We have always found that when we volunteer whilst travelling we get the most rewarding memories we have. We always aim to make a positive difference, however small.
So, knowing we would be spending few weeks on Koh Tao we decided to see what volunteering opportunities were available on the island.I immediately read about the Koh Tao Animal clinic, and knew I had a lot of love to give to some furry friends, so this sounded perfect. I miss my family pets so much whilst on the road! From their Facebook page:
“The goal of this clinic is to treat any sick or injured animals on Koh Tao. If you see any animal that you feel needs assistance then please message us with information of location and photographs if possible or in a real emergency you can call this number 0810905372.”
Unfortunately being a not for profit, with stretched resources, the website is not quite up to date; and although we drove past where the website said it should be several times a day, it took us close to a week to actually stop and ask someone where it was. Luckily all the locals know where the clinic is and we were pointed in the right direction soon enough. The Koh Tao Animal Clinic is next to the Koh Tao Rescue which is well signed, on the road to Tanote Beach. I never thought to look them up on Facebook! They are fully up to date here.
If you are a Koh Tao local, please consider fostering or adopting a pet. The clinic only has space and facilities to care for so many kittens, puppies, cats and dogs before they begin to be overwhelmed! There are also so many things the clinic could use help with while you are holidaying.The easiest thing anyone could volunteer is their time and love for the many animals who are either awaiting adoption, recovering from surgery, or spending a few nights at the Clinic while their family holidays like the two cuties below.
Shabir is highly allergic to cats, so he became the weekly spa man for this girl, Nam Tang. She is a little bit famous in the gulf of Thailand! Her condition was so bad initially that she appeared in correspondence at local clinics on other islands. She fell victim to a yeast infection that caused all of her hair to fall out and left her looking like a little elephant. Apart from looking a little shocking, this was extremely uncomfortable and itchy for poor Nam Tang.
The clinic have been monitoring her ever since, dropping off medication in sausages and giving her a doggy spa once a week to remove dry skin, dirt and any bacteria that might be hanging around. So Shabir rode out to the place she calls home on Monday’s, walk her back to the Clinic, give her a lovely wash and scrub, moisturize her with a coating of coconut oil, before walking her home. She may look a bit scrappy now, but I am assured she has made vast improvements! She will be such a good looking dog once she is fully recovered!
There were also between 5 and 11 kittens running around they were adopted and fostered out, but just as quickly new kitty’s were found! This ginger guy reminded me of a tiger, the three came in together as feral strays. I wasn’t a cat person, I was terrified of them at first. I honestly had to ask how to handle them and used a towel at first to pull them out of their cage. I was taught that kittens just need to be taught to love the hoomans.
Because I love cuddling tiny furry things I was able to help the team nurse these guys into purring balls of cute ready for adoption.Tia or ‘Long Tongue’ is a Koh Tao puppy who just turned up on the front door step one day- she urgently needs a forever home- if you are a long term resident in Koh Tao could you give this lovable pup a place to call home??
When I was there I nursed this guy back from a terrified ball of fur, to the most affectionate cat I have ever encountered. His eye was seriously injured, leaving him absolutely terrified of people, noises, and other animals. The first day I coerced him out of his cage, after his surgery he shook uncontrollably. He hid behind me and raced to hide under a cage when someone entered the room. Now he can’t stand being in his cage and craves human interaction. His stitches will be removed this week and I will update this post to let you know if his eye was saved!
Happy is one of the many clinic dogs that need love too! All I know is that she was not hit by a car, and has spent most of her life living at the clinic. She doesn’t get out in her wheels or that often, nor does she get to the beach very much. But man, does she love the freedom when she does! I had to run to keep up with her when we went on ‘wheel’ adventures! And at the beach it’s amazing to see her ‘almost’ walking, with her hips floating she is able to stand as if she were on all four legs. If nothing else, if you have a scooter- why not drop in to take Happy for a beach adventure? I promise you, you won’t be able to help but smile and have a happy heart when you see her running around in the water.
On top of all these amazing cases that we were lucky enough to help out with, the clinic carries out countless sterilizations and vaccinations off their own back. They do this to keep the island animals as healthy as they possibly can be, and keep the population under control.
So check them out on Facebook, and get in touch if you are on Koh Tao!Have you been to Koh Tao? Would you consider dropping into the Animal Clinic?