Dogs are often referred to as man's best friends, but they are not always treated as such. Particularly when they become disabled they have little chances to survive and need support and care from humans. Often pets are abandoned when they no longer fit in their owners' lifestyle. In Thailand the ‘Home for Handicapped Animals Foundation' was set up in 1989 to offer shelter, food and medical care to abandoned, injured and disabled pets.
Originally, the founder of the Foundation, Mrs. Pimkun Olarnsiraroch, offered shelter to injured animals at her own home in Bangkok, but quickly the number grew too fast that she had to look for a new place. This was found in Pakkred, Nonthaburi, about 10 km from the AkzoNobel (Paints) location. Nowadays, the foundation houses more than 300 animals, mainly dogs and cats. The treatment is not limited to heal their injured bodies but also to improve their mental conditions as the majority of the patients were hit by cars and suffer from severe trauma. The Home is completely dependent on financial contributions and volunteers who visit the animals every day to help feed and exercise them.
Our colleagues from Decorative Paints and Packaging Coatings had heard about the Home for Handicapped Animals and decided to help and give some more color to the lives of (this time) the injured and disabled animals. They paid a visit to mrs. Olarnsiraroch to see what kind of support was required and came to the conclusion that a major renovation was needed. The focus was on the repair and painting of the exterior of the premises in order to avoid to negatively affect the animals inside. With support from the Community Program also special pet food and medical care products to treat fleas and ticks could be purchased.
A day was chosen and the volunteering employees started the activities by feeding the poor injured animals after which they repaired and repainted the exterior of the premises. The result was a beautiful fresh and colorful building which will hopefully inspire others to support these poor creatures that deserve a fair and warm treatment and ultimately, hopefully, a safe new home.