The Soi Dog Foundation’s ongoing relief effort for dogs and cats affected by the recent floods in central Thailand has seen the amount of food delivered to desperate dogs and cats exceed 100 tons.
After the initial distribution in late September of 64 tons of food to the flood-affected districts of the Central Region due to tropical storms Leonroc and Kompassu, further supplies of both stray and domestic animals were delivered this month to four districts in Nonthaburi and Sing Buri, resulting in Over 100 tons have been supplied to the district administration offices in Mueang, Sai Noi, Bang Bua Thong and Pak Kret districts in Nonthaburi, and Mueang district in Singburi.
During the floods in Nonthaburi alone, local authorities estimate that more than 2,500 dogs and 5,000 cats were in dire need of food.
“Even now, after the flood waters recede, without our help, these animals will not be able to find food, and their owners cannot feed their pets,” said Soi Dog’s Community Relations Manager Sakdapol Thongjan. He describes the situation as a “real double crisis”
“In the first round, we barely saw the tip of the iceberg,” he says, referring to the large number of dogs and cats needing help. The majority of these animals are frequently cared for by animal lovers in the surrounding areas and villages, and most of them are in good health and have previously undergone necessary vaccinations and sterilizations.
But during this difficult period, they need food to survive which societies cannot provide in this time of crisis.
After extensive distribution efforts by Soi Dog, fortunately there have been no further reports of dogs or cats needing rescue, although Sakdapol added that Soi Dog will work with relevant agencies to coordinate assistance when needed.
Because of the floods, residents are unable to find food for their beloved pets, and during the recent floods, it is estimated that the Soi Dog Foundation has fed more than 6,000 dogs and 8,000 cats, ensuring that these animals have the basic supplies they need. The nonprofit continues to prepare for future emergencies.
According to a report by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, the northeast monsoon, affecting the Gulf of Thailand and the south, is exacerbating the flood situation. Flash floods and mudslides have occurred in 12 counties in the past two weeks.
For more information about the Soi Dog Foundation’s Emergency Response Program, visit https://links.soidog.org/help-hungry-animals.