A celebration has taken place at the People and Animals Thailand (PAT) Cha-Am clinic as it has now reopened and able to renew efforts to manage and reduce the suffering of street animals to become a happier and healthier population.
The PAT clinic helped more than 6,000 dogs and cats when it first opened in 2019, before it was sadly forced to close due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The harsh reality for street animals in Thailand means that kittens and puppies are unlikely to survive their first few weeks of life, with the majority of newborns succumbing to starvation, disease, road accidents, or other horrible deaths. The clinic says that if fewer animals are born on the street, then less will be born into a short life of misery. Less feral dogs and cats also helps to diminish the impact on local endangered wildlife such as birds and small mammals.
Now, the free sterilisation and vaccination clinic has re-opened to once again help thousands of Thailand’s street animals by tackling the overpopulation of street cats and dogs in the region.
Located on Phetchakasim Road between Hua Hin and Cha-Am, the clinic will use a purpose-built operating theatre and modern surgical techniques to desex and vaccinate around 200-300 street animals per month.
Additionally PAT will commence its own animal collection program, apart from receiving animals from the region’s stray dog organisations and individual community members.
The efficient veterinary team alongside volunteers and members of the local community is able to operate on animals and have them ready to return them to their area on the same day.
Vaccinating street dogs and cats is essential in helping to tackle the spread of deadly diseases like rabies, which can affect both animals and humans.
The re-opening of the clinic is a partnership between Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT), a 200-acre sanctuary located in Phetchaburi, Thailand, and Dogs Trust Worldwide, part of the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and with extensive international experience.
“Our aim with the clinic is to work with the community to reduce the suffering of homeless animals and prevent unwanted kittens and puppies being born on the streets,” says Edwin Wiek, founder of WFFT. “The clinic helped thousands of animals back in 2019, and now we’re ready to build on that progress to continue to help stray animal populations and improve the lives of both people and animals.”
“We are very excited about this project which will lead to a healthy and happy population of dogs and therefore a harmonious relationship between the community and the animals,” says a spokesperson for Dogs Trust. “We wish PAT clinic the greatest of success!”
Please note, appointments at the clinic are essential. To book in advance, please contact the PAT team for further info via: