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Stray dogs on popular tourist island Koh Chang get help from international charity FOUR PAWS

SYDNEY, 21.03.2017 – International animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS has launched a Stray Animal Care project on the island of Koh Chang, a popular tourist destination in Thailand. A team of veterinarians will desex and vaccinate around 300 dogs to help reduce the booming street dog population and improve their health. Many of the dogs on the island are malnourished and are covered with sores, fleas and sarcoptic mange. The issue is of increasing concern for the local community and FOUR PAWS will work with them to improve the situation.


This is the first Stray Animal Care project of its kind that FOUR PAWS is operating in Thailand.  FOUR PAWS has set up temporary veterinary clinics in Buddhist temples around Koh Chang, where the dogs will be desexed, vaccinated against rabies, parvovirus and distemper, treated for parasites and microchipped. While the vaccinations will keep the current dog population healthy and prevent the spread of disease to humans and other animals in the community, desexing will also help to keep the dog population under control. 


Raising awareness:
FOUR PAWS Stray Animal Care team is also organising local community and school events across the island of Koh Chang with the aim to raise awareness and create a better understanding of street dogs and how the community can help to improve the situation. The team will also hand out leaflets and tips to tourists about being a dog-friendly tourist. Together, the integrated aspects of the project aim to create a sustainable solution for the island’s street dogs and community. 
“FOUR PAWS is not only neutering and treating the dogs. Our aim is also to create a better understanding about street dog welfare in Thailand. With this knowledge, local communities and tourists can significantly improve the situation for strays in the long term,” says Julie Sanders, Director of Companion Animals at FOUR PAWS.


FOUR PAWS is an international animal welfare organisation with headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Our Stray Animal Care programme has been implemented in many countries in the past 15 years including India, Indonesia, South Africa, Egypt, Jordan, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Romania. FOUR PAWS uses a catch-neuter-release method (CNR), which is the only approach to stray animal population control that is considered sustainable and humane by the World Health Organization.