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451 Animals neutered on Koh Chang Island

Update, 2017/30/03


Our project on Koh Chang has now come to an end after four weeks of working on the island delivering community outreach events, school events and our CNR progamme. We are delighted to say that our CNR team managed to sterilize 451 animals including both street dogs and cats. In addition our school and community outreach events were also a success with over 200 children participating in the school events and 60 adults in the community outreach events. We have learned a lot from this pilot project in terms of Thai culture, the general situation for street animals in Thailand and how best to work with the local community.

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We have also been impressed by the local people  most of whom have a strong bond with the dogs and are compassionate towards street animals. Many of these animals wear collars, a sign that the local community has adopted them. However the situation for strays is still a desperate one as there are just too many dogs and cats and not enough people to take care of them. Through our project I believe that we have made a difference and that there will now be far fewer street animals born on the island. We are also confident that our work with the local communities and school children will help to make our project sustainable in the long-term.

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Community outreach on Koh Chang

FOUR PAWS held its first community outreach event yesterday in Wat Salak Phet Temple, South of Koh Chang Island. The workshop was attended by twenty people, including the Head of the Village. The goal of the workshop was to learn more about the community’s perception towards street dogs, and to promote responsible ownership in order to improve the co-existence between humans and dogs on Koh Chang island and reduce the number of dogs being abandoned in the future. Overall, the first event was a great success, we learned a lot about the community’s perception towards street dogs and the group committed to share their learnings with the wider community. 


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Street dog welfare education

Today we held our first school event with the permission of the school which took place in Salakok, Koh Chang. Around 100 school children attended the event  (4 – 12 years old). We gave children copies of our responsible pet ownership and street dog welfare posters and asked them questions about their views on street dogs and how they take care of their own pets. We also did an exercise with the older children where they wrote a story about how they would take care of an injured street dog. Many street dogs are injured on the busy road in Koh Chang. Finally we held a workshop for the teachers and took them through education materials to help them hold lessons on animal welfare in the future with their individual classes.