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 Hand to Paw temple outreach – Chiang Mai, Thailand

By Joy Huss, Founder – Hand to Paw

When I rode my bicycle Htoh-1past Daisy, a temple dog, emaciated, anemic, bleeding from her nose and vagina suffering from a TvT tumor I just had to do something. She lay in front of the Wat Nongplaman temple, all alone  listless in the middle of a bustling crowd. She was not hated, not loved, not seen – simply treated with indifference.

Finding Daisy at the gate outside the temple walls was the first steps toward the creation of the Hand to Paw Temple Dog Outreach program for the dogs that reside in our community temples.

Through Daisy we witnessed a true miracle of recovery. One could never imagine that a dog in such a desperate medical condition could become a healthy, vibrant dog again. Sick, alone and unloved, Daisy came to know the touch of a soothing hand, the taste of hand-fed food and the sound of gentle words to help her through her long and difficult convalescence. She is our “happy ending story” as well as one of the inspirational examples from which Hand to Paw Temple Outreach Program evolved and continues to pursue.

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Seeing the hurt that others just walk past”.

shelter-aid-1 Become a Hand to Paw  Shelter Aid supporter, you will be providing long term support to help rescue & care for the temple dogs of Chiang Mai Thailand…

Donate here to support the temple dogs for just $22 a month…



In Thailand temples are the refuge, of many street dogs. It is common for Thai people to dump their unwanted dogs at a temple, they reason that the monks will look after them. Although this is better than dumping them on the street many temples are overrun with unwanted dogs. The monks often don’t have the money or the time to look after them, sterilisation is not seen as important so the problem just grows.It is not enough just to feed them, they need medication, flea, tick & birth control, this all cost money. Long term it needs education so the local people understand that they must be responsible for their animals…This is where Shelter Aid can help, funding programs to give temple dogs a better life & teaching school children to respect animals… FoodAid-8
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Email: spikejoy7dogs@gmail.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hand-to-Paw/282948003501

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2 Comments

    • Fran Stent

      If only there was more people like Joy the world would be a better place, thank you for your love for these dogs. We. Take there loyalty and love for granted and treat them like garbage, people are so selfish and cruel it makes my heartache,thank you again.

    • jasprit mangat

      i appreciate the love and care for animals.It should be done by every one of us.

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