MANY STREET DOGS LIVES ARE SUPPORTED EACH AND EVERY DAY!
THANK YOU TO THIS WONDERFUL CHARITY!
HIN LEK FAI DOG RESCUE IS BASED IN HUA HIN IN THAILAND!
This is an amazing DOG RESCUE who work tirelessly to help so many street dogs!
FEELING THE LOVE IN THESE PHOTOS!
Brigitte runs HIN LEK FAI DOG RESCUE and it was a very natural video posted on Facebook that totally captured our attention at HAPPY DOGGY NEWS! AN ORDINARY DAY OF AN EXTRAORDINARY DOG RESCUE! Brigitte and her co-workers have to encounter a lot of sadness in each and every day but they also manage to create such happy lives for so many dogs! It was a pleasure to watch her video and we felt so happy after viewing (well viewing many times, we sort of got addicted to it!)
Brigitte was walking around her Rescue centre talking to all her rescue doggy’s with such love and kindness, it took our breathe away!
We were not sure how best to show you this wonderful charity, so we asked Brigitte some questions and have decided to print just as she answered for a real and candid story which will capture your heart!
A FEW OF THE MANY MANY DOGGY’S WHO HAVE BEEN RESCUED!
HAPPY DOGGY NEWS…. Tell me a bit about yourself and how you got started?
BRIGITTE …. I was born in Scandinavia and moved to Asia when I was 19 years old to study and I worked more than 20 years in Publishing in Singapore and moved thereafter to Thailand, initially working in the same Industry. By a fluke I ended up in the tourist city of Hua Hin, 3 hours outside Bangkok because of work.
For the last 7 years I have been running Hin Lek Fai rescue in Hua Hin, named so after the first area, Hin Lek Fai, where I rescued my first dog. Hin Lek Fai dog rescue helps badly injured and sick dogs, feeds 250 stray dogs a day, and we are currently running a very active sterilizations program (100 dogs sterilized a month).
HAPPY DOGGY NEWS … Why helping dogs in Hua Hin?
BRIGITTE … I was working when I initially started by volunteering to help a lady who rescued dogs. The help I gave in the beginning was probably not very constructive, but exposed me to vast numbers of dogs in this city and to the horrific dog injury cases happening around this relatively small town, many of which would not be helped without small rescues. I also adopted two street dogs from another rescuers, seeing first hand where they come from and their sad plight. Slowly by slowly my involvement increased and once COVID 19 hit I was ready to let loose with full force into helping the local street dogs. Hua Hin has street dogs in pretty much on each street, each park, each parking lot etc.
Hin Lek Fai rescue currently employs 2 staff to run two small shelters, one of which is dedicated to handicapped dogs and very old street dogs, not capable to care for themselves anymore. But Most of our work happens out on the street were we treat non-life threatening injuries and diseases
PLEASE VISIT THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE TO SEE ALL THE WORK THEY DO! Hin Lek Fai Rescue | Facebook
HAPPY DOGGY NEWS …. How do you hear about the dogs who need help. Maybe a timeline as to how things work. Who find doggy’s – who calls who?
BRIGITTE …. We find dogs our self, our part time sterilization team are out all the time darting in different parts of Hua Hin and they find dogs that need help, we also get phone calls. If a dog is in need, we go. As simple as that.
Are the dogs able to be homed or so they stay with you?
Local Soi Dogs (Soi means street in Thai) are not often adopted in our town, many people still look at them as a nuisance as can be seen by the many poisonings of dogs that we find. We find all kinds of dogs, sadly only small cute ones are often adopted. In many cases we can only treat them and sterilize and return where we found them except if they are handicapped, old or if we know we can adopt them out fast. Everyone wants us to rescue but funding for teir upkeep is very difficult to get. And currently we have run out of space in both shelters.
HAPPY DOGGY NEWS … What are the names of the dogs you have with you at the moment and can you describe a little about their character with a photo. If too many dogs, then a few would be great!
BRIGITTE … We have 13 Dogs at the the Main Safe House
On top of this dogs we have two dogs Cat and Ozzy who were locked inside an empty house after the owners moved away, Kirin who was hit by a car after being most likely dumped, E.T. a jungle dog we did not have the heart to return after treatment after being found more dead than alive, Cleo who was found handicapped on the street dragging herself around, Ben who was found after somebody tried to hang him, Big Boy Cindy who was attacked repeatedly at temple, Ziggy I ran over by accident as she was desperate to get food she knew I had in the car (I know face palm) and Ploy that was abandoned by a foreigner.
HAPPY DOGGY NEWS … Are there any funny moments you have had with a dog or dogs that still Make you giggle when you think about it?
BRIGITTE … Everyday brings absolute heart break but also many funny moments. Dog rescue is not for the faint of heart but you will live your life to the fullest, with the lowest of the low but also many funny moments
HAPPY DOGGY NEWS … What are your dreams for the centre?
BRIGITTE … My dream is to be able to rescue every dog that is hurt or injured. Also my dream is to hire my dart team full time, have money to pay for all out extra dart costs such as dart liquid, medication for dart liquid and a truck that will make moving dogs easier. I want to keep catching dogs and sterilizing them as it’s the only way this never ending cycle of hundred and hundreds of puppies will end. Hua Hin has thousand upon thousand of street dogs. Its hard for someone to imagine when they haven’t seen it with their own eyes. I would like to also be able to expand our Dog Safe House to a place with more land so we can treat certain dogs there instead of incurring huge vet costs as well as have space for some new residents some of who are still on the streets. Currently we do not have a Foundation as the cost for setting it up is so costly and we use every penny we get into fixing the next dog or darting the next dog. Setting up a foundation costs 500,000 thb impossible for us to save with ongoing cases happening all the time
BATH TIME IS ALWAYS A HAPPY TIME! FOXY AND CLEO ENJOYING SOME ‘ME TIME!’
HAPPY DOGGY NEWS … What does an average day look like for you?
BRIGITTE … Wake up every morning at 6 am
Spend about two hours posting on various Facebook pages for Hin Lek Fai Rescue and Instagram and replying to dog related messages
Work 4 hours with some freelance work that covers rent for one of the shelter houses and the dog feeding car
At 12 head to our handicapped shelter
After that first pick up 40 kilo food daily feeding
Feed 250 dogs (It takes between 3-4 hours)- getting out of the car about 70 times
After that or in between do one or more of the following:
*visit our dogs that are injured at the vets,
*rescue a dogs if a call has come in or if one of our dogs is sick.
*bring food or medication to families that can’t care for their animals due to Covid -19 economic situation
*Buy medication or food for our shelters
*meet visitors at the Safe House
*Now on top of the above, we are catching dogs bringing them for sterilizations and after 3 hours bringing them back to where they were picked up from.
*At night, spend about 2 hours replying to dog related messages
plus take care of the 9 dogs living in my house.
We are totally in awe of the World of Brigitte, how she has totally dedicated almost every waking hour to keeping the street doggy’s safe and loved!
PLEASE VISIT HER ON HER FACEBOOK PAGE TO SEE ALL THE WONDERFUL DOGGY’S – THEY DO REALLY NEED YOUR HELP AND WE SEND HIN LEK FAI DOG RESCUE LOVE FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS!
PLEASE SHARE THIS AMAZING CHARITY TO YOUR OWN FACEBOOK PAGE USING THE ICONS ABOVE!
LOVE AND WOOFS!
ALISON AND JET (ADMIN CHIHUAHUA!)