 

This is your chance to travel to Thailand and make your time count on this life-changing programme. Provide an essential pair of hands looking after many stray dogs, explore all of Thailand with your new found friends and arrive home knowing you've made a lasting and positive impact.

What will a typical day look like?

You will generally be volunteering from Monday to Friday between 8am and 4:30pm. Your mornings are normally spent within the dog rescue centre cleaning, feeding and walking the 50 or so dogs that are currently being cared for. After lunch you will then generally head out to feed and observe several packs of dogs located around the surrounding villages.

A typical day may look like this:

8:00 - 8:20am - Walk the scenic lake route to the dog rescue centre
8:30 - 8:45am - Morning meeting
9:00 - 10:00am - Kennel duties and leash training
10:00 - 10:30am - Coffee break
10:30 - 11:00am - Assist with wound care, surgeries and animal examinations
11:00 - 12:00pm - Beach walks
12:00 - 13:00pm - Lunch
13:00 - 15:00pm - Visit and monitor local dog packs, bathe, feed, medicate and de-tick dogs
15:00 - 16:30pm - Clean kennels and walk dogs
16:30pm onwards - Free time to enjoy the beach and other local attractions

Depending on your length of stay volunteering in Thailand, you will also get to enjoy several free weekend excursions. When volunteering for four weeks or more you will get to participate in a guided meditation with a local monk, attend a Thai cooking class, visit the famous Sam Rai Yot cave temple and also go on safari at Kui Buri National Park - known to be one of the best places in Thailand to see wild elephants! If you are volunteering for less than four weeks, you will get to enjoy one free excursion for every week you are in Thailand.

Where will I be staying?

While volunteering in Thailand you will be staying in an authentic Thai village, about 12km south of the popular beachside resort of Hua Hin and 190km south of Bangkok. You will get to experience the real Thailand within a peaceful and traditional village, yet be close enough to enjoy the amenities that a city offers. You'll be able to roam the breathtaking landscapes of the jungles and beaches, taste the local cuisine and western favourites and learn all about Buddhism - all on your doorstep!

Just 150 metres from the volunteer accommodation brings you to one of the best kept secrets of Hua Hin. Those in the know consider it to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the Hua Hin area and you'll be able to enjoy this stretch of paradise everyday.

Other things to consider

Weekend Excursions - Please note that if you choose to volunteer for less than four weeks, you will not be able to attend all of the included weekend excursions and you are not able to dictate which one you go on. You will get to go on one weekend trip for every week you are there (up to a maximum of four) and our local team decide on which excursion happens every week.

Veterinary Students / Qualified Professionals - If you're currently studying a related course at university or are a qualified professional, you will be able to partake in various animal care activities including rehabilitation, vaccinations, in-clinic and field wound care, parasite treatments, sterilisations and other surgical procedures under the supervision of the resident vet.

Helping on multiple projects - During your time in Thailand you may also have the opportunity to help on our other wildlife programmes, but please note these are operated by a different team and are located in Phetchaburi - around an hour's drive away.  If you are looking to help with our community projects then we can of course arrange this, but this will be separate to our wildlife programmes and are based in Bangkok.

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