The First Step
Care For Dogs
Chiang Mai, Thailand ( Website )
A visit to this rescue center solidified my resolve to visit shelters around the world. Care For Dogs blew my mind! Initially, I visited Thailand to do some sightseeing around Chiang Mai and I ended up making a pit stop here and I am so glad that I did. Care For Dogs works to reduce overpopulation of street dogs, improve their health, and help them find homes.
The setup was fantastic! There was space for the dogs to sleep (little dog houses connected to each other), wooden planks for them to rest on, and many shaded areas to escape the sun. There were dogs sleeping, digging in the gravel, and meandering around.
There were volunteers walking some of the dogs, and it was so hot that the dogs waded through the water to cool down. They have training sessions for volunteers and I stopped by unannounced, so I wasn't able to walk some dogs. But I did see the cutest little pup while I chatted with some volunteers. She wasn't staying at the shelter but was looking for a home. Too bad I couldn't take her with me!
I really loved the calm atmosphere of the shelter and I could tell that the dogs were well taken care of. I spoke to a staff member there and she said that there was a dog that didn't get along with the others. They have separate areas for such a situation and for dogs that are healing from wounds or surgery, so they put her in an area of her own so she could be comfortable and feel safe.