The mobile clinic of the Soi Dog Foundation, which provides sterilisation and vaccination free of charge, has commenced operations in the Rawai area of Phuket.
The clinic forms part of the CNVR programme – Catch, Neuter, Vaccinate, Release – which is the core mission of the Soi Dog Foundation and the most effective and humane way to control the street dog and cat population, and eventually help bring to an end the suffering of stray animals.
The mobile clinic takes place at the Rawai/Naiharn wastewater management facility from January 21 to February 1, from 8am to 5pm on weekdays.
Dog catchers will survey and catch stray animals and bring them back to the mobile clinic, while pet owners or feeders are invited to bring their own dogs and cats there as well.
The animals brought to the clinic will undergo a basic health checkup in the morning, before being prepared for sterilisation.
They also have to rest after the operation during the afternoon. The whole programme typically takes just one day for each animal.
All of the animals who receive sterilisation and vaccination will be given a small tattoo on one of their ears to identify them for future reference.
The service that the mobile clinic offers to every dog and cat includes a basic health checkup, tick and flea control, sterilisation and combined vaccine, which includes the rabies vaccine.
After Rawai, the mobile clinic will move to the Kata area from February 18 to 22, and then to the Karon area from February 25 to March 1.
After that, it will move on to Kho Khao in Phang Nga.