As some of you may know I have just got back from Thailand for the first time. During our time in Phuket my best friend and I got the opportunity to visit two incredible sanctuary’s that do amazing things for animals. As absolute animal lovers this was an extreme highlight for us. Animal cruelty is a huge problem in Thailand and being informed and educated is the only way that this will slowly change. We did our research and chose sanctuaries and foundations that were actually for the good of the animal. So many places say they are a ‘sanctuary’ but are still incredibly cruel to the animal. This is something I feel so strongly about animals should not be used for tourist fun, those tigers or monkeys that you cuddle at the zoo’s they are drugged. What normal healthy tiger naturally cuddles a human? Those elephants you ride, their souls are broken and they are hit and poked with sticks and hooks so they do the right thing.
Before partaking in any animal you should always ask yourself ‘is this a natural way for the animal to behave?’ And do your research people!!
Anyway enough about that and let me tell you about our time at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary and Soi Dog Foundation.
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is the first ethical Elephant Sanctuary in Phuket. They have only been in operation for a little over a year and currently have only 6 elephants. The most recent rescued only a week or two ago (check out their Instagram for the cutest pictures)
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is locacted about an hour out of Phuket, we took a Grab and the driver kindly came back for us when were done so we didn’t have to try and hail another.
The morning tour cost approx $100 which included a continental breakfast on arrival, feeding of the elephants if they are up to it, a walk with the elephants through their home and lunch overlooking the elephants roam free. In my opinion it was well worth the money to see how happy they are, they have free roam of the gardens and you can see how much the mahouts care about them. At the end of the tour you get the opportunity to have a look through their souvenirs if you feel like donating more. There is also an opportunity to volunteer for a couple of days.
Phuket Elephant Sanctuary is run in close conjunction with Elephant Nature Park and Lek (founder of ENP) even assisted with a few of the first rescues.
Everyone that works at PES is super passionate about their job and that just made the whole day even better knowing they love what they do and the elephants so much.
Photos of these stunning creatures below:
Soi Dog Foundation
Soi Dog Foundation takes in dogs that have been surrendered, been mistreated or injured. They also have dogs that they have rescued from the meat trade (massive issue in South East Issue) and also puppy mills. They aim to re home and adopt out the dogs in their care. They also have a cat sanctuary with many cats and kittens up for adoption. Soi Dog Foundation has worked incredibly hard to eradicate rabies from phuket island which they have done through vaccinating, even the dogs on the street that aren’t in their care. They have also done an amazing job at sterilising a good majority of the street dogs. The foundation is made up of quite a few runs as they keep different dogs in seperate areas. They have an adult run, meat trade dog run, teenage dog run, puppy run, elderly dog run, small dog run and even a run for the shyer more anxious dogs that just need that little bit more care.
We started our day with a tour which they run 3 times a morning and then 3 times in the afternoon. We got shown around the premises and told about the work they do, after the tour we got the opportunity to sit with the elderly dog or puppies and just play with them which was heaps of fun.
You can also volunteer at the foundation which means you help with the feeding, walking, cleaning, training and just keeping the dogs company. If we had longer I would have loved to do this.
Everyone was so lovely and accommodating, it is such a shame you can’t adopt dogs or cats back into Australia as there was so many that I fell in love with.
So there you go, two amazing places in Phuket that are doing amazing things to rescue and rehabilitate animals and just show them happiness and love.
Until next time
Jasmine x x x