On our last trip to Bangkok, we were at the Central pier everyday in order to catch the water taxi. While waiting for the next boat, we started to notice several adorable dogs either sleeping in the pier area or just hanging out. Being serious dog lovers (The Dogs of Santorini) we desperately wanted to play with them, but it’s usually not a good idea to pet homeless dogs. Over the course of several days we noticed that the same dogs were there every day and even started naming them. These good natured and gorgeous pups though have an extremely hard life.
According to Soi Dog Rescue, a Bangkok based animal welfare group, there are an estimated 300,000 stray dogs in Bangkok. Many times the dogs are killed in an attempt to control the population. The real key to controlling the pet population is to have these animals spayed and neutered. That is the only way to stop the cycle of animal suffering.
Bangkok is not alone in this phenomenon, most cities around the world suffer the same problem. Usually, there are animal welfare organizations in these areas where you can contribute either your time or money to help them make a difference. Whether you are a casual traveler or a serious backpacker, there are many ways you can help while on the road. Seek out these organizations and offer whatever support you can. No matter what you are able to do, it will make a huge difference.