There's a wave of animal sickness going on in northern Thailand and it's breaking my heart! Currently, an outbreak of a virus commonly called distemper – which affects both cats and dogs – has caused pet owners to abandon their pets at a Buddhist temple in the province of Phichit, in order to spare their animals from succumbing to the widespread sickness. Amazingly, each of the 50 monks are sharing their rooms with up to five cats each, and more animals are being dropped off each day.
Grossly overwhelmed with animals, although not turning away anyone or anything, the temple has posted a sign that reads, "Wat Bung has enough of cats and dogs. We prefer bricks, stones, sand, cement, or paint," to aid in construction of the temple. Thankfully, the Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej has urged pet owners to come back to Phichit and re-claim their pets as well as urging them to have pets vaccinated.