Koh Phangan, an island best known for its infamous full moon parties, perhaps doesn’t strike one as the most likely place for an animal shelter. However, Phangan Animal Care for Strays (Pacs) has now been operating for more than 12 years.
Run by westerners, Pacs takes care of the island’s stray animal population, but its use of sterilisation and its focus on strays have not always been supported or understood by locals. Acceptance is growing, as the benefits of using these methods are increasingly visible.
Pacs is run by a small team of permanent staff, but relies mainly on volunteers for its day-to-day activities. The dedication of these animal lovers is admirable, as they work long hours for little or no compensation. The work isn’t always glamorous, much of the day filled with activities such as de-ticking, cleaning kennels and medicating the animals. Some of the animals are found in truly terrible shape, many suffering from severe skin conditions and badly infected wounds.
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