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Thai shelter for disabled stray dogs threatened by COVID-19 pandemic

The future is in doubt for a Thai shelter that looks after more than 600 dogs, some paralyzed and disabled after the coronavirus pandemic led to a 40 percent drop in donations and slashed the number of foreign visitors.

February 05, 2021 / 02:01 PM IST
The future is in doubt for a Thai shelter that looks after more than 600 dogs, some paralyzed and disabled, after the coronavirus pandemic led to a 40 percent drop in donations and slashed the number of foreign visitors. (Image: Reuters)
The future is in doubt for a Thai shelter that looks after more than 600 dogs, some paralyzed and disabled, after the coronavirus pandemic led to a 40 percent drop in donations and slashed the number of foreign visitors. (Image: Reuters)
With tails wagging to a chorus of barks and yelps, more than two dozen dogs attached to wheels that support their disabled hind legs scramble along a rocky path, taking their daily exercise. (Image: Reuters)
With tails wagging to a chorus of barks and yelps, more than two dozen dogs attached to wheels that support their disabled hind legs scramble along a rocky path, taking their daily exercise. (Image: Reuters)
The shelter, run by a foundation called The Man That Rescues Dogs, was set up by a Swede who moved to Chonburi in 2002 and was so dismayed by the poor condition of strays that he started caring for them after work. (Image: Reuters)
The shelter, run by a foundation called The Man That Rescues Dogs, was set up by a Swede who moved to Chonburi in 2002 and was so dismayed by the poor condition of strays that he started caring for them after work. (Image: Reuters)
Mostly victims of accidents, the 27 dogs are being nursed back to health at a shelter in Thailand’s province of Chonburi southeast of the capital, Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)
Mostly victims of accidents, the 27 dogs are being nursed back to health at a shelter in Thailand’s province of Chonburi southeast of the capital, Bangkok. (Image: Reuters)
The shelter spends more than $1,300 each day to care for more than 600 dogs and feed 350 more that live on the streets. (Image: Reuters)
The shelter spends more than $1,300 each day to care for more than 600 dogs and feed 350 more that live on the streets. (Image: Reuters)
Its volunteers also look after paralysed and disabled dogs, including physiotherapy sessions, but scarce funds have forced it to suspend a monthly campaign to spay and neuter strays. (Image: Reuters)
Its volunteers also look after paralysed and disabled dogs, including physiotherapy sessions, but scarce funds have forced it to suspend a monthly campaign to spay and neuter strays. (Image: Reuters)
Thailand, estimated to have more than 800,000 stray cats and dogs in 2017, could see their number reach 2 million by 2027 and 5 million in 20 years unless it takes some steps to control numbers, livestock authorities says. (Image: Reuters)
Thailand, estimated to have more than 800,000 stray cats and dogs in 2017, could see their number reach 2 million by 2027 and 5 million in 20 years unless it takes some steps to control numbers, livestock authorities says. (Image: Reuters)
For now, the disabled dogs in Chonburi enjoy their daily rambles. “They are eager for us to strap them up,” said dog handler Phanuphong Borphuak, referring to the canine mobility aids. “They run very fast, we humans can’t keep up with them.” (Image: Reuters)
For now, the disabled dogs in Chonburi enjoy their daily rambles. “They are eager for us to strap them up,” said dog handler Phanuphong Borphuak, referring to the canine mobility aids. “They run very fast, we humans can’t keep up with them.” (Image: Reuters)
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first published: Feb 5, 2021 02:01 pm

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