Dogs getting the help they need
While out in the local market Fon noticed a donation box on a market stall. She discovered that Khun Weang was collecting money to care for dogs at a remote Temple 14km outside the city. Khun Weang had approached a vet who agreed to go out and give the dogs vaccine but would charge 300baht for the trip. Fon decided to visit the Temple to see what was needed there.
The temple is home to 18 dogs and puppies and one cat. We decided to get them all vaccinated, wormed and treated for fleas and ticks and then make a plan to get all of the dogs sterilised within the next few weeks. As always, the females are first. Sterilisation is the top priority in helping to keep the numbers of dogs here manageable.
One of the dogs here, Daeng, has a sweet and gentle nature but he’s very lucky to be alive.. he arrived at the Temple about a year ago in a terrible state, he was weak, dehydrated and covered with blood.
You can see from his scars that he had been severely slashed with a knife across his face and down his left shoulder. The monk painstakingly cleaned out the maggot infested wound and spent several weeks applying dressings until eventually Daeng’s wounds healed. Daeng is now living the safe and peaceful life that all dogs deserve.
The temple is called Wat Jow Pau Keaw Yai, meaning Big Mountain Temple, and the monk lives there alone so the dogs and cat are great company for him. His only other regular visitor is a lady who comes up from the village to bring him food and water and on Buddha days brings out special food. We were lucky to be there on a Buddha day so we all shared some lovely local food and fruit.
On the way down the mountain we found a mother and two pups living at the spirit house. The mother was friendly and eagerly ate the food as we vaccinated and her, the pups are not so used to people so it took a while to gain their confidence but eventually they also received their treatment.. and the sterilisation list grows by another three..
Wat Jow Pau Keaw Yai has now joined our ever growing list of regular Projects where we regularly monitor the dog and cat situations. If new dogs or cats arrive we will get them vaccinated and sterilised and if they are sick, we will get treatment for them.
So many dogs and cats in Temples are there because people have dumped them expecting the monks to take care of them but it’s just not possible for them provide good nutritious food and certainly not medical care which can be very expensive. Monks simply don’t have the recourses to cope with this problem. The dogs at this temple are lucky, thanks to Khun Weang and her donation box in the market we can help the monk take care of all of the animals and he’s really grateful that at last someone is able to offer him continued support.
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