Koh Lanta is a very special place, with it’s stunning sunsets, beautiful beaches and laid back atmosphere. However, if you’re an animal lover, the best thing about Koh Lanta is Lanta Animal Welfare – a non-profit organisation which aims to reduce the suffering of animals through sterilisation, treatment and care (and lots of love!). Lanta Animal Welfare sterlise animals, treat animals for a range of injuries and illnesses, and find ‘forever homes’ for their animals both on the island and abroad. The work that Lanta Animal Welfare is doing is truly outstanding. What makes their work even more impressive is the fact that they receive no government funding and rely solely on donations from the public and profits from Time for Lime, a local cookery school and restaurant.
Tourists who visit the centre are given a tour of the facility, where they can see first hand the amazing work that is being done and can spend some time with some of the 30+ rescue dogs that call the centre home and hear their heartbreaking stories. Tours tend to take place every hour on the hour – but make sure you get there early so that you can spend some time playing and cuddling the cats that have taken over the area that was once the car park. Lanta Animal Welfare also relies on the help of tourists to ensure that all the dogs get their daily walks – so, ask one of the volunteers for a dog (or two!) and you can enjoy a stroll along the beach with a new canine friend.