One high area of Bangkok, called “dog island” by locals, has become home to
more than 150 dogs. (
SoiDog Foundation photo)
PULLMAN, Wash. – World Vets, a nonprofit run by Washington State University alumna Cathy King (DVM ’97), is attempting to rescue 60,000 dogs (as well as starving elephants, cats and exotic animals) stranded by the recent floods in Thailand.
More than 1,000 dogs have been rescued. But with no end in sight for the flooding, food and veterinary medical supplies are running low.
The international veterinary aid organization has two U.S. vets and a dog rescuer on the ground in Bangkok, where the stray and abandoned dogs are trying to survive by congregating on high ground. They have no access to food.
A second team of veterinarians is scheduled to arrive Monday, Nov. 21, to continue the operation.
To donate to the effort, go here.    
About World Vets
With more than 3,600 volunteers, World Vets has projects in 36 countries on six continents and provides more than $5 million annually in veterinary aid. It collaborates with animal advocacy groups, foreign governments, U.S. and foreign military groups and veterinary professionals abroad.
Its primary focus is to help provide veterinary care and capacity building to benefit the 99 percent of animals in developing countries that never see a veterinarian.
About WSU alumna Cathy King
King grew up on a small farm in Sandpoint, Idaho. By the age of 25 she had completed four college degrees, including a bachelor’s in veterinary science, master’s in animal science and Ph.D. in physiology from the University of Idaho and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from WSU.
She worked as an associate veterinarian in a mixed animal practice for several years prior to opening Hometown Animal Hospital in Deer Park, Wash. During this time, she founded World Vets, which is headquartered in Fargo, N. D.
What started as a donation jar at a small-town veterinary hospital has become one of the largest veterinary aid organizations in the world.
In 2008, King sold her practice to provide full-time leadership as the CEO of World Vets.
In addition to deploying a volunteer veterinary team abroad nearly every week of the year, World Vets runs a year-round surgery training center in Nicaragua, provides global disaster relief services and is the NGO providing civilian veterinarians for two annual U.S. military humanitarian aid missions aboard Navy ships.
World Vets also provides international experience for hundreds of veterinary students each year. King helped welcome new WSU veterinary medicine students in August as keynote speaker for the annual White Coat Ceremony.