Niall Harbison and Soi Dog Foundation join forces for street dogs with mass spay/neuter project


In a unified effort to transform the lives of Thailand’s street dogs, Niall Harbison and his organisation Happy Doggo have joined forces with the renowned Soi Dog Foundation on a large scale spay/neuter project which will see 2,000 dogs sterilised and vaccinated every single month.  

Designed to humanely reduce the overpopulation of street dogs, stem the spread of disease  between them and enhance their overall quality of life, the project launched into action in the  Southern province of Surat Thani on Tuesday (January 30). In the first day of operation, 47 dogs  underwent spay/neuter surgery and received life-saving vaccinations against diseases including  rabies, distemper and parvovirus. 

Carrying this momentum forward are two fully equipped mobile clinic teams who will move  strategically around the province, humanely capturing then neutering and vaccinating street dogs  before returning them safely to their territories. Together, the teams have the capacity to reach 90- 100 street dogs a day – or over 20,000 a year – preventing an untold number of puppies from being  born into short lives of suffering on the streets. 

“There are somewhere between 8 and 15 million street dogs in Thailand. Mass sterilisation  really is the only way to fix this once and for all,” said Niall at the project launch. 

“We’ve been working towards this project for months, and I’m so happy to see it in action.  Soi Dog Foundation’s vets, rescue officers and staff on the ground are just incredible. The amount of  lives saved will be staggering,” he added. 

Based on the nearby island of Koh Samui, Niall has gained international notoriety for his  work feeding, sterilising and treating street dogs, which he documents online. At the heart of his  organisation Happy Doggo is a mission to fix the street dog problem on a global scale through  sterilisation and emergency medical care.  

This mission is shared with the Phuket-based Soi Dog Foundation, who have been advocating  for the welfare of street dogs and cats in Thailand and across Asia for over 20 years. 

Alongside rescue, treatment, adoption, education and community outreach initiatives, Soi  Dog operates the largest spay/neuter and vaccination programme of its kind in the world, and last  year became the first organisation in history to reach one million neutered and vaccinated animals. 

“It’s an absolute pleasure to partner with Niall and Happy Doggo to help spread the impact  of this critical work even further and wider,” said Soi Dog Foundation CEO Louise Rose. 

“The more we join together and share experiences and expertise, the closer we move  towards the day we see an end to the suffering of stray animals in Thailand, in Asia and beyond.  Ultimately, this is what we’re all working towards,” she added.  

Neither Soi Dog Foundation nor Happy Doggo receive any government funding to carry out  their work; both depend upon donations from animal lovers around the world who share their  passion for improving the lives of homeless animals.  

The two organisations look forward to working closely together to make a lasting difference  to the lives of street dogs in Thailand, reducing their suffering humanely and effectively.  

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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.