GreaterGood Donors Fund Another Shelter for Meat Trade Dogs
Allison Wexler, February 26, 2014
Every year, millions of dogs are snatched from their homes or the streets to be sold on the illegal meat trade market. This criminal activity is not only a global rabies threat, but a horiffically cruel experience for the dogs as well. The Thai government has been instrumental in fighting this “Trade of Shame” by intercepting vehicles on their way to Vietnam, arresting smugglers, and taking the surviving dogs to livestock facilities. GreaterGood.org’s trusted partner, Soi Dog Foundation, has taken on the enormous task of caring for and rehabilitating these dogs.
Soi Dog has rescued over 5,000 dogs from the illegal dog meat trade over the past several years. The need for shelters is great, as many of the rescued dogs are still waiting in overcrowded government operated livestock facilities. The Thai government has donated the land in Buriram (about a 4 hour drive from Bangkok) to build 10 free roaming shelters, each with the capacity for 500 dogs.
Last summer, GreaterGood.org and The Animal Rescue Site asked our donors to respond to this great need and you listened! We were able to raise funds to build two brand new dog shelters to take in these animals in need. And today, we are happy to announce that together we have done it again.
When the GreaterGood team visited Buriram in November 2013, three of the ten shelters had been completed (including the two already funded by GreaterGood and The Animal Rescue Site donors!) and housed very friendly, people oriented dogs. A fourth shelter was under construction. Each shelter costs about $40,000, and according to Soi Dog, funding for the remaining shelters is their most compelling need as they desperately want to get the dogs out of the livestock facilities to where they can be safe and well cared for. So, we asked for your help again – and you responded with great generosity! With the help of generous donors, Janis Rosenthal and Jeff Rinkoff of Oregon, who matched your donations, dollar for dollar, totaling $20,000, GreaterGood.org and The Animal Rescue Site have, once again, fully funded a safe and comfortable shelter for 500 additional dogs in Thailand rescued from the illegal dog meat trade. We are happy to report that plans for the new shelter are already taking place.
Check out this video to learn more about the shelters you helped fund:
To find out more about Soi Dog or how to adopt a meat trade dog, please contact Gregg Tully of Soi Dog Foundation.
Click here to donate and show your additional support for these dogs! Let’s not stop until they all have a home!
by Allison Wexler, March 3, 2014