This is the third monthly post in the 2021 Kindness series. Each month I will make a donation to a different nonprofit and write about the organization.
Eight years ago this week Michael and I were on the island of Koh Phangan for the Full Moon Party! It was the last stop on a three week visit to Thailand during our world trip. There were many things that I loved about Thailand, but I got sad when I saw the street dogs. The first day on the island we saw a lot of beach dogs. I got emotional and was not sure if I could enjoy our time there. Then, as I browsed through a tourist brochure – you know, the little magazines with information about the restaurants and attractions – I saw an ad for Phangan Animal Care for Strays. I said hi on their Facebook page and they invited us to come over and say hi in person. We had a great visit and learned a lot about their work. A few weeks later, I wrote a post about the stray dogs in Thailand and Phangan Animal Care.
I have been following Phangan Animal Care for Stray since then and have donated in the past. I am writing about them again because I have seen firsthand how much they are needed. Their mission says it all… “Our mission is to reduce the suffering of stray and wild animals on Koh Phangan.”
About Phangan Animal Care for Strays
This year marks Phangan Animal Care for Strays’ 20th anniversary! Their work focuses on four main areas to help stray, wild, and temple animals (mostly dogs and cats):
- Emergency medical care and nursing
- Rabies and other vaccines to prevent disease
- Spay/neuter for humane population control
- Community outreach – education about responsible pet ownership and how to respond if you see an injured animal
Phangan Animal Care for Strays currently has three paid staff and welcomes help from volunteers. They do not receive any government funding and rely on donations to pay all operating costs.
Support Phangan Animal Care for Strays
If you are interested, here are some ways you can support Phangan Animal Care for Strays.
- Donate – make a one time or recurring donation online.
- Volunteer in Thailand – If you love animals and love the beach, you can combine a vacation with some volunteer time in Koh Phangan. There are short term needs and full-time, long term opportunities if you are able to stay longer.
- Spread the word – tell your friends about the valuable work Phangan Animal Care for Strays does to reduce the suffering of stray and wild animals on Koh Phangan.
Happy 20th anniversary Phangan Animal Care for Strays. Thank you for all that you do!