These past few months have been unique and challenging for many of us; tourists have completely disappeared from Thailand and many people are going through economic hardship like never before. This has severely impacted our finances as online donations have virtually stopped and our donation boxes around AoNang and Krabi remain untouched. Thanks to the generous donations we received before the Covid pandemic hit, we have been able to continue feeding our dogs and to provide them with all the medical necessities they required during these challenging times, but we are quickly approaching our limit. We are keeping the donations that were made for the relocation of Athena, Kara, and Lola separate from the rest, as we do not want to compromise their chance of being sent to their new loving families as soon as we find a flight volunteer for them.
On this note, I am very pleased to inform you all that we were able to get Joe to his new family in Finland thanks to a stroke of luck finding a flight volunteer who suddenly decided to fly home. We rushed to get all the paperwork ready, and 5 days later Joe was in the loving arms of his new mom. I cannot thank enough all the people who were involved in making this happen.
Meanwhile, things at the temple proceed as always… our dogs are happy and healthy, Snow still has all his fur, Chance continues to terrorize everyone, and every now and again we find a new puppy or two, or three who appear out of nowhere. First to appear was Peanut; she was at the temple for a couple of days before disappearing and then reappearing a few days later. As strange as this may sound, it is not the first time this has happened. Our guess is that someone abandoned her at the temple, then decided they wanted to give her another chance, and ultimately decided they actually didn’t want her so they dumped her again. Then there was Beanie; she also appeared at the temple and then disappeared about a week later, along with Nougat, another puppy who was found wandering the streets in AoNang and brought to the temple with his two sisters: Cashew and Caramel. Puppies always have a much higher chance of getting adopted, so we choose to believe that someone came to the temple and took them home without telling anyone. Again, it wouldn’t be the first time this has happened, and as much as we try to keep track of where everyone is at all times, we aren’t always at the temple, so sometimes dogs disappear. It is very unlikely that they were killed by a snake or run over by a car, as we have extensively searched the grounds and the surrounding roads without finding anything. Also, these young puppies don’t usually wander far from where the feeding troths are so again, it is highly unlikely that they were run over or killed.
The remaining pups (Peanut, Cashew, and Caramel) are super healthy, friendly, and hungry! They eat voraciously and never get enough. They are all females and will be ready to start their vaccines in about a month. We will of course also get them sterilized as soon as they are old enough.
And that pretty much sums up the past two months. I honestly don’t know how I used to manage all this alongside having a full-time job, but I promise I’ll continue to provide for these dogs for as long as I am able to, and for as long as the finances allow me to. Please continue to support our work here, and hopefully one day all these wonderful dogs will have a loving home.