Tamara Johnston lives in Songkhla, Thailand. She regularly feeds the stray dogs who wander the streets of the area and recently when she was out doing just that, she had an unforgettable experience. A man approached her on the street, pointing and yelling. Tamara assumed it was because he wanted her to feed the dogs in a particular area, but as he got closer she noticed he was carrying something. He had a basket in his arms and he said there were puppies inside. The mesh basked did have three little puppies inside, and she realized the fourth puppy was running down the street. Tamara wanted to help the puppies, but they were only two months old and she wasn’t sure what to do.
Tamara currently helps care for about 100 dogs in Thailand and sometimes struggles to care for them with food and medical care. Taking in the puppies would be a lot to handle. Unfortunately, she didn’t have a choice: the man was either going to give her the puppies or dump them on the street. The puppies were scared and they needed her help. She says it’s common in the area for people to find the dogs on the street, but then get tired of the puppies when they start to wander. It’s an issue for the dogs, because they start to reproduce and the dogs are crowded with stray dogs.
Tamara knew the puppies would be in danger on the street where they could get run over because they were so small. So, she brought them home and while they seem healthy, many of them were underweight and all of the puppies have ticks and fleas. Once they have recovered, they will be ready for adoption—anywhere in the world. The puppies are safe, but there are so many other dogs in Thailand who are in desperate need of help. There are so many dogs on the streets that they couldn’t all possibly be adopted into local homes. To help those dogs, consider donating to the Thai Street Paws Rescue Group: https://www.gofundme.com/thaistreetpaws?fbclid=IwAR2oL4bzu2qtF_QlVDLZ6YruBa6WTgAyy_hBcpKijxMv1lr1vRwT5Z56bew