Cries From The Water: Kinship Circle in Thailand for Animals

Bangkok, Thailand — It might take Noah’s Ark to save them all. Dogs bark from rooftops. Animals are submerged chest deep. The skin rots, if underwater too long. Others paddle toward any surface taller than the water. Clinging to a tiny refuge, their howls and cries punctuate the night.

Kinship Circle Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) is working with Thai NGO Save Elephant Foundation and various local groups and volunteers to run an emergency shelter in southern Bangkok. Teams from the U.S. and Canada are in Thailand for several months to also help with field rescue, food-water drops and animal transport.

Thailand floods accelerated shortly after Kinship Circle, a nonprofit that specializes in animal advocacy and disaster rescue, returned from Japan — where animal relief lingered months beyond a mass earthquake and tsunami, due to deserted towns near Fukushima’s damaged nuclear plant.

When the group’s executive director, Brenda Shoss, learned about Thailand’s worst flood in 75 years, she decided to activate. “We viewed satellite maps with a water mass that stretched from Ayutaya down across Bangkok, a city of millions. As one district pumps out flood waters, another fills. Some say the sewage-filled water won’t recede for months. We saw 10 or 15 dogs perched on the same roof, marooned on porches, floating in cages… Monkeys, dogs, or other creatures crowded into Buddhist temples. They all want to live. The generous Thai people, including monks, feed them as best they can. But more help is needed for animal flood victims.”

Kinship Circle seeks public support for critically needed supplies and to send disaster-trained volunteers to assist with emergency sheltering and field rescue.




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One Response to Cries From The Water: Kinship Circle in Thailand for Animals

  1. Kadee says:

    Thanks for writing about this, it’s just heart wrenching. Here’s a good video about a rescue in Thailand that is going out on boats, rescuing dogs and bringing them to a literal, island full of dogs where people are caring for and feeding them in the meantime. I’m so glad there are people like this. It shines a little light on the horrible situation:

    Kadee Gray

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