My 2 Thailand dog adoptions saved from Illicit Meat Trade
Organized by: lisa wojciechowski
I am adopting 2 rescued dogs from Thailand who were recently residents at the Elephant Nature Park. The ENP saved them from the Ilicitt Meat Trade. Here is their story:
I recently took a two week eco-trip and volunteered at an Elephant rescue and rehabilitation center in Northern Thailand called the Elephantnaturepark.org (ENP). The park provides a natural and safe environment for 39+ elephants, over 400 dogs, as well as many cats, countless water buffalo and many other rescued animals in need.
As a volunteer, I contributed to the healing and rehabilitation, daily feeding, bathing and general care of the elephants and the dogs, as well as to the maintenance and improvements of the park. The days were also filled with videos and talks from the park organizers where we learned about the horrific past and the tortured lives of many of these amazing creatures, and heard about the bright future which is full of hope for their new lives at the park.
While I was volunteering at the sanctuary, I split my time working with the rescued and rehabilitated Elephants and the 400+rescued dogs. I was in awe of the "Gentle Giant" Elephants and extremely moved by the stories about their difficult past lives. It was wonderful to see how happy and grateful these Elephants were living in the comfort and safe haven of their new home. But since I couldn't adopt any of them, I turned my efforts to the sweet canine residents of the park. Many of these dogs were once abandoned and homeless street dogs. Some of the dogs were rescued from the consuming and destructive, Bangkok floods where thousands of dogs were seen stranded on rooftops and left to die from starvation and dehydration. ENP quickly jumped in to help save the lives of as many of these dogs as they could. And some of the four legged residents at the sanctuary were rescued from the inhumane, unconscionable and brutal "Illicit Meat Trade" in Thailand where hundreds of dogs are rounded up off the streets or stolen from homes every day, unmercifully and violently crammed into tiny crates and ultimately are sold, skinned alive and eaten by humans.
One day while working at the vet clinic I met precious little Dek Dee and her adorable little brother named Why, and I fell madly in love with both of them. I learned that they had been rescued from a fate of certain torturous death from the Meat Trade and were thankfully brought to the sanctuary. They were two of the smallest dogs in the run of eleven dogs, where they were enduring the pitfalls of being in the jungle climate which brings an endless onslaught of fleas and ticks, and were also getting picked on a bit by a few unstable members of the pack. This broke my heart knowing what they had already had to endure, and it was then that I decided that I would adopt these two beautiful, gentle creatures and attempt to give them a loving, forever home here in the US.
My goal is to raise enough money to cover many of the known costs associated with getting these two dogs transported from the sanctuary located in Northern Thailand, and have them safely delivered to me here in Los Angeles.
The list of some of the known expenses includes:
Veterinary care – including heartworm and tick blood tests, worming pills and shots , flea baths and flea and tick meds, micro-chipping , all the necessary vaccinations, any necessary x-rays, general physicals both in Thailand pre-flight and then post- flight vet check- ups here in the US.
Transportation costs- including two dog crates for the train and the plane rides. Train fare for the two dogs and one volunteer travelling with the dogs from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. Lodging and food for the volunteer who is staying in Bangkok for 6 days while waiting for the dogs to get on their flight home. There is also Airfare which is the cost of flying the two dogs as cargo on the flight from Bangkok to Los Angeles. Transit document fees, quarantine papers, Health certificates and passports for the dogs and Food for the dogs for seven days. All of these costs add up quickly.
The girl dog’s new name is Demi and she will remain in my care in her forever home. Wyatt is the boy’s new name and he will be placed with a kind and generous foster who volunteers with the amazing Rescue group called Dogs without borders. Regretfully, I cannot keep them both but I simply could not leave him behind. I will work with the rescue group until Wyatt finds his forever loving home as well.
Any additional money raised over the amount needed for the costs listed above willl be donated back to the Elephant Nature Park which is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and caring for animals of all kinds. Some cash will be used to pay for Wyatt’s foster care with the Los Angeles based, Dogswithoutborders.org non-profit organization and the remainder will be donated to the Elephant Nature Park’s dog sanctuary for the purchase of veterinary supplies and medicine needed for the remaining 400+ hopeful dogs who reside there awaiting their turn to find their forever home.
Thank you for taking the time to read the story of Demi and Wyatt and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your kind and generous support. The world is made better by people like you who take the time to open your heart to a worthy cause or situation. God bless the beasts and you!