Homeless dogs get shelter from recycled billboards in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital city. The furry animals are exposed to harsh climate conditions like extreme heat and heavy rains. The shelters create a dry place for street dogs to sleep.
Thailand’s street dogs
There are many homeless dogs in Thailand. In Bangkok alone, there are around 200,000 stray dogs. More and more We earlier covered one example in this BrightVibes article. about former Michelin star chef Niall Harbison, who now is an activist that tries to help 10,000 puppies a month. https://www.brightvibes.com/irish-media-entrepreneurs-latest-venture-is-caring-for-thailands-street-dogs/ care for street dogs in Thailand.
Another project is Stand for Strays, that’s aiming to fight the ever-growing dog population issue in Thailand. Doctorate student from Bangkok’s suburb Pak Kret reached out to Stand for Strays to provide street dogs with shelter from the heavy heat and rains. Their solution is simple: they created functional shelters made from billboards that otherwise would be destined for the trash.
How it works
The recycled billboards are simple constructions that can be set anywhere in the city, as they lie flat on the walls. In this way the pre-existing urban landscape is kept almost unaltered. Though the addition to the walls changed a lot for the countless strays of Bangkok. The platform provides them with a safe, hygienic and dry place to sleep. It also allows for food to be placed in the shelter, as neighbors and volunteers often feed the dogs.
Stand for Strays presents simple instructions on the font for passers-by. The panels can be easily unfolded by people when they see a stray dog wandering the area. The dogs seem to love the stands and can sleep more safe and soundly.
Things you can do to help stray animals
Here you can find five tips on what you can do to help stray dogs or other homeless animals.