BENEFITING: A Forever-Home Rescue Foundation, Inc.
ORGANIZER: A Forever-Home Rescue Foundation, Inc.
A Forever-Home Rescue Foundation, Inc. wrote -
As a local organization, we believe that our first responsibility is to help dogs in our area, but as you all know, we have helped dogs from other parts of the country, and have even rescued a dog from Iraq. Sometimes horrific circumstances and heinous crimes against animals compel us to act and to help raise awareness regardless of geography.
You may or may not know that there is a thriving illegal dog meat trade in many parts of the world, but it is especially active in Thailand. Thousands of dogs are stolen every year to be sold illegally to the dog meat trade. Most were someone’s beloved pet. Given the horrible fate awaiting these dogs, we can’t sit back and let them suffer – we have to be part of the solution.
We have been reading about the horror that these dogs endure - starting with the way they are transported to the brutal way they are killed. We will spare you the gory details, but please believe us when we tell you that it is truly gruesome.
AFH is partnering with the Soi Dog Foundation - a group that works tirelessly in Thailand to rescue dogs from a horrible fate. They do a great job with few resources, and constantly have an average of 1,500 dogs in their shelter. They are reaching out to individuals and rescues across the globe to help them find homes for some of these dogs.
They have provided us with a short video about their work. It is sad but not graphic. You can view it at http://www.soidog.org/en/adoptions/dog-meat-trade-dogs-for-adoption/
If they do not find homes for these dogs they will spend their entire lives at the shelter in Buriram within the concrete walls of the shelter with hundreds of other dogs. While they do receive food, water, and medical care, it is impossible to provide them with the love and attention they deserve because there are simply too many of them. We want to help them get the love and attention they deserve in forever homes and we need your help to do it.
Getting the dogs to the US is a very simple process – what it takes is money and foster homes.
The cost to transport a dog to the US (if they are accompanied by a person) starts around $450 depending on the airline and where the flight departs from. This includes sterilization, vaccinations, micro chipping, pet passport, flights, and the flight crate. Soi Dog has started a flight volunteer program (where travelers/tourists to their area escort a dog back to the US) and it is possible they can arrange a flight volunteer to transport fairly quickly.
If a flight volunteer is not available, they would have to send the dogs via cargo. The cost varies depending on the size of the dog and destination, but ranges from $800-$1200. Of course, we prefer that dogs not travel as cargo and hope that we can take advantage of their flight volunteer program since DC is a major airline hub.
One option we have is to send a volunteer to Thailand to manage bringing the dogs here. We are trying to make this as cost effective as possible, so we are wondering if anyone out there has unused airline miles that they can donate – perhaps miles that are about to expire that they won’t be able to use. Besides helping the dogs, it is a tax write-off. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help with airline tickets. If donated miles are not an option, we will consider purchasing a ticket, but as always, we are careful how we spend our funds.
Please help us to save some dogs from a terrifying ordeal and a cruel death by making a donation today. We would appreciate it if you would share this appeal with other dog lovers.
Please email email@example.com if you would like to become an approved foster home for one of these deserving dogs.
Finally, if you know anyone traveling to Thailand in the next few weeks, please ask them to consider becoming a flight volunteer. They can contact us for details.