our work

Sterilization

Through sterilization and vaccination, we can ensure a better future for stray animals, and help create a more harmonious relationship between the dogs and people of Hua Hin. Sterilization of street dogs also helps reduce the amount of strays on the street, the vast majority of which face disease, injury, and starvation. 

  • Fewer unwanted litters and stabilisation of numbers of packs
  • Overall improved demeanor – this includes less nuisance behavior for our human neighbors, territorial aggression, marking, barking, biting, and fighting
  • Improved overall health – this includes less chance of cancer, infections, STDs, injury, and toll on body from high amount of pregnancy

We work with multiple packs in the Hua Hin district. We travel to local areas, focusing particularly on temple areas in which animals are often dumped, and slowly befriend the dogs through regular feeding runs. This allows us to build relationships with the animals, which makes them easier to catch, bring back to the clinic, and perform the sterilization. We keep them long enough to provide the necessary aftercare and, when they are ready, we return them back to their packs.

When we have a stray animal come into our care, we take a unique approach in our procedures, as it differs from a mass sterilization clinic. We ensure the dogs are looked after properly and with the utmost care. First, we take blood and test for platelet levels and blood parasites at a veterinary center. If the test come back healthy, we conduct the sterilization within a few days. The dog or cat then has a week-long recovery period in our kennels – this period ensures that we can provide proper wound care, including changing bandages as needed, and removing stitches. If the animal is given a clean bill of health at the end of this week, we release them back to their packs. If the animal is sick, they remain in our care, receiving proper medication and treatment until they are healthy enough to return to their pack.

A sterilization varies in cost, depending on the size and gender of the dog. It can range from THB 1,000 to THB 3,000, or USD 30-90. Larger dogs require more anesthetic, materials, and time, and sterilization of female dogs is generally more intensive. Our organization relies entirely on donations. If you would like to help us make a difference in Thailand’s stray dog population through sterilization, please consider donating to Rescue P.A.W.S. All donations are greatly appreciated and bring us one step forward to solving the epidemic of stray animals!

Rescue P.A.W.S. is a catch and release program, not a veterinary clinic or rescue centre. Bringing dogs or cats to our facility to treat or foster can create additional risks for our animals who are recovering from sterilization, and can additionally deplete our already limited resources, which we need to continue our mission. We do, however, want to be a source of information for anyone concerned with animal welfare issues and we are happy to advise individuals accordingly. Contact [email protected] and we will try our best to help you or direct you to someone who can help.