Help Save Pets from the Thailand Floods!
Please remember those less fortunate during the Holidays!
Thailand is currently experiencing the worst flooding in 50 years. The disaster has devastated countless homes and claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent people. It’s also trapped many helpless pets in their abandoned homes.
Sangduen “Lek” Chailert, founder of the Save Elephant Foundation, has witnessed the plight of these animals firsthand and has a plea for the people of Thailand: Don’t forget about your furry best friends. Chailert posted her letter on elephant activist Jerry Nelson’s blog, describing how she and her team have been working from sunrise to midnight trying to rescue displaced animals, but cannot reach several who are locked in cages. Some of the cages even stick to the cement floor, preventing the workers from moving them to higher ground. She begs evacuees to come back for their pets and take them to whatever shelter they’re currently staying in. If the place doesn’t allow animals (several hotels don’t), Chailert asks the owners to at least release the animals from their cages, move them to a higher floor and visit them as often as possible. Her team also offers to temporarily care for displaced pets as the flooding continues, and has vets on hand to treat suffering pets. “If you understand [the] word “man’s best friend,” then you should value their loyal[ty],” Chailert writes.
Even if you don’t live or know someone in Thailand, you can help the trapped animals just by spreading Chailert’s message. You can also sponsor an abandoned dog or cat through the Thai charity Soi Dog, or take a cue from groups like WSPA and donate pet food to the Thai Red Cross, so that displaced families who have taken their pets with them can ensure they are fed.
The Thailand floods have already caused innumerable tragedies. But if we all help spread Sanguden “Lek” Chaliert’s message, we might prevent countless more.
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