Thailand is home to beautiful beaches, rich culture, stunning temples, delicious cuisine…and millions of stray dogs.
Like many countries, Thailand is home to countless stray animals that roam the streets and do their best to scrape by and survive.
According to Four Paws International, the stray dog issue has been propelled by Buddhist culture, where people can make merit by feeding stray animals, along with “very limited low-cost spay/neuter opportunities in most communities.”
Because of that, millions of stray dogs are born onto the streets of Thailand each year, and there simply aren’t enough homes to go around.
To help those street dogs, one clever design student has created a way to turn old billboards that would otherwise end up in landfill into collapsible, low-cost shelters for street dogs!
The designer, Ajarn Yossaphon Chanthongjeen, created the idea during his doctorate program and it seems to be a huge success so far. The company he works with to make the shelters, จรจัดสรร (Allot), has been sharing photos of the designs on Instagram and they even have their own Facebook group.
According to Medium, there have been around 20 of the shelters made for dogs and placed in various areas throughout the city.
Essentially, they act as an umbrella or little tent for dogs to keep them out of the elements. When the shelters are not in use, they can simply be folded up and secured to the wall so they take up very little public space.
It’s an added bonus that the shelters also prevent giant pieces of billboards from going to waste! How neat is that?
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