Driving force behind the Soi Dog Foundation, tackling the plight of street dogs and cats in Thailand.

In 2003 there were an estimated 70,000 strays living on the streets of Phuket in appalling conditions.

John, then 53, and his late wife Gill, 44, had retired early to Thailand that year after falling in love with the country on their honeymoon. But far from taking it easy, they realised that the next chapter in their lives would involve helping thousands of street dogs and cats.

They met a Dutch woman who had set up a charity called the Soi Dog Foundation and joined forces, deciding that the best long-term solution to the street dog and cat problem was a mass spay and neuter programme.

Hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats have been neutered since Soi Dog Foundation’s inception, including more than 80% of the stray dog population in Phuket.

In 2019, Soi Dog Foundation achieved over 100,000 spay/neuter procedures and is now neutering and vaccinating more stray animals than any other organisation in the world. They also run the largest and most comprehensive dog and cat hospital in Asia.

Gill passed away in 2017 but John is committed to carrying on their commitment to the street animals of Thailand.