Care for Dogs’ staff and volunteers celebrate 6th Anniversary
volunteers had a great day out rafting
on the Mae Wang to celebrate Care for Dogs’ 6th anniversary.
To celebrate Care for Dogs’ 6th
Anniversary, friends of the Foundation had invited staff and volunteers for
an outing to Mae Wang for a bamboo rafting trip. After a delicious
vegetarian lunch at a little riverside restaurant, the team was ready for
boarding and enjoyed gliding through the emerald green jungle. The time on
the river passed by very quickly and after relaxing and chatting with a few
more drinks and fruit plates it was time to get back to make sure the dogs
at the shelter would get their evening feeding and medication.
In June of 2006 co-founders Karin Hawelka and Amandine Lecesne built a wall
around the land and house and opened their doors as Care for Dogs. In 2009,
the organisation was able to successfully register as a Foundation in
Thailand. The team dedicates themselves to regular sterilization programs,
medical rescue cases, dog-welfare education, and adoptions for homeless
puppies and dogs.
The life of
dogs on the street is a hard one, Care for Dogs has made these dogs lives
much better although they would all love to have a home and family to call
Over the last 6 years, Care for Dogs
has added separate enclosures for different types of medical cases, they
have built a veterinary treatment and surgery room, and an office, they’ve
added storage space and a bathing station, they’ve built dog houses and
canine “lounge” areas, they’ve provided stronger roofing to protect the dogs
from the rain, and they’ve added an intense care ward for very sick dogs.
Just recently they added a new location called “New Hope Recovery Home” to
help treat dogs who have fallen ill with distemper.
In the beginning, Care for Dogs hired one dog caretaker to care for the
first 10-20 rescued dogs. As their rescue efforts developed, the work
increased, and Care for Dogs employs now a team of 10 staff members and
approximately 20 volunteers (to date, Amandine Lecesne and Karin Hawelka
have always been volunteers themselves) and a flux of travelling volunteers
who actively help to look after their 180 dogs. They now have two regular
vets at their shelter; one full time and one part time. The work of Care for
Dogs has touched thousands of dogs and the committed team is determined to
help many more!
More information can be found at www.carefordogs.org or
www.facebook.com/street.dog.rescue. Photos and text courtesy of Care for
Hawelka and Amandine Lecesne started Care for Dogs in 2006 and achieved
Foundation status in 2009.
just hanging around.
Eat till you drop!
By Shana Kongmun
The Pub held its 16th annual Yorkshire Pudding eating contest in June and
regular Pub goers joined in the fun along with a few young Thai men who ate
admirably, albeit one with sweetened condensed milk much to the surprise of
everyone else who had lashings of gravy poured over the top to make it
easier to stuff them in.
started strongly and kept up the pace to take the prize with a total of 36
Yorkshire puddings eaten.
Grahame presided over the event, while Barbara made sure that the
contestants were well stocked with Yorkshire puddings. Americans may well
ask what is a Yorkshire pudding and Grahame answered, “It’s a kind of
soufflé actually. Eggs, milk, a bit of flour, whisk it all together and bake
it in the oven.” In Yorkshire they are often served very large and open pie
shaped and filled with mince and gravy. Delicious, especially after a brisk
hike along the Yorkshire Dales.
However, this was a hot and humid night at the Pub on Huay Kaew in Chiang
Mai and the denizens were eating small cup sized puddings as steadily as
they could. The goal was to eat as many pies as possible in an hour. And
while starting off strongly is a good idea, one regular noted, it’s not a
good idea to go too fast as someone who is a steadier eater may catch up and
overtake. Tom started off strongly and finished well, eating a total of 36
puddings in an hour, however not topping last year’s record of 40.Murray,
who took second place last year with 30, topped his personal best by one,
reaching a total of 31 pies in an hour. A surprisingly large number of
contestants joined in, including one lady eater who was being egged on by
The entrance fee to this annual food fest is a mere 100 Baht, although the
winner may not eat Yorkshire Puddings again for a year, he takes home the
entrance fees as a prize. Be sure and visit the Pub this time next year for
the next Yorkshire Pudding eating contest and try your hand, or rather your
mouth, at winning the prize.
she still managed a respectable 13 puddings!
contestants ate handily with a knife and fork while others decided fingers
were much faster.
kept busy keeping contestants well supplied.
the group of contestants after the count was finished.
Flight of the Gibbon presents “Trees for Life”
The Flight of the Gibbons held their
annual tree planting trips to Mae On and Mae Kampang, with the first
planting held in June, the next July 14 and then the last one August 11,
the little ones joined in planting trees.
The opening ceremony took place on June 16 where 50 trees were planted by
students, friends and local villagers. Each ceremony will see the planting
of 50 trees but in all Flight of the Gibbons will sponsor over 3,000 fruit
bearing trees to be planted to preserve and begin the food cycle for wild
animals living in the rainforest and to maintain the density and quality of
Fruit-bearing trees in a protected area can provide a food source and refuge
for the primates. Deforestation, over-hunting and overuse of land in many
parts of Thailand have all contributed to a general decline in the health of
the forest ecosystems, including primate populations. While the Flight of
the Gibbon Zipline Canopy Tour takes place in a beautiful, pristine
old-growth rainforest where the plant ecology is primarily intact, some
areas near our site have suffered from decades of overuse. A truly healthy
ecosystem that can support a wide range of plants and animals needs a very
large area for animal populations to stabilize. From the inception of Flight
of the Gibbon™, the goal was to minimize the impact of bringing tourists to
this amazing place and restore the surrounding areas to once again be a
stable, healthy, functioning ecosystem.
Flight of the Gibbon works with the local villagers and experts in the field
to find the causes for the decline in ecosystems. They then team with the
locals and restoration experts to bring back the forest in a way that will
hearty souls from the tree planting joined in a zipline trip.
An important part of this project is
the ongoing education and engagement of people who come to enjoy the canopy
tour. While the organization wants to give each person a unique,
unforgettable adventure experience when they come to Thailand, they also
want to provide them with a new found curiosity about what is happening with
the ecosystems in their own countries. Maybe they will become inspired to
engage and start working on environmental issues at home too!
Over the past 4 years, Flight of the Gibbon has sponsored the planting of
over 10,000 trees.
On the opening day government officials, dignitaries, forest preservation
experts, local businesses and members of the Flight of the Gibbon staff
gathered to open the Tree for Life planting season and welcome approximately
50-100 guests to plant the first fruit trees.
The July trip will see approximately 50 orphans from the Chiang Mai Home for
Boys plant trees and represent their group of about 80 children who all
zipline free on this day. Education staff will explain to them in Thai about
the eco-system, the wildlife and the importance of the trees.
In August up to 1000 trees will be planted,, each sponsored by anyone in the
world wanting to support this conservation effort. On this day,
approximately 50-100 trees will plant in recognition of all the sponsors.
For a small donation of $100 USD, each person can plant the tree themselves
this day or sponsor the planting of one. Sponsors will receive a photo of
their tree and a commemorative plaque will be placed near the tree. The hope
is that each person will share their story about the Trees For Life Project
and over the years thousands more trees can be planted. Visit:
www.flightofthegibbon.com/rainforest-conservation or on Facebook at
flightofthegibbon for details.
gathered for a group photo before the trek into the forest.
locals joined together to plant fruit trees in Mae On.