A Few of Our Success Stories...

All of our dogs are like family members to us, and we always love getting updates after they have left the sanctuary for their forever homes. Our sweet Lucy now lives in the US, and here is what her new mum Julia had to say!


“I first met Lucy when I visited Baan Unrak with my son Bo, who had recently volunteered for six weeks. I knew that Bo wanted me to adopt one - or more- of the many beautiful dogs at the rescue. He took me to each of the dog pens and described every dog.  When we went into Lucy’s pen, all of the other dogs came over and excitedly jumped on him. Lucy, however, laid between his legs and looked up. That was it. I knew she was looking for a home.

Our itinerary didn’t allow for Lucy to travel home with us but getting her to the US was surprisingly easy and inexpensive. A flight volunteer escorted her on the long journey and she was a bit traumatized by the experience. But she has settled in well, making friends with neighbour dogs and humans alike. She especially likes long walks around the neighbourhood. She is such a sweet, well-tempered dog. A week after she arrived, our neighbourhood had a yard sale. Lucy basked in the sun at my table, soaking up attention from admirers and eye-poking toddlers. She loved it all and I look forward to a bright future with her.”

Lucky brother and sister Jacks and Princess are now enjoying life in the vineyards of France. Here is what their wonderful new family had to say!


"It all started when we arrived at the sanctuary in the middle of February 2016, having planned to stay for one month. When she saw Jacks, Marine instantly fell in love! She spoke about it with me but I didn't want to adopt dogs at that time, as we had been travelling for 4 and half years - so no jobs, no house in France... It was also hard for me to become close with Jacks as he is scared of men. 

But almost every morning I would walk with Princess, Jacks, Waterbelly and Ruth, and step by step I started to get to know them. After a week we spoke about adopting a dog again… maybe Princess who was so playful and lovely with both of us. As we spent most of our free time in the kennel it became obvious after about 3 days - impossible to adopt Jacks without Princess or Princess without Jacks! They needed each other to be confident. And Marine had another good argument: together, they wouldn't get bored as they could play! "Done" 

We left the sanctuary in the middle of March and traveled around Myanmar for a month before returning to France. After another month we both had a job, and 2 weeks later we had a house with huge garden surrounded by vineyards. Finally, the doggies were flown over with French volunteers in June.

It's a real pleasure to share our life with them, and we wish same "success story" to all cats and dogs from Sangkhla. Even though they had been living outside and without "rules" since they were born, they have an amazing ability to adapt and heaps of love to give!!!"

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Updated July 14, 2020