Sterilization

dog paws on table for sterilization.

Our mission is to decrease the stray dog population of Hua Hin through sterilization and education, ensuring a better future for stray animals and a more harmonious relationship between the dogs and people of Hua Hin.

Why do we sterilize dogs?

We sterilize street dogs to help reduce the amount of strays on the street, the vast majority of which face disease, injury, and starvation. In addition, the overpopulation of street dogs has contributed to the divide between stray animals and the community, so our aim is also to relieve some of this tension.

How do we find dogs to sterilize?

We work with multiple packs in the Hua Hin district. We travel to local areas, focusing particularly on temple areas in which animals are often dumped, and slowly befriend the dogs through regular feeding runs. This allows us to build relationships with the animals, which makes them easier to catch, bring back to the clinic, and perform the sterilization. We keep them long enough to provide the necessary aftercare and, when they are ready, we return them back to their packs.

What is the process of sterilization?

When we house a stray animal, we extract blood and have it tested for platelet levels and blood parasites at a veterinary center. If the tests come back healthy, we conduct the sterilization within a few days. The dog or cat then has a week-long recovery period in our kennels – this period ensures that we can provide proper wound care, change the bandages as needed, and remove the stitches. If the animal is given a clean bill of health at the end of this week, we release them back to their packs. If the animal is sick, they remain in our care, receiving proper medication and treatment until they are healthy enough to be returned to their pack.

How much does sterilization cost Rescue P.A.W.S?

Each sterilization costs us around THB 1000, or $30 USD. Our organization relies entirely on donations – if you would like to help us make a difference in Thailand’s stray dog population through sterilization, please consider donating to Rescue P.A.W.S. All donations are greatly appreciated and bring us one step forward to solving the issue!

If I find a stray or injured animal, can I drop it off at Rescue P.A.W.S.?

Rescue P.A.W.S. is a catch and release program, not a veterinary clinic or rescue centre. Bringing dogs or cats to our facility to treat or foster can create additional risks for our animals who are recovering from sterilization, and can additionally deplete the already limited resources that we need to continue our mission. We do, however, want to be a source of information for anyone concerned with animal welfare issues and we are happy to advise individuals accordingly. Contact coordinator@rescue-paws.org and we will try our best to help you or direct you to someone who can!