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Column #639 THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Friday, November 17, 2023
Column 639

A month ago, I posted the message below appealing for help for a remote sanctuary in Thailand that was in desperate need.  “Sanctuary forced to the brink of closure,” I wrote.  “Forego a beer or two and help.  Please.”  I was overwhelmed by the number of donations the sanctuary received from darts players and appreciated the many messages I received from players expressing their intent to help.  With Thanksgiving just days away please accept my heartfelt thanks.

All of us share a love for the sport of darts but many of us also share our home with a dog or cat – in my case two dogs, a golden retriever named Marky and a rescue from Mississippi named Misty.   Like you, I’m sure, I can’t imagine a situation where Marky or Misty faced an uncertain future were I for some reason no longer able to care for them.  The dogs at the sanctuary – all rescued from “life” on the streets, dodging cars, scrounging for scraps, sleeping in alleys – suddenly faced this unthinkable reality.

By profession I am a fundraising consultant – I just had to do all I could to help.  Today, again thanks to the generosity of many of you, the sanctuary is recovering – but there is still a ways to go for it to reach stability again and for the dogs to continue to be cared for until adoptive homes can be located.  One of them, named Blatu, will hopefully become a member of my family.

So, I am sharing the message below and at risk of intruding (paticularly as the Grand Slam really heats up and as North America’s eyes are following the phenomenal Stowe Buntz) I am appealing one more time for your support.  There is more to life than darts.  There just is.  Any donation you might consider making will literally mean LIFE and a chance for a loving home for so many dogs who have known only hardship and the struggle just to survive.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your consideration.


Please consider this URGENT appeal to help save rescued street dogs from losing the only home they’ve ever known.  If you cannot help please at least share this!

The Sangkhlaburi Animal Sanctuary in remote Northern Thailand has recently had a major benefactor pull ALL their support.

They gave next to no warning.

Saying they could no longer afford it, they yanked the sanctuary’s lifeline of support for rescues, veterinary supplies, urgent food, and medicine.  Can you imagine!

Sangkhlaburi Animal Sanctuary was instantly thrown into grave danger of having to close.

Caring for often-injured dogs (who aren’t even included in any homeless animal counts) in an area so remote the nearest veterinarian is FOUR HOURS away, is critical!

Please, if you can donate at https://www.sangkhlaburianimalsanctuary.com– even $35, $50, $100 or more as a lifeline for the animals now, together we can help save Sangkhlaburi Animal Sanctuary.

I have pledged to do everything – EVERYTHING! – in my power with the help of your generous support, to keep this haven of hope open now and into the future.

Please donate whatever you possibly can at: https://www.sangkhlaburianimalsanctuary.com.

For dogs like Mary, who was found on Christmas Day just lying in a busy walkway… Nursed back to health, if you visit Mary’s enclosure today, she will bring you a ‘gift’ of a leaf or a stone or a stick, to show her gratitude.

And Lottie, who was rushed to surgery after being found with her leg slashed by a machete.  


Or Sandy, who was dumped at the sanctuary gate emaciated, helpless, and lifeless, about to be viciously attacked by other animals. 

Right now, 25 dogs call Sangkhlaburi Animal Sanctuary home.  It takes about $2,000 each month to cover costs, and I can’t bear to think that even one dog will lose safe shelter.

Is there any chance you might consider a gift today so we can save this small haven for street dogs – AND protect them into the future?  Your kindness will mean so much.


Just one last thing…

Many, many other dogs in this remote area are helped daily through Sangkhlaburi Animal Sanctuary’s regular spay/neuter clinics, emergency wound care, and lifegiving medicines.

Dedicated staff there also work tirelessly to match dogs with forever families around the world – including little Sandy who I told you about a moment ago.  She’s waiting to be adopted!

It’s unfathomable that any major funder could pull the plug on their support of such a place.  Even a modicum of compassion would have dictated a gradual separation so the sanctuary could make other arrangements.

But I give you my word, with your support now the Sangkhlaburi Animal Sanctuary will survive and thrive into the future.

Please donate as generously as you can at https://www.sangkhlaburianimalsanctuary.com (or at least shaer this post as widely as you can) – and thank you so much for your caring heart.

Dartoid (aka Paul Seigel)

Representing the Sangkhlaburi Animal Sanctuary (entirely free of charge)

PS: I am advised that the PayPal function is on the fritz.  Credit card donations are working fine.  Victoria Fawdry, whose name is listed at the donate link, is onsite as the sanctuary’s administrator – assurance that 100% of every donation will go to help the dogs).


  • Dartoid

    "Dartoid" is the pseudonym of Paul Seigel, a prominent chronicler of darts for over 35 years. His columns are celebrated for their wit and insight, often detailing his quest for a game in exotic locales worldwide. His writing offers vibrant commentary on the competitive darts landscape, including players, organizations, tournaments and the sport's unique culture. Dartoid's articles are highly regarded among darts enthusiasts, solidifying his role as a pivotal figure in promoting and documenting darts as both a recreational pastime and professional sport.