Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) and Care for Dogs Foundation have joined forces for the benefit of animals in Thailand and around the South East Asia region.
The two charities have been working together in Thailand for almost 9 years and from 1st May 2015, Care for Dogs will be incorporated into the WVS family, with some exciting plans for the future.
The Care for Dogs shelter has been sterilising, rescuing and rehoming dogs for the past 9 years and has made a significant impact in the Chiang Mai area on dog welfare and the population of stray dogs. This work will continue under WVS, but will be enhanced in three major areas:
The WVS Care for Dogs Shelter will be upgraded over time and while still rescuing and rehoming dogs in the region, it will also become a shelter to train other shelter managers in all areas of shelter management from dog welfare to fundraising and marketing. There will be a component on how to run effective sterilisation and vaccination campaigns and an opportunity to link in with WVS teams who will support these new campaigns.
A new WVS Veterinary Training Centre will be launched later in the year and will be situated next door to the dog shelter. Similar to the WVS training centre in India, Thai vets will be able to sign up for free courses teaching best practice surgical skills for sterilisation of dogs and cats and specialist courses teaching vital veterinary skills in areas from small animal anaesthesia to orthopaedics and diagnostic imaging.
The dog shelter and training centre will work together to run an effective sterilisation and vaccination campaign in the Chiang Mai Province. This will not only reduce the number of stray dogs and cats on the streets, but also reduce the risk of zoonotic diseases, such as rabies.
This exciting new vision for Care for Dogs and WVS in Thailand will make a massive difference for both animals and people in the Chiang Mai Province, but we need your continued support to make it happen. With your help, Care for Dogs has sterilised over 4,600 dogs and cats, treated over 2,500 dogs and over 1,800 dogs rehomed. Our new plans will see us providing veterinary care for thousands of animals and training hundreds of vets to continue the work around the country. Together, we really can make a big difference.
Care For Dogs Founder, Karin Hawelka said:
“Since our family moved to Chonburi due to the job change of my husband it has become increasingly difficult to oversee the activities of Care for Dogs being more than 800 km away. My two- and four-legged family here, especially our 6-year-old son, deserve more of my time and therefore I have started to look for a new solution for Care for Dogs.
I couldn’t be happier that we have been able to find a strong, professional and committed animal welfare organisation in Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) who will take over the operations and responsibility for Care for Dogs. I’m even more thrilled that WVS also plans to set-up a veterinary training center next to our shelter and will offer further animal welfare related services.
From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank all of you for your awesome support over the years. The work and growth of Care for Dogs has only been possible thanks to a highly committed team of staff members and volunteers and thanks to the kind and generous supporters within and outside Thailand. The work of Care for Dogs will continue and will achieve new heights and I hope that you will continue to support the new organisation for the sake of the many dogs in Chiang Mai – they need your help!
Animal welfare has become my passion and I will continue to look after dogs in need in our area. I am sure the dogs at our shelter in Chiang Mai and all further activities will be in the best hands with WVS. I wish WVS all very best for their new venture in Thailand and all of their projects around the world.”
CEO of WVS, Luke Gamble said:
“It’s a great privilege to have volunteered with Care for Dogs in the past. The charity made a huge impression on me with its steadfast commitment to championing animal welfare and dedication to improving the moral perception of animal welfare in the area. Dovetailing our resources and ethics to support Care for Dogs moving forwards is an honour and our number one objective is to continue the amazing work of the charity and drive forward it’s goals and ambitions. Developing an international shelter and veterinary training centre to work synergistically with the shelter, showcasing best practice and driving forward the brilliant rabies vaccination and adoption programmes set up by the charity will be clear goals but ultimately, it is all about fulfilling Karin’s vision, making Care for Dogs the very best it can be, and continuing to make a fundamental difference to the animals in Chiang Mai.”