Learn about the WVS Care for Dogs Shelter

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WVS Dog Shelter - Thailand

Providing essential care for abandoned, abused and injured dogs in Chiang Mai.

dogs sterilised so far

​​The WVS dog shelter is based just outside of Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand and located next door to our International Training Centre (ITC). Care for Dogs was a charity supported by WVS for a number of years and carries out vital work in the region, so when we heard about it's possible closure, we had to step in. In August 2015, Care for Dogs officially became part of the WVS family and the work then started to convert it in to a leading rehoming centre and caring facility for the dogs of Chiang Mai.

The main aim for the WVS dog shelter is to support the mass sterilisation programme being carried out by the ITC and then provide essential emergency and long-term veterinary care for abandoned, abused and injured dogs living on and off the streets in Chiang Mai.

Our team of expert vets provide the best treatment available and then our shelter staff work tirelessly to find good local homes for the dogs to live. We visit each home before adoption and then work with the owners to ensure they have all the information they need to train and look after the dogs. We are very proud to be able to re-home dogs to local homes and work with the residents to help improve animal welfare standards in the area.

In June 2016, we launched 'New Hope', a dedicated area about 10 mins drive away from the shelter, which is being used to provide more space for the dogs in our care, but also for behavioural training. Many dogs that are brought in to the shelter have experienced shocking neglect and mistreatment, so require a lot of love and attention, but also expert behavioural training, to prepare them for their new homes. Our behaviour team now have plenty of space to provide this training in a safe calm environment.

You can also sponsor 1 or more of the 4 dogs available at the shelter.

The WVS dog shelter is still in its transition phase from moving from a shelter to a rehoming centre, but we have some big plans over the next couple of years. Please keep checking this page for updates and if you are able to support our work in Chiang Mai, please click here.

How you can help


If you wish to support our work in person, we run volunteer trips worldwide suitable for those with veterinary training as well as non-vets.


Make a donation

If you are unable to volunteer, please consider instead supporting our work by making a donation. Every penny helps.