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.