PhaNgan Animal Care
Focus: Animal care and Veterinary.
PhaNgan Animal Care (PAC) is primarily a nursing clinic, providing nursing and veterinary care for the island’s stray and unwanted animals. We have a dedicated neutering and vaccination programme, which has made an enormous difference to population control on the island, as well as the health of the individual animals.
The tourist influx to Koh PhaNgan has resulted in a greater availability of food, and with many animal-loving tourists intermittently feeding and caring for the animals around them, the population has been boosted to unnatural numbers. The stress of fighting for survival in this overpopulated environment results in many injuries to both dogs (which quickly fester in the humid, tropical climate) and humans (which bring a real threat of rabies).
Until the founding of PAC in September 2001, there was no veterinary care or advice on the island, no vaccination, and no population control measures except for yearly poisoning by dart or bait. Baiting usually targets the well-fed animals as they can keep the weaker strays away, resulting in a great many yearly tragedies with pets. Our mission is to create a healthy, non-breeding stray animal population but we need the help of volunteers.
Costs & Benefits
Volunteer vets can come for any amount of time and veterinary nurses are asked to dedicate minimum one month of their time. All non-medical volunteers will be asked to commit to a minimum of 3 months and give at least 2 days a week.
Everybody will be asked to assist the full time nurses with their roles, including treatment of the animals (training will be provided), catching dogs and cats, feeding, laundry, bathing and anything else that the clinic needs to stay functioning on a day to day basis.
Accommodation will be provided for veterinary nurses who work full time (5 days per week). Drinking water, rice, tea and coffee are provided for all volunteers.
The centre's motorbikes can be used for all PAC work but volunteers will need to hire their own bike out of work hours.
Cost of living is relatively cheap in Thailand and you can live comfortably on $600/month.
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Vet's, Veterinary nurses and non-medical volunteers required.
PhaNgan Animal Care,
PO Box 70, Thong Sala,
Koh PhaNgan, Surat Thani, 84280
Tel: +66 (08) 9 8757513
Location: Koh PhaNgan, Surat Thani
Average cost per day: $0
Focus: Animal care and Veterinary
Skills needed: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Vet's, Veterinary nurses and non-medical volunteers required.