Undoubtedly, heartwarming tales of rescuing various animals from the streets showcase the kindness of humanity. However, the feats achieved by a Thai animal sanctuary for creatures with unique needs are truly remarkable. In these times of global turmoil, numerous animals are left stranded, displaced from their homes, or are born into homelessness on the streets.
Thailand has a unique cultural aspect where socializing with homeless animals is not a common practice. This sets it apart from other countries and their attitudes towards strays.
Even though these animals have been neglected, there’s someone in Thailand who has taken it upon themselves to care for them.
A Swedish chef named Michael J. Baines decided to help out stray animals in Thailand by building a sanctuary for them. Michael is one of the founders and also the president of The Man That Rescues Dogs, an animal rescue group located in Chon Buri.
Throughout his impressive career, he has successfully rescued over 2,000 animals that were once wandering the streets, comprising both dogs and cats.
At our sanctuary, we place great emphasis on rescuing animals that have been hurt and giving them another chance to live their lives. This is what sets us apart from the rest.
Michael’s journey began by providing food to the animals on the streets. However, he realized that many of them require more assistance and care. Therefore, he took the initiative to construct a sanctuary for them. At present, the shelter accommodates more than 600 creatures, which was not an easy feat to achieve. Nonetheless, Michael and his friends were determined to make it happen.
Chris Chidichimo, along with his main assistant and a team of 30 other staff members, are dedicated to caring for the animals at the shelter. Their work involves not only tending to the rescued dogs and cats but also addressing unexpected challenges that arise on a regular basis as part of their mission as a rescue organization.
According to Chris, who spoke to Bored Panda, the biggest challenge they face is dealing with unexpected situations. Their daily routine includes activities such as eating, walking, cleaning, physiotherapy, and hydrotherapy. Being flexible and able to adapt to changes is crucial, but it can be quite difficult.
The shelter’s daily routine kicks off with an early morning stroll at 6 a.m. for all the animals, even those on wheelchairs. A scrumptious meal is then served after the refreshing walk, followed by some time to do their business and tidy up.
In addition, an eatery on wheels hits the road early each morning to provide meals to 350 dogs in need within the local community.
According to Chris, they provide hydro and physiotherapy sessions for their disabled dogs at 10am to help them get more exercise. Later, at 2pm, the dogs are taken out for a walk, given food, and then their living space is cleaned up.