Phuket Animal support - A community-based humane animal welfare group who provide help for stray animals
Phuket Animal Support Group
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Phuket Animal Support Group was founded in 1996 by Thais and foreigners alike
who want to help these needy animals. Volunteers
give their time by either feeding or transporting animals or both, in a bid to
make the life of the strays more comfortable.
Many volunteers spend a few hours at temples and beaches feeding the animals, administering first aid and vaccinating the animals against such diseases as rabies and the unsightly hair loss from the mange mite. Our main aim is to humanely control the stray population by sterilization.
Unfortunately there is a common misconception that any unwanted animals can be left at any of the Buddhist temples in Thailand and the animals will be taken care of by the monks. A Buddhist monk is not permitted to touch money and relies solely on food donations from the public. They are not permitted to eat after noon and so therefore, the stray animals at the temples, who rely solely on scraps of food receive very little and are often seen foraging for lizards and mice or through low-level garbage. There are often up to 150 animals at any one temple, so food is scarce and fought over. Our work within the temples, is therefore of paramount importance.
the formation of the Phuket Animal Support Group, poisoning by the
was a common occurrence in an effort to cut the numbers of strays and to reduce
the number complaints of problem animals made by the public at the local Municipality.
This is not only an extremely cruel way to kill an animal taking
up to 8 hours to die an agonizing death, but is distressing for local animal lovers
who have to witness this and it is also indiscriminate against animals who have
owners. Many family pets die this
way. Since PASG was formed this practice
still occurs, but the number of cases has fallen dramatically and PASG are currently
working with the local government in establishing a sterilization program; we
hope that poisoning will soon become a thing of the past.
The Phuket Animal Support Group has sterilized over 1500 dogs and 540 cats in the 3 years it has been running and this is a figure we are very proud of. With the average life of a female stray being 5 years, her being in season twice a year from the age of 6 months and with an typical litter of 5, she alone would produce approximately 50 puppies and that would be a conservative estimate.