I am pleased to welcome a guest blogger this week, one of my two fabulous kids, Julia. Julia, Sean, Kyle and I volunteered for four days at a wonderful nonprofit this week in Thailand. Julia, take it away!
Care For Dogs is an organization that provides shelter, care, and food for dogs in need. Most of the dogs are really sweet-they love to be pet and play. But others are aggressive or scared of people because of what has happened to them in the past. All the dogs are street dogs, and some of them have been saved from awful fates such as the dog meat trade, or abusive owners
Care For Dogs has close to 200 dogs and we spent four days feeding, bathing and walking them. We also spent a lot of time socializing the shy dogs…just giving them love to help them adjust to humans. And my parents scooped a lot of poop.
One of the dogs I really liked was Cara. She is medium sized with a white coat and brown markings. She was really nice and she loved the puppies, whenever I went into their area she would always try to get by. She was always happy and playful.
The puppies were really cute, there was a litter of six that were brown and really small. The other three were all different types, and they were older and bigger than the the brown ones. They were all teething, so they would bite on my fingers, shoelaces, and hair. The brown ones were so sweet. One time I went in their pen, they were all sleeping but one got up so he could sleep on my lap instead. They were so helpless, sometimes they would fall into a gutter on the ground and cry until I came to carry them out. I felt bad for them because they didn’t have their mother-she was too scared to be rescued. CFD is still trying though.
Oh the Ears!
The big puppies weren’t so needy. Two of them went to the adoption fair on our last day, the other one stayed because he’s sick. The biggest one was white and brown, he looked like Mickey did when Mickey was a puppy. Then there was one who was black and brown striped. The last one was the sick one, he was white.
Hey that’s my camera case!
When I saw them they were all locked up in a cage. I gave them water and let them out. They drank the whole bowl of water in a minute, they were so thirsty. The problem with the big ones is that they try to playfight with the little ones, but they are too rough and end up hurting them.
On our second day of volunteering, the shelter got a call for twenty puppies. They went to pick them up, managed to get one of the mothers but not the other. The puppies were dewormed and are going into the puppy area in a week.
Some of the dogs were missing legs, eyes, or ears. There was one who had half of his face gone, but I never saw him.
Care For Dogs slogan is “Saving one dog won’t change the world, but surely the world will change for that one dog.” You can help by going to http://www.carefordogs.org
and making a donation. You might ask “Why Thai dogs? There are plenty of dogs at home in need.” This is a valid question. The average annual Thai salary is under $9,000 annually, so spending money on sterilizing and care for dogs is not a priority. Think how much impact a small $20 donation could help!