Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation (DRCS)

If you spend your holidays on Koh Samui and want to help at the DRCS you are most welcome to do so! There is a lot of work to do and previous experience is not required. Everybody can cuddle dogs and cats! About 350 dogs and 100 cats are waiting to be cuddled.

It doesn’t matter if you want to help only for a couple of hours or longer; every helping hand is welcome. Around 350 dogs and 100 cats are waiting to be cuddled. You can also come with children. The dogs and cats are all very nice and lovely and for kids it is for sure and unforgettable experience to play with so many dogs and cats.   We always depend on animal loving tourists spending their holidays on the island and are willing to help us. They help us to catch the dogs and bring them to our vet, Dr Sith, when they have been in accidents or bitten by other dogs. It is also enough to just stay with the injured animal until our helpers come to pick it up. 

There are always dogs that need to be castrated and need looking after during the recovery. It is already of great help if you look for un-castrated animals at the hotel ground you're staying at. Please call us and show these dogs and cats to our helpers so we can catch them for castration. Dogs and cats that have been neutered already you can recognize by a green tattoo in the ear! If there aren´t any cats or dogs at the hotel, that is a very bad sign. This means most probably that the animals are disposed of – no matter how!  


How to find us?

We have two shelters: a small one in Chaweng at our house and the large one at Ban Taling Ngam in the south west of the island. Both of the shelters are opened from 9.00 to 18.00 o’clock daily and it is not necessary to make an appointment. Just come by and have a look at the shelters in Chaweng or Ban Taling Ngam! Of course, you can give us a call before you visit and ask for further information. 


We love volunteers

We love volunteers be they here for one hour or for one year – they help us through all sorts of crises when we are short-staffed. Please telephone me (077 413 490 or 01 893 94 43) before you come and we can discuss what you can do to help. Regardless of what you do (painting walls, spraying dogs, de-ticking dogs, bathing dogs, looking after the cats, loving the animals, etc), please wear old clothes – the dogs just love to jump up on Armani! You will be working in the sun a lot so please make sure you are suitably clad for this and have sun cream and a hat. You may end up working on your own as I cannot be at the big shelter every day (I try to get there every second day).



Unfortunately, we have in the moment no accommodation to offer for volunteers. We have only one room for volunteers on the neighbouring ground. From there it's just a ten minutes' walk to Chaweng beach. In the April 2011-Newsletter you can find a photo of the room and the house. Those who are ready to do a 2-days-a-week office job, are very welcome to stay there. Unfortunately there is a lot of paperwork to do in a big "firm" like ours. We've got to run the donation lists and archive the bills, address lists must be kept, Facebook and homepage must be updated, the card index box for cats and dogs must be up to date and complete etc. Cats and dogs are everywhere in the house; cats like to have a nap on the keyboard and are sometimes helping "paws". As we have got about 50 cats in the house, one at least is always on duty and claims being caressed. Also 10 to 15 dogs live in the house in Chaweng.


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