Mr. Anunthorn Vinijtaopatom (MUIC Class of 2016)
Coming from a family that deeply cares for animals, it is no surprise that Mr. Anunthorn Vinijtaopatom—who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration major in Marketing in 2016 —has been involved with the family-run CHSAthai animal shelter which takes care of about 1,600 stray dogs, 400 cats, five pigs and one monkey. CHSAthai is a non-profit, charitable, duly-registered, no-kill stray animal shelter located in Saraburi province. Though its capacity is currently full and is facing serious financial challenges, he and his family do their best to help alleviate the suffering of stray animals they come across. The main tasks of their animal shelter are the rescue, sterilization and vaccination of stray animals. Stray animals pose a serious challenge in Thailand due to related issues such as animal cruelty, animal poisoning, community sanitation, serious infectious diseases such as rabies, road accidents, stray animals attack, and others. He and his family began saving stray animals in 2004, financing the shelter’s operations from their own pockets. In 2011, they began to ask for donations due to the financial challenge of taking care of about 1,000 animals. The shelter was finally registered with the Thailand Department of Livestock Development in 2016.