Fruit vendor sacrifices to feed soi dogs

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Jirawat Chomchai spends a chunk of his income feeding stray dogs in the Na Jomtien area.
Jirawat Chomchai spends a chunk of his income feeding stray dogs in the Na Jomtien area.

PATTAYA – Jirawat Chomchai makes 1,000 baht a day or less, but spends 200 of it to feed stray dogs.

The Bung Kan Province native, 45, earns his living selling fruit from a car in Sattahip’s Na Jomtien Sub-district. He goes around the area each day, wheeling down to the beach to find tourists, taking home 800-1,000 baht in revenue daily.

But he said he spends 200 baht a day to buy rice and meat that he cooks up for stray dogs.

He said he doesn’t make a lot, but has enough to get by. But dogs need to eat, too, so he feeds them out of kindness, not out of any desire for fame.

  • Sam stone

    What a fantastic man I will definitely try and buy fruit from him if I can find out where he sells from

    • Robert Lilly

      Same same Sam. The government should be sponsoring mobile spaying clinics instead of submarines. It is the only way to control these poor creatures. It is not the dogs fault but in the main it is the (sub)humans who throw their pets away. The government is the only body that can do something about it. Until then thank goodness some people, like this man, help these dogs from starving on the streets – not a good advert for Thai tourism either.

  • david craig

    There are now so many stray dogs in Pattaya that many sois are ‘no go’ areas, especially if you try to go running. Better to round up the stray dogs and send them to Paradise