This summer I will be travelling to Koh Lanta to work with Lanta Animal welfare. LAW is an independent animal welfare organisation who work to protect abandoned, stray and injured animals through sterilization, veterinary treatment and education. Since its conception in 2005, LAW has treated and sterilised more than 15,000 animals.
Why does the problem exist?
According to LAW "Problems really began when all the big tourist resorts started being built on Koh Lanta. These resorts brought construction workers from other (Buddhist) parts of Thailand. These workers brought their dogs with them and abandoned them when work was completed. In addition to this problem, the number of tourists feeding these dogs increased, which resulted in their high survival and reproduction rates, causing overpopulation on a Muslim island where dogs can be viewed very negatively".
The aim of LAW is to provide protection, treatment, sterilization and vaccination to local animals (with work now branching out to neighbouring islands) and to provide education to locals, and tourists, so as to limit the conflict between animals and humans, and prevent unnecessary suffering. The organisation is entirely funded by donations and the profit generated from its partner cooking school, Time for Lime. It is through the hard work of volunteers, that the day to day running of LAW is made possible.
As I am a full-time student, I am not in a position to make significant financial contributions to LAW, so this year I will be travelling to Koh Lanta to work with LAW for 2 months as a volunteer. The role is on a 6-day working schedule (including night shifts), with very basic accommodation, cold water shower and bucket toilet. I am asking for support through Crowdfunder, to maximise the support I can provide to LAW both from the UK and Thailand, through financial contributions, donations of medical supplies and much-needed equipment.
The organization is currently running low on a number of things:
First aid and veterinary materials
Very strong, heavy duty dog leads and collars
Choke chains & medium and large harnesses
Dog and cat toys (tennis balls for example)
Books on dogs or cats, dog training, biology, etc.
The trip is entirely self-funded (sorry, overdraft!), but there are a few very important things I need help with. Any contributions to cover the above list, are hugely appreciated. This can be done in either financial contributions or item donations (please contact me directly if you would like to donate items). If you know of anyone who works in veterinary medicine or animal care, please ask if they are able to donate medical supplies or know of anyone who can, these contributions would be invaluable. Any contributions to cover volunteering costs are also massively appreciated, the main portion of the trip has already been paid for, but some essential things remain such as rabies vaccinations, volunteer kit, insurance etc. Any money or items you donate will be making a profound contribution to the lives of animals on Koh Lanta and surrounding islands. Any contribution, no matter how big or small, will be making a positive difference.
For more information, or to make direct donations to Lanta Animal Welfare, please visit: http://lantaanimalwelfare.com/about/
Animals at Lanta Animal Welfare are available for adoption, so if you think you could provide a loving home to any of these animals, please get in touch using the following link: http://lantaanimalwelfare.com/adopting/
Thank you for reading!