About five years ago, a terribly swollen and undernourished mama dog approached Michael Baines’s restaurant. The Switzerland native has been living in Thailand for about nine years, among just of some of the country’s many homeless animals. From the moment that mama dog crossed his path, he’s been providing these strays with food every day.
“And that’s how it all started,” he shared with Newsner. “And then it just kept going. I simply could not stand to see dogs in distress.”
Baines feeds around eighty homeless dogs everyday in Thailand, using a mix of dry dog food, white rice, steamed fish, chicken, oil, and some homemade soup. Going about getting them meals three times a day is no small task, and the expense of his selflessness is about $1,000 monthly.
Generally, Baines is financed by means of donations from men and women from the U.S., Sweden, Thailand, and Australia, but he continues to pay quite a lot from his own pocket. He states:
“I pass them every day to and from work while I walk my own dogs, who were all street dogs as well. I just can’t look at them and do nothing.”