Meeting Thailand’s Dogs and Cats

Global Vets’ explorers Ty and Caitlin have landed in Thailand and set to work helping the local cat and dog population. Get all the details in their first blog post!

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Cat nap in Thailand. Photo Credit: Caitlin Grant and Tyler Jorden

Ty and I have been on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand for 13 days now. After a very long journey here (a plane from Toronto to Hong Kong, a plane from Hong Kong to Bangkok and then a plane from Bangkok to Koh Samui) and 2 days of rest, we started our first placement at the Dog and Cat Rescue Samui Foundation.

The rescue center has been here since 1997 and offers medical care, shelter, and spay and neuter surgeries to the dogs and cats on the island of Koh Samui for free. The shelter is made up of outdoor compounds that have many dogs in each one. There is also a cat house for all of the cats, and a puppy house for the younger dogs. Each day, Ty and I walk to the main office then get driven to the shelter, which is about an hour drive. We always stop at the 7-11 on the way to get iced coffee (it is too hot in Thailand for real coffee!!).

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Caitlin and Ty in the puppy house. Photo Credit: Caitlin Grant and Tyler Jorden

When we arrive at the shelter in the morning, we usually start off by helping the vet that works here with surgeries. There are about 6 spays or neuters done each day. These surgeries are really important because there are so many dogs and cats on the island without a home, so we need to prevent them from having more puppies and kittens. Ty and I have both really enjoyed being able to do some of these surgeries. Before we came to Thailand, neither of has had done a surgery, so we are both very happy to get some experience here.

Another thing that Ty and I have been spending a lot of time doing is parasite control. Since there are so many dogs and they all live outside, they are all crawling with fleas and ticks. The fleas and ticks are not good because they carry other diseases which can make the dogs sick. On our first day at the center we went around to all of the dogs in all of the compounds and gave them a needle with medicine that kills the fleas and ticks. I go to the puppy house every day to cuddle with the puppies and also to pick ticks off of them with tweezers. I find the ticks everywhere on the puppies, even in their ears and between their toes! The other day I gave some of the smaller puppies a bath with special shampoo that kills fleas. The puppies in the puppy house are my favourite and I love going to visit them everyday. I hope that they all find good homes to go to soon.

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Caitlin playing with some puppies. Photo Credit: Caitlin Grant and Tyler Jorden

We are enjoying our time here at the Dog and Cat Rescue Samui Foundation so much and we are sad that we only have a few more days left. It is a really good feeling though to know that we are helping animals that really need it and hopefully we have made a small difference in the short time that we have spent here.

Check back soon for the next update from the Global Vets’ team and be sure to stop by and meet the rest of the veterinarian students that will be blogging about their travels in South America, East Africa and India.

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