Frequently Asked Questions

Please select from the categories below to find the information you need. If you cannot find the answer to your question in our FAQ, feel free to contact [email protected].

There’s an animal living near my residence who needs care. Can you take it back to Rescue P.A.W.S. or do something about it?

Rescue P.A.W.S. is typically unable to take in injured, abandoned, or stray animals due to the limited space in our kennels and the focus of our operation, which is to catch, sterilize and release animals and take care of packs on the street and reduce their numbers over time through sterilization.

Because we are a small operation and our resources are very limited, even though we would like to, we are unable to go to many parts of Thailand to collect animals. Furthermore, we cannot care or treat animals that are brought to our centre. Bringing sick animals to our centre would endanger the health of animals currently in our care. We are a catch and release program that focuses on sterilizations. We do not catch stray dogs for the purpose of adoptions. If you are concerned about the health of a dog, we encourage you to take it to a local vet in your local area for medical care.

How much does it cost to sterilize a dog/cat and when can I bring them in for sterilization?

It costs approximately 1,000 Thai Baht for us to sterilize and vaccinate a dog. However, as we are a charity, we will sterilize any stray dog or cat for free, and it is optional to donate on behalf of them. We would like to emphasize that this service is only for stray dogs. Due to limited resources and our mission, we typically only sterilize stray animals. However, on occasion, when we hold sterilization drives, we will open up our sterilization services to any dog or cat, but there is an additional cost associated with that.

How do I become a volunteer?

You can become a volunteer by emailing [email protected], with your inquiry, and we will direct you from there.

How long can I volunteer for?

The shortest volunteer experience we offer is two weeks, and the maximum length is three months.

Why do I need to pay a program fee to volunteer and where does my money go?

Program fees go towards a variety of costs. This includes the payment of your accommodation and utilities, your transportation to and from the airport, and to and from the clinic each day, as well as the training you will receive during your volunteer placement. It also goes towards the multiple excursions that form part of your program, including elephant national park trip, Thai cooking class, meditation session, and other activities that you will have during your stay, depending on the length of your volunteer program. Finally, and most importantly, program fees go towards food, medicine, and equipment to care for the stray dogs and cats of Hua Hin.

I will be in the area and would like to come and help. How can I do so?

Our volunteer placements come at a small cost that goes towards the running of our preparations, and is inclusive of accommodation, training and excursions. The minimum placement length we will accept is two weeks to allow enough time for training and to allow volunteers to gain a full experience of the Rescue P.A.W.S. operations, including feeding runs, lake and/or beach walks, bathing and de-ticking, observing veterinary procedures and attending talks with our resident vet.

If you cannot spare two weeks or more to volunteer with us, you can arrange a day visit to our center. Day visits are approximately two hours in duration and provide visitors with the opportunity to learn more about our organization, the stray dog problem in Thailand, and stray dog and cat care, and even walk and bathe some of the dogs we have at our kennels.

What is a flight volunteer?

A flight volunteer is an individual who takes dogs or cats from Rescue P.A.W.S., who have been adopted by families in other countries, back with them on their returning flight. If you are currently in Thailand and want to help us by taking dogs or cats home with you on your flight, please contact [email protected] to discuss this opportunity further. You can also find more information on our flight volunteer page.

Where do the donations go?

The donations we receive go directly towards the care of the animals, equipment, and running costs of our operation. Your contributions help us to improve the lives of stray dogs in Hua Hin and reduce the stray population over time through sterilization and education so more generations of stray animals are not born into this life.

How do I donate to Rescue P.A.W.S.?

There are numerous methods of donating to our cause. Firstly, if you are in the local area, you can pop into our center and leave a cash donation. We would be happy to talk about our mission with you. *Please note that due to COVID-19, we are currently closed to visitors for safety reasons.

If you wish to make a donation online, you can do so by visiting our donations page which will direct you to our PayPal.

You can also submit money directly into the Rescue P.A.W.S. bank account in Thailand. The information you require is on our donation page.

If you are in the local area, you can also drop off any material donations. Things we require include: towels, toys, dog foods, general animal care products and cleaning supplies, as well as veterinary medications, such as flea and tick treatments or shampoos for mange.

Do you have dogs or cats up for adoption?

Even though we are not an adoption clinic, we do often have dogs and cats up for adoption, who can no longer return to their packs. This happens when dogs or cats are dumped at our location and we do not know where they are from, they were displaced and their current location is unsafe, or their health status drastically lowers the chances of their survival on the street. We strongly urge the local community not to dump dogs at our location as we do not have the capacity to care for them. Please look on our adoption page for a list of our current animals up for adoption.

Is it difficult to adopt a dog or cat overseas?

Depending on which country you are bringing the dog or cat back to, it can be either quite simple or very complicated. When we have animals up for adoption, we aim to adopt them out to Canada, the United States, or most European countries, as they generally don’t have quarantine requirements. We would like to emphasize that, wherever you may be bringing an animal to, it is vital to give ample time to begin the adoption process, as it requires anywhere from two weeks to four months before the animal is ready to fly. For more on this topic, please visit our adoption page or contact [email protected].

I have adopted a dog or cat elsewhere. Can you help me get it back to my home country?

Unfortunately, we are not an adoption facility, so we are limited on how we can help. However, we can steer you in the right direction on where to get the right information. We use the service Relo4Paws, who can help you with the necessary steps to take in the process of flying the dog home. You can contact Relo4Paws at [email protected].