The flooding continues to take its toll and the waters are rising in Bangkok. The homes of nearly all our staff here have been affected by the floods now, and our dedicated team are working round the clock, joining our relief efforts but also helping friends and neighbors move furniture, build walls and protect homes!
With so many pets being evacuated, abandoned or stranded, keeping them fed is a key priority right now. We have bought 1.5 tonnes of pet food, which will be split up into bags of 5kg each and then marked with stickers so that the bags can be easily identified as pet food. This entire consignment of food will be delivered to the vet facility at the Chulalonkorn University, our staging area for relief operations over the next few days. From here, a truck will head out and deliver the pet food to various locations so it can be distributed effectively.
Partnering with other organisations
In order to make sure our relief supplies are reaching as many affected animals as possible, WSPA is working with and through several groups involved in relief operations.
In Ayutthaya, Wildlife Friends of Thailand (WFFT) will receive half a tonne of animal food at the Petchaburi Quarrantine Center where they have set up a temporary animal shelter for the animals they are rescuing. They have reportedly rescued 80 animals today alone so we are certain our supplies will come in very useful over the coming days!
We are also working with the Thai government’s Flood Response Operations Centre (FROC) so that we can link into their relief activities and make sure our supplies reach as many animals affected by the disaster as possible.
WSPA vets, as well as veterinary students in universities that we work with, are coordinating with the Thai Vet Network to help provide veterinary help for affected animals and also to ensure that the distribution of pet food through their networks doesn’t overlap with other groups’ efforts.
With so much coordinated effort and so many groups working together, we are confident that we will reach the many affected animals in the next few days, and help see them through this difficult time.