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The pet shelter at Kasetsart University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Kamphang Saen is supposed to close today, but it still has more than 600 pets waiting for their flood-victim owners to pick them up. 

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Nonthaburi resident Pornthip Sermphongphan,35, receives her pet dog, Sri Nual, from Kasetsart University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Nakhon Pathom’s Kamphang Saen district. The animal hospital will close down its shelter for flood-affected pets today. KOSOL NAKACHOL

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Take back your pets please

Kasetsart University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Kamphang Saen has discovered that if you offer to care for the pets of residents whose houses have been flooded, you will get a lot of takers. The problem is that once the floods are over, many owners are not taking their pets back.

Even though the shelter for flood-hit pets at the Kamphang Saen campus closes today, it still has more than 600 pets waiting for their owners to pick them up.

The abandoned pets include 430 dogs, 40 cats, 33 rabbits, 94 deer and seven wild boars.

They account for half of the roughly 1,200 flood-hit pets that were brought to the temporary shelter by owners affected by the flooding.

Most flood-hit pet owners who took their pets to the shelter were from Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Nakhon Pathom and Pathum Thani provinces. Among them is Bangkok resident Manee Saengchan who was feeding 300 stray dogs at her home and took the animals to the shelter. She said she plans to take them back next year.

Monchai Lekcharoenwong, a veterinarian at the hospital, said the hospital had informed the pet owners of the shutdown plan a week ago, but some owners said they did not want to take their pets back home.

"We might face legal action if we give these pets to others without getting permission from their true owners," said Mr Monchai.

Pornthip Sermphongphan, 35, a pet owner, who was picking up a dog at the shelter, said when the floods came in Nonthaburi's Bang Kruai district, she could not take anything with her from her flood-hit house except her six beloved dogs.

Ms Pornthip said she moved to a relative's home, which was not big enough to accommodate her pets, so she took them to the shelter in October.

She said she paid 5,000 baht to rent a pickup to take her dogs back home.

"Dogs love their owners without any condition," she said. "No matter how long they are separated from you, they still wait for you. See they are very happy to see me again."

Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Lamphai Intathep.

resident – a person who live in a particular area ประชาชนที่อาศัยในท้องที่
veterinary – relating to the care of animals that are ill or injured เกี่ยวกับสัตวแพทยศาสตร์
shelter – a temporary place to stay ที่พักชั่วคราว
discover – to find somebody/something, or learning about something that was not known about before ค้นพบ
offer – to say that you are willing to do something for somebody or give something to somebody  อาสา, แสดงความเต็มใจ
campus – the buildings of a university or college and the land around them พื้นที่ที่เป็นที่ตั้งของมหาวิทยาลัย
abandoned – left alone by someone who is supposed to look after you  ถูกปล่อยทิ้งไว้
rabbit – a small animal with soft fur, long ears and a short tail กระต่าย
deer – an animal with long legs, that eats grass, leaves, etc. and can run fast. Most male deer have antlers (= horns shaped like branches)  กวาง
boar – a wild pig หมูป่า
temporary – for a limited time; not permanent  ชั่วคราว
account for – to be the explanation or cause of something เป็นเหตุผลของ
roughly – approximately but not exactly  โดยประมาณ, อย่างคร่าวๆ
stray – a pet that has no owner or that is lost or has left its home สัตว์ที่ไม่มีเจ้าของ, สัตว์ที่หลงทาง
veterinarian – a person with a medical degree trained to take care of the health of animals สัตวแพทย์
legal – relating to the law or lawyers เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
permission – allowing someone to do something การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
relative – a member of your family ญาติพี่น้อง
accommodate – to provide a place for someone ให้ที่พักพิง
rent – to pay money for the use of something for a period of time  เช่า
condition – something that must be true or must be done before another thing can happen เงื่อนไข
separate – to keep apart แยก

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