Saving Puppies’ Lives in Thailand: Jomel’s Story Will Warm Your Heart

Countless stray puppies are brought to Soi Dog Foundation‘s shelter in Thailand each year. Currently, they are put in a puppy run which houses dozens of rambunctious older pups; this exposes the little ones to disease and is stressful for their mothers.

Our partners at Soi Dog are about to start construction of an urgently needed new hospital for stray dogs. It will have a Mother and Puppy Unit containing eleven kennels designed specifically for orphaned pups and nursing mothers with puppies. These animals will receive the special loving care they need including frequent feedings. Because puppies are very prone to disease, this unit will be separated from the rest of the hospital to prevent people walking through it en route to other rooms. It will be a safe, quiet place that reduces stress on mothers and protects young puppies from larger dogs.

One such puppy is Jomel, seen in the before-and-after pictures above. Here is his story:

“My name is Jomel. I’m only four months old but I’ve suffered a lot in my short little life. I would like you to read my story in hopes that you can help other pups like me.

I was brought to Soi Dog’s shelter in dreadful condition. I had something the vets called scabies as well as a fungal infection. My fur, once beautiful and puppy-soft, had gone crusty and even fallen out in places. The itching was so horrible; I scratched non-stop but it never went away. My constant scratching made things even worse, but I was too young to understand that.

The vets treating me promised they would make me better. They said I needed to be all alone in a kennel within the clinic so I wouldn’t give scabies to other dogs. I was bored and a little lonely in that little kennel; I could see dogs in every other kennel, but I couldn’t play with them. But at least the vets spent time with me each day and made me feel loved. They put medicine on my skin which made me feel better. From the moment I came to Soi Dog, everything started to change. As I improved and the vets said I was no longer contagious, I was moved into the puppy kennels, where I was overjoyed to make some new friends who I could play with.

As I got better and better, I was eventually moved into the puppy run and my friends from the kennels came with me. I am now such a happy dog, playful and very curious. My fur has grown back and all the terrible itching has stopped.

I am telling you this story so I can say thank you to the Soi Dog supporters who changed my world from one of suffering to one of joy. The world should be like this for all puppies but sadly, the people here tell me it is not. There are a lot of puppies on the streets of Thailand and sometimes Soi Dog can’t help them all because their clinic is almost constantly filled with other dogs receiving treatment. We desperately need a bigger dog hospital to be able to help many more puppies like me.”

Just $10 can help more puppies like Jomel. Simply click here to help nowthaipuppies