Meet David Chafer, the Dagenham man helping street dogs in Thailand

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:29 19 February 2018

David Chafer will help stray and injured animals in Phuket, Thailand. Picture: Simon Humphries/Soi Dog Foundation

David Chafer will help stray and injured animals in Phuket, Thailand. Picture: Simon Humphries/Soi Dog Foundation

Simon Humphries/Soi Dog Foundation

A big-hearted Dagenham man has travelled halfway round the world to help poorly pooches.

David Chafer is sacking off sunshine on Thailand’s fabled beaches to volunteer with Soi Dog Foundation, a charity caring for sick and stray dogs.

He’s spent the last five months helping his four-pawed pals to exercise and leading visitors on tours of the animal welfare charity in Phuket.

“I love giving the dogs and cats here a new chance in life, and a chance to be adopted by a family and be loved and cared for,” the 29-year-old said.

“I love being part of what makes that happen.”

David, of Goresbrook Road, has now decided to begin a new life in Thailand, complete with two adopted furry friends.

Charity founded John Dalley said: “It’s wonderful having people like David giving up their time to help us.”

The organisation, named after the Thai term for street dogs, was founded 15 years ago.

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