The recent floods in Thailand have been terrible to watch on the news – and in times of disaster it’s always terrible to learn of distraught pet owners who have been forced to leave their animals behind as they evacuate their homes.
That’s why it is heart warming to read about the team of pet rescuers in Bangkok, who have tasked themselves with rescuing the cities pets as the flood waters rise.
Their boats loaded with animal cages are in high demand as pet owners frantically try to save their animals while evactuating – and it’s not just animal lives at risk, with rescuer speaking of a woman who refused to leave her house before all 48 of her cats were saved.
I know I could never leave my dog in this situation, so it’s good to know that there are volunteers who understand the plight of pet owners in a crisis, and are willing to rescue and care for the pets until their owners can reclaim them.
The report also outlines, that being a largely Buddhist country, many people believe in kindess to animals and care about helping them in times of need. A sentiment I’m sure many animal owners can relate to – with cat and dog insurance being standard to protect pets from harm, and a huge market for pet treats, toys and comforts.
And thankfully for the pets in Thailand, the government pay to care for the pets until they can be reunited with their families – which must be a huge relief to them. But let’s not forget that the people who head up these teams are volunteers, and are willing to put their own safety at risk to help animals and their owners – which is truly admirable.