How things have changed.
I haven't been to my VT page for a few years now, but coming back to find some information to share with someone made me realise I really had to change what's on my introduction.
I now live in Phuket, I have been spending at least 6 months of the year here since 2006 and lived here full time since 2009. My life used to consist of travelling, boating, lunches, massages, socialising and shopping, but all that came to a screeching halt once I rescued my first dog.
I began volunteering at Soi Dog, then moved on to work at the Phuket Government Dog Pound as a volunteer for 9 months, then destiny stepped in and caused me to end up creating my own rescue and shelter in the grounds of the Buddhist temple at Pakhlok.
In the 6 years I have been rescuing dogs, I have managed to rehome around 150 animals, many are now being adopted overseas. My shelter has had up to 130 dogs, but I've managed to reduce that number and keep it around 100 dogs, which is still too many for my resources.
I now have 4 fantastic full-time staff and some regular volunteers that keep everything going and some wonderful people in other countries who help co-ordinate adoptions.
My shelter is called the Bodhi Shelter and Clinic. I've named it such, as it is based inside a temple, where a sacred Bodhi tree forms the centrepiece. The Bodhi tree is the tree Buddha received enlightenment beneath, as well as it representing shelter and protection, it's leaves are heart shaped. I thought it was the perfect symbol for my project.
The wonderful Head Abbot and monks are so kind and gentle. Even with the inconveniences of noise and visitors tramping through the temple, they still welcome us.
If you are coming to Phuket, you are more than welcome to visit the shelter, you can also receive a blessing from the monks if you wish. You can volunteer or just play with the dogs. We are an open shelter, so no imprisoned dogs in small, individual runs.
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