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Pets Abandoned in Thai Temple

The Scoop: Pets Abandoned in Thai Temple

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.


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bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
A completely preventable disease.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Monks are such good people. I wish I could go over there and help them...offer to pay for the vaccinations, or just help tend to the animals. If there was any place to donate to help pay for vaccinations...How selfish of the people dropping their pets off to not even offer to help the monks in any way.
miz66 miz66 9 years
When I visited Thailand a couple of years ago the temples were full of cats and dogs then. The monks don't turn any animal in need of a home away and feed them also tend to them if theyre sick. I think it's great as in the western world you get people who sell their kids some go into prostitution others just live on the streets and we're talking London, New york any big city. Yes it's sad all round.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
:( Sad!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
That is incredibly sad. And generous on the part of the monks.
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