Adoption Program Provides Thai Dogs with Homes in the United States & Canada
An Australian travel company is providing new homes for street dogs in Thailand by flying them internationally to families wanting to adopt a pet
By: The Launch PR
Their international adoptions are an innovative idea that seeks to connect the dots between Thailand's overpopulation of dogs, and people looking to adopt pets in countries such as Canada and the United States.
The Global Work & Travel Co. CEO, Jürgen Himmelmann says the operation started when one of the company directors vacationed in Thailand and was disturbed by the amount of street dogs living in horrible conditions, often with sickness and injuries.
"Being an animal lover and seeing the way these dogs were living day to day, she identified an opportunity to make a difference and soon after, Rescue Paws was born," Jürgen says.
Originally, Rescue Paws was a program set up purely to feed street dogs, but as it became more apparent that the dogs required additional care, they turned their attention to rescue and rehabilitation.
An Adoptions Coordinator role was implemented and through The Global Work & Travel Co. network of contacts and suppliers, and an international rehoming program was set up.
"We set up a 'Flight Volunteer' program where people who were visiting Thailand from the US, the UK or Canada, could chaperone an adoptable dog on a flight home and meet the dog's new owner on arrival at the airport," Jürgen says.
The Global Work & Travel Co. make all the travel and adoption arrangements and to date, have rehomed over 300 internationally. They now also have two full-time staff in Canada searching for potential pet owners to adopt a dog from Thailand.
Travelers who are not in a position to chaperone dogs can still volunteer with Rescue PAWS through The Global Work & Travel Co. volunteer program.
"International volunteers can sign up to help from two weeks to six months: whether they're vets, vet nurse students or just animal lovers. We've had everyone from retired vets to an accountant who just wanted to shake up her average vacation," Jürgen says.
Canadian born Jay Maynard was holidaying in Thailand in 2014 when he signed up to be a flight volunteer. Soon after he arrived at Rescue PAWS, he met and fell in love with one-year-old terrier pup named Tiger. Jay decided to adopt Tiger and she now lives with Jay's family in Ottawa.
"Making the decision to adopt our dog was a no brainer. We knew we would be able to provide her a loving home full of adventures and cuddles," Jay says.
The Global Work & Travel Co. is an international gap year travel company headquartered in Surfers Paradise, Queensland. Founded in 2008 and serving over 8,000 travellers a year, Global continues to be the leader in the gap year travel sector in innovation and ethical tourism. The Global Work & Travel Co. team is available for additional comment on this release or other media enquiries.
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