CHONBURI, Thailand (Reuters) – Volunteer pet groomer Kriengkai Thatwakorn is thrilled to be back helping out stray dogs in Thailand, some in urgent need of a shearing after waiting three sweltering months for a trim.
A domestic travel ban to contain the novel coronavirus was lifted recently following Thailand’s success in keeping infections under control, giving Kriengkai a chance to tackle a backlog of hundreds of haircuts in each dog shelter he visits.
“I was so stressed for the past three months of lockdown because I couldn’t travel and there was unfinished work,” he said, removing the coat of a wriggling mongrel held down by a fellow volunteer.
“The group of dogs before we faced COVID-19 were the ones that are super unfriendly but in need of extreme grooming. No one dares to touch them,” he added, speaking over dozens of barking canines.
“They must have been in agony because of the heat.”
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