Koh Samui, Thailand
I was finally able to do something I have wanted to do for a while and that was to volunteer abroad. I wanted to work with cats and dogs and came across GoEco who had the Cat and Dog Rescue in Koh Samui project – I immediately applied and was approved.
My first day on the job was wow… lets just say some scratches and cleaning up after the dogs. There are 500 dogs at the rescue center and of course they all wanted my attention. It is hard sometimes because you so badly want to just sit and play with them all day, but there are other things that need to be done like cleaning up the compounds and bathing or brushing dogs.
I got to wash these two little puppies that had to be separated from the other dogs because they were carrying Mange (canine scabies) contagious to other dogs. While they didn’t liked to be washed it helped with their itching and they loved the cuddles while I was drying them.
One dog’s story really moved me. A paralyzed mother dog that was found on the street with her small puppies. Within three weeks, with some help, she was feeding again. One of the other volunteers fed the puppies several times a day with a syringe and kept five out of the six puppies alive. By the time I left the shelter “mumma” dog was walking with the help of two vet volunteers.
One of my favourite parts of the day was relaxing in the cat house and getting lots of cuddles and trying to get some cat selfies. I am a big cat lover and enjoyed them walking all over me, purring on me and just giving some loving.
There was tiny little kittens and puppies that needed attention as well. So many dogs and cats just want a quick pat or cuddle to make them happy.
I would recommend this project for those who love dogs and cats and are willing to get a little dirty. There is lots to be done, but there is fun to be had while volunteering in Thailand as well.