Stray puppy becomes millionth animal to be neutered and vaccinated by Soi Dog Foundation 


A one-eyed stray puppy in Thailand has become the millionth animal to be neutered and  vaccinated by animal welfare organisation Soi Dog Foundation. 

Aptly named ‘Million’, the homeless puppy was taken in by one of the foundation’s mobile  sterilisation teams after she was found on the streets of Nakhon Si Thammarat, and soon after became the millionth animal to pass through its large-scale spay/neuter and vaccination programme  since its founding in 2003.  

It is the first time in history that this number of stray animals has been neutered and  vaccinated by a single organisation.  

“This incredible achievement simply would not have been possible without the support of  our donors around the world,” said Soi Dog Foundation co-founder and president John Dalley MBE. 

“Dogs like Million deserve so much better than to be born into short lives of suffering on the  streets. It is, and has always been, our mission to get to the root cause of that suffering by means of sterilisation, and we are grateful to have supporters who wholeheartedly believe in that mission too,” he added. 

John and his late wife Gill, who hail from Yorkshire, UK, established Soi Dog Foundation in  Phuket in order to address the overpopulation of stray dogs – known as ‘soi’ dogs – after retiring to  the Thai island in 2003. From humble beginnings, it has steadily grown to become the largest stray  animal welfare organisation in Southeast Asia and this year celebrates its 20th anniversary.  

The foundation’s spay/neuter and vaccination programme – known as its CNVR (Catch,  Neuter, Vaccinate, Return) programme – has been at the forefront of its work from the very start.  The CNVR approach is widely recognised as the most humane and effective way of reducing the  overpopulation of stray animals and stemming the spread of disease, including rabies.  

“In our first three months, we managed to sterilise 175 animals and just over 1,200 the  entire following year. Although those numbers sound small, as with anything in life you have to start  somewhere,” said John. 

Fast-forward to today, and the foundation is now neutering and vaccinating more than 
20,000 animals like Million every single month through its mobile teams and partner projects across  Thailand.

The programme has produced clear results in Phuket, where sustained efforts have reduced  the stray population by over 90% and where disease control is such that the island is set to officially  become Thailand’s first rabies-free province.  

Yearly surveys conducted by the International Companion Animal Management Coalition  (ICAM) show similarly positive results in Greater Bangkok, where the foundation has neutered and  vaccinated over half a million animals. The large stray population in the capital is steadily declining,  and a more compassionate attitude towards animals is being fostered by local communities.  

Supporting these efforts in Greater Bangkok is Dogs Trust Worldwide – the international arm  of the UK’s largest dog welfare charity – who have funded half of the programme there since 2016.  Soi Dog Foundation receives no government funding to carry out its work and is solely dependent upon donations from kind individuals and grant-funding organisations like Dogs Trust Worldwide  who share its passion for improving the lives of stray animals.  

“We’re so proud to have been an integral partner to the project in Bangkok since 2016,” said  Director of Dogs Trust Worldwide Karen Reed. 

“We are committed to improving the lives of dogs and the relationship dogs have with the  communities in which they live all around the world, so we know just how important this project  continues to be for every single dog and cat. 

“On behalf of everyone here at Dogs Trust Worldwide, we congratulate Soi Dog Foundation  on reaching this milestone,” she added.  

Soi Dog Foundation also operates rescue, treatment, humane education and community  outreach programmes from its shelter in Phuket. It was at the shelter’s state-of-the-art dog hospital  that Million herself underwent further surgery to remove her right eye which had been badly injured  after she was hit by a car – sadly an all-too-common occurrence for stray dogs who are left to roam  the streets freely. 

With the stray dog population in Thailand sitting at an estimated 10-12 million, the  foundation is committed to continuing to grow its CNVR programme, operating it in tandem with its  other programmes which all form part of its holistic approach to enhancing animal welfare in Asia.  

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.