While traveling, the couple from Lithuania, Mantas and Rasa had to deal with a great loss that forever changed their lives. Their beloved ten-year-old boxer named Aibo, died while they were away.
“He became very sick and it was impossible to save him. It was a very hard time for us, we couldn’t be with him, all we could do was to say we love him on the phone. We were so broken.” After the loss, the couple moved to Koh Kood island in Thailand. For the past six years, they’ve lived an extraordinary life. They’ve adopted 15 strays, with a great goal to help every single dog on the island that has no vet. “The landlord of our house, which we rented for many years, refused to extend our rent. We literally became homeless with our big family, as our former landlord was far from animal-friendly. But we now have a new place in a remote area of the island and are happy to be with our 15 doggos. At the moment, there are 15 adopted stray dogs living with us: 2 blind doggies, 4 with disabilities. All of them have their own stories—saved from death as a puppy, blind, paralyzed. We are no vets by far, but as time passed, we didn’t even notice how we learned to deal with serious wounds and got more and more medical knowledge about different diseases. For serious cases like dogs losing limbs in the traps, deep open wounds, or unknown cases, we take dogs to the mainland by boat and then drive 100 km to a vet clinic or even 700 km to a vet hospital. We do not have funds for such emergency cases so we use our own money and ask people for help to donate.”
You can donate via PayPal ([email protected]) or make a bank transfer. “Everyone is welcomed to visit our small dog heaven in Koh Kood. Just ask any local for Sabai Dog or ‘Mantas’ and they will tell you how to find us.”
More info: Sabai Dog Koh Kood (Facebook).