November 11, 2011
Partnering to Help Dogs Rescued from Floods
After meeting with other animal protection groups, rescuing dogs, helping with food delivery, and visiting wildlife shelters set up in the wake of the floods currently impacting Thailand, the HSI disaster response team began work at the TWP Shelter in Muang District near Bangkok.
The shelter came up almost overnight on the premises of a private business—Thai Watana Panich Press—and is the result of the efforts of several groups, known as the TWP coalition, after the Press. The TWP coalition has rescued close to a hundred dogs so far, with the facility now being expanded to accommodate more animals.
Organizing for greater effectiveness
When the HSI team visited the shelter, set up originally by the Chiang Mai-based Elephant Nature Foundation, three other groups had chipped in with volunteers and other resources: Soi Cats and Dogs (SCAD), Pick A Pet 4 Home and Kinship Circle. HSI's Rahul Sehgal and his colleagues promptly got to work helping to create a command structure, crucial for a team with so many different players.
Our suggestions were welcomed and procedures were quickly put into place: for example, each rescued dog treated at the shelter is given a number written on a red tie that goes around his neck and remains there for the duration of the animal's stay. This number and tie will help all shelter workers and volunteers to identify the animal and keep track of his medical history.
Vets offer treatment
HSI's Dr. Del Napoles and Dr. Patel delivered veterinary care to the animals at the shelter. In just a day, nearly 40 dogs, many of them puppies, were vaccinated against parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, influenza, leptospirosis and rabies, thereby giving them not only temporary haven from the floods but also using the opportunity to secure their health for the long term. Further, a few sick dogs in the shelter were identified, isolated and treated by the HSI vets.
The HSI team will spend the next few days at the TWP shelter providing supplies, veterinary attention, expertise regarding emergency shelter management structure and general guidance. Donate to support our efforts.