Thailand: billboards turned into shelters for stray dogs

May 12, 2022
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For several years, Thailand has been confronted with the problem of stray dogs, the vast majority of which have been abandoned by their owners. Not all of whom can be accommodated in shelters due to a lack of places, several volunteers have developed the Stand for Strays community project. Objective: to transform old billboards into shelters for stray dogs.

This project was born in Pak Kret, a suburb north of Bangkok. It was during his doctorate in philosophy at the Rajamangala University of Technology that Ajarn Yossaphon Chanthongjeen, a lover of animals and in particular dogs, had the idea of ​​creating this solidarity initiative. To improve the well-being of the animals and moreover the image of the city, he imagined fold-out shelters for animals from recycled materials since they are unused billboards.

Although there are over 300 stray dogs on the streets of Pak Kret, the project has already resulted in the construction of around 20 prototype shelters in different locations around the city. The shelters are designed as parasols in steel and aluminium. With a simple gesture, they can easily be unfolded by passers-by and provide shelter from rain, heat and bad weather for animals.

In addition, notches have been made to place bowls and allow volunteers to leave food and water for the animals. The initiative quickly became viral on social networks, especially on Facebook where publications evoking the shelters account for tens of thousands of reactions. The creator of the project is counting on this virality to reach more and more people and extend the initiative to other cities.

If you want to know more about this benevolent project, you can visit the official website (in Thai) or the Facebook group Stand for Strays with more than 10,000 members.

And among the creative and solidarity initiatives that have emerged in Bangkok: remember, due to the significant drop in tourism in Thailand following the pandemic, the Boworn Taxi Cooperative company had grown vegetables on the roof of his idle cars.

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